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At least 2% of public water systems are like Flint, Mich.

By LAURA PANGALLOZZI More than five years after Flint’s water crisis first hit the news, the city has successfully lowered the lead levels in its water. The most recently available testing, from the second half of 2018, puts the lead in Flint’s water at 4 parts per billion. That’s ...

Nike fans flames of culture war

Nike is doing it wrong. I don't mean the shoemaking, though that thing with Zion Williamson was pretty bad, I have to say. No, Nike is doing it wrong because it managed to do something that all the neo-Nazis, Klansmen, alt-righters and other denizens of the lowest coprophagic phylum of our ...

Every state should pass a medical aid-in-dying law

By KIM CALLINAN Just two months apart, the governors of Maine and New Jersey signed laws ensuring that terminally ill adults in their states would no longer have to suffer needlessly at life’s inevitable end. Similar to bills introduced in 17 other states this year, the Maine and New ...

Bible Digest

“It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” (Luke 17:2 AKJV) Don’t stand in the way of children who want to come to Jesus.

Dear Annie: Should we go the distance?

Dear Annie: I will be moving soon — several states away — and I’m torn about the state of my relationship. I’ve been with my significant other for five years. That’s not something I can easily let go of. But we have been growing apart for some time now, and we’ve discussed that we ...

Nurse daughter is right on the money with fasting advice

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My daughter is a registered nurse, and tells me that when getting blood tests, it is not necessary to fast eight to 12 hours even though my doctor says to do so. Four hours is enough, she claims. Is this true, or is my daughter trying to be a doctor, if ...

Dear Annie: Wanted: real customer service

Dear Annie: Am I the only one who feels that life is too complicated these days and that I feel absolutely powerless when it comes to calling a big company to get service? I am old enough to remember the days when we bought a television, put it in the car, drove home, plugged it in, played ...

‘Brittle’ diabetes encompasses harder-to-control blood sugar

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 74 years old and have been a brittle Type 1 diabetic for 50 years. I have no history of heart disease. My doctor of 40 years recently retired and had me control my hemoglobin A1C to a range of 5.9-6.2. My new doctor, who is in her mid-30s, wants me to ...

Bible Digest

“No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Luke 16:13 AKJV) You must decide. Who is your Lord?

Fix this broken city

Writing about the City of Lock Haven being “anti-business” draws its ire and retaliation. But I only recently learned council members quietly passed a more restrictive sign ordinance in April of 2018.It eliminated non-profit organization exceptions, but failed to address laminate sign ...

The U.S. women are winners, not victims

The women of the U.S. national soccer team are famous for being extraordinary athletes, repeat world champions — and plaintiffs. The team's lawsuit alleging pay discrimination against the U.S. Soccer Federation has done much to define its identity. A nearly perfect run through the World ...

Dear Annie: Walking Down the Aisle Without Drama

Dear Annie: I’m getting married in a few months, and I’m paying for everything myself. My parents are divorced and not on good terms, but I have a good relationship with both of them and want them there. Recently, my mom said she expects me to ask my grandfather (her father) to walk me ...

Late recurrences possible in breast cancer patients

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I just read another sad story about a woman who had breast cancer, fought it and seemed to win, but after five years, it came back and took her life. The same sequence of events happened to my wife two years ago. She fought the second round of cancer ...

Bible Digest

“So likewise, whoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:33 AKJV) Jesus calls for a full commitment. Are you His disciple?

Rated ‘T’ for teens

As time has gone on, I’ve realized that a lot of quotes that we use are wrong, or they have been altered from the original form. I’ve been called these phrases or been told these phrases multiple times in my life, and I deemed it interesting enough to write about. It also might make people ...

Getting Congress back on track

By Lee H. Hamilton The other day, someone I’ve known for years offered a pointed bit of criticism. “It’s easy for people like you to make long lists of things Congress should do to improve,” he said. “But you know good and well most of them won’t happen. So if you’re really ...

Jealousy rearing its ugly head

Dear Annie: I will turn 65 this year and can’t help but look back on my life. For the most part, until recently at least, I was feeling very satisfied. I was married right out of college, at 22, to the wrong person, and we split up after 10 months. She has since been married four times. But I ...

Risk to chemotherapy patient from healthy cat is small

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My neighbor is battling cancer for the third time. The medical personnel she sees when she goes for her chemotherapy treatments are urging her to get rid of her two cats. They claim the cats are a danger to her health. Wearing gloves and a mask while ...

Letters to our boys

(Editor’s Note: This is another installment of The Express’ “Letter to Our Boys,” written during World War II to let “our boys” know what was happening back in their home towns. The Express will bring the letters to you occasionally, thanks to the efforts of Fred and Anna Snyder, ...

Intermittent fasting fan

Dear Annie: I have discovered something that your readers might find helpful, and if you agree, I hope that you will print my letter. For the past 20 years, I have wanted to lose the same 10 pounds. In fact, I have lost them dozens of times and then regained them after going off whatever ...