Data refute the abortion stereotype

By Razib Khan It’s been widely observed that in recent elections men have leaned Republican and women Democratic. A key element of that gender gap is often assumed to be a difference in attitudes to women’s reproductive rights. The perception that men and women have divergent views on abortion has persisted over time. The line popularized […]

January 06, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Still blaming the 7-year-old

Dear Annie: I lost my grandmother to suicide when I was 7. The day before Grandma died, she made comments to me about going away where I could not go with her and “going to be with her mother,” who had died. I did not understand what she was saying. Several weeks after the funeral, […]

Not all rude people are crazy

Dear Annie: I am wondering whether my husband has OCD. Once he uses something, he cannot put it away. If he takes out a screwdriver, it stays on the counter. If he opens a package, the packaging sits until I throw it away. Every day he leaves an empty soda can on the coffee table. […]

Can’t do this over the phone

Dear Annie: You printed a telephone number for people who are suicidal and need help. Fine. How about a contact number for people who wish to die with dignity? People who want to leave forever and who have good reason to do so? Oregon seems to be the place to go to get help, but how? […]

Fake bar part of research into anti-drinking drug

By Lauran Neergaard WASHINGTON — There’s no skunky bar odor amid the beer taps. Instead of booze, colored water fills the bottles. The real alcohol is locked away but still close enough for the extra temptation of smell — and to test the safety of a new drug designed to help heavy drinkers say “when” […]

January 04, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Brutally attacked, but always remembered

Eight years ago, I gave my victim impact statement in a courtroom in San Diego. The sick monster who took away my sweet, wonderful daughter’s life perhaps listened. The murderer was sentenced to 25 years to life plus one more year in prison for taking the life of a lovely, very intelligent and super-creative young lady, Lily Nisen. Lily grew up in […]

January 04, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

How many will die if we avert our gaze?

It seems to me that Judy Reynolds’ understanding of human nature is naive (“Bombing is Not the Answer,” Dec. 28). Anyone who lived through the 20th century knows that there is evil that can only be stopped by force. A political compromise based on iron-clad guarantees of permanence (if there is such a thing in the […]

January 04, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

‘Twas the night before Christmas and outside the house…

Christmas Eve is as important as Christmas in my family because it’s the day we traditionally open our gifts, a loving event we all enjoy. But this year my children and their families were not arriving until Christmas day. I was concerned that our first Christmas Eve alone might feel isolated and quiet to my […]

January 04, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

My inner Rotarian, my inner Queen, and the place where they intersect

In 2015, I’m going to become a Rotarian. Not an actual Rotarian, mind you, because they have lots of meetings and committees, and I’m not sure which I loathe more. It’s like choosing between cat poop and dog poop. They each have their own special stink. Besides, Rotary lunches cost money every week and there […]

January 04, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Is assisted suicide wise?

By Stanislaus Dundon I am writing in response to Anita Freeman’s heartbreaking essay on the death of her sister, Elizabeth, which was published in The Enterprise on Dec. 14. Adding to the heartbreak was the fact that everything seemed to go terribly wrong for Elizabeth as she first struggled to survive her cancer and then sought […]

January 04, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Make commitments in 2015, not resolutions

By Laura Finley It’s 2015. People everywhere are making resolutions … lose weight, read more, quit smoking, etc. To resolve is the act of finding an answer or solution to a problem. Yet most of our resolutions are never achieved. According to Marti Hope Gonzales, associate professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota, just six […]

January 04, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

‘Univer-cities’ could become affordable San Franciscos

By John L. Gann Jr. In the business world, products sometimes price themselves out of the market and provide an opening for competitors. Because of strong demand for what they offer, universities have long been able to raise tuition without triggering this effect. But today we have controversy about the burden of student loans (a […]

January 04, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,