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Cheap screenings must be weighed against benefit

DEAR DR. ROACH: Two years ago, I took advantage of our local $99 low-dose CT scan for smokers at high risk of lung cancer (I certainly fit the criteria). Still smoking, I had the scan, and it was reported to me that they had "seen something" and wanted to do a follow-up PET scan. I quit smoking completely, cold turkey, the day before the PET scan, and have been cigarette-free ever since. Vividly, I remember telling myself for many years as I smoked that not if but when I met with the lung cancer doctor, I would not be a ...

January 31, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


The rejection election

With the Iowa caucuses a few days away, the front-runner for the Republican nomination, who leads in all the polls, is Donald Trump.

January 30, 2016 | | Other Views


Sanders wants a revolution

Jeb Bush must be watching the Democratic primary with unadulterated envy. The Democratic debates have been comparatively civil - and conveniently scheduled to reduce viewership and impact. Bush has to contend with Donald Trump - and Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida. The establishment Democrat, Hillary Clinton, has only one serious challenger, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. She doesn't have to calculate which rival -- or rivals -- to attack. In a small field, the more seasoned candidate has the advantage.

January 30, 2016 | | Other Views


PLAYING HARDBALL

On Jan. 14, the National Park Service announced that Yosemite's iconic Ahwahnee Hotel will become the Majestic Yosemite Hotel on March 1. A news release explained that because of a trademark dispute with outgoing concessionaire Delaware North of Buffalo, N.Y., the Wawona Hotel will become Big Trees Lodge and Curry Village will become Half Dome Village. People readily saw a case of corporate greed. At Mother Jones, Kevin Drum posted a blog with a photo of company executives and the heading: "Meet the corporate suits who claim to own the trademark to 'Yosemite National Park.'"

January 29, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


#OscarsSoWhite

First, the facts. Since 2000, 10 percent of Oscar nominations have gone to black actors. Blacks comprise 13 percent of the country's population, so the Oscar nominations have roughly paralleled the percentage of blacks in the U.S.

January 28, 2016 | | Other Views


WAL-MART CLOSES STORE

Two years ago, Thumbtack - a startup that connects consumers with local contractors -conducted a survey to see what they thought of proposals to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, as per President Obama's bid "to give America a raise." The survey found that that a plurality of the small businesses that used Thumbtack thought a wage hike would be good for the economy. Most thought that a minimum-wage increase would have no effect on their hiring or firing decisions. But what happens if Washington passes Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders' proposal to more than ...

January 27, 2016 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Settlement of $l.5M for Lum’s death

The wheels of justice which often grinds exceedingly slow is finally coming to its conclusion for the Lum family of Lathrop.

January 25, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Other Views


Sanders proves the pundits wrong

The problem with applying conventional wisdom to political campaigns is that it can suddenly be upended by an unconventional campaign.

January 25, 2016 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Avoid excess refined sugar, diabetes or not

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband's recent lab work showed that he had a glucose reading of 72 (82-115 is considered a healthy range). Is this a precursor to diabetes? Should he be staying away from refined sugar? His father had diabetes and had his leg amputated. I do not want this to happen to my husband. Please let me know if there is anything we can do to keep him in good health. -- D.H.

January 24, 2016 | | Other Views


Dogs don’t show signs they know they are guilty

DEAR DIDI: Do dogs feel guilty for things they have done? Our boy sure looks like he KNOWS he has done something wrong when we get home from work. -Shepherd Parents

January 24, 2016 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


The Year of Trump

Since 2015 is over, is it safe to come out now?

January 23, 2016 | | Other Views


Dark horse Paul Ryan

As Republicans prepare to cast their first presidential ballots in Iowa and New Hampshire, the field remains dominated by "outsider" candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, while establishment favorites Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, John Kasich and Marco Rubio have been unable to advance to the finals. Will the Republican kingmakers and consultants who picked every nominee since Reagan step aside to let the grassroots, also known as the "base," work its will this year?

January 22, 2016 | | Other Views


Zuckerberg’s get-away car

Let us now praise "Lord Zuckerberg, The Magnificent!"

January 22, 2016 | | Other Views


Democrats’ debate notes

Fighting off the temptation to fall asleep during the most recent Democratic - and Donald Trump-less -debate, I wrote these thoughts, observations and questions I hoped would be asked but were not. I end with my opinion about who won the debate - and who lost. No fair cheating and going right to the end.

January 21, 2016 | Larry Elder | Other Views


Our toxic failure

Now that it's already been phased out, the world can agree that a chemical used in Teflon - the famous coating on nonstick pots and pans - was toxic.

January 20, 2016 | JILL RICHARDSON | Other Views


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The best exercise is the one you’ll keep doing

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an overweight 68-year-old woman who wants to exercise. I would like to know what type of exercise I can do ...

March 27, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


About toenails on dogs

DEAR DIDI: I know where my greyhound, Sasha, is at all times. Her nails echo through the house on my hardwood floors. I am terrified ...

March 27, 2016 | | Other Views


Would The Donald govern like Arnold?

They're both iconic figures in American culture who are known by their first names. California's former governor is Arnold. The GOP presidential front-runner ...

March 26, 2016 | | Other Views


ISIS faithful to Islam?

"We are not at war with Islam," said John Kasich after the Brussels massacre, "We're at war with radical Islam."

March 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Why superdelegates count

Every time I see a tally of the delegate race that excludes so-called "superdelegates," I have to laugh. "Of course they count," I want to ...

March 25, 2016 | | Other Views


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