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Bring on the technology bans!

By Kentaro Toyama In mid-July 2019, Oakland, California, became the third U.S. city to ban municipal departments from using facial recognition technology. Meanwhile, Congress began hearings on whether and how to regulate it on a national level. In a surprising moment of bipartisan ...

Not alone in loneliness

Dear Annie: I am 68 years of age and actually very lonely. Most of my friends have either moved on or passed away. I don’t make close friends very often because I don’t trust too many people. I guess I expect a lot. Honesty, loyalty and caring. That’s hard to find. I can only remember ...

Will prostate-shrinking meds affect low-grade prostate cancer?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I’ve had low-grade prostate cancer for several years and am presently on “active surveillance.” My PSAs have been high but steady, running around 7.8 to 9.2. I have a greatly enlarged prostate, which I believe contributes to the high PSA numbers. I ...

Bible Digest

“For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalms 103:11-12 AKJV) It is wonderful to be forgiven. God is merciful. Cast your cares upon Him.

LHU is the right choice for the region’s students

Last month, the Pennsylvania’s State System (PASSHE) Board of Governors announced a tuition freeze, the first in more than 20 years. I’m heartened by the board’s action and their demonstrated commitment to the success of Pennsylvania’s students that depend on us to deliver a ...

Lunar lullaby

Dear Annie: Your recent letter from, “Grieving My Childhood,” reminded me of a very old German song, written by a renowned clergyman, that begins with the line, “Der Mond ist aufgegangen.” It later says, roughly translated: “Do you see the moon over there? You can only see half of ...

Rated ‘T’ for Teens: Friends leaving for college is bittersweet

By TAYLOR SHAFFER This article is dedicated to some friends of mine. Specifically, two friends I’ve made in my freshman year. Hailey Renee and Rachel Crust are or have left for college. They’re both attending Slippery Rock University, and making their way through their new lives. I’m ...

School spankings banned about everywhere in world except in U.S.

In 1970, only three countries – Italy, Japan and Mauritius – banned corporal punishment in schools. By 2016, more than 100 countries banned the practice, which allows teachers to legally hit, paddle or spank students for misbehavior. The dramatic increase in bans on corporal punishment in ...

Electrical safety in the summer: Avoid all risks near water

Summer is winding down, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors. For many of us, outdoor fun in the summertime means splashing around at a nearby pool or relaxing by a stream with a fishing pole in hand. Water and electricity can be a deadly combination. At PPL Electric ...

Bible Digest

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases;” (Psalms 103:2-3 AKJV) God is so good. Don’t forget. He has done so much for us.

Dear Annie: 1,200 miles of miscommunication

Dear Annie: We have a son and daughter-in-law who live in Wisconsin, while we live more than 1,200 miles away in Florida. In early May, our son asked us if we could come up to Wisconsin in August to care for his girls (our grandkids) while he and our daughter-in-law spent a weekend in New York ...

Cuff should remain at heart level for accurate BP reading

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I have always read that when you are having your blood pressure taken, your arm should be elevated above your heart. When mine is taken this way, it is normal, around 120/70. When I go to the doctor, my blood pressure is taken with my arm hanging at my ...

Big apple dreams

Dear Annie: I want to change my career path to pursue what I really want to do in life. I have two kids, a 2-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter. Currently, I am a driver for Lyft and Uber, and I work more than 50 hours a week. I’m making a decent amount of money, but it’s not ...

Will Trump become the new normal in U.S. politics?

Paradigms, sometimes called “world- views,” are the ways we experience, think about and often measure particular ideas, subjects and institutions. Paradigms are notorious for “shifting” as described by a generations of scholars dating back to Thomas Kuhn in 1962. Paradigm shifts are ...

Myth and mystery at Kettle Creek

By LOU BERNARD Recently, I had the pleasure of staying overnight once again at Kettle Creek State Park. The past few years, they’ve had me up there to speak about local history for a program, and my family has made an overnight camping trip out of it. My son absolutely loves this — He’s ...

Where did I go wrong?

Dear Annie: I have a problem that many other mothers-in-law may have, but mine has a twist. My daughter-in-law has been angry at me for nearly 20 years because I discussed her fertility problems with another family member, and word got back to her that I had done so. Occasionally, she will ...

Will you dance or will you run?

here are many events in our area worthy of your attention. Many. Two among them are this weekend: LH Jams Festival and The Rally for Recovery. These are two pretty different events but both bring the same passion for life. People will gather at the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center ...

America’s drug crisis happened because we all let it happen

Here's some good news. Last year, for the first time since 1990, deaths from drug overdoses actually dropped in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports it wasn't a big drop — about 5% fewer deaths. But might this indicate a trend? Let's hope so, ...

Protecting your heart or hiding from potential relationship

Dear Annie: Several years ago, after my late husband passed away, I reconnected with an old friend whom I’d dated in high school. He was divorced. His ex-wife had become involved with someone else. She was 20 years younger than him. He had retired and that was when she asked for a divorce. I ...