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Inaction is not an option

Americans are fed up with this nation’s gun violence epidemic. It is intolerable. Horrific accounts of deranged mass murderers using military-grade assault weapons to indiscriminately spray bullets into crowds of innocent people has become part of the regular news cycle. Lives are ...

Time to take the keys?

Dear Annie: It makes me so sad to watch my family grow old. My grandfather has been in denial about his aging process, and now it's creeping up on him from behind. Growing up, I was always impressed by how youthful he was; well into his 70s, he was playing tennis every day, running, going on ...

Netflix – a new kind of box office

There is no denying that cinema is changing, and the habits of cinema-goers are changing too. A lot of it has to do with the way studios have gained such a huge control of production and distribution, like never before. Of course, Hollywood of the 1950s was certainly the most ...

A best friend, at one point

Dear Annie: My father was diagnosed with cancer a year ago. I told a close childhood friend. She responded, “I don’t know if I can deal with that.” Then she didn’t speak to me for six months. This was hurtful — as I had recently spent many weekends traveling (I live out of town) and ...

r To Your Good Health, What does diagnosis of kidney disease bring?

By KEITH ROACH, M.D. Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 76-year-old woman. I read your column daily, but I do not remember reading anything about chronic kidney disease. I have just been diagnosed with CKD and have been reading as much as I can get my hands on. This is very frustrating, since much of ...

Tools for killing

Have you ever tried to kill someone with your bare hands? It’s difficult in a fair match. You get winded quickly. You lose buttons and hair. You smell the iron in your own blood. Others break you up. The whole thing is a stupid affair. I can imagine most people have not tried ...

Married but alone

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for almost 30 years. Sometimes I think I don't know him at all. He hardly calls or texts me when at work, but he would call his siblings at any time of the day. He doesn't answer my calls or respond to my texts messages, either. He is often late ...

Let teachers protect their students

In our thousands of public schools there have been eleven mass shootings since 2000: Elementary (3), high schools (3) and colleges (5). These follow with year and number of deaths: 2005 Red Lake Senior High School (7), 2006 West Nickel Mines School (6), 2007 Virginia Tech (33), 2008 Northern ...

Husband looks at photos of women, revisited

Dear Readers: Recently, I printed a letter from “Never Gonna Be Good Enough.” She was fed up with her husband’s looking at titillating photos of women online and was curious about how other readers have approached this issue in their marriages. The diversity of opinions is ...

Trailing Pine and Deer Stampedes

We need at least one more wintertime visit to the north side of Peter’s Steps to examine some of the remarkable, unique, singular features and youthful experiences of this woodland playground. One absolute rarity that occurred in a spot behind Peter’s Steps was a small patch of what dad ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. A few weeks ago, my friend “K” came to visit me from western Pa. She came up on Thursday and thought she was meeting her cousin at the Clinton County courthouse at ...

Court should free teachers from forced unionism

By GREG HARTNETT As a public school teacher, hundreds of parents entrust me to help their children achieve their potential. Thousands of taxpayers also rely on me to use their resources for the betterment of the next generation. Because of these responsibilities, I approach each school day ...

Adult daughter a financial burden

Dear Annie: I'm a 69-year-old retired widow living on a fixed income. I'm paying monthly on a loan to get some repairs done to my home. My problem is my daughter and son-in-law. They both have health problems, my daughter especially. He gets Social Security disability and Medicare. My daughter ...

To Your Good Health, Lip inflammation causes unending irritation

Dear Dr. Roach: For over two years, my wife has been having a problem with her lower lip. From morning on, it swells, irritating her and causing her to lick her lips constantly. She has seen doctors, dentists and specialists, all of whom have no answer and have no one to refer her to. It causes ...

Don’t talk to mama with that mouth

Dear Annie: I’ve been married for 10 years. My husband and I live about 15 minutes from his mother. Things have never been great between my mother-in-law and me, but we’ve always tried to overlook our differences. When my husband and I were first married and didn’t have kids, we spent ...

Is it time to amend the Constitution of the United States?

In the latest public school massacre at least 17 people were killed when a former student, armed with an AR-15 rifle opened fire at a high school one week ago today, St. Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2018. Some say this is a time for grieving, not to talk about gun control. Perhaps we have ...

Drama over solutions

Dear Annie: My middle child graduated from college last year and has been driving me crazy ever since. The transition into the adult world can be a difficult, confusing time for most college grads; thinking back, I obsessed over picking the “right” job, the “right” career, etc. So, that ...

How to disrupt elections with fake IDs, fraud and Facebook

The Associated Press A year before Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy, two Russian operatives landed in the United States to lay groundwork for an intelligence operation targeting the legitimacy of the 2016 election. What began as a Cold War-like attack by an old adversary ...