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Stimulus checks good politics, questionable economics

The $1,400 direct checks to people are the most expensive and perhaps most popular part of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package racing its way through Congress right now. The House is set or has voted on a final version of the package narrowly passed by the Senate on March 6 before it ...

Dear Annie: Yuletide usurper

Dear Annie: My sisters and I always took turns having the family Christmas at our respective houses. Six years ago, it was my turn to be the hostess. I was in the kitchen all morning cooking. As everyone arrived and was going through the buffet line, I noticed no one was taking much food. Some ...

Can you take a PPI forever?

DEAR DR. ROACH: You have written about PPIs such as Prilosec, which I have successfully taken for over 10 years to fight a severe case of GERD with a small hiatal hernia. However, what is your opinion on my long-term usage (which has been a true lifesaver) and continuing it essentially ...

Vaccinated and ready to party? Not so fast

If you’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19, is it safe to gather with friends and loved ones in person? According to guidelines issued Monday by the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention, yes, fully vaccinated people can gather in small groups with other fully vaccinated people. And you ...

Dear Annie: Not really invited

Dear Annie: This has bothered me for a while, and I just can’t get over it. My brother got divorced when his children were very small. His ex, “Susie,” always said that we, “the family,” were the cause of their divorce, even though Susie cheated on him. I have dealt with it over the ...

Family history includes puzzling advice about oranges

DEAR DR. ROACH: Sixty years ago, I married into a family that included a woman doctor in the generation before mine. My mother-in-law was always lamenting that she had never understood a little ditty that Aunt Doctor would always say: “Oranges are gold in the morning, silver at noon, and ...

Pa’s COVID-19 vaccination response: We deserve better

(Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed here are my views only and do not in any way reflect the views and opinions of the Bucktail Medical Center, its board of directors, staff, other affiliated persons, or anyone directly or indirectly referenced within.) As of March 1, 2021, ...

Dear Annie: Feeling powerless to wife’s addiction

Dear Annie: My wife has a lover. When we married, I was promised that she was done with her lover. But she isn’t. She sees this lover every day, and there is nothing I can do about it. After she’s been with her lover, she is not interested in being around me. She can’t, or won’t, ...

Anxiety behind the wheel not necessarily due to medication

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 66-year-old man. I take medicine for blood pressure, atrial fibrillation and asthma. Three of my medications (diltiazem, carvedilol, albuterol) say that they can cause driving problems. My problem is that over the past two years, I have been having anxiety problems ...

The first step in fixing our toxic politics

If we're ever going to surmount this truly toxic period in our politics, each warring faction must realize that winning is not possible without help from the other. And by faction, I don't mean Republican or Democrat. The real dividing line in our country today is not Republican and ...

COVID-19 revealed how sick the U.S. health care delivery system really is

If you got the COVID-19 shot, you likely received a little paper card that shows you’ve been vaccinated. Make sure you keep that card in a safe place. There is no coordinated way to share information about who has been vaccinated and who has not. That is just one of the glaring flaws ...

Dear Annie: Politics and places of worship

Dear Readers: The letter from a woman who left her church because she did not want to hear political sermons brought an avalanche of mail. The majority wrote about the tax-free status that churches enjoy. Here are two examples, which I am including because they are so succinct. They are ...

Stones aren’t a normal part of the BCG treatment picture

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m not able to get any straight answers from the doctors about a serious issue my husband is having. He was diagnosed in August 2019 with bladder cancer. In early September 2019, the tumor, part of the lining and end of the ureter were removed and tested, and we were told ...

About those letters to the editor …

From your community newspaper’s standpoint, opinions are the most incendiary topic in our daily editions. As in Letters to the Editor. We find that many of our readers equate a letter writer’s individual opinions to the newspaper’s opinions. That’s not the case. Oh, that’s not to ...

The lifespan of the America’s death penalty just got shorter

The death penalty in the United States is on the verge of being snuffed out. The commonwealth of Virginia, which has executed more convicts than any other state in U.S. history, is now poised to abolish capital punishment. This is a big deal, as Virginia would become the first Southern ...

Dear Annie: Why not?

Dear Annie: I’m a mom to three beautiful little boys, all under the age of 10. Although I love my kids more than anything, I’ve always wanted to have a little girl. When I talk about it with my husband, he says he’s content with our boys and that if we have another child, it’s bound to ...

An expert is best when it comes to hormone therapy needs

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 75-year-old woman who has been suffering from four to five bouts of hot flashes with night sweats (about every two hours from bedtime until morning) since I stopped taking HRT at age 62. I haven’t had an uninterrupted night’s sleep since then, and I rarely wake up ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. Roads to Peace, (Clinton County Women’s Center), would like to THANK those who supported our community members and mission by attending the Domestic Violence ...

Ending the COVID-19 pandemic through vaccinations

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives every single day for a year, and those disruptions have made fear, uncertainty, and fatigue a part of our daily experience. In spite of the many individual and collective sacrifices we’ve made, life hasn’t felt normal for quite some time. ...

We need more funding for senior-assisted living

Society is learning to live with COVID-19 by modifying individual behaviors-wearing masks, staying six feet apart, and avoiding large gatherings. But for the vulnerable senior population and those living in congregate settings, it is becoming quite clear that frequent, accurate, and ...