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Pumpkin Seed Oil Shows Promise For Overactive Bladder

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m an 81-year-old mother of five, and I have an overactive bladder. My situation was the usual “can’t get there in time.” I had taken an expensive drug for this, which worked but gave me a “brain fog” feeling that I didn’t need or want. My doctor, a female ...

Greetings From This ‘Career Obsessed Banshee’

Thanks to recent national coverage of Missouri Senate candidate Courtland Sykes and his self-declared expertise on “nail-biting manophobic hell-bent feminist she devils,” we’re all getting a glimpse into the darker recesses of his mind. It’s as if he threw open the doors to his ...

Strings Attached To Son’s Gift Have Mom Tied Up In Knots

DEAR ABBY: My son bought me a car in 2012. I had no idea he was doing it. He traded my car in for this newer car. During the last five years this “gift” has been nothing but a sore spot. If I get a ding from a parking lot, it’s my fault. If I let someone smoke in it, I’m ...

Let’s Limit Spending

Some people have called for a balanced budget amendment to our Constitution as a means of reining in a big-spending Congress. That’s a misguided vision, for the simple reason that in any real economic sense, as opposed to an accounting sense, the federal budget is always balanced. The value ...

Frederick Douglass, A Champion Of American Individualism

WASHINGTON — It was an assertion of hard-won personal sovereignty: Frederick Douglass, born on a Maryland plantation 200 years ago this month, never knew on what February day because history-deprivation was inflicted to confirm slaves as non-persons. So, later in life, Douglass picked the ...

Hemp Oil For Arthritis Treatment Bears Further Investigation

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have severe pain from osteoarthritis. I am able to get some relief with one tablet of 5/325 Norco a day. My doctor is trying to wean me off Norco, and some days I can manage with a half-tablet. To help control my pain, I have been using hemp oil with the Norco. I take up to ...

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Treat Yourself

Next week is Valentine’s Day and I’m sure many of you are getting ready to celebrate with the one you love. Whether it’s a significant other, relative, or close friend, it’s always nice to acknowledge those who matter most on this special day. For those of you who might not have ...

Clean Energy And Dollars Are Both Green

Some of the nation’s fiercest winds tear across the 100-odd miles separating Casper and Rawlins, making Wyoming a potential colossus of wind power. So why is Wyoming the only state to tax wind power? Ask the politicians representing America’s biggest producer of coal. Or simpler, check ...

Wife Of Man With Parkinson’s Wants To Start Dating Others

DEAR ABBY: I’m a 72-year-old married woman. My husband has atypical Parkinson’s and can no longer talk or walk. I exercise six days a week, but I need someone to talk to, to share life with. I tell my husband what I do each day, but of course, there is no feedback. He’s at home, and we ...

Too Many Wars, Too Many Enemies

If Turkey is not bluffing, U.S. troops in Manbij, Syria, could be under fire by week’s end, and NATO engulfed in the worst crisis in its history. Turkish President Erdogan said Friday his troops will cleanse Manbij of Kurdish fighters, alongside whom U.S. troops are embedded. Erdogan’s ...

Females Experience Thinning Hair, Too

DEAR DR. ROACH: After a diagnosis of low thyroid levels, my formerly long, thick hair has thinned out. I’d say 50 to 60 percent over the years since menopause (I am 78). It is especially thin from the front to the middle of my head. All I have found to help my hair look presentable and fuller ...

Modesty

Early in George W. Bush’s first term, I was dining with a friend who didn’t agree with my worldview. He challenged my certitude, allowing that he wasn’t sure about many issues. “Don’t you wonder whether you’re right?” he asked. “Well,” I replied, “if I held an incorrect ...

Powell Sworn In As New Fed Chair Amid Stock Market Sell-Off

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerome Powell was sworn in Monday as the 16th chairman of the Federal Reserve on what turned out to be a turbulent day for Wall Street, with the Dow Jones industrial average plunging by more than 1,100 points. Powell, 65, was given the oath of office by Randal Quarles, the ...

Dad Of Twins Fears Wife Is Suffering From Depression

DEAR ABBY: My wife gave birth to our twin girls almost a year ago, and for the most part, things have been great. They are happy and healthy, but I’m not sure how happy my wife is. I’m afraid she may be suffering from postpartum depression, but she won’t see anyone about it. She’s ...

Will Intelligence Agencies Stop Confiding To Congress?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top intelligence and law enforcement officials warn that last week’s release of a congressional memo alleging FBI surveillance abuse could have wide-ranging repercussions: Spy agencies could start sharing less information with Congress, weakening oversight. Lawmakers will ...

Patriotism On The Cheap

For the first two centuries of U.S. history — while Americans were proudly winning a war for independence, founding a nation, abolishing slavery, settling a continent and winning two world wars — the patriot was that admirable fellow citizen willing to sacrifice his own individual ...

Safeguard Yourself From ‘Catastrophic Medical Costs’

Question: I have Medicare and have signed up for additional insurance to go along with that. I am worried about all that could go wrong medically. I hear about people spending so much money on medical costs. Is there anything I can do to protect myself from catastrophic medical costs? Answer: ...

Yes, There Is A ‘Virtual Colonoscopy’

DEAR DR. ROACH: I had a Cologuard test and was told that there is blood in my stool. My doctor tried to do a colonoscopy, but told me he was unable to complete it due to my colon being very twisted. He sent me to the hospital for a “virtual colonoscopy.” He assured me that it was not ...

Whole Lotta Racism Goin’ On!

I am a racist. Sorry, but that is the sad truth. You see, I have been thinking about my thoughts. And comparing those thoughts to what powerful people say and write about such thoughts. And there can be only one conclusion. That I am racist. For instance, enforcing our laws seems sensible ...

Family Splinters In Response To Transgender Son-In-Law

DEAR ABBY: Our daughter, “Joan,” and her husband, “Frank,” have been married 19 years. Their only child will be 4 next month. A year and a half ago, Frank came out as a transgender female. Joan is handling this exceptionally well. Our son, “Alex,” is not. Our family will never ...