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What to do when your dog is declared overweight

DEAR DIDI: My dog gets annual checkups and is in good health. Recently my new trainer said my dog is overweight and outlined a diet and exercise program I should follow. I love my dog to death and don't know who to believe. My poor baby is always hungry. Italian Mama in Stockton

December 13, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


The Lake Chabot rant

In the age of the cellphone camera, interactions that are best forgotten instead escalate and become chew toys for the chattering class. When a video goes viral, the public's sense of proportion often goes AWOL.

December 12, 2015 | | Other Views


Trump’s word is worthless

Any day now, Donald Trump may walk back his Monday call for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." If so, he won't change his mind because he regrets insulting Muslim Americans - no small number of whom, unlike Trump, have served in the military -- or because his rhetoric threatens to isolate this country when it needs allies, especially in the Middle East. He'll change his mind because he never really means anything he says.

December 11, 2015 | | Other Views


Playing ‘Hide the Money’?

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December 11, 2015 | | Other Views


Wishing terrorism away

When asked why President Barack Obama insisted on pursuing a nuclear deal with Iran, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said: "I think that the pursuit of the agreement is based on the President's hope that over a 10-year period with the sanctions being lifted that the Iranians will become a constructive stakeholder in the international community. That -- that as their economy begins to grow again, that - that they will abandon their ideology, their theology, their revolutionary principles, their meddling in various parts of the region. And, frankly, I believe that's very unrealistic."

December 10, 2015 | Larry Elder | Other Views


America, France turn right

In Sunday's first-round of regional elections in France, the clear and stunning winner was the National Front of Marine Le Pen.

December 08, 2015 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Pink ribbons & corporate PR

Must everything be commercialized - even cancer?

December 08, 2015 | | Other Views


Are Trump and Putin right?

Monday, MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosted a spirited discussion with Donald Trump on whether he was right in asserting that Muslims in New Jersey celebrated as the towers came down on 9/11.

December 04, 2015 | | Other Views


Who’s sorry now? A health giant CEO

America's largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group Inc., is losing so much money on the Affordable Care Act exchange policies it sells in 34 states that CEO Stephen Hemsley apologized to investors in New York on Tuesday. "It was for us a bad decision," Hemsley said, according to Bloomberg News. UnitedHealth stayed out of the Obamacare market in its first year. "In retrospect, we should have stayed out longer," Hemsley added. UnitedHealth may get out of the individual market in 2017.

December 04, 2015 | | Other Views


God Bless America

With images of the carnage in Paris and the shuttering of Brussels flashing on every screen, it is hard to take to heart the president's urgings not to give in to fear. A global terror alert does not help. The front-page pictures of all the homegrown terrorists make it harder still. How could these young men have grown up among us, as Americans, and be full of such hatred that they would choose, as we are being warned, targets where they can kill as many people as possible?

November 27, 2015 | | Other Views


CNBC biased? You don’t say!

Question: What did Reince Priebus not know about CNBC - and when did he not know it?

November 27, 2015 | | Other Views


War with Russia?

Turkey's decision to shoot down a Russian warplane was a provocative and portentous act.

November 25, 2015 | | Other Views


About college microaggressions

When students protesting "microaggressions" took over an administrative building at Occidental College in California, they issued 14 demands. The school agreed to all except the first, which required the firing of its president. Similar protests took place concurrently at other colleges nationwide.

November 25, 2015 | | Other Views


Will Europe man up?

If the purpose of terrorism is to terrify, the Islamic State had an extraordinary week. Brussels, capital of the EU and command post of mighty NATO, is still in panic and lockdown.

November 24, 2015 | | Other Views


Competing Thanksgiving tales

Thanksgiving is here. Let's eat!

November 24, 2015 | | Other Views


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A sure cure for ‘affluenza’

In 2013, Americans learned about a new epidemic - affluenza. As psychologist G. Dick Miller explained the phenomenon, children of wealthy parents are taught not the ...

January 05, 2016 | | Other Views


Looking forward to 1st election to vote

2016 is here and that means that we are now in an election year.

January 04, 2016 | LAWRENCE SILVEIRA | Other Views


The Donald vs. Big Bill

Not satisfied with hurling sexist invectives at Hillary Clinton, the Donald has turned his ire on her husband, the former president, claiming he has "a ...

January 04, 2016 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Attack on American jobs

When I heard that the Omnibus spending bill that President Obama signed a week before Christmas includes a provision allowing more foreign guest workers, my ...

January 04, 2016 | PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY | Other Views


Drooping eyelid common after cataract surgery

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 75-year-old woman who had successful cataract surgery two months ago. However, it left me with swollen eyelids and noticeable ...

January 03, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Winners & losers: 2015

Her are my winners and losers and the best and the worst of the year.

January 02, 2016 | | Other Views


January often best month to file for Social Security

I write a column similar to this one about this time every year. But I don't mind plagiarizing myself because it contains a very ...

January 01, 2016 | Tom MARGENAU | Other Views


Cultural winners & losers

ABC News devoted a fluffy two-hour special to the year in review, studying the news and pop culture.

December 30, 2015 | | Other Views


Is the West disintegrating?

On Jan. 1, 2002, the day that euro coins and banknotes entered into circulation, my column, "Say Goodbye to the Mother Continent," contained this pessimistic ...

December 29, 2015 | | Other Views


Bill wrote the book for Trump

After lamenting Donald Trump's "penchant for sexism" last week, Hillary Clinton announced to supporters that her former-president husband - her "not-so-secret weapon" -will be hitting ...

December 29, 2015 | | Other Views


A tale of 2 tragedies

In October 2014, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot and killed by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

December 27, 2015 | Larry Elder | Other Views


Trans-Pacific Trade scam

Last spring, President Barack Obama got downright crabby about people criticizing the mammoth Trans-Pacific Partnership he's trying to sell to Congress and the public.

December 27, 2015 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Frequent bowel movements without pain

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 77-year-old female in good health. I am 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weigh 125 pounds. I exercise regularly ...

December 27, 2015 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


The value of DNA testing for your dog

DEAR DIDI: You did such a wonderful job mediating between my family and our dog. The overall change in our household is no short of ...

December 27, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


15 QUESTIONS

1) Polls show that, by a large margin, Americans feel we're on the wrong track, both economically and as to foreign policy. Yet none ...

December 26, 2015 | | Other Views


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