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Letters to our boys

(Editor’s Note: This is another installment of The Express’ “Letter to Our Boys,” written during World War II to let “our boys” know what was happening back in their home towns. The Express will bring the letters to you occasionally, thanks to the efforts of Fred and Anna Snyder, ...

Constitution Day: The forgotten holiday

Tomorrrow, Tuesday, Sept. 17, is Constitution Day, arguably the most forgotten designated day in America. The mainstream media will likely say nothing of it. No parades or city council proclamations. No three-day weekend, beer busts or barbecues in its favor. It is as though it never ...

Dear Annie: Expecting perfection

Dear Annie: I married a generous, kind and funny man three years ago. “Brent” has no children, but I have two sons from my abusive previous marriage who are now 18 and 15. Their father has little to do with us, and I’ve had my share of problems raising the boys. We have attended ...

To your good health: Usual leg swelling protocol applies to chronic DVT symptom

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 47-year-old woman. Five years ago, I developed a blood clot in my left leg after fracturing my ankle and being immobilized for several months. I was put on a blood thinner, and my ankle healed. Recently that leg started swelling again, and I went ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. On Sept. 7, I planned a fundraiser to benefit Highland Cemetery. I’d like to THANK the people who helped, including board members of the Highland Cemetery Association ...

Dear Annie: Lacking mom’s love

Dear Annie: I’m a 40-something divorced mother of two and grandmother of five. I have wonderful relationships with my children and grandchildren. Sadly, the same cannot be said of my relationship with my mother. This woman has not liked me from the time I was a teenager. Although I was not ...

To your good health: When it comes to cholesterol, women do have an advantage

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR ROACH: I am a 66-year-old male, 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds. I am active and fit. My cholesterol recently has been between 208 and 214 in the past two physicals. My HDL is 54. My doc said it is time for 20 mg Lipitor, as better eating did not ...

Bible digest

“From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.” (John 6:66 AKJV) Are you for Jesus for the long haul? Keep your eyes on Jesus and follow Him. “Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34 AKJV) Is God pleased ...

Looking for love in the online snakepit

Some scandals reported as shocking are shocking for reasons other than those implied in the coverage. One would be the online scam that bilked millions from businesses, the elderly and women looking for romance. Federal prosecutors say this is one of the biggest online swindles in U.S. ...

Time to drop the hammer on vaping industry

E-cigarettes have for too long held a unique place in the American regulatory framework. They aren’t tobacco, so the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has no jurisdiction. Though their ingredients are ingestible, liquid vapor manufacturers haven’t completely submitted to the Food ...

Schools try to curb teen vaping

By Michael P. Buffer The Citizens Voice U.S. health officials are alarmed by a surge in teen vaping, and local schools are stepping up to try to curtail it. “Vaping is becoming an epidemic with our young people,” said Kevin Booth, superintendent at Pittston Area School ...

Pulling that sweet tooth

Dear Annie: I’ve had a HUGE sweet tooth all my life. I have also always been very active, and I eat healthy foods. However, I’m nervous that this is not enough to balance my intake of sugary goodies. Now that I’m older, I realize that I can’t keep eating so many sweets. Diabetes is ...

Most cases of H. pylori infection stem from unknown causes

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you give some additional information about H. pylori infection? I was diagnosed with it recently, via biopsies taken during an endoscopic procedure. I was given instructions on antibiotics to be taken, which I followed through on. When talking to my ...

Before hitting the road, self-driving cars should have to pass a driving test

By Srikanth Saripalli What should a self-driving car do when a nearby vehicle is swerving unpredictably back and forth on the road, as if its driver were drunk? What about encountering a vehicle driving the wrong way? Before autonomous cars are on the road, everyone should know how ...

Fact: School shootings are rare

If schools aren’t already back in session where you are, they soon will be. As a sign of our times, many parents will worry about the safety of their child and the possibility of another deadly school shooting. The fact is while mass shootings in the U.S. seem all too frequent, occurring ...

Co-worker spreading lies

Dear Annie: I have worked in the same office for 18 years. For many years, there were five of us in our division: three women and two men. One of the men left for a different job a year ago, and he was replaced by a woman, “Carla,” who is very difficult to work with. In fact, I’m ...

Advanced lung cancer not likely to be missed by CT scan

­­BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: Is it possible for X-rays and a CT scan to miss advanced lung cancer? My brother worked two days before he died. He went to the hospital, was admitted to hospice and died the next day. I wonder if he knew at least a year ago, but didn’t tell anyone. ...

Bible Digest

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endures for ever.” (Psalms 111:10 AKJV) Fear and respect for the Lord is a good thing. You will be wise if you do.

How many bullets?

Terrorists proved on Sept. 11, 2001, that guns are not necessary to kill 2753 people. Timothy McVeigh proved that a truck load of explosives can kill 168 people and injure 680 while destroying one third of building and damaging many others in Oklahoma City. A man with a knife killed four ...

A cyberattack could wreak destruction … and the groundwork is underway

By JEREMY STRAUB People around the world may be worried about nuclear tensions rising, but I think they’re missing the fact that a major cyberattack could be just as damaging — and hackers are already laying the groundwork. With the U.S. and Russia pulling out of a key nuclear weapons ...