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OPINION
July 1, 2011
Obama calls out Congress Re "Obama puts pressure on Republicans," June 30 I beg to differ with your claim that President Obama has framed the debate on the budget talks. Obama does not have a plan. If he does, could someone please give me a clear and concise recap of what it is? Decrying corporate aircraft, oil companies and billionaires is just divisive. Besides, changing the length of depreciation for corporate aircraft would only raise pennies and not address real budget issues.
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SCIENCE
August 21, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Declining rates of circumcision among infants will translate into billions of dollars of unnecessary medical costs in the U.S. as these boys grow up and become sexually active men, researchers at Johns Hopkins University warned. In a study published Monday in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, a team of economists and epidemiologists estimated that every circumcision not performed would lead to significant increases in lifetime medical expenses to treat sexually transmitted diseases and related cancers - increases that far surpass the costs associated with the procedure.
NEWS
November 16, 1986
The article "Spirited Debate Over the Question of Circumcision" commendably reported what few expectant parents are told: that no medical purpose is served by routine circumcision of the newborn, and that the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists hold that circumcision is medically unnecessary. Studies which report that uncircumcised men are more prone to infections or could cause cervical cancer or other diseases in women have been discredited, because the studies were performed in underdeveloped countries where hygiene is generally poor.
NEWS
May 13, 1993 | From Reuters
The World Health Organization on Wednesday announced a campaign against the genital mutilation each year of millions of pre-pubescent girls. In a resolution sponsored by a group of African nations where female circumcision is most widespread, member states in WHO's annual assembly asked the United Nations agency to set up a plan of action to eliminate such "harmful traditional practices."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2011 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
The image of a bearded, black-hatted Jew with an evil grin and a bloody blade seems straight out of the annals of classic European anti-Semitism. In this case, however, it is straight out of the pages of a comic book that landed in the middle of a campaign to outlaw circumcision in San Francisco for males under the age of 18. "Foreskin Man," featuring a blond, buff hero who battles dark, evil Jewish characters, has added a strange and possibly...
SCIENCE
July 15, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Circumcising men routinely across Africa could prevent millions of deaths from AIDS, World Health Organization researchers and colleagues reported this week in the journal Public Library of Science Medicine. They analyzed data from trials that showed men who had been circumcised had a significantly lower risk of infection with the AIDS virus and calculated that if all men were circumcised over the next 10 years, about 2 million infections and 300,000 deaths could be avoided.
SCIENCE
December 14, 2006 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Circumcision reduces the risk of HIV infection by half, according to a new study conducted among nearly 8,000 adult males in Kenya and Uganda, researchers reported Wednesday. Circumcision proved so effective that the study was halted a year early and the procedure was offered to all study participants. Previous research has suggested that circumcision is beneficial, but the new trial is "definitive," according to Dr. Anthony S.
OPINION
June 1, 2011
Sen. Boxer's vision Re "It's time to get out," Opinion, May 27 It appears that Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is confused. We went to war against the Taliban, which was the actual government of Afghanistan, not Al Qaeda. The Taliban allowed Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden to exist within its borders. So while we may have one of those groups under control, we still need to defeat the Taliban. The Taliban is one of the most oppressive and hateful governments that has ever existed.
OPINION
May 21, 2011 | Tim Rutten
In November, the residents of San Francisco will not only cast their ballots on pressing state and local issues, they also will decide whether to approve a proposition banning the circumcision of male children. The immediate temptation, of course, is to roll the eyes and dismiss the measure as another reminder that, along with the wild yeast that produces terrific sourdough bread, a strain of lunacy floats on the Bay Area breezes. Moreover, even if it were to pass, the proposal does such obvious violence to the 1st Amendment that its chances of surviving constitutional review are even more improbable than Donald Trump's hair color.
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