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Green eggs and simple terms

Recently we marked "Read Across America Day," a day to encourage and celebrate the joy of reading, especially among our children. Read Across America was established by the National Education Association in 1998 and fell on Dr. Seuss' birthday, March 2. Presidents Barack Obama and Donald ...

They’re not dead; typewriters live on

While cleaning out the garage of an elderly friend who died recently, what did I find under a pile of 1967 Playboys but a typewriter. It wasn't just any typewriter but a vintage IBM Selectric II. I moved all 37 pounds of it to the trunk of my car. There's a scene in "Mad Men" where a new ...

Dear Annie: Be yourself

Dear Annie: I have struggled almost all of my married life with never being accepted by my mother-in-law. I have tried everything, just shy of learning how to do backflips. No matter what I do, it is never right. It is extremely hurtful, especially because my husband never stood up for me ...

Nerve compression at wrist causes carpal tunnel syndrome

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 78-year-old woman. Last September I had severe pain in my right hand. The pain was so bad that I had to go to the emergency room, where they did an MRI. Results showed I have cervical radiculopathy, a pinched nerve in my neck. They put me on hydrocodone and prednisone. ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. A SHOUT OUT to Geisinger Jersey Shore for their great vaccine roll out. Fast, efficient and friendly, plus lollipops. —Two graterful seniors From the family of ...

Dear Annie: Leaving my job

Dear Annie: I’m in my mid-60s and have worked for the same hotel chain for almost five years now. I have worn every hat imaginable there and have rarely missed a day of work. When the pandemic first started, a lot of co-workers just stopped coming in, so a few of us picked up the slack. I ...

Foot pain? Don’t wait to visit a specialist!

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 73-year-old male with continued pain in my right foot and ankle for the past five years. I try to stay active by golfing two days a week in season, and I walk 3 miles four times weekly around the neighborhood. The pain started about five years ago after a very active ...

When was the last time you went to a public or local government meeting?

It sometimes feels as though our Democracy is broken, and I wonder if it is our own fault. We have the right to know what our government does on our behalf, but we have become an apathetic citizenry, apparently not caring enough to speak up when we don't like how politicians run the ...

Friend won’t stop trying to set me up

Dear Annie: When I was in my early 50s, I became very ill and eventually found out I had severe rheumatoid arthritis. During that time I was in and out of hospitals. The last time I was hospitalized, my husband was too busy to come visit me. On arriving home, I discovered he had changed the ...

Are new symptoms from return of previous tumor or dementia?

DEAR DR. ROACH: My mother was diagnosed with right frontal lobe meningioma 17 years ago when she was 83 years old. Surgery was successful in that most of it was removed and it was found to be nonmalignant. The doctor told us he couldn’t remove it completely, and that it was a very ...

Sex, lies and the destruction of America

The political class, the big players in the entertainment industry and the media are all engaged in a massive, collaborative effort to destroy America. And they're doing it with sex and lies. First, the sex. Last September, I wrote a critique of those in the media defending "Cuties," an ...

Dear Annie: Friend being abused

Dear Annie: I have a friend, “Raphie,” with a wife, “Diana,” who has abused him physically and verbally over the years and is very controlling. Many times, I’ve witnessed dismissive and demeaning ways that Diana treats him. I know he is not happy and never will be as long as he is ...

A range of blood pressure readings can be telling

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My doctor recently retired, my new one is very concerned about my systolic blood pressure, which was 150. I made quarterly visits to my old doctor, who never had a comment about my pressure numbers. My new doctor wants me on medication, and we agreed I ...

Wrong lessons from 2020 election

You wouldn't know it from how Republicans and Democrats are talking, but the 2020 election was actually a success. During a pandemic, we had a national election with record-breaking turnout. The presidential candidate receiving the most votes in both the Electoral College and in the ...

Colleges eliminating sports teams; runners, golfers paying the price

North Carolina Central University, a historically Black college, announced in February that its men’s baseball team — which formed in 1911 — would cease to exist after this season. The school’s athletic director called it “one of the most disappointing days in my career.” University ...

Dear Annie: Woman interrupted

Dear Annie: I have been with my husband for 21 years, and we have been married for 15 years. I truly love him very much. But I try my best to avoid his brother and his brother’s wife as much as I can because, whenever I try to talk with them, they constantly interrupt me. This makes me very ...

What activities are OK after getting COVID vaccine?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I participated in a research study and received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Nov. 30. I have lab-confirmed antibodies. Gyms are known to be especially susceptible to the virus spreading, but is it reasonably safe to return to the gym after having the vaccine ...

Property rights get a day in high court

At 5 a.m. on an October day in 2015, union organizers barking through bullhorns swarmed onto the grounds of Cedar Point Nursery near California's border with Oregon. The organizers surged through the sheds where some of the nursery's 100 full-time workers and more than 400 seasonal workers were ...

If we care about kids, then U.S. immigration policy not humanitarian

Your loyal columnist is not in the habit of saying, "I told you so," but may I remind readers about a column I wrote a few weeks ago in which I warned that the U.S. was in for a bumpy immigration ride ahead. "Massive human caravans from Honduras are already headed this way," I wrote the first ...

Dear Annie: Reeling from wife’s affairs

Dear Annie: I found out a month ago that my wife has been sleeping with a plethora of men that she’s met on a dating app. Her profile says she’s single and that she also has a college degree, neither of which is true. She told me she is in love with another man. After I spoke to the man’s ...