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Dear Annie: Don’t look back

Dear Annie: I’ve dated my boyfriend for more than 12 years. We got along fine when his grown kids were out of the picture, but now they’re back living with him. His youngest is 21, yet he treats them like infants. The daughters are manipulating and controlling. When I bring up my feelings ...

To Your Good Health: A tart remedy to keep kidney stones from recurring

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband had a kidney stone, and the doctor used shock waves to clear it up. Now the doctor says he needs to take fresh lemon juice twice a day, all his life. None of the other men in the community center with stones have been recommended lemon juice. We ...

Bible Digest

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork.” (Psalms 19:1 AKJV) It is hard to ignore God when you look at creation. Creation shouts that God is.

Greek engagement or estrangement?

Surrounding the nearly $2 trillion university industrial complex is the $250 billion alcohol industry with alcohol marketing budgets in the billions openly celebrating the consumption of alcohol across college football, March Madness, spring breaks and in movies and television. Whether we ...

Dear Annie: Heads up!

Dear Annie: Recently, I retired from youth sports coaching. I am writing this letter to warn your readers about an alarming trend that I have noticed over the last decade. Namely, parents will attend their kids’ sporting events, but then spend most of the time on their smartphones. This is ...

To Your Good Health: Granulomas in sarcoidosis can make their own vitamin D

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR ROACH: Many years ago, while I was battling breast cancer, a scan showed spots of concern in my midthoracic area. Upon further testing, it was determined that I have sarcoidosis. My pulmonologist warned me to stop all calcium and vitamin D supplements. Now, after ...

Bible Digest

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39 ...

Why are so few people born on holidays?

By JAY ZAGORSKY Christmas and New Year’s are days of celebration in many parts of the world when people gather with family and friends. One thing many typically don’t celebrate on those days is a birthday. That’s because Dec. 25 is the least popular day in the U.S., Australia and New ...

How undoing ‘Obamacare’ would harm more than the health ofAmericans

By SIMON HAEDER The Affordable Care Act remains on life support after a panel of federal judges ruled on Dec. 18, 2019 that the law’s individual mandate requiring people to buy health insurance is unconstitutional. The decision hobbles the law in ways that are hard to predict politically, ...

Dear Annie: Cheers to 2020!

Dear Annie: When I was growing up, my father used to tell my brothers and sisters and me how important it was to set New Year’s resolutions. He would write down one or two goals for the coming year, and then periodically tell us how he was doing over the months that followed. Some years he ...

Dear Annie: All Ears

Dear Annie: Lots of people need nothing, but everyone wants something. If you ask someone directly, “What do you want for Christmas/your birthday/the holidays?” then they’ll probably say, “Nothing.” Or “Save your money.” So don’t ask. Just pay attention. I learned from my ...

Vitamin D’s odd connection with pancreas inflammation

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: Are you aware of the possibility of pancreatitis resulting from long-term vitamin D2 supplementation? I was diagnosed with IPMN with chronic pancreatitis after being on 50,000 IU of vitamin D2 once a week for nine months. I had mild upper left quadrant ...

Bible Digest

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 AKJV) Love God. God will take care of the rest. He knows what is best.

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, ...

Changes to the new NAFTA and why they matter

By AMANDA COUNTRYMAN President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders agreed on a deal to pass a new trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada that will update NAFTA. Passing the new trade accord, known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, would be a substantial win for both Trump ...

Dear Annie: Being prepared to escape

Dear Annie: I am a clinical social worker and have some training in, and experience with, domestic violence in my work. I think you do a fine job educating and counseling people. I read a recent column that gave the National Domestic Violence Hotline number (800-799-7233). I have one crucial ...

To Your Good Health: Stopping some prescription meds requires tapering off

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: Many folks take prescription medications for years, for example Valium to help with anxiety and sleep and to help mellow out their lives. You mentioned in a recent column that these can be dangerous long term. Is it safe to stop taking them cold turkey? ...

Applause, Applause!

As this year comes to a close and we reflect on all of the good that has come our way, St. Paul’s Food Pantry would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you that continue to support our church’s mission of serving our community with a helping hand up, however great, however small. ...

Don’t let your vote get stolen

By JEFF INGLIS As the 2020 election season heats up, there will be a massive number of people competing for your vote. Only some of them will be legitimate candidates. The vast majority will be information warriors, people who seek to confuse you about what is truth and what is fiction — ...