Letter: Stop cuts in aid to world’s poorest, sickest children

Stop cuts to aid to world’s poorest, sickest children Re: “Letter: Reps. McNerney, DeSaulnier committed to eradicating TB” (Opinion, March 22): I care deeply about ending poverty. My family comes from China and Vietnam. They braved the tumultuous Vietnam War, where poverty and hunger were widespread, before coming to America. Like last year, the White House released a national budget proposal that drastically reduces foreign aid. This foreign aid ensures that millions of people get treatment for tuberculosis. It also helps babies get the medical care and nutrition they need to grow into healthy kids and gives girls a chance to go to school. Related Articles Letter: Pacheco Reservoir plan… Read More

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Ronny Jackson withdraws from consideration for VA chief

By HOPE YEN, LISA MASCARO and CATHERINE LUCEY WASHINGTON (AP) — White House doctor Ronny Jackson withdrew from consideration as Veterans Affairs secretary on Thursday, saying “false allegations” against him have become a distraction. In a statement the White House issued from Jackson, he said he “did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity.” Shortly after Jackson dropped out, President Donald Trump called into the Fox & Friends morning show to praise Jackson as an “incredible man” who “runs a fantastic operation.” Trump said Jackson had a “beautiful record” and that there was no proof of the allegations. Added Trump, “I think… Read More

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The Latest: VA nominee withdraws from consideration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as Veterans Affairs secretary (all times local): 8 a.m. White House doctor Ronny Jackson is withdrawing from consideration as Veterans Affairs secretary. Jackson says “false allegations” against him have become a distraction. The White House sent out a statement from Jackson Thursday morning. He says he “did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity.” Jackson has faced a series of accusations about his workplace conduct, including that he recklessly prescribed drugs and exhibited drunken behavior. Trump chose Jackson to head the VA last month after abruptly firing Obama… Read More

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Letter: Dockless bikes, scooters benefit the community

Dockless bikes, scooters benefit the community I am writing to support the dockless bike/scooter share programs in the Bay Area. I agree that cities need to regulate their use, but to deny these innovative companies this marketplace would be a mistake. I live just outside of the core of downtown San Jose, which the Ford Go bikes don’t serve. I have used LimeBike (the bikes, not the scooters) on a number of occasions, and it was a fun, efficient and user-friendly experience. (I have not tried the scooters.) In an area with so many reasons to bike (great weather, bike lanes, mostly flat topography), these alternative ways of getting around… Read More

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Letter: ‘Weed Day’ 4/20 encouraged illegal use of pot by minors

‘Weed Day’ 4/20 encouraged illegal use of pot by minors With reference to “Weed Day” (aka 4/20) on Friday, when cannabis enthusiasts nationwide celebrated smoking pot, I would like to elucidate legal issues having to do with this date. Although marijuana has been legalized in the state of California, it must be remembered that this legalization only applies to people over the age of 21. Consequently, minors throughout California who used marijuana on 4/20 did so illegally, in some cases supported and concealed by adults who support this use of drugs. Related Articles Letter: Who will win National Guard chess match at the border? Letter: Celebration of 4/20 was inappropriately… Read More

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She read about a 4-year-old’s mysterious death. A year later, it saved her own daughter’s life.

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. | The Washington Post As 4-year-0ld Elianna Grace sat in the back seat of the SUV, battling her second fever in three days, her mom flashed back to the coughing and vomiting fit the preschooler had the previous weekend – and to a niggling fear about the girl’s sudden illness. Elianna had spent April 14 playing in her grandparents’ pool in Bradenton, Florida. She blew a geyser of water at family members with a pool noodle. One of them tried to spray her back, but Elianna was already inhaling and got a mouth full of water. The preschooler coughed, vomited and retched for the next… Read More

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