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Bail reform: Proceed with caution

By DIANE DIMOND January 2020 ushered in a unique new law in New York state that abolished cash bail for defendants arrested for nonviolent crimes. Activists in the bail reform movement called it landmark legislation that stops judges from locking up the poor while they await trial simply ...

Back down, Mama Bear

Dear Annie: Every December, my ex-mother-in-law organizes a holiday party for all of the women from her side of the family. It’s a fancy dinner, and they have a $15 Secret Santa gift exchange. As a rule, all attendees must be 16, and my daughter was thrilled that she was able to attend for ...

Bible Digest

“With him [is] an arm of flesh; but with us [is] the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.” (2 Chronicles 32:8 AV) Life is good when we know we are on the side of the Lord. Amen!

Dear Annie: What’s that old phrase?

Dear Annie: People who complain about giving gifts and not getting one in return should remember an old saying: If you are giving something and expecting something in return, then it is not giving; it is business. — Good Ol’ Saying Dear Good Ol’ Saying: May our readers find the ...

How prohibition changed the way Americans drink

By JAY ZAGORSKY Did you know that that past Friday marked one hundred years ago that America officially went dry? Prohibition, embodied in the U.S Constitution’s 18th amendment, banned the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol. Yet it remained legal to drink, and alcohol was ...

Do Canadians want to defer to Prince Harry and wife Meghan?

By FROMA HARROP One thing Canadians tend to be is sensible. And so it is surprising how many would consider making Prince Harry and his wife, the former Meghan Markle, king and queen of Canada. Harry is a beneficiary of the lucky sperm club, and Meghan was TV actress from Los Angeles. ...

Dear Annie: Achieving King’s ‘Dream’

Dear Annie: Again, it is time to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. He would have been 91 on Jan. 15. Since his death in 1968, so much has changed ... and yet, so much has remained the same. Sometimes, I wonder, if he were alive, what would King think about how things have ...

To Your Good Health: A liver transplant is necessary with advanced disease

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My son is 62 years old and has cirrhosis of the liver. He does not drink. Years ago, he had a blood transfusion that turned out to have hepatitis C. He cannot get a liver transplant. He has ascites, which needs to get drained once a week. It is very ...

Bible Digest

“And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because [he is] good, for his mercy [endureth] for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.” (Ezra ...

Dear Annie: Replacing a beloved pet

Dear Annie: Our beloved family dog, Dasher, passed away last year. Dasher was a husky. She was the sweetest and best dog I ever could imagine. Good with the kids and our old kitty. When I contacted the breeder I bought her from, he said that he is no longer breeding. My friend suggested I look ...

To Your Good Health: How can an EKG show evidence of an old heart attack?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: When I went to my new doctor, whom I like very much, I found that they do a lot of things in their office for which I would normally be sent elsewhere. The nurse drew four vials of blood and gave me an EKG. The EKG showed I had a heart attack sometime in ...

Bible Digest

“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place to wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, said the Lord.” (Romans 12:19 AKJV) Let God take care of matters. He knows what is best. “The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his ...

Deer hunting season change not supported by hunters, businesses

By RANDY SANTUCCI The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) changed the over half-century-old, traditional deer season opening day from the Monday after Thanksgiving to the Saturday prior amidst strong opposition. To someone not familiar with the dynamics of this weekend, this change might ...

Campaign dollars, not ideas, narrow 2020 Democratic presidential field

By JULES WITCOVER The old canard that every mother's son or daughter can run for president has become a joke. The Democratic National Committee's qualifications for its televised 2020 debates require high donor and dollar lists, meaning at least half of the remaining 14 declared candidates ...

Dear Annie: Behind-the-back talk

Dear Annie: I have a problem with my friend “Julie” that I’m not sure how to handle. She’s a really good friend in many ways. She’s always there when I’m going through hard stuff. She’s generous with food and gifts and other thoughtful gestures. For instance, last year, when she ...

To Your Good Health: Can red light change Dad’s dementia diagnosis?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My 78-year-old father is experiencing the early signs of dementia. It has been suggested that he try a $500 device that would aim a low-intensity red LED light into his nose to stimulate his brain and stabilize or perhaps even reverse the symptoms of ...

Bible Digest

“The earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” (Psalms 24:1 AKJV) This is God’s world. We are His guests. Let’s honor Him.