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Have We Gone Nuts?

A few items from the HAVE WE GONE NUTS? FILE. A high school in Pennsylvania reckons teenagers can undress in whatever locker room they wish. According to a lawsuit filed recently. A teenage boy was undressing in the boys locker room. The so-called boys locker room. In the eyes of the ...

Firemen, Utility Workers To Be Commended

To The Reader’s Forum: The response by first responders and utility crews to the damages caused by heavy winds on March 8 is commendable. I witnessed the Ashville Fire Department and National Grid employees out in the worst weather conditions trying to maintain safety for this community. ...

Making Sense Of Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

DEAR DR. ROACH: One rheumatologist diagnosed me with unspecified mixed connective tissue disease and Raynaud’s syndrome. I was put on Plaquenil, which caused some hair loss and thinning. I got a second opinion from another rheumatologist, who said that based on my bloodwork, I do not have ...

Woman’s Free Baby-Sitting Is Her Choice, Not Fiance’s

DEAR ABBY: I am a stay-at-home mom with three children. Recently, another mom asked me to care for her 3-year-old daughter while she went to work. She offered to pay me, but I declined, given her circumstances, because I consider her a friend, even though I have known her for only a short ...

Talk To Your Employer Today About A Health Savings Account

Question: My tax person informed me that when I turn 65 and have Medicare, I can no longer have an HSA. Do you agree, is that correct? Answer: Questions that start with “My tax person/preparer said ...” I rarely answer. When it comes to tax rules, I have very limited knowledge and am ...

Finding Old Mexico

I wish more people could see Mexico as it would surely be seen if we lived in a world without corruption. Or greed. The real Mexico is not Cancun. Cancun is a wonderful place if you’re looking for a margarita and a wide beach, but it actually rose up from a Mayan jungle that once boasted ...

Of Vice And Men

After reading Mike Rukavina’s column a couple week’s ago on addiction to coffee creamer I had to take stock of my own vices. I had a hard time relating to his problems with coffee, though, as I am a non-drinker of the stuff. Even dating back to my college days where having a cup of ...

Technical Difficulties

A few weeks ago, I received my dogs’ license renewals from the city. I was happy to see that both dogs were listed as Welsh Corgis. Rhiannon has been properly licensed, and identified, as a Corgi for the entire 10 years we’ve been back from Arizona. When we got Gael, seven years ago, we ...

Graduation Threatens To End Sisters’ Everyday Closeness

DEAR ABBY: My sister “Maddy” is in 12th grade and will graduate soon. Over the last two years, we have grown really close — from eating Chinese together every other day, to going shopping together. We have the closest relationship in the family, and I consider her to be my best friend. ...

Post-Whiplash Visit To Physical Therapist Is In Order

DEAR DR. ROACH: My sister was rear-ended last summer and suffered whiplash. She went to a chiropractor for adjustment, but that did not help. Ever since the accident, she has experienced excruciating head pain whenever she bends over to do anything! If she lowers her head at all, the pain is so ...

Mom’s Adult Children Are Slow To Embrace Her New Husband

DEAR ABBY: I lost my husband a few years ago and am now remarried. Some of my adult children, although they did not want me to be alone and they “say” they are happy for me, have been slow in welcoming my new husband. I in no way expect him to be a replacement for their father. I only ...

Former Gymnast Documents Road To Recovery

When she was 22, Margaret was volunteering at an equine therapy center when a 900-lb horse stepped on her left foot. Miraculously, she did not suffer any broken bones, but her pain would not go away. The former gymnast was no stranger to injuries, so when the pain and swelling persisted three ...

Baroom Blitz

It should come as no surprise to regular readers of this column that there is a rich underground scene of original music in the greater Jamestown area. Unfortunately, these bands oftentimes have little opportunity in the way of exposure, as there is really only one establishment in the area ...

Don’t Dress It Up

The other day, I saw an ad for a “labor dress.” It looked like a normal sleeveless dress with brightly colored flowers, however, it apparently has special slits in it for epidurals and other necessities. Mind you, the cost ranges from $24.99 to $58 for these “labor dresses” or ...

ALC Is Better Screening Test For Diabetes

DEAR DR. ROACH: My Alc test on blood sugar is always higher (prediabetes) than my fasting glucose test (normal) on the same visit to the doctor. Which result should I believe? My latest test at a doctor’s office showed that my A1c is 6.2 percent, and fasting glucose is 88 mg/dL. The A1c ...

Couple’s Wedding Can Wait Until Fiance Finds A Job

DEAR ABBY: My fiance and I have been engaged for two years. Our wedding is set for a year from now. I’m thinking about calling off our wedding, not because I don’t love him, or because I don’t want to spend the rest of my life with him. I know I want that. It’s because I’m the only ...

Exotic Portraits Close To Home

Welcome to another edition of Let’s Talk Photography! It’s here! Spring is officially here! Although the weather hasn’t quite caught up with the calendar, we can finally start thinking about getting out of the house and preparing for more outdoor activities. One of the things we do ...

On Vacation, I Talk ‘Bucs’ And Stillers’

Bound for Florida, I packed my “Hiya!” clothes. They worked. I made vacation-long friends with Dave, Bill, Bob and Ralph. I had one-time conversations with dozens more men and women. What are “Hiya!” clothes? For me, they are my yellow-and-black Pittsburgh Steelers T-shirt, my ...

Is McCain Hijacking Foreign Policy?

“The senator from Kentucky,” said John McCain, speaking of his colleague Rand Paul, “is working for Vladimir Putin ... and I do not say that lightly.” What did Sen. Paul do to deserve being called a hireling of Vladimir Putin? He declined to support McCain’s call for a unanimous ...

More Conservative Than Thou

In our ideologically scrambled age, it’s getting very hard to tell who’s who. Political conservatives have been opposed to “socialized” medicine pretty much forever. Republicans who agreed with this philosophically paid a heavy political price as Democrats rolled out the ...