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Opinion

Are we complacent about outbreaks of viruses, bacteria?

Our View

We are told frequently that we ought to be worried about the seas rising because of climate change. But another type of sea — of viruses and bacteria — also is rising. Ought we to be as complacent as we clearly are about it? At this writing, Chinese officials had said the death toll ...

Dear Annie: Many ways to be a mother

Columns

Dear Annie: My heart went out to the couple in today’s paper — the letter from the woman in her late 20s who is having problems with infertility. Back in the ‘70s, a time when infertility was not talked about like now, my partner and I also had an infertility problem. The options were ...

To Your Good Health: Lynch syndrome could link family’s cancers

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BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: On my mother’s side of the family, all four sisters out of seven children were diagnosed with cancer and have died from the disease. Their ages at the time they passed ranged between 60 and 70, and the type of cancer was different for each of them (lung, ...

Time to revisit gerrymandering

Letters to the editor

LEIGH-ANNE CONGDON Mill Hall As we move full swing into the election season, we might do well to reflect on how gerrymandering affects our ability to have fair elections. As a reminder, gerrymandering is the manipulation of electoral maps for politic advantage. It means that the ...

Cancer among us

Columns

By RALPH DOTTERER JR. The nervous patient sits in a doctor’s examination room, while mechanically thumbing through the pages of a nameless magazine. He is there to hear if a recent biopsy confirms what previous tests have indicated. After entering the room, the doctor explains to ...

Don’t let this become another Agent Orange

Our View

The military used open burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan for years to get rid of all sorts of waste amid warfare. They openly burned everything from chemicals, paint, plastics, rubber and wood to discarded food, medical and human waste, metal and aluminum cans, munitions and other unexploded ...

Is rudeness on the rise?

Columns

By SHANNON G. TAYLOR You don’t have to look hard to see uncivil behavior these days, whether in political discourse, in college classrooms or on airplanes. One study found that rudeness is even contagious, like the common cold. The workplace, where my research is focused, is hardly ...

Dear Annie: Grieving son defames father

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Dear Annie: My stepson said many nasty, derogatory, hurtful things about his recently deceased father. My husband was well-respected by his peers and friends. Yes, he had his faults, but I loved him dearly, and he was a very good man. I wrote my stepson, let’s call him “Dan,” and told ...

Bible Digest

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“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” (Psalms 32:1 AKJV) It is blessed to be forgiven by God. He can wash away all of our sins. “The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenty; but of every one that is hasty only to want.” (Proverbs 21:5 ...

Removal would be insane

Columns

By RICH LOWRY It's easy to forget what the Senate impeachment trial is supposed to be about. It's not a fight over whether the Senate will call a couple of witnesses that the House couldn't, or didn't bother to, obtain on its own. The underlying question is whether the United States ...

When will there be a coronavirus vaccine? Five questions answered

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Editor’s note: The coronavirus that started in Wuhan has sickened more than 4,000 people and killed at least 100 in China as of Jan. 27, 2020. Thailand and Hong Kong each have reported eight confirmed cases, and five people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with the illness. People are hoping ...

Dear Annie: No business between neighbors

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Dear Annie: My spouse and I are in our 70s, with numerous health issues. We decided we needed to sell our large home and move to something easier to maintain. We made the mistake of hiring the younger brother (“Jim”) of our best friend and neighbor “Jane.” Both assured us this business ...

Bible Digest

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“To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.” (Proverbs 21:3 AKJV) God is not so much impressed with our outward rituals as He is with a heart that loves justice.

Millions for a walking trail?

Letters to the editor

CAROL EBERHARD Jersey Shore I got so mad reading The Express article about the $2.1 million grant from PenmDOT for the Bald Eagle Valley walking-biking trail in Clinton County. County Commissioner Miles Kessinger stated he was so thankful because, “We just don’t have that kind of ...

Protecting workers, businesses and you from getting sick

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By MARIA DONATUCCI A potential worldwide pandemic has cities quarantined, travel restricted and people terrified. But, here in Pennsylvania, in the highly unlikely event the Wuhan coronavirus arrived, someone who caught it would have to choose between protecting the public health or keeping ...

Climate chaos

Letters to the editor

VICKI SMEDLEY Jersey Shore Disaster isn’t coming ... it is here now! The American West, the Amazon rainforest, Australia ... all burning. Indonesia is flooding. Arctic glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising. 2019 was the hottest year in recorded history and was a record year for ...

Dear Annie: Worried about neighbors’ infant

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Dear Annie: We live across the street from a married couple — man and woman — who have a 16-month-old girl. Every time they get her out of the car, no matter what the weather is, they have nothing on her head. Even when the temperature was in the teens, and another time when it was pouring ...

To Your Good Health: What are the known causes of leukemia?

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BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: What are the known causes of leukemia? — B.B. ANSWER: “Leukemia” comes from the Greek roots for “white blood” because an excess of white blood cells can be seen even without a microscope in a test tube of spun whole blood. It’s not one ...