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Dear Annie: Best to leave it alone

Dear Annie: I have a cousin who is married, and he and his wife are very close to my wife and me. We started spending time together, not because of my cousin and me but because our wives hit it off and developed a close friendship. We spend the holidays together, visit one another at least once ...

To Your Good Health: Is sugar a poison?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My uncle, a retired surgeon, is 90 years old. I visit my uncle periodically to inquire about his health and well-being. He eats, but is a little weak. I suggested to my aunt, a retired obstetrician, to give him a nutritional supplement. I take one myself ...

Bible Digest

“Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man you shall not go: Lest you learn his ways, and get a snare to your soul.” (Proverbs 22:24-25 AKJV) Remembering this verse will save us from lots of trouble.

Price gouging in a time of crisis

We live in strange times these days. Nearly every American's life has been upended by something we can't even see, a miniscule coronavirus that has proven most deadly to those who already have compromised immune systems due to age or existing illness. So, during this volatile time, what ...

Dear Annie: Mom-in-law with sticky fingers

Dear Annie: Shortly after I met my mother-in-law, she sat me down, showed me her wallet and told me that she always kept a “hundred dollar bill” in the little outside pocket, as well as a blank check folded up inside one of the credit card slots. She said she did this just in case she got ...

Bible Digest

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 AKJV) Keep this in mind. This ...

A ripple effect of smiles

Dear Annie: I’m an older gent who has been doing weight training for years. I was walking down the beach one day, wearing my swimsuit, and a young lady approached on a bicycle from the opposite direction. She pointed toward me, and I turned to look at the water thinking the dolphins that had ...

The risks and rewards of osteoporosis treatment

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am interested in your opinion of the drug Fosamax. I am a 63-year-old female who recently had my first bone density scan. The results were severe osteopenia. On the FRAX tool, I have a 10-year probability of a major osteoporotic fracture of 10%, with a ...

Bible Digest

“Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7 AKJV) Be a cheerful giver. God has a special place in His heart for those who do.

Should Trump shut down the stock market?

Editor’s note: Financial markets across the globe have plunged repeatedly in recent weeks over concerns about the growing economic toll from the coronavirus pandemic, on some days falling over 10%. This has raised the question of whether governments should shut down their stock markets until ...

Why do people believe con artists?

By BARRY MITNICK What is real can seem pretty arbitrary. It’s easy to be fooled by misinformation disguised as news and deepfake videos showing people doing things they never did or said. Inaccurate information — even deliberately wrong information — doesn’t just come from snake-oil ...

Bible Digest

“Be not hasty in your spirit to be angry: for anger rests in the bosom of fools.” (Ecclesiastes 7:9 AKJV) Don’t let anger run and ruin your life.

Virus reminds us that ‘pursuit of happiness’ tied to collective good

By CHRISTOPHER BEEM At its core, the United States Declaration of Independence argues that all human beings have “unalienable rights.” These include right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These rights apply to all human beings, and cannot be given away. What ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in Flemington would like to THANK all those who helped worked so hard to make the church’s recent soup fundraiser sale a success. ...

Dear Annie: Giving a voice to the mentally ill

Dear Annie: I am new to your column, so I’m not sure what all you’ve shared with the public about mental illness. I’m hoping you will publish this letter because I feel that most people need to know more. It’s often said that the more understanding one gains, the more compassion he/she ...

Bible Digest

“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” (Ecclesiastes 7:8 AKJV) Finish the race. Be patient. Be humble. “For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world ...

Viruses live on doorknobs and phones and can get you sick

By JOSEPH EISENBERG One vomiting episode from someone infected with norovirus emits billions and billions of individual viruses. That’s enough to fuel an outbreak—and is exactly what happened in an elementary school in Seattle, Washington a few months ago. Over 100 children got sick with ...

Dear Annie: Dateless daughters

Dear Annie: We have two daughters, ages 30 and 32. They are both educated professionals. While they are completely self-sufficient financially (no debt because we paid for their higher education), we are still their “go-to” for emotional support. They are active socially with friends, ...