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Dear Annie: Teachers deserve parents’ patience and respect

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Dear Annie: I am a teacher in a small town in New England. When I began my job, I thought it was the best job in the world. I spent a lot of time, money and effort to learn the skills to become an effective teacher, and I couldn’t think of a better way to give back to my ...

To Your Good Health: Must a person stay put to have a movement?

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BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am in my early 90s and have read your column and those before yours, and have not seen this topic covered. Long ago, my primary doctor told me that many people suffering from constipation are not aware that they are ignoring the natural urge for a ...

Bible Digest

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“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God to salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16 AKJV) Only Jesus died for our sins and arose from the dead to never die again. He conquered the chief enemies of man, ...

Ernest vs. Comcast

Letters to the editor

KATHRYN McFATE Loganton Ernest (Nov. 30 letter to editor, “What’s going on, Comcast?), I am sorry about your problem with Comcast. The day of putting up an antenna and getting three channels is over. We are at the mercy of Comcast, Direct TV and the Dish Network. People today want ...

Ban flavored vaping products

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By EDDIE PASHINSKI There is an epidemic spreading among our children. What is it? Vaping. Everyone knows and evidence has proven that smoking is bad and unhealthy. Fortunately, that message has helped reduce tobacco use among American teens for decades. Disturbingly, this trend is ...

Brookville boys

Letters to the editor

SANDEE SWARTZ Jersey Mills I am very disturbed by the accusations of animal abuse leveled against the two boys from Brookville (Re: Video allegedly showing two Brookville, Pa., boys abusing a deer). I myself chose not to watch the video after reading the description of what it contained. ...

Dear Annie: Leave the drama at the door

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Dear Annie: My husband and I are planning a big party to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Sadly, two sisters are all but ruining the event. They are both close friends of mine, but they are feuding with each other. I did not send out online invites but rather traditional paper ...

What’s the real story on medical negligence?

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BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: A 2016 Hopkins study reported that medical negligence accounts for 250,000 deaths per year. And that’s just mortality; it does not include any contributions to living with disease. My own view is to attribute nearly all of this to the fact that ...

Bible digest

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“Give to the LORD the glory due to his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” (1 Chronicles 16:29 AKJV) Take time to worship and honor the Lord. He is God and God alone.

Young and old can find joy in getting their first deer

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(Editor’s Note: Shirley Grenoble has been writing about the outdoors for decades. A nationally known woman of the outdoors, Shirley has been hunting and fishing in Pennsylvania and other states for more than 58 years. This column is compliments of the Altoona Mirror newspaper.) By SHIRLEY ...

Pell Grants are getting their due in the 2020 presidential campaign

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By DONALD HELLER One key difference, however, is unlike in the 2016 election, which was largely devoid of any talk about increasing Pell Grants for students from low- and moderate-income families to pay for college, this time around Pell Grants are part of the discussion. Leading Democratic ...

Dear Annie: Closed door, open heart

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Dear Annie: One of my cousins lives about two hours away. Her parents are deceased, and she is estranged from her siblings. She has been in the hospital several times for mental health care. I believe she is bipolar but don’t know that for sure. Because she lives alone now, we invite her to ...

Letters to our boys

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(Editor’s Note: This is another installment of The Express’ “Letter to Our Boys,” written during World War II to let “our boys” know what was happening back in their home towns. The Express will bring the letters to you occasionally, thanks to the efforts of Fred and Anna Snyder, ...

Battlefields finding new purpose as parks, refuges

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The horrors of war are all too familiar: lives lost, homes destroyed, entire communities forced to flee. Yet as time passes, places that once were sites of death and destruction can become peaceful natural refuges. One of the deadliest battles fought on U.S. soil, for example, was the Battle ...

Dear Annie: Up in smoke

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Dear Annie: I smoked cigarettes for 18 years and tried to quit many different times. I tried all the recommended treatments including hypnosis, nicotine gum, patches and a hundred other things. But three years ago, I quit for good, and I feel so much better. That was possible because I started ...

To Your Good Health: A flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu

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BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I’ve caught a flu. That’s despite taking vitamin C, garlic and oil of oregano. I gave up on echinacea a long time ago. I try to get enough rest and live a relatively healthy life. I take no prescription drugs, and you’d think at age 59 I’d have ...

Bible Digest

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“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalms 139:23-24 AKJV) This is a good prayer. What if everyone prayed and lived by this prayer?

What’s going on, Comcast?

Letters to the editor

ERNEST W. FORCE Mill Hall Gentlemen, it happened again! Recently one night I sat down to watch the 6 p.m. nightly news and when I hit channel 244, which is WTAJ Altoona. Nothing was there. After several tries I called Comcast, got a customer representative and was told that Altoona ...

Themed environments and economic development

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By Dr. Gerard Martorell In 1977, in a hilly rural area of western France, with severe deindustrialization problems, no big infrastructure (no I-80 or equivalent), abandoned rail tracks, in a place with nothing more than the ruins of a castle built in the XVI century and called Puy du Fou, a ...