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June 21, 2013
Re "Obesity to be viewed as a disease," June 19 The American Medical Assn.'s decision to classify obesity as a disease, obliging doctors to address their overweight patients' condition, may result in lightened patient loads - but at a high price. It's axiomatic in the healthcare industry that the quickest way for a doctor to lose a patient is to say, "You need to see a psychiatrist" or "You need to lose weight. " With patient loads likely to increase with the implementation of Obamacare, the best way to reduce those loads would seem to be pushing that hottest of all patient hot buttons and talking honestly about the risks of obesity.
March 2, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
SACRAMENTO - GOP operative Karl  Rove had blunt words Saturday for California Republicans, who are trying to claw their way back to political relevancy in the state. “My message is this: get off your ass,"  Rove told nearly 500 Republicans gathered for a convention luncheon at a downtown hotel. “Get back in the game and fight. Don't give in to what the other side wants.” The gathering is taking place as the state GOP is at a crossroads. A Republican politician has not been elected to statewide office in seven years, GOP voter registration has plummeted, and the party is mired in debt.
June 15, 1995
Advice to the Republicans--hire Willie Brown as a political consultant. PAUL DERGARABEDIAN Mission Viejo
September 5, 2012 | By David Lazarus
The world's richest woman, Australian mining tycoon Gina Rinehart, drew international scorn recently after saying that people who are jealous of the wealthy should drink less and work harder. And now she's back with some more helpful advice. Speaking at the Sydney Mining Club, Rinehart said her country's mining industry couldn't compete with nations that are willing to pay workers less than $2 a day for their sweat and labor. The implicit suggestion: Employers should be free to pay workers whatever they please.
November 16, 1990
My advice to President Bush on this Saddam Hussein thing: Hit or get off the despot. DAVID PECCHIA West Los Angeles
November 16, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times
Got Medicare enrollment questions? Of course you do. Experts will be on hand during a Newport News Daily Press Web chat from noon to 1 p.m. EST (9 to 10 a.m. PST) Wednesday to help seniors with Medicare enrollment. The enrollment period opened Monday and continues until Dec. 31. In the meantime, here’s a tool at to determine whether you’re eligible to enroll and a Medicare Guide from the South Florida Sun Sentinel that can help you get a jump on signing up.
July 16, 2013 | By Karin Klein
How can a person live on just McDonald's? The pay for employees, that is, not the food itself. As it happens, neither possibility is very attractive. In an effort to help its low-wage employees manage to stay afloat financially, the golden arches teamed up with Visa to produce an online brochure to guide workers through the process of paying their bills and even saving money while living on a cheap-food paycheck. It could be that the authors of the online site learned more about finances than the employees.
March 7, 2011 | By Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: You recently advised hiring professionals to build websites, but are there cheaper alternatives for start-ups? Answer: On a tight budget, try to barter services with a Web design firm. Or hire a freelancer to design the site and take that template to a developer, said Erin Presseau of SilverTech, a digital marketing agency in New Hampshire. "Although the company may charge a nominal fee for graphic production work, they won't pad the estimate for the initial design," she said.
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