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Pension fund investigation is troubling

For many people, on the coattails of hearing good news comes their pessimism-rooted instinct to question what bad news might be lurking in the proverbial shadows. This month, on the state front, Pennsylvania residents received bad news first, followed a day later by welcome news that a ...

Finding love in all the wrong places

Dear Annie: I have let myself get involved with a significantly younger guy. To make matters worse, I’m married. In my defense, before I even started talking to this other guy, my husband and I had come to a place in our marriage where we were more like roommates than husband and wife. We ...

Alcohol consumption played tricks with routine bloodwork

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 55-year-old female. I have always been in excellent health, but this year, my routine bloodwork showed that my creatinine is 1.08 (high) and that my GFR is 58 (low). Can that be because I drank alcohol the night before my bloodwork? My 2019 test showed GFR 65 and ...

Abuse and another man

Dear Annie: I’m a mom and have been married for nearly six years. But for the past few years, my husband and I have not been on the same path. We can’t communicate without fighting, bickering, arguing, etc. Our sex life has been nonexistent. And I have tried talking and suggesting that we ...

Jock itch is not responding to the usual cures

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been suffering for some time with jock itch. The resulting scratching leaves my groin area and thighs abraded and oftentimes bleeding. In addition to the ketoconazole I’ve been prescribed, I have tried several over-the-counter sprays and ointments, to no avail. My ...

Henry Ford would have pushed car charging stations

When Henry Ford introduced the Model T in 1908, he had a problem. There were almost no paved roads in America. To sell his product to the masses, he needed good roads. No one would ever deny his place among titans of American capitalism, but Ford was not shy about urging the government ...

Dear Annie: Compliment good behavior

Dear Annie: A few months ago, someone wrote to you about how uncomfortable the bad manners of children of a relative made her feel at large family gatherings and dinners. I read your column faithfully and did not see any readers’ suggestions printed in the following weeks. Of course, large ...

Bladder leaks continuously after hip replacement surgery

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a male, 83, and my bladder leaks continuously since I had a hip replacement surgery. The surgeon used a catheter during the surgery, and when it was first removed, I could not urinate. I went home with a new Foley catheter. Five days later, it was removed, and I have ...

Spare the rod, spoil the …

“America’s Funniest Home Videos” is a television program that brings laughter and entertainment to millions of viewers. It’s a program where we laugh at the misfortunes of others who may suffer painful injuries, possibly humiliation, or even significant financial losses. As the ...

Today’s global economy runs on standardized shipping containers

Take a look around you. Perhaps you’re snacking on a banana, sipping some coffee or sitting in front of your computer and taking a break from work to read this article. Most likely, those goods — as well as your smartphone, refrigerator and virtually every other object in your home ...

Dear Annie: Bad habits

Dear Annie: I’m married to a wonderful man, and we have four beautiful children. However, since COVID-19 started, we discovered that we have underlying issues within our relationship. For example, he isn’t the best person to communicate with. Among other things, I discovered his liking of ...

Will a return to normal include weak immune systems?

DEAR DR. ROACH: With all the masks, hand-washing, sanitizing and social distancing, will we all have weak immune systems when life goes back to normal? — J.D.H. ANSWER: No. The immune system remembers pathogens for life, and constant exposure to germs is not necessary for the immune ...

Pa. environmental protection must be strengthened

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has been under-resourced for years. This is due primarily to a Republican-controlled legislature which has starved it of funding. The DEP must be provided with adequate money and staffing in the upcoming Commonwealth budget. The ...

Point: In Georgia, Republicans are keeping big lie alive

It wasn't so long ago that disenfranchised Blacks and activist Whites were beaten and killed for attempting to secure the right to vote. Among the better-known victims were civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, three young men who were abducted, shot at ...

Counterpoint: The voter suppression lie

President Joe Biden is so committed to bipartisan cooperation and fact-based governance that he's launched an ignorant and incendiary attack on the new Georgia voting law. Biden says the new law is "Jim Crow in the 21st century" and "an un-American law to deny people the right to ...

How effective is the first shot of Pfizer or Moderna?

As the COVID-19 vaccines reach more people across the country, some people have asked: Could we delay the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to allow more people to be vaccinated more quickly? And, how safe am I after my first dose? As an immunologist, I hear this question ...

We need live theatre

When will we be able to attend a live performance? That question is being asked angrily in France, where theater is more central to the national culture. (America has no national theater.) But we should ask that here as well. Broadway remains shuttered, as are indoor theaters and concert ...

Applause, applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. A huge and sincere THANK YOU to mutual aid units who helped Monday with the tragic fire in Cross Fork. Chapman Station 27, South Renovo 28 and Renovo 29, plus Germania ...

Healing from past trauma

Dear Annie: I am 57 years old and autistic. Due to my inability to read people and my own bad choices, I am the single mother of three adult children, whom I love and am indescribably proud of. But I have never been loved. As a child, I was sexually abused by my father for years. A teacher ...

Proper precautions should remain in place after vaccination

DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you please provide your recommendations on how we should conduct ourselves after we get the COVID vaccine? Please include an explanation of how immune we actually will be. — T.S. ANSWER: Three vaccines are approved under an emergency authorization at the time of this ...