Medieval ideas about rape

Rep. Todd Akin has expressed a view about reproductive biology that was suggested by “scientists” as early as the 12th century: If a woman gets pregnant, she can’t really have been the victim of rape. In his words, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing […]

August 30, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Let’s drop our system of killing

Coexistence with coyotes is not telling people they will be forced to live with dangerous infectious animals. Wildlife coexistence plans have each case of wildlife and human conflict evaluated by a wildlife specialist and suggestions and direction are navigated with the goal of not continuing to indiscriminately kill but rather finding ways to have humans […]

August 28, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Augusta National decides women are OK

The issue: Congratulations to Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore for breaking the grass ceiling After 80 years, the Augusta National Golf Club has decided that women are not a passing fad and, since they’re likely to be around a while, it might not be such a bad idea to add some to the membership roster. […]

August 28, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

She doesn’t sound so great

Dear Annie: I am a single mother in my mid-30s and recently graduated from college. Because of the current job market, I am having difficulty finding a permanent full-time position in my field. I will most likely need to relocate to another state. The problem is my great-aunt. She is a nosy gossip and occasionally […]

Not joining in all the coddling

Dear Annie: My problem is my husband’s much younger 18-year-old sister. Because there’s such an age gap, “Lauren” has always been given whatever she wanted and told that everything she does is wonderful. My husband’s parents are only in their mid-50s, but say they’re “too old” to be raising a teenager and never discipline her. […]

On the plane with bridal parties, young and old

I feel lucky as I take my aisle seat on our flight to Hawaii with almost a dozen family members. The most important travelers, the wedding couple, my nephew and his bride, are seated just across from me. The couple next to me, however, are not with our group, so I greet them in conventional […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Boo hiss on bounce houses in neighborhood back yards

Bounce houses. Boo hiss. Yeah, I’m a mean old Mrs. Grinch. Whatever. You would be, too, if you had to put up with them in your own back yard, against your will. Over and over and over. Sure, those big, bright inflatable things with children bouncing and flailing around inside are fine at carnivals and […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Dealing with a bullying parent

Dear Annie: My toxic mother has put a strain on my family. Two years ago, she got into a fight with my husband, and I sided with him. Life has been a living hell ever since. She constantly calls and leaves horrible messages on our voicemail. She has turned family and friends against us. Our […]

Brain scans give insights into development

Not too long ago, doctors trying to diagnose neurologic disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s could only rely on external symptoms and batteries of cognitive tests. Without a peephole to the brain, only an autopsy could confirm what was actually happening to the structures inside the skull. Four decades of increasingly sophisticated imaging techniques have given […]

Speak out

President Hon. Barack Obama, The White House, Washington, D.C., 20502; (202) 456-1111; fax: (202) 456-2461; email: [email protected] U.S. Senate Sen. Barbara Boxer, 112 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; (202) 224-3553; email: visit Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 331 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; (202) 224-3841; fax: (202) 228-3954; email: visit House […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Forum | Tagged ,

As Woody turns 100, we protest too little

By Lawrence Downes NEW YORK — In October, the Kennedy Center will throw a centennial party for Woody Guthrie, a star-studded concert with tickets topping out at $175. It will be America’s ultimate tribute to a beloved troubadour. “Through his unique music, words and style,” the Kennedy Center says, “Guthrie was able to bring attention […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Breaking up with my bank

By Judith MacBrine Last week I closed my Bank of America checking account and transferred it to The Golden 1 Credit Union. The week before, I transferred my safe deposit box from BofA to First Northern Bank. As soon as I can claim my last “reward,” I’ll stop using my BofA Visa card. It didn’t […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,