Columns

Americans need more ‘can do’ and not more candidates

Watching the political process play out is more discouraging each election cycle. Even the freshest faces in the field eventually descend to the level that handlers and pollsters tell them they must in order to win: criticizing other candidates in the same party (many of whom they'll have to ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. On behalf of the Beech Creek/Blanchard Friendship Community Center, I would like to send out a big APPLAUSE and an even bigger thank you to everyone who donated baskets, ...

Dear Annie: Stay or follow

Dear Annie: My boyfriend and I are coming up on our sixth anniversary. A few years ago, his mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. His parents live on the opposite side of the country from us. Their eldest son lives near them and can help them out. However, my boyfriend doesn’t think ...

Elusive second dose of Shingrix should still be taken when it’s available

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am hoping you can answer a question that I cannot seem to get answered by the pharmaceutical company, my pharmacist or my physician. My husband and I both took the first dose of the Shingrix vaccine as prescribed by our physician in July 2018. We were ...

Country dogs die young

In rulebooks and pamphlets, bicycle safety is simple. But when you are on the street it becomes very complicated. This is because traffic, like all social structures, is not the product of state rules like we might assume. Rather it is a product of interaction between multiple people. ...

Congressional impeachment show needs to be canceled

The impeachment show needs to be suspended and sent back for major rewrites — or, better yet, canceled entirely. I use the word "show" deliberately, because that is what it has become. In the most recent episode of House Democrats versus President Trump, pro-impeachment members were hoping ...

Dear Annie: Mail thief

Dear Annie: I live in a large apartment building in a very safe part of town. It’s an older building, and all of the mail for the complex is in one room. Large packages are placed by the mailbox in that room rather than brought up the four flights of stairs. A few weeks ago, I purchased a ...

Diet is a powerful tool for improving overall health

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a strong history of premature heart disease in my family, and I have been having some unpleasant side effects of blood pressure medicine. I decided to try a completely plant-based diet: grains, vegetables, legumes, fruit, seeds and nuts. After ...

Bible digest

“And also all that generation were gathered to their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.” (Judges 2:10 AKJV) It only takes one generation to become a rebellious people toward God. Tell your ...

Freezing state tuition a good first step

Penn State, Temple, Harrisburg University and Pennsylvania’s System of Higher Education (PASSHE) all have announced they are freezing tuition for undergraduate Pennsylvania residents for the 2019-20 academic year. This is a step in the right direction and one that other colleges in our area ...

A devilish deal

By ROBERT REICH It began with Donald Trump’s racist tweets demanding that four Democratic congresswomen - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar — “go back” to the “crime-infested places from which they came.” All four women are American ...

Dear Annie: Cheating pig

Dear Annie: My friend has been dating the same guy for about a year, and I have always gotten along with him just fine. He has become my friend, too. I’ve always thought they seem so happy together, and it makes me glad to see my friend treated well by someone she cares about. Friendship is ...

Balance risk against benefit with estrogen cream

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you addressed the costs of vaginal Premarin but did not mention the risks associated with stroke and dementia. Do you consider these risks to be of importance? I am wary of using Premarin, although I suffer from vaginal atrophy. — ...

Pa. needs to step up support for those working to clean up streams, rivers

Pennsylvania is in the process of updating its Clean Water Blueprint to protect and restore rivers and streams critical to our economy, citizens, and quality of life. The plan, formally known as the Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan, must specify the actions the Commonwealth will take ...

Social Security: Care or beware

Americans should be able to draw 100% of their social security benefits at age 65 but they can’t. 1983 began a gradual age increase from 65 to 67 which occurred over a 22 year period. For those who are already past 65 it’s too late to care much. People who began collecting at age 62 ...

Cool by the pool

By Lisa Andrus-Welch Everyone has their favorite summer past-time and mine just happens to involve a swimming pool. Sadly, I don’t have a pool of my own but I do have friends and family that do. In fact, I’ll be spending all next weekend in a pool with my siblings, their kids, and their ...

Age 70 hasn’t yet applied for Social Security

By RUSSELL GLOOR Dear Rusty: How can I maximize my monthly Social Security benefit? I’m already 70 years old - almost 71 now. Signed: Ready to Apply. Dear Ready to Apply: You’ve already maximized your monthly Social Security benefit by waiting until age 70 to apply. Age 70 is when you ...

Rated ‘T’ for teens: Digging deeper into bullying

With school just around the corner, I figured it’d be appropriate to write about it. I won’t write about the dress before the first day though. This isn’t simply about needing new clothes and supplies, or losing pencils like crazy. This is about the things that happen inside of every ...

Transmission: The backbone of the grid

It’s a beautiful day - sun is shining, blue skies. Your family just arrived at your beach rental, ready to start your week-long vacation. And then, the power goes out. Five minutes pass … then five hours … then two days. There is no air conditioning, no refrigeration and the town ...

Dear Annie: Grandma feels used

Dear Annie: I’m a grandmother to five children. My son Brian and his wife, Amanda, have a 3-year-old and a 6-month-old together. They live several states away, about a five-hour drive. I get to see them close to once a month, though, as they continually ask me to watch the kids while they ...