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Why friendships are falling apart over politics

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia were on opposite sides of the political spectrum. Yet despite their obvious legal disagreements, the liberal Ginsburg once described herself and the conservative Scalia as “best buddies.” This connection across ...

Dear Annie: Lead with compassion

Dear Annie: My son and daughter-in-law have been married for about three years. She used to be a very nice girl when dating my son. When they told me they were getting married, it was just so that she could be put on my son’s health insurance because she couldn’t work anymore. I was still ...

Ocular migraine involves vision but not necessarily pain

DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you wrote that migraine of any kind starting in a person’s 60s is uncommon. I am a 66-year-old male in relatively decent health. I have controlled blood pressure and cholesterol. In the past six months I have started following a “plant-centric” diet and ...

Americans must come together, it’s what we do best

America is divided. We see and feel it every day, and one can become discouraged. Then, when we recently marked the 19th remembrance of 9/11, something happened: Americans from all across the nation put politics aside and honored the brave people we lost. We were reminded of an earlier ...

Dear Annie: Financial planning brings up past pain

Dear Annie: My husband and I are 72 and have had a good life together, raising two boys who have become really good men. Their wives and our grandchildren are the best. Here’s my dilemma: We’re meeting with a financial planner in a week, and we were given papers to read and questions to ...

Night urination is a sleep disruptor

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a male, 67 and I have difficulties urinating during the night. I get up three or four times from bed to do so, and the flow is very weak. I have no issues urinating during the day. Is there a reason to be concerned? — K.S. ANSWER: By far, the ...

Applause, Applause

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. On Sept. 23, my husband and I decided to celebrate our first day of retirement together by heading into our family camp to cut grass. Although the camp sits along the ...

Dear Annie: Busting ballot blunders

Dear Annie: Recently, you published a letter in which someone recommended putting a stamp on an election ballot, even if it had already had prepaid return postage, in order to hasten its delivery. That isn’t how it works. The bulk-mail misunderstanding may stem from some election bureaus ...

Point: Virus diagnosis brings empathy for world’s least empathetic man

For about a minute last Friday I found myself feeling sorry for Donald Trump. The poor man is now “battling” COVID-19 (the pugilistic verb is showing up all over the news). He was hospitalized. He’s out of shape. He's 74 years old. His chief of staff called his symptoms “very ...

Counterpoint: COVID-19 makes Trump a wartime president

When U.S. President Donald Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19, it wasn't long before the chaos began. Those who lament the lack of transparency and the mixed messaging from the White House regarding the president's condition are missing the point. This is Trump's fog of war, and he has adopted ...

Dear Annie: Love me tender

Dear Annie: I have been with my boyfriend for 15 years. He has been a great dad to my three sons. He cooks, cleans, changes diapers and takes care of my sons when they are sick. He has no children of his own. I am 20 years his senior. Our sex life was great for about 11 or so years. But it’s ...

Poll worker looking for clarity on Election Day COVID risks

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I have worked at the election polls in a school gym for years and know that presidential elections bring out close to 2,000 voters in my precinct. Most of my fellow workers are 70 and older. I am the youngest at 60. Is it safe for us to work over 15 hours ...

‘Debates’ reveal nation’s decay

The putrescence of America's public life was pitilessly displayed on Sept. 29 when for 96 minutes whatever remains of the nation's domestic confidence and international stature shriveled like a brittle autumn leaf. The national interest —actually, national security — demands that the ...

Dear Annie: Feeling disconnected from adored Aunty

Dear Annie: I have an aunty who has been there for me since my childhood. She has always had my back. My mum is absent, and this aunty is one who has filled in for her all these years. Years back, I felt like I could tell her anything and she would understand me. I adored her so much, still do. ...

Surgery is standard treatment for penile cancer

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: What can you tell me about cancer of the penis? I can’t seem to find information. — S.S. ANSWER: Cancer of the penis is quite rare in industrialized nations, accounting for less than 1% of all cancers in men. By contrast, it is quite common in parts ...

Dear Annie: From passive- aggressive to patient and adventurous

Dear Annie: I have been married for 34 years. Like all couples, there have been ups and downs. We have seen several counselors over the years to work with us in tough times. During those times, we still had intimacy in our marriage. We are now going on 15 months with no intimacy at all. She ...

Surgery is a valid option for male breast cancer in a 90-year-old

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My 90-year-old father has been diagnosed with breast cancer. His doctor is recommending mastectomy, after which time they will determine a course of treatment. My father is fairly healthy for his age, although he does have high blood pressure, diabetes and ...

For the record: Scrapping the Electoral College is a bad idea

et's squarely face an ugly possibility: President Trump could get elected a second time without winning the popular vote. Indeed, according to most experts, that's the only way he could be reelected. This would surely prompt another chorus of calls to scrap the Electoral College. I think that ...

Dear Annie: Rocky seas lead to drifting ships

Dear Annie: My wife and I are drifting apart. I’m a recovering alcoholic of four years. I put her through a lot when I was drinking. When I got sober, I put my recovery first. I went to a lot of meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and put her second. Now, she is seeing someone else. I think ...

Strict rules sometimes necessarily restrict blood donations

DEAR DR. ROACH: I lived in England in 1985-1986, during the mad cow disease outbreak. Since then, I have been ineligible to give blood. It is one of the few questions they ask. This has been 35 years and, obviously, I don’t have and have never had the disease itself. Is this still a valid ...