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Opinion

Dear Annie: Behind-the-back talk

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Dear Annie: I have a problem with my friend “Julie” that I’m not sure how to handle. She’s a really good friend in many ways. She’s always there when I’m going through hard stuff. She’s generous with food and gifts and other thoughtful gestures. For instance, last year, when she ...

To Your Good Health: Can red light change Dad’s dementia diagnosis?

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BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My 78-year-old father is experiencing the early signs of dementia. It has been suggested that he try a $500 device that would aim a low-intensity red LED light into his nose to stimulate his brain and stabilize or perhaps even reverse the symptoms of ...

Bible Digest

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“The earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” (Psalms 24:1 AKJV) This is God’s world. We are His guests. Let’s honor Him.

America has turned its back on big dept. stores

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By NATHAN MEYERSOHN CNN Business Somehow, in the midst of a monster holiday shopping season, America’s biggest department stores managed to lose sales. Despite several attempts to revamp their images, department stores have gotten the cold shoulder from shoppers. This trend isn’t ...

Dear Annie: Trying to get a handle on the past

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Dear Annie: I am a 32-year-old married man with two children. I am trying to come to terms with my childhood. I grew up in a dysfunctional family, with an alcoholic father and a mother who had numerous affairs. My elder brother, “Michael,” was my world. He is only three years older than I ...

To Your Good Health: Drained hydrocele is refilling itself

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BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: Three weeks ago, I had to have removal of fluid that had collected around my testicles. Nearly half a liter was removed. Five days later, fluid started to build up again, and now it has filled back up. I have been checked for cancer and infection, and have ...

Bible Digest

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“Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;” (Romans 12:11 AKJV) Christians should be good reliable workers. This is a good witness for the Lord.

Let’s not turn back the clock on affordable health care

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By FRANK DERMODY When people don’t have health insurance — especially people with pre-existing conditions like diabetes, breast cancer, high blood pressure or even pregnancy (yes, that counts) — they skip vital care, go into debt or even bankruptcy to pay bills, or simply die. This ...

Step up, parents, to opportunity to help guide your children

Our View

We want to bring more attention to an event — a special showcase — scheduled by the Keystone Central School District in late January. The district will host its second Curriculum Showcase Night starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, at Central Mountain High School to also include ...

Dear Annie: Thanks for the junk

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Dear Annie: I am in my 60s, as are my brothers and sisters, and we’re all retired. We have always exchanged nice, thoughtful (though not expensive) gifts for birthdays, Christmas and maybe some other special occasions. Over the past several years, my brother “Rod” and his wife, ...

Bible Digest

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“Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.” (Psalms 23:4 AKJV) The Lord can give you peace too even in the most difficult times. Pray.

To graduates-associates of Bucktail and St. Joe’s

Letters to the editor

JAN MILLS SR. Altoona I have a proposal for the Bucktail and St. Joe’s family associates and everyone with any ties to the Renovo area! I would like us to reacquaint ourselves annually on a popular community weekend many of us enjoy known as FFF or Flaming Foliage Festival ...

Rated T for Teens: Nurses deserve a lot of credit

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By Taylor Shaffer I have no witty intro for this, because this is a serious article. I’m giving a certain group of people — nurses — the recognition they deserve, and listing some of the things they do. If you have ever heard the saying, “Every good man has a good woman behind ...

Demand a fair impeachment trial

Letters to the editor

MARY BRUCE SERENE State College The U.S. Constitution, the foundation of our country’s strength and stability, is under attack. Our Constitution empowers three co-equal branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. This brilliant design establishes checks and balances ...

Ways the U.S. will change

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By DUDLEY POSTON JR. The U.S. has just entered the new decade of the 2020s. What does our country look like today, and what will it look like 10 years from now, on Jan. 1, 2030? Which demographic groups in the U.S. will grow the most, and which groups will not grow as much, or maybe even ...

LASIK surgery pros and cons

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BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I was considering LASIK surgery for my eyes, but I recently saw some concerning information on the news that makes me doubt the safety of the procedure. Is it safe? — L.B. ANSWER: With 20 million or so procedures done in the U.S., LASIK is a commonly ...

Dear Annie: The joy of comparing

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Dear Annie: I read your column daily and always like your tough love and sensible advice. I’m interested in what your advice would be in the following situation. It involves gift giving at Christmas for nieces and nephews. My daughter does not feel that her brother gave as much to her sons ...

Bible Digest

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“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold to that which is good.” (Romans 12:9 AKJV) Flee evil. Embrace good. Love the Lord and love others.