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Suspicion of an affair

Dear Annie: My husband and I are in our 60s and now both retired. About 18 months ago, I picked up his cellphone by mistake. (We had very similar phones at the time.) I discovered he was texting a former co-worker who is an attractive 30-something divorcee and who, when I first met her, ...

Addiction affecting household

Dear Annie: My 52-year-old stepdaughter is on drugs and has been for 20 years. Her mom has had her removed from our home four or five times, but she is now back living here. She is causing so much stress to the whole family, and we do not know where to go for help. She refuses to go to any type ...

A husband’s hearing loss

Dear Readers: Recently, I printed a letter from “Sad and Frustrated Beyond Words,” who was at her wits’ end with her husband, who has hearing loss but refuses to get help. I told her that she’s right that her husband should get his hearing checked but added that until he’s open to ...

Wrapped in a sea of plastic

By KATHLEEN ROGERS By now, most of us have read that plastic, that incredibly useful product that all of us use every day, is fast becoming public enemy number one. We have been using plastics for decades and as a result, plastic is everywhere: In our fish, in our food, in our oceans, in ...

Get ready for summer by eating smarter

Now that Easter, the last of the feasting holidays, is over, it may be time to spring into action and get to work on the summer body. We all know that reversing the effects of overindulgence is not an easy task. It takes exercise, along with, reducing fats, carbohydrates and sugar intake. ...

Family members’ regrettable posts

Dear Annie: This is an issue I imagine many people are having. Sometimes my family members post things I disagree with online. Many times, I’ve found myself typing up a comment, only to decide against clicking the “submit” button. I really don’t want to get into arguments with loved ...

Can you hear me now?

It happens 2.9 billion times each month. All across this nation, citizens are being pestered by privacy-invading telephone calls from either live or tape-recorded telemarketers, spammers and scammers even though there are state and federal laws against such unwanted calls. Think about ...

Leaving after years of abuse

Dear Annie: When my youngest son graduates high school, I plan on leaving my husband. My husband, "Bill," and I have two sons. My husband has refused to discipline either of them. He's always allowed the elder son (age 20) to curse me out and make my life a living hell, as well as bully his ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: My husband has gained about 15 pounds in as many months. “Robb” has been a naturally thin person all his life, or at least in the 10 years I’ve known him. I know he realizes he’s gained weight, because he’s mentioned how his clothes aren’t fitting well anymore, and ...

Easter 

Americans are waiting and hoping. We’re hoping for something and we aren’t exactly for sure what we are hoping for. Internally it’s always the hopes of something better around the corner. Many of us grew up believing that if we worked hard, tried hard and stayed with it that life ...

r Making Life Better, It’s time for pussy willows and pollinators

Finally the signs of spring have arrived. The crocus that had been planted years ago in the yard are blooming, and the Eranthis cilicica, with the common name of winter buttercup, are in competition with the crocus in their attempt to attract honey bees. The daffodil and tulip leaves are trying ...

Dumped by friend

Dear Annie: I hope you can help me with a friendship problem I am having. A group of six or seven of us get together for birthdays and other events. We also do things individually. One in our group, whom I interact with regularly, and I were attending an event where I mentioned we would stay ...

We should require universal public service

At a time when our society is coming unglued by political correctness, I ask myself, “What the hell has happened to this country?” What has happened to the “great melting pot?” Years ago, immigrants came to this country from Germany, Italy, China, England and many more. Those ...

Roadblock to life’s next phase

Dear Annie: I’m feeling stuck. Recently, my boyfriend of two years and I have been looking at new places to move into together. It’s been an exciting time, and I keep daydreaming of our future — marriage, kids, nesting, chore charts, the whole thing. However, a wrench has been thrown into ...

Let’s work to make state prisons safer for staff, corrections officers

The Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association (PSCOA) has always made the safety and security of Corrections Officers our top priority. That’s why it was so heart wrenching to lose one of our own when a hero, Sgt. Mark Baserman, was murdered at SCI-Somerset by an inmate with a ...

America, we need truth in treatment in modern medicine

By WENDY K. SMITH I recently met with a patient who was diagnosed with throat cancer and metastases to his lungs. He was on a feeding tube and his weight was down to 109 pounds. A surgical procedure that he underwent this past June in an attempt to remove the cancer had permanently ...

Getting rid of junk calls

Dear Annie: For the past few months, my phone has just about exploded with calls from telemarketers and scammers. I am at my wits’ end! No, robot, I’m not past due on my bank payments. I don’t want a free stay at your beach resort in Panama. And I’m not going to send money to you to ...

IRS can help to prevent terrorism

By LEONARD GETZ And CLIFF RIEDERS While universities may plead powerless to stopping the spread of educational corruption and terrorist ideology in their Saudi and Iranian funded Middle East studies programs, the Internal Revenue Service cannot. Universities must adhere to a series of ...

Easter cakes for a grand finale

I love Easter so much because it’s a lovely holiday without all the stresses of Christmas. As the intro to Spring, Easter seems more relaxed. The menu can be anything, from your favorite meat or poultry served with tons of sides to a simple pan of lasagna and a salad. When it comes down to it ...

Medicare’s annual limits on therapy lifted

Last month Congress approved the federal budget agreement and it was signed by the President on Feb. 9. One of the provisions should help the health of the 59 million Americans who have Medicare. Under the budget agreement, annual caps are removed on the amount Medicare pays for physical, ...