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The virus that may bring us together

By VOLKER FRANKE A country paralyzed. A booming economy about to crash. Citizens afraid of an enemy they can’t see, hear or smell. The coronavirus has captured the world. Life as we have known it has stopped abruptly. As of March 29, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) ...

Dear Annie: And the people stayed home

Dear Readers: We are living in unprecedented times. With many states imposing mandatory lockdowns and so many of our health care workers on the front lines, I wanted to offer a few thoughts. First is a huge thank-you to those doctors, nurses and health care workers who are dealing with this ...

To Your Good Health: Osteoarthritis is not related to osteoporosis

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: After taking prednisone for several years I suffered a fracture of the tibia. My doctors took me off the prednisone and prescribed generic Fosamax. My last bone scan says that I have osteopenia and that I am 17% at risk for a break. A friend of mine said ...

Bible Digest

“The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that does good.” (Psalms 53:1 AKJV) Look around you. You can see the Hand of God in creation and in life itself. Don’t be foolish. God is still on the throne.

Rules for business are not fair amid this serious virus

By GURNEY WAGNER I know this virus is very, very serious business. But as a small business owner, I am unable to work and it is crippling my business. When I say crippling, I’m implying that I may lose my business that I found and built from the ground up with my father over 30 years ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. I would like to send out a great big THANK YOU to my family, friends, total strangers and businesses who donated to Ryan’s Paving Project at the Friendship Community ...

Dear Annie: New beau, new woes

Dear Annie: I am 75. I’ve been single for more than 20 years. I was resigned to live my life as a single woman. However, a man I dated 57 years ago called me out of the blue last year. He told me he’d outlived his wife, “Sheryl.” They were married 22 years; the ex passed away 10 years ...

Bible Digest

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalms 51:10 AKJV) God can do this for you too. Pray. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (Psalms 51:17 AKJV) God specializes in healing ...

After coronavirus, what?

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic will long be remembered as a time which upended people’s lives and livelihoods and caused too many family tragedies to count. Each day, there is more depressing news about more cases and more deaths. It creates a shadow of doom over our society and ...

Dear Annie: Tired of picking up the slack

Dear Annie: A few months ago, my husband was laid off from his job. When that happened, he asked if he could just stay home and work on his own personal projects and interests. I work a corporate 9 to 5 job and can barely cover our bills without his salary, but I said yes because I wanted him ...

To Your Good Health: Mysterious MRKH syndrome likely genetic

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I’d like information about a rare condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome. The person I am asking about with this condition was born in 1958 without a uterus or vagina, and has one kidney. Were there any medicines or pills given at this ...

Bible Digest

“And one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” (Isaiah 6:3 AKJV) God can never be less than holy. He will never condone sin.

How Germany is managing its virus epidemic and reacting to Trump

By KLAUS W.LARRES A recent work visit to Germany, where I grew up, stretched from one week to three. Those weeks coincided with the spread of the coronavirus in Germany as well as across Europe. What I saw while there is that Germany’s population is in a state of shock and still can’t ...

Dear Annie: Grandson’s activities too feminine?

Dear Annie: Our 5-year-old grandson, “Ernie,” is best friends with our 6-year-old granddaughter, “Emily.” They ride to school together and are in the same kindergarten class. Recently, Emily and I sewed a cute little project together. Ernie decided he wanted to sew, too. We grabbed ...

To Your Good Health: Is it worth it to insist on brand name at the pharmacy?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I read that with certain medications, you should never take the generic medicine over the nongeneric. I read this for Synthroid and levothyroxine, as the range for healthy varies greatly. Is this true? I have heard this true about heart drugs also. — ...

Bible Digest

“And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 AKJV) In our weaknesses we can experience God’s grace and power. He ...

Dear Annie: Anger explosions causing worry

Dear Annie: My son is in his 40s and throws temper tantrums! Any little thing can set him off. It’s so bad that his son asks him if he’s mad, fearing that something has set him off. He is going to marriage counseling and admits he has a temper, but nothing changes. When he loses it, he ...

Bible Digest

“Labor not to be rich: cease from your own wisdom. Will you set your eyes on that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.” (Proverbs 23:4-5 AKJV) Riches will not sustain us. God will.