Viewpoints

The Nation’s Abattoir

The city of Chicago is conducting a long, bloody experiment in what happens to a gang-ridden municipality in the absence of effective policing. It is keeping the morgue depressingly busy. Seven hundred sixty-two people were murdered in the city in 2016, a nearly unheard of 50 percent ...

Obama’s Final, Most Shameful, Legacy Moment

“When the chips are down, I have Israel’s back.” — Barack Obama, AIPAC conference, March 4, 2012   WASHINGTON — The audience — overwhelmingly Jewish, passionately pro-Israel and supremely gullible — applauded wildly. Four years later — his last election ...

States Shouldn’t Dictate Who Becomes President

To The Reader’s Forum: As a consequence of the Electoral College, your vote in New York State for President of the United States of America may not have counted. If you voted for Hillary Clinton your vote counted, as she won New York State. If you voted for any other presidential ...

Pyoderma Gangrenosum Begins With Blister, Turns To Ulcer

  DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 74-year-old woman in good health. I was diagnosed with pyoderma gangrenosum on my left leg. I was in a lot of pain. Can you tell me the cause of this rare disease? Also, is there a special diet I should be on? — H. ANSWER: Pyoderma gangrenosum is an ...

Toddler’s Taste In Clothes Stirs Up Family Tension

  DEAR ABBY: My brother and sister-in-law have been dressing my 2-year-old nephew, “Charlie,” in dresses and pink clothes. They say these are what the boy has chosen. To me, a toddler will pick out whatever gets his attention at the moment, and children that age have only a ...

Here We Are, On The Brink Of What Comes Next

For 45 minutes on Christmas Eve, I watched love, in all of its diversity, play out in front of me. Thanks, 2016. I needed that. I was parked in the arrivals lane at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, nearly an hour early for my daughter and her family. It is not my habit to ...

Liberal Struggle Against Reality

We will never understand liberals and progressives until we recognize that they often see reality as a social construct subject to being challenged and changed. For example, throughout the world, boys and girls have different toy preferences. Typically, boys like to play with cars and trucks, ...

Trump Isn’t Prepared To Be Commander In Chief

To The Reader’s Forum: It is my opinion that the election of D. Trump as president of the United States of America might be a bad case of folly for the well-being of our country. It has always been my decision that when I need my car repaired, I call a car mechanic for the repair. When I ...

Trump’s Arrival Should Help Low Approval Ratings For Politicians

To The Reader’s Forum: Perhaps it’s a good thing that Congress is away for the holidays. When they are away from Washington, D.C., the possibility to pass more foolish laws is stifled. A recent Gallup poll released the following figures: out of a very broad range of professionals ...

Relative Says Family Fundraiser Has Gone To The Well Too Often

DEAR ABBY: A family member keeps setting up fundraisers every time she wants to buy something for her family. If a child needs a special class, she asks the relatives to pitch in to pay for it. When her husband wanted to return to college, she brought all the extended family together to see who ...

Granddaughter’s Common Symptoms Are Uncommonly Frequent

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 71-year-old grandmother who is very concerned about the health of my 18-year-old granddaughter. She has had the following symptoms for the past seven years, at least: earache, headache, swollen glands, sore throat and cough. I have accompanied her to many doctor ...

Twain Again, In Print Or Via Kindle

I found a second limitation to my beloved Kindles: Trying to read anthologies. Four years ago, I wrote about the difficulty of reading historical non-fiction on a Kindle. With printed books, I keep a bookmark or a finger tucked into the page where the relevant map resides, so I can read, ...

Good Riddance, 2016

WASHINGTON — Viewing 2016 in retrospect — doing so is unpleasant, but less so than was living through it — the year resembles a china shop after a visit from an especially maladroit bull. Because a law says “the state of California may not sell or display the Battle Flag of the ...

Bear Envy: Why Can’t We Hibernate, Too?

It’s “lights out” for bears in North America. They’re fat. They’re happy. Wake them when the weather gets better. Humans struggling for a respectable eight hours of sleep may look upon the genus Ursus with envy and ask, “Why can’t we pass out for a few dark ...

Thank You, Good Samaritans

  To the Reader’s Forum: While getting my newspapers this morning (12/30/16), I caught my boot on one of the hard, icy ruts formed after a heavy snowfall, and town plowing, and fell on my keister.  Unable to pull myself up, even using my shovel, and in pain from ongoing ...

2017: Let’s Refresh

  Welcome to 2017, dear readers. We’re a few days in, and I have to tell you – it doesn’t feel much different. My kiddo said as much to me this morning when she had to go off to school. She thought she would be in a higher grade than she was before, but found she was ...

Severity, Prognosis Varies For Guillain-Barre Syndrome

  DEAR DR. ROACH: My daughter has had symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome since her 20s. She is now 64 and has been doing fairly well. She is ambulatory and curious about her future. — P.B. ANSWER: Guillain-Barre syndrome is a type of acute muscle paralysis that occurs ...

Man Feels Abandoned As Girl Transitions To New Relationship

  DEAR ABBY: I am a straight man who met and fell in love with a transgender girl I’ll call Eve. We dated for almost three years, and they were the happiest of my life. In all that time, we never once had an argument. She said I had given her the strength to come out to her ...

Carry Your Insurance Card, You May Never Know When You’re Going To Need It

Question: Some people tell me not to carry my insurance cards with me. What is your advice? Answer: I have been asked this question many times. My answer is almost always ‘to carry your insurance cards with you all the time.’ You never know when you might need them. If you are injured ...