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Challenge Us; Don’t Coddle Us

The late William Safire, a certified wordsmith who had been a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon before becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, concluded, after reading 56 of them, that there had been only four great presidential inaugural addresses: Abraham ...

Dems Aren’t Winning Back Any Voters

Suppose you live next door to a car dealer.  And suppose you shop for a new car.  You check out what he has to offer. You check out others. You buy a new car from one of his competitors. He is disappointed you did not buy a car from him. More, he thinks you are stooopid for buying the car ...

State Funding Should Be Used To Address Flooding

To The Reader’s Forum: Seeing Southern Auto Exchange underwater, my heart went out to Brian Adelgren and other businesses in this low-lying area off of Rt. 60 south of Jamestown. It is not uncommon for Rt. 60 and 62 to flood creating an inconvenience for drivers, but for Brian, his business ...

Pyoderma Gangrenosum Begins With Blisters, Turns To Ulcer

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 74-year-old woman in good health. I was diagnosed with pyoderma gangrenosum on my left leg. I was in a lot of pain. Can you tell me the cause of this rare disease? Also, is there a special diet I should be on? — H. ANSWER: Pyoderma gangrenosum is an inflammatory ...

Photo Of Mom In Body Bag Infuriates Grieving Daughter

DEAR ABBY: I am a 58-year-old female. My mother passed away in my home almost exactly a year ago. I took care of her for the last three years of her life. After she died, my brother and his wife came to my home at 1:30 p.m. The funeral home didn’t arrive to pick her up until 8:30 that ...

The Reset Failure

President Barack Obama has finally had it with Russia. It only took eight years of cold reality — topped off by the Russian interference in the November election — to make the outgoing president almost cleareyed about the Kremlin. Not that Obama is ready to admit error. Asked by George ...

Cold War Relic, Present Day Threat

WASHINGTON — You can kick the can down the road, but when Kim Jong Un announces, as he did last Sunday, that “we have reached the final stage in preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic rocket,” you are reaching the end of that road. Since the early 1990s, we have ...

Don’t Blame CO2: It is Not A Pollutant

To The Reader’s Forum:, Re: “BPU Electric Rate Increase To Subsidize Nuclear Plants,” Jan. 7, by Dennis Phillips “Gov. Cuomo’s Clean Energy Standard calls on New York to acquire 50 percent of its energy from low-carbon resources by 2030.” This will come at a great cost to New ...

Are Symptoms Due To Leak In Silicone Breast Implants?

DEAR DR.  ROACH: I received silicone-gel breast implants a few years ago. After six months or so, I began to have strange symptoms, including joint pain, fatigue and terrible hives. The condition got worse over time, and neither an allergist nor a dermatologist could conclusively diagnose a ...

High School Friend Turned Enemy Continues Her Attacks

DEAR ABBY: I need your help in dealing with an old “frenemy.” “Jenny” and I were friends in high school, but she constantly berated me and accused me of taking advantage of her. She would make herself feel better by putting me down. After she went away to college, she got pregnant by ...

Is Liberal Democracy An Endangered Species?

“As we begin 2017, the most urgent threat to liberal democracy is not autocracy,” writes William Galston of The Wall Street Journal, “it is illiberal democracy.” Galston’s diagnosis is not wrong, and his alarm is not misplaced. Yet why does America’s great export, liberal ...

The Sessions Smear

NAACP officials have already been arrested in an anti-Jeff Sessions protest. The Alabama senator’s confirmation battle as attorney general is sure to generate lots of heat and very little light. He will likely prevail, but not before his name is dragged through the gutter in an execrable ...

A Smokin’ Way To Escape The Cold

Welcome to another edition of Let’s Talk Photography! I must admit, I really love the winter months. I once lived in San Diego for seven years and the one thing I hated most about it was the perpetual summer. But, just because I love winter, it doesn’t mean I love being out in the ...

A Yakker Resolves To Listen More

  “Talk less. Listen more.” Those four words comprise my New Year’s Resolution for 2017. They are devilishly difficult to live up to. Wa-a-y back in the 1950s, I attended high school as part of a 360-member class. Back then, we voted for “superlatives.” ...

Irrational Belief In Alleged Affair Could Be Delusional Disorder

  DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife and I have been married for over 50 years. A few years ago, she began accusing me of having an affair with a much younger woman, with whom I have never shared a private moment or conversation in my life, nor have I ever wanted to. When I try to reason ...

Ex-Husband Who Drives Drunk Should Be Taken Off The Road

  DEAR ABBY: A few months ago I left my husband after a long marriage, mostly due to his drinking. He often insisted on getting behind the wheel while drunk, and I was uncomfortable about it, although I repeatedly begged him not to do it. Since our split he has been drinking ...

For Republicans, The Year Of Living Nervously

Outspent by nearly a 2-1 ratio by Hillary Clinton and conspicuously not endorsed by the two most recent Republican presidents or the two most recent Republican presidential nominees, Donald Trump was still able to capture six states Democrat Barack Obama had twice carried — Florida, Iowa, ...

It’s Time For Term Limits

­Donald Trump and others say we need term limits for congress people. Do we ever. For dozens of good reasons. One is that we would get more citizen legislators.  That is, people who had successful careers outside of politics. People more likely to be in touch with the likes of you and ...

Key To Wife’s Hoarding May Be In Her Genes

  DEAR ABBY: My wife and I and our 13-year-old son live in a nice home we have been remodeling for the last eight years. The problem is, my wife has a hard time getting rid of anything, and she constantly brings home “new projects” that take up space but never get done. At one ...

Laser Treatment ‘Probably Not Effective’ Against Nerve Damage

  DEAR DR. ROACH: Due to diabetes and radiation treatments for prostate cancer, I have nerve damage to both feet. I was on was Lyrica, and I had to switch to gabapentin 300 mg because of the cost of Lyrica: It was approximately $1,000 for a three-month supply. I also take Metanx. ...