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Dear Annie: Respecting boundaries at church

Dear Annie: There is an elderly man who attends daily Mass at my church. He insists on hugging many of the women after Mass as they leave the church. He is a nice man, and I don’t think he’s up to anything creepy. I think he’s probably a throwback to the ‘70s when “hugging” was a ...

Can new technology help with movement disorder?

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My 18-year-old niece has Friedreich’s ataxia and is getting used to living in her dorm but requires a walker or wheelchair to get around. We know that there isn’t a cure or really any treatment outside of some potential drug trials and that the ...

Bible Digest

“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11 AKJV) Because He lives we can live with Him forever. Amen! “For as many as are led by ...

Is Uber safe?

By LIBERTY VITTERT Since Uber released its first ever safety report on Dec. 5, the media has raised alarms for the 5,981 instances of sexual assault included in the document. This also includes 464 reports of rape over a two-year period — 2017 to 2018. Uber also reported 97 fatal car ...

New ways for schools to work with families

By ANN ISHIMARU Text messages, email alerts, open houses, fundraising appeals, robocalls — parents know the drill. They are inundated with requests from children’s schools. These missives aren’t really asking for engagement. Rather they can be viewed as ways for educators to ...

Dear Annie: Grief is an expression of love

Dear Annie: I lost my wife of 32 years, and two months after, I lost my son. I will never be the same. How can I get through this? — Grieving Dear Grieving: I am so sorry that you lost your wife. I am so sorry that you lost your son. Each loss is devastating on its own; that you should ...

Bible Digest

“Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Romans 8:26 AKJV) Pray. God will lead us to pray as we should.

Rated T for Teen: Memories of a favorite teacher

TAYLOR SHAFFER One of my favorite teachers, Ashley Shableski, sadly had to leave Central Mountain High School. She was an amazing choir teacher, and I love her so much. I didn’t really do anything special for her, so I’m doing this. Mrs. Shableski, if you cry, I’m so sorry. Also, if you ...

Asylum, citizenship and the right to live in America

By AVIVA RUTKIN Who gets to live in the United States? It’s a contentious question, particularly as the Trump administration works to limit entry to the U.S., through policies like 2017’s travel ban, as well as increased use of detention centers. Meanwhile, others continue their fight ...

Mormons and money: An unorthodox and messy history of church finances

By JOHN TURNER The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has allegedly amassed US$100 billion in purportedly charitable assets since 1997 without ever giving any money away – a possible breach of federal tax laws. This previously unknown investment vehicle known as Ensign Peak ...

Dear Annie: Wild horses

Dear Annie: I grew up horseback riding in Montana. It was something that my father and I did together, and I have such fond memories. We would trail ride under the big sky and talk for hours on end. I formed a love of nature and have found it to always be my happy pace. In addition to ...

Erratic blood pressure may be emotional reaction

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m an active 85-year-old woman. For the past four years, I have been having erratic blood pressure readings. Sometimes my blood pressure is 80/50, other times 200/90 or higher. I am treated with nadolol as needed. My cardiologist said he cannot help ...

Bible Digest

“O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” (Romans 7:24-25 AKJV) God can save us from ourselves. He can set us free to serve Him.

We are so very grateful for you!

Merry Christmas, Dear Readers. At this Christmas holiday, our gift to you each and every day is our hard work as your community newspaper. We strive to do our best. We’re not perfect, and we’re the first to admit that. But we bring life to you — through our stories and photos and ...

Remembering the ghosts of Christmas past

It’s Christmas Eve. In my mind, the best day of the year — hands down. All the buildup and all the hype come down to the next 12-16 hours. Everyone is scrambling for their last-minute gifts and stocking stuffers before the sun rises tomorrow morning. Through the years, Christmas has ...

Who makes Christmas?

By GLENN MOLLETTE As we approach Christmas day let’s take a moment to salute the grand women of Christmas. My wife knocks herself out preparing for events like Thanksgiving and Christmas. She started preparing the Thanksgiving meal two weeks in advance and for sure we had a feast. For ...

Dear Annie: Giving but not receiving

Dear Annie: As we enter the holiday season, I am unsure the etiquette around gift-giving. I know the old saying that it’s better to give than to receive; however, as I age, I find myself giving and giving, and not receiving much of anything. Even a simple thank-you or a small sign of ...

To Your Good Health: Limb-girdle dystrophies begin in shoulders and hips

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I have two boys diagnosed with limb girdle muscular dystrophy. I am looking everywhere for some help, but can’t seem to find anything. Is there a cure? — F.I.I. ANSWER: There are many types of muscular dystrophy. Some start in childhood; others later ...

Bible Digest

“And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21 AKJV) Celebrate Christmas. Celebrate Jesus. “And the angel said to them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all ...