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What are political parties’ platforms?

Political parties’ platforms — their statements of where they stand on issues — get little respect. President Donald Trump mused recently that he might shrink his party’s platform from 66 pages in 2016 to a single page in 2020. Even as far back as 1996, Republican presidential candidate ...

The truth about COVID-19 economy

"The recovery has been very strong," Donald Trump says. Then the Commerce Department reports that the U.S. economy contracted between April and June at the fastest pace in nearly three-quarters of a century, which is as long as economists have been keeping track. The drop wiped out five ...

Dear Annie: You’re not to blame

Dear Annie: I have an absolutely wonderful boyfriend who I have been with for nearly two years. The only issue we have is regarding some of my exes. Although I have proven to him that I have no lingering feelings whatsoever, he has a hard time when they come up in anyone’s conversation, or ...

Is there any help for chemotherapy-induced neuropathy?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I have seen so many articles relating to diabetic neuropathy, but my situation is different. I have been dealing with neuropathy in both my feet for two years now as a result of the chemotherapy I received to fight breast cancer. I have tried everything, ...

Opinion: Domestic abusers sometimes wear a badge

Sarah Letendre is spending her time trying to piece together a brand-new life for herself and her two small children. Technically, she is homeless, living alone in a hotel, and trying to find a job (with her master's degree in social work) and a permanent place to live. Her days as a nurturing ...

Opinion: A good bicycle ride

I’ve been a bicycle rider my whole life. Fifty years ago, this month I was riding my bike about six miles round trip to Bible school at Tomahawk, Kentucky. I did so for an entire week. During the week I was one of several young people who prayed the prayer to receive Christ. On ...

Dear Annie: Bring your info with you

Dear Annie: I often go to a large pharmacy to pick up prescriptions. They see hundreds of customers daily, so there is no way the several pharmacists would recognize me. Since I wear a mask and must speak through the plastic shield between us, sometimes they cannot understand me when I say my ...

To Your Good Health: Seek neurologist’s help for involuntary mouth movements

DEAR DR. ROACH: For about the past year, I have had mouth movements that I do not intend to make. I can stop them if I really concentrate on doing so, but as soon as I think of something else, they resume. Lately, I also have involuntary movements on the left side of my mouth when I am about to ...

Bible Digest

“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:” (Psalms 103:1-2 AKJV) God is so good to us. Let’s be good to Him.

Dear Annie: Finding home newly

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 37 years. We were separated for five years and, recently, have started spending time together again, with an interest in reuniting. But we’ve found that we get along better while he has his apartment and I have my apartment. We both really ...

Bible Digest

“For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures to all generations.” (Psalms 100:5 AKJV) As people say, God is good all the time. Amen! “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, ...

Our View: Come to your community’s living room

The City of Lock Haven’s continued investment in new streetscapes downtown is a great long-term investment. Beautifying streets and sidewalks with plantings has only added to the appeal of the community. It also builds pride and spirit. Ultimately, it has and should continue to enhance ...

Opinion: Kids need to wear masks at school and parents can help

I’m a pediatric nursing professor with four young children. The youngest is 9 months old and the oldest is 9. My oldest will soon enter third grade, and his brother will be in second. My family plans to send them both back to their school for in-person instruction in mid-August. Our ...

Bible Digest

“Where no wood is, there the fire goes out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases.” (Proverbs 26:20 AKJV) Let’s cut out the gossip. It will save us and others a lot of heartache.

Jobless benefits due to virus vs. normal unemployment compensation

Americans who lost their jobs because of the pandemic had been getting a $600 bump on top of state benefits in their weekly unemployment checks since March. That ended on July 31, and lawmakers are debating whether to extend the program and if so by how much. Senate Republicans are arguing ...

There’s idiocy on all sides in the ‘law and order’ road show

As the Trump administration takes its "law and order" show on the road after a dress rehearsal at Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., and a soft opening in Portland, Oregon, let me just say I'm disgusted with almost everybody involved. Let's start with the Portland demonstrators. ...

Dear Annie: Feeling alone during isolation

Dear Annie: I feel some days I just can’t handle our society and the cruelty of men and women toward other humans or defenseless animals. My life has been full of neglect, disrespect, abuse (mental and physical) and loneliness, so I’m accustomed to it. However, when I hear a story about ...

Bible Digest

“The Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:” (2 Timothy 1:16 AKJV) What a compliment! Let’s be a people that refreshes others.