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Dear Annie: Dating with autism

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Dear Annie: I am a 36-year-old man living with my father. I also have autism, and because of this, I have had difficulty in dating women. For a few years, I was on the dating website called I Love Your Accent (I had been on 10 other sites prior to that), which matches American and British ...

MMR vaccine is critical, but not to help with COVID

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DEAR DR. ROACH: We have friends who got the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine believing it will help with exposure to COVID-19. What are your thoughts on their thinking? — P.H. ANSWER: The World Health Organization has reported an increase in measles deaths since 2016, and that trend has ...

‘World Relief’ (fact checker)

Letters to the editor

BRYAN SHADE Flemington In response to the letter to the editor by Tim Yoho using Snopes.com “fake checks,” who fact checks the fact checkers? Judging by the overwhelming party shift from blue to red in Clinton County, people here live in reality and don’t care about liberal ...

Cultivating hope this year

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The raging coronavirus pandemic, along with political turbulence and uncertainty, have overwhelmed many of us. From almost the start of 2020, people have been faced with bleak prospects as illness, death, isolation and job losses became unwelcome parts of our reality. On Jan. 6, many of us ...

Lincoln’s first inaugural

Letters to the editor

SAM STEA Cogan Station Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural is overshadowed by his second, but there is a phrase in his first that has relevance today. “The Union is perpetually confirmed by the history of the Union itself.” Take heart friends. The Republic is strong, and stronger ...

How many people need to get a COVID vaccine to stop the virus?

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It has been clear for a while that, at least in the U.S., the only way out of the coronavirus pandemic will be through vaccination. The rapid deployment of coronavirus vaccines is underway, but how many people need to be vaccinated in order to control this pandemic? I am a computational ...

Dear Annie: Gratitude lacking

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Dear Annie: There are three sisters in my family. Two of us are childless. Our other sister now has seven grandchildren. Every Christmas and birthday, my other childless sister and I send a check to each grandniece and grandnephew. We never expect any gifts in return, but it would be nice to ...

Hiatal hernia surgery called for if meds fail to help

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 72-year-old female with MGUS. I was just diagnosed with an ulcer, Barrett’s esophagus, GERD and a hiatal hernia of 8 cm. My surgeon has put me on high-dose Prilosec and Carafate before bed. My oncologist has given the OK for surgery for the hernia, but friends have ...

Government waste

Letters to the editor

JIM POTTER Linden Many have heard numerous examples of wasteful government spending, from the $1,000 hammers to the $500 bolts and the millions spent to count fish in a river. But it is incredible that the government would require people to reimburse the United States for the cost of a ...

Twitter deranged our politics

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Donald Trump was the president of Twitter. What radio was to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and TV was to Ronald Reagan, communicating 280 characters at a time on a social media platform that is a watchword for hyperactive inanity was to President Trump. It is symbolically appropriate that the ...

No thanks to Keller

Letters to the editor

NANCY THALER Tunkhannock U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, you can have the credit if you really want it. In his Dec. 23 newsletter, Congressman Keller took credit for opposing the COVID-19 Relief Bill — though he wants us to know how much the bill will help us here in Wyoming County. In fact, ...

Please, stop the violence

Columns

Acts of violence against a marriage partner have never saved a marriage. Violent acts toward family members have never made a family happier. Typically, they create emotional and sometimes physical wounds that are never forgotten. Too many families have suffered because someone in the family ...

Throwing fuel on the fire

Letters to the editor

DON WILVER Jr. New Columbia Our current U.S. Rep. Fred Keller will be forever linked to the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol and our democracy. It is fitting that his op-ed column of Jan. 6 defending his failed attempt to thwart a free and fair election appeared the same day as the ...

The other women

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Dear Annie: I am an attractive and well-educated divorced woman. Recently, a man whom I dated several years ago contacted me. We are both 70. Our reunion was great. We have been getting along very well and communicating daily ever since. We live across the country from each other. He invited me ...

Legislative stupidity

Letters to the editor

DR. ARNO VOSK Williamsport U.S. Rep. Fred Keller put out a statement on Jan. 7 saying the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was “shameful, completely unacceptable and un-American.” Doesn’t he realize that what he and other Republican legislators have been doing, in their ...

Statins are important heart treatment, but so is change in diet

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BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m 64 and thin, on no medications and had my bloodwork done. Cholesterol showed 226 total, HDL 77, triglycerides 79, LDL 131, glucose 94. My blood pressure is usually about 90/60, and I have never smoked. My doctor wants me to go on a statin, which I ...

Thanks, Donald

Letters to the editor

GEORGE YARNELL Lock Haven I want to thank Donald Trump for making America great again. The Democrats now control the House, the Senate and the White House. Now we need to get rid of every congressman and woman who voted against Pennsylvania’s election results after the riot. ...

Uncomfortable questions facing U.S. Capitol Police

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When die-hard Trump supporters are able to storm the U.S. Capitol and forcefully occupy offices in the House and the Senate, questions over security are going to be asked. I am an academic criminologist who in an earlier life served as a senior policy adviser at the Department of Homeland ...

To U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson

Letters to the editor

GREGORY LEIGHTY Loganton U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, shame on you. You chose to support an amoral demagogue over our Democracy! My father and uncle fought during World War II to save our Democracy from another madman. I suggest you find other employment since you are not fit to govern.

Dear Annie: Wedding invitation snub

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Dear Annie: My youngest daughter, “Marta,” is beautiful and caring but intellectually challenged. I have always encouraged all my kids to do what makes them happy, and she is no different. A couple of years ago, she met a wonderful man through mutual friends, “Brian.” After dating for ...