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“Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;” (Romans 12:11 AKJV) Christians should be good reliable workers. This is a good witness for the Lord.

Let’s not turn back the clock on affordable health care

By FRANK DERMODY When people don’t have health insurance — especially people with pre-existing conditions like diabetes, breast cancer, high blood pressure or even pregnancy (yes, that counts) — they skip vital care, go into debt or even bankruptcy to pay bills, or simply die. This ...

Dear Annie: Thanks for the junk

Dear Annie: I am in my 60s, as are my brothers and sisters, and we’re all retired. We have always exchanged nice, thoughtful (though not expensive) gifts for birthdays, Christmas and maybe some other special occasions. Over the past several years, my brother “Rod” and his wife, ...

Bible Digest

“Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.” (Psalms 23:4 AKJV) The Lord can give you peace too even in the most difficult times. Pray.

Rated T for Teens: Nurses deserve a lot of credit

By Taylor Shaffer I have no witty intro for this, because this is a serious article. I’m giving a certain group of people — nurses — the recognition they deserve, and listing some of the things they do. If you have ever heard the saying, “Every good man has a good woman behind ...

Ways the U.S. will change

By DUDLEY POSTON JR. The U.S. has just entered the new decade of the 2020s. What does our country look like today, and what will it look like 10 years from now, on Jan. 1, 2030? Which demographic groups in the U.S. will grow the most, and which groups will not grow as much, or maybe even ...

Children of color already make up majority of kids in many U.S. states

By ROGELIO SENZ Demographers project that whites will become a minority in the U.S. in around 2045, dropping below 50% of the population. That’s a quarter-century from now – still a long way away, right? Not if you focus on children. White children right now are on the eve of ...

LASIK surgery pros and cons

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I was considering LASIK surgery for my eyes, but I recently saw some concerning information on the news that makes me doubt the safety of the procedure. Is it safe? — L.B. ANSWER: With 20 million or so procedures done in the U.S., LASIK is a commonly ...

Dear Annie: The joy of comparing

Dear Annie: I read your column daily and always like your tough love and sensible advice. I’m interested in what your advice would be in the following situation. It involves gift giving at Christmas for nieces and nephews. My daughter does not feel that her brother gave as much to her sons ...

Bible Digest

“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold to that which is good.” (Romans 12:9 AKJV) Flee evil. Embrace good. Love the Lord and love others.

Address Pa.’s juvenile system

“Revamp” might be too strong of a word for describing the mission of a soon-to-be-formed three-branch task force that will be examining Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system over the next approximately 11 months. One definition that Webster’s dictionary provides for that word is ...

Beware of the smart device: Ways to stay private and safe

By ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer Did someone invite a spy into your home over the holidays? Maybe so, if a friend or family member gave you a voice-controlled speaker or some other smart device. It’s easy to forget, but everything from internet-connected speakers with voice ...

Dear Annie: My body’s my body

Dear Annie: My husband, “Robert,” and I moved back to our hometown several years ago to help with aging parents. I went back to work as a nurse, and he joined his father’s law firm. Upon moving back, we struck up a friendship with an old acquaintance of Robert’s. “Tim” and Robert ...

To Your Good Health: Liver disease can be present without alcohol use

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a normal-weight female, age 71, who is very active. I take no medications and have never had an alcoholic drink in my life. My liver tests were abnormal (AST 58, ALT 71), and my doctor found moderate strands of fat in my liver, but no fibrosis on a ...

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“And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2 AKJV) Christians should live by the dictates of the Lord and not by the ways of the world.

Dear Annie: Caregivers need care, too

Dear Annie: I have a 31-year-old son who has always struggled with mental illness issues. He was diagnosed with depression at age 15 and again in his early 20s when we sent him to a weeklong involuntary residential treatment. He will not stay on medication or go to counseling. In the ...

To Your Good Health: Fish oil supplements: friend or foe?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I have heard that fish oil can clog the arteries and cause problems, but I’ve also heard it’s good to take. I don’t know if it is good or bad! Can you help me out with this? — G.G. ANSWER: There remains controversy about fish oil, but recent ...

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“I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1 AKJV) Jesus died for us. We should live for Him and for His glory. “And be not conformed to this world: ...

Getting away with murder

By DIANE DIMOND It has never been easier to be an undetected serial killer in the United States. That's the opinion of two experts in the field of collecting murder data in America. And both men say that as you read this, there are thousands of active serial killers roaming the U.S. ...

Dear Annie: Firmly on the fence

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for five years. We are in our early 30s and child-free. We talked about having children before we got married. At the time, we were both very much on the fence. We promised to keep checking in with each other and having honest conversations about ...