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Diet, alcohol and gout

DEAR DR. ROACH: After two major bouts of gout, my husband was treated with Medrol and colchicine, and has resorted to a low-purine diet in order to decrease the frequency of gout attacks, with their attendant pain and potential renal damage. He completely avoids beef, pork, lamb, mushrooms and rich seafood such as scallops. Chicken and turkey are OK. On this dietary regimen he has not experienced gouty episodes. His diet is quite satisfying, for the butchers today excel at making "meat" products from chicken and turkey. He takes 50 mg of allopurinol daily, even though his uric acid level ...

June 12, 2016 | | Other Views


Fingerprinting Is racist?

Former Attorney General Eric Holder has come out against proposals in Chicago and New Jersey to require fingerprint background checks of drivers for ride-hailing platforms such as Uber and Lyft. Why would President Obama's onetime top lawman come out against regulation that is supposed to protect the riding public? Credit the intersection of two forces. First, Holder's tony corporate law firm, Covington & Burling, represents Uber. Also, as Holder sees it, requiring drivers to submit fingerprints may "have a discriminatory impact on communities of color."

June 11, 2016 | | Other Views


Why Trump must not apologize

"Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl."

June 10, 2016 | | Other Views


Civics lesson needed in San Jose

"My nose is broken. I have bruises and scratches all over. I got knocked in the head a lot," Santa Clara's Juan Hernandez, 38, told me. He suffered a mild concussion. That's the price Hernandez paid for attending the infamous Donald Trump rally in San Jose last week at which protesters were seen burning flags and Trump hats, pelting a supporter with an egg and mobbing people who were doing what civics teachers tell students citizens are supposed to do. For his trouble, Hernandez was called names, beaten and bloodied. For dessert, he got to hear politicians suggest ...

June 09, 2016 | | Other Views


‘Self-Inflicted’ email mess

Dana Milbank and Ruth Marcus are both Yale-educated reporters-turned-columnists at The Washington Post. They view the world through the same lens. This sometimes means they can write pretty much the same column. It also means they both have a huge blind spot when it comes to sympathizing with Hillary Clinton.

June 08, 2016 | | Other Views


From elephant to tortoise

As usual, the GOP primary was sewn up before California's June 7 primary. By late May, Donald Trump had the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nod. Nonetheless, I voted for Ohio Gov. John Kasich by absentee ballot, even though Kasich suspended his campaign last month. Kasich is a solid conservative with a record of achievement. His name remains on the ballot, as do my many reservations about the GOP front-runner.

June 08, 2016 | | Other Views


Donald & La Raza judge

Before the lynching of The Donald proceeds, what exactly was it he said about that Hispanic judge?

June 07, 2016 | | Other Views


Bathroom bills’ don’t help women

The time has come for me to play my Woman Card.

June 06, 2016 | | Other Views


Are the Clintons the real housing-crash villains?

We are going to reveal the grand secret to getting rich by investing. It's a simple formula that has worked for Warren Buffett, Carl Icahn and all the greatest investment gurus over the years. Ready?

June 06, 2016 | Lawrence Kudlow | Other Views


Tonsil stones explained

DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you share some information about tonsil stones? I had never heard of them until I took my 15-year-old granddaughter to the doctor for a sore throat and she was shown one. It stayed there for about four days until it came out. -- B.H.

June 05, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Push in Sacramento to let felons vote in jail

California lawmakers seem intent on making Sacramento the place where reasonable reforms, much like runaway trains, jump the tracks. In that no-speed-limit spirit Tuesday, the California Assembly voted 41-37 to allow convicted felons to vote in jail. (Yes, you read that correctly.) If Assembly Bill 2466 becomes law, the American Civil Liberties Union estimates that 50,000 adults will be able to vote behind bars. The state doesn't trust these people on the streets, but they are welcome in the voting booth.

June 04, 2016 | | Other Views


On income ‘inequality’

Is there a more brain-dead concept than to empower the government to fight "income inequality"? What sane, normal, rational human being thinks that human talent, drive, interests and opportunity can - or should - result in equal outcomes?

June 02, 2016 | | Other Views


California counts for nothing

I got my absentee ballot in the mail, which reminded me: We have an election next Tuesday. The excitement is hard to bear. Oh, wait. There is no excitement. The ballot is still sitting in the pile on the kitchen table. I intend to fill it out because that's what good citizens should do - not because I even remotely think it will matter.

June 02, 2016 | | Other Views


Will there always be an England?

In his op-ed in The Washington Post, Chris Grayling, leader of the House of Commons, made the case for British withdrawal from the European Union -in terms Americans can understand.

June 01, 2016 | | Other Views


Hillary Clinton’s emails: She’s lying in plain sight

Speaking in San Francisco Thursday, Hillary Clinton told supporters that Donald Trump is not fit to be president. "He roots for himself," the former Secretary of State proclaimed, "and that's the type of person who should not be president of the United States." By that standard, Clinton herself has no business running to win the White House.

May 27, 2016 | | Other Views


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Optimism reigned in first Trumps address to Congress

The mark of great presidents is optimism -- visionary optimism and transformational optimism. During Tuesday night's remarkable speech before Congress, President Donald Trump was brimming ...

March 06, 2017 | Lawrence Kudlow | Other Views


Phelps speaks out on doping, but what took so long?

It wasn't exactly Lilly King wagging a finger at a dirty Russian, then going on to beat her for a swimming gold medal in ...

March 05, 2017 | | Other Views


What’s the truth behind cancer-causing properties of burnt starchy foods?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have heard for a while now that the black stuff on burnt toast is carcinogenic. I don't eat it because ...

March 05, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Nervous over their dog’s black tongue

Dear Didi: We have a dog that we adopted from a shelter about 3 weeks ago. I am extremely concerned because he has a mostly ...

March 05, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Trump’s trivial pursuits

The president who gave the joint session address on Tuesday night wants Washington to put aside "trivial fights" and "compromise." He actually said this: "The ...

March 04, 2017 | | Other Views


Trump hits a home run

One after another, the pundits hailed President Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress as his finest speech, though the usual naysayers ...

March 04, 2017 | | Other Views


The Oscars: The activism they left on the cutting room floor

Imagine the result, with hundreds of millions of people watching worldwide, if Hollywood turned its creative firepower on real problems. Instead, viewers watched wall-to-wall Trump-bashing ...

March 02, 2017 | | Other Views


Nobody needs lecture on morality from Paul Ryan

For nearly half a century now, America's middle-class working families have been pummeled by corporate greedmeisters and their political henchmen.

March 02, 2017 | | Other Views


Is Russia an enemy?

The founding fathers of the Munich Security Conference, said John McCain, would be "be alarmed by the turning away from universal values and toward old ...

February 28, 2017 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Enough about the shoes

That the two most prominent women in the Trump administration should be caught up in a controversy about shoes tells you (if not our new ...

February 27, 2017 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


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