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Left playing with fire?

To those who lived through that era that tore us apart in the '60s and '70s, it is starting to look like "deja vu all over again."

February 14, 2017 | | Other Views


It’s 1984 in Trumplandia

Tromp-tromp-tromp - troops are marching to battles. Boom-boom-boom - bombs are blowing up communities. Whoooosh - poisonous gas is being released.

February 14, 2017 | | Other Views


Effects on the body of regular blood donation

DEAR DR. ROACH: My blood type is O-negative. I am well aware that O is the universal donor blood type. I have tried to donate every eight weeks since I was 16. I am now turning 49 in a few weeks, and wonder how many people I've helped over the years and if there are any health benefits or problems with me donating so much. I do have scars on my arms from the needles, and was worried that people (doctors or police officers) might mistake these scars as illegal needle use. The ladies at the blood bank have ...

February 12, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Preparing dog for birth of your child

Dear Didi: My husband and I just found out that we are pregnant. It will be our first child. How do we prepare our dog for the upcoming changes? -Expecting in Ripon

February 12, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Audi and Snoop Dogg during the Super Bowl

The exciting recent Super Bowl meant that fans paid more attention to the game than to the commercials. But there were some doozies, including the 84 Lumber commercial that sympathetically depicted a Latina mother and her young daughter trying to cross the border and enter America, only to encounter a foreboding wall. Hint, hint: President Trump wants to build a wall on the southern border. But at least two other commercials stood out.

February 10, 2017 | | Other Views


Short circuit: Bill aims to deep-six 9th District

How big is the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals? The San-Francisco-based circuit is so big that it represents nine states, including Nevada, 20 percent of the U.S. population and 40 percent of the nation's land mass. It's so big that Congress has looked at bills to split the circuit since 1941, and it's so big that none of those measures have succeeded.

February 09, 2017 | | Other Views


Great manipulators at Time

Time magazine has singled out White House strategist Steve Bannon for its Darth Vader cover treatment. Shown is a picture of Bannon looking like a Marvel Comics villain and the title "The Great Manipulator." Bannon dared to identify the liberal media as "the opposition party." Time took offense and demonstrably proved him right.

February 08, 2017 | | Other Views


Moral supremacy & Mr. Putin

Is Donald Trump to be allowed to craft a foreign policy based on the ideas on which he ran and won the presidency in 2016?

February 07, 2017 | | Other Views


Would Donald tax a fellow Trump?

Bring those jobs back home, Donald Trump bellowed to those greedy corporate executives who've shipped middle-class jobs out of country, or I'll slap you with a big tariff when you try to sell your foreign-made products here.

February 07, 2017 | | Other Views


Coming clash with Iran

When Gen. Michael Flynn marched into the White House Briefing Room to declare that "we are officially putting Iran on notice," he drew a red line for President Trump. In tweeting the threat, Trump agreed.

February 05, 2017 | | Other Views


America’s construction carnage

Try this the next time you find yourself standing on a Wall Street corner. Ask the first power suit you see why Wall Street's finest deserve to be making $25 billion in bonuses a year.

February 04, 2017 | | Other Views


Gender-fluid Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America, or BSA, used to be derided as a "traditional, values-based" organization, whose oath spoke of a "duty to God" and whose law insisted the Scouts be "reverent." Now the BSA worships something else: corporate donations. It should have been expected after it folded on homosexual Scouts and then on homosexual scoutmasters.

February 03, 2017 | | Other Views


2017: The year protests by conservatives became news

It shouldn't be considered remarkable that all three major broadcast networks offered a news story on the tens of thousands who came for the 2017 March for Life. But it is. Between the morning and evening shows, the networks gave it almost 22 minutes of airtime altogether. To illustrate how shocking that number is, consider that last year, ABC gave the march 35 seconds of coverage. NBC ignored it altogether. Ditto for CBS.

January 31, 2017 | | Other Views


The first firestorm

That hysterical reaction to the travel ban announced Friday is a portent of what is to come if President Donald Trump carries out the mandate given to him by those who elected him.

January 31, 2017 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Benefits and side effects of your medicines are best enumerated by your doctor and pharmacist

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 86-year-old white male. I am currently taking tamsulosin 0.4 mg and finasteride 5 mg. What benefits do these bring to me, and what are their side effects? -- B.B.

January 29, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


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Uncontrollable hand shaking may be focal seizure

DEAR DR. ROACH: Yesterday, my right hand started shaking uncontrollably. It did not stop for two hours. Earlier this year, I found that it shook ...

June 25, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Time for a Good Buddy Tale

Americans needed a good buddy movie after a deranged gunman targeted Republicans practicing for a bipartisan ballgame to raise money for charities Wednesday morning.

June 19, 2017 | | Other Views


Gender studies at Hogwarts

J.K. Rowling, author of the bestselling Harry Potter series, just made headlines for an epic tweetstorm condemning misogyny. Referring to women politicians, she tweeted ...

June 19, 2017 | JILL RICHARDSON | Other Views


High-dose vitamin C supplements unlikely to prevent dementia

DEAR DR. ROACH: Is there any evidence that high doses of vitamin C have decreased or prevented the risk of Alzheimer's disease? I ask ...

June 18, 2017 | | Other Views


Does neomycin skin allergy preclude getting shingles vaccine?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been tested for skin allergies twice in the past 30-plus years. I am a 71-year-old female in good health. One ...

June 11, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Why do dogs sniff each other?

DEAR DIDI: Why does my dog, when he meets other dogs, sniff their butts. It embarrasses me when I am with my friends! -Embarrassed 13 ...

June 11, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Mexico’s trump card: Corn

Turns out corn farmers south of the border know more about trade than the U.S. president.

June 05, 2017 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Afghanistan: A lost cause?

"We are there and we are committed" was the regular retort of Secretary of State Dean Rusk during the war in Vietnam.

June 05, 2017 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Is there a noninvasive alternative to bypass surgery?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old, retired, white male with no major health history, who is not overweight, diabetic or a smoker. All my ...

June 04, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


After the Confederates, who is next to fall to PC?

On Sept. 1, 1864, Union forces under Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, victorious at Jonesborough, burned Atlanta and began the March to the Sea where Sherman ...

May 26, 2017 | | Other Views


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