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In Washington, D.C.

g U.S. Rep. Tom Marino (R), 1020 Commerce Park Drive, Suit 1A, Williamsport, Pa., 17701. Phone: 570-322-3965. Website: https://marino.house.gov. g U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson (R), Suite 101, 3555 Benner Pike, Bellefonte, Pa. 16823. Phone: 814-827-3985. Website: thompson.house.gov g Sen. ...

Know the telltale signs of a scam

It may be June, but there are still taxpayers who filed late and are waiting for a response from the Internal Revenue service. Because of this, summertime tends to be a period when thieves increase their scam attempts. They try to get people to disclose personal information like Social ...

Where are the Children’s Days?

By LAURA HOLLIS Here we are, wedged between Mother's Day and Father's Day, and I am thinking about that question that young children often ask around this time of year: "How come there's no 'children's day'?" Parents invariably respond with some version of, "Because every day is 'children's ...

Bible digest

“Also I say to you, Whoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: But he that denies me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.” (Luke 12:8-9 AKJV) Real believers in Jesus are glad to share Jesus with others.

Pennsylvania’s primary problem

Donald Trump is right. Elections in the United States are fixed. But he is wrong about how they are fixed, who is doing the fixing, and what it is doing to our democracy. Trump seems to believe that millions of illegal voters are stuffing our national ballot boxes with illicit votes. ...

A better way to reduce student loan debt

Everyone knows there's no such thing as a free lunch — let alone a free college education, something Sen. Bernie Sanders champions regularly. Realists know that a so-called free college education for millions of students would mean that taxpayers would foot the bill and the massive tab ...

Stormy Daniels news coverage

TRINITY WERSTLER Coudersport Recently, I encountered a news article from Vox condemning Fox News for not talking enough about Stormy Daniels in comparison to other leading news organizations. I personally find so many things wrong with this scenario. Firstly, a news station like Fox, ...

Parents in decline

Dear Annie. My octogenarian parents recently visited my family for two weeks. They stayed in our house for the duration of their stay. My three sons are all preteens and were very excited to spend time with their grandparents. My husband and I are always a bit more anxious to have them stay. My ...

What’s missing most

WES WALDRON Trout Run In my senior years I often find myself thinking about how the world around me has changed from when I was a youth growing up in a small town. Like many from that period of time there are things that I miss, like nickel soft drinks, penny candy, and twenty-cent movies. ...

Caught between Scylla and Charybdis

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am asking for a restatement/clarification of your position on flu shots for those who have had autoimmune disorders. I am a 69-year-old male who suffered an attack of Guillain-Barre syndrome in 1973. I have residual neurological and muscular damage, ...

Skipping school crime and punishment

As I recounted in my last installment, the teenaged Upper Lockporters decided that all of us skipping school on the same day would be a grand adventure, and we all followed through on the plan...except the one kid we didn’t ask to come along. This now-deceased lad was a native ...

My annoying fridge-raiding roommate

Dear Annie: I’m a recent college graduate, and I just moved into my first real apartment (as in, not campus housing). I found my current roommate, “Stella,” through a friend of a friend. She is very outgoing and laid-back. My problem is that I think she assumes everyone is as laid-back as ...

The parameters of a high blood pressure emergency

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: At what point is high blood pressure a medical emergency (i.e., needs to be treated TODAY, or at least before, say, going out of the country next week)? I’ve never had an issue with high blood pressure — at a gynecology appointment last year ...

Step one to stop false accustions: Exposure … because people lie

They fudge little things, like their height or weight. They exaggerate their athletic prowess or professional accomplishments. They deceive family, friends, lovers, voters, government officials, business partners and themselves. They lie about murder, theft, kidnapping, rape and ...

We’ve lost sight of the plot in immigration debate

As the immigration debate hit another low last week, I received the news that my favorite immigrant died: My father-in-law, Paul Gavora. I don't want to politicize Paul's story too much, or really at all. For me, the man wasn't a talking point; he was a hero. Still, one of the things about ...

The commencement speech you never hear

My youngest son's college graduation ceremony was scheduled to be held outdoors. The invitation specified that it would be moved inside to the gym only in the event of "severe" weather. As it turned out, the day was unseasonably cold (low 50s) with occasional drizzle — probably about as ...

Teen not accepted by parents

Dear Annie: I am a healthy, strong teenager who goes to a great school. I have a roof over my head and food on the table, but there is one problem: I’m transgender, and my parents refuse to accept me. I came out to them about three years ago as gay, before I fully understood what was going on ...

Where’s the harm in taking a decongestant regularly?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 62-year-old female in excellent health. I eat right, exercise and have a great genetic history. I have no high blood pressure. For about four years I have been taking two Sudafed pills, 30 mg per tablet, on average every other day, to alleviate morning headaches and ...

 Colleges are not responsible for your child’s well-being

Across the nation, parents are in the process of either welcoming their college kids home for the summer or making preparations to send them off to college in the fall. Some will be letting go of their children for the first time, excited and anxious about the next chapter of life. Let this ...

Bible digest

“But Jesus called them to him, and said, Suffer little children to come to me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:16 AKJV) Take your children to church. Jesus is waiting for them.