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Babysitter blasts on social media

Dear Annie: I consider myself to be a self-aware social media poster. However, there is a family member on Facebook who posts her childcare needs at least once a week. She posts the day and time she needs and has said the names of the children who need a sitter. She has three children. Her ...

Immigration and vaccinations

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am in my mid-50s and in good health (I don’t take any medications). I rarely get sick with colds or flu. I have been vaccinated with all the common vaccinations for our childhood. With all the immigrants coming into our country, I am wondering if any ...

City should get state, federal help for dam

The City of Lock Haven should not have to shoulder the sole financial responsbility for repairing Tidlow Dam. But that is the case as the city has let a contract for $393,000 to repair the infrastructure, with work set to begin this fall and continue probably through early 2020. City ...

Real decisions and moderation

By Glenn Mollette Our lives are the summation of our decisions. We can decide to go forward. We can decide to stay the same. We can decide to make critical decisions that can make our lives better, healthier and more meaningful. Often, the worse decision is to make no decision at ...

Dear Annie: Preparing questions for long visits

Dear Annie: Finding topics of conversation can often be difficult during long visits. Since “Grinding My Teeth” feels that this may be the last time she and her husband will visit with these in-laws, why not take this opportunity to encourage these people to talk about their lives? When ...

A tail is wagging the dog

By STEPHEN POORMAN This is a tale of the “tail wagging the dog.” It’s a saga about PennDOT versus the City of Lock Haven. Once upon a time, Lock Haven had no beltway, so PennDOT went to City Council and said, “We’d like to put a highway through Lock Haven. We’ll make it one-way ...

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, ...

Dear Annie: Dazed and confused

Dear Annie: I have been with my boyfriend, “Hugo,” for 11 years. I recently discovered that for the past year, he has been receiving calls on his cell phone from “Janet,” a woman we know from a weekly social function. When I confronted him, he admitted it, but said it was only ...

Pulmonary hypertension is elevated lung blood pressure

BY KEITH ROACH M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I read an article about a study the Mayo Clinic did using 20 mg tablets of sildenafil for pulmonary arterial hypertension and that it improved walking distance by 75%. Is there an upper age limit for a person using this medication for pulmonary ...

When should you unfriend someone on Facebook?

By ALEX ELDER The nature and ethics of “fake news” has become a subject of widespread concern. But for many of us, the issue is much more personal: What are we to do when a cranky uncle or an otherwise pleasant old friend persists in populating our news feeds with a stream of posts ...

Not my brother

Dear Annie: I am looking for some help in dealing with my alcoholic, grossly overweight brother-in-law. He is 53 years old and has been an alcoholic since high school. Over the past 15 years, he has lost his wife, house and more jobs than you can count. He lives with his mother, and she ...

Applause, Applause

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. THANK YOU to Thomas Kessinger at Reese’s print shop for helping me with the Laurel Run UMC 125th Birthday Celebration post cards and flyers. He went above and beyond ...

A cure for herpes? Researchers are working on it

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: If a person has been exposed (verified by blood test) to herpes 1 and 2, can that person be a blood donor? Could a person catch herpes by sitting on a toilet seat that has been used by an infected person? Are scientists working on a cure for herpes? — ...

Bible Digest

“A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.” (Proverbs 14:30 AKJV) Don’t let jealousy win the day in your life. Be content with what God has given you. “Therefore Eli said to Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call you, that you shall ...

Battle against robo-calls should be more than a pipe dream

Remember the days before robocalls? When your landline and cell phone were free from scam artists selling something, threatening you with arrest, wheedling to extract a credit-card number? Nah, we can’t either. The number of unwanted calls in the U.S. is measured in the tens of billions ...

Dear Annie: Uninvited four-legged dinner guest

Dear Annie: Recently, my girlfriend had a dinner party for six people. One of the guests took it upon herself to bring her dog to the affair. I was livid. This woman let her dog roam throughout the host’s home unattended. The dog owner was totally oblivious to the other guests in ...

Bible digest

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24 AKJV) We are made in the image of God. We are a living soul. The things of the spirit are the most important things in life.

Founders made sure president could never suspend Congress

By ELIGA GOULD The British monarch has the right to determine when Parliament is in session — or, more to the point, when it is not. Breaking with longstanding tradition, and possibly with the United Kingdom’s unwritten constitution, new Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked Queen ...

China’s chemical warfare

President Donald Trump got slammed by all sides — Democrats, the media and European politicians — for suddenly escalating economic war with China recently. But for Americans who have lost a family member or friend to the Chinese-made street drug fentanyl, Trump's harsh pivot is the right ...