Viewpoints

What Trump’s Wall Says To The World

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,” wrote poet Robert Frost in the opening line of “Mending Walls.” And on the American left there is something like revulsion at the idea of the “beautiful wall” President Trump intends to build along the 1,900-mile border between ...

Fences And Neighbors

There is much to cheer about President Trump’s first decisions as president. Conservatives are almost certainly going to love his Supreme Court pick, his stepped-up efforts to deport criminal aliens, the approval of two oil pipelines stubbornly blocked by the previous administration and ...

Obamacare: There Is No Need To Reinvent The Wheel

To The Reader’s Forum: With all the political lies and spins about Obamacare flying around, it is no wonder so many people want it repealed and replaced. Most politicians spouting these misled statement probably still have not investigated the law for themselves. If they had, like I have ...

We Close State Hospitals To Save Money

Pennsylvania plans to close one state hospital and part of another one. I should be happy. As a taxpayer, I should be all in favor of our government saving tax money. But five years ago, I made a mistake. I found a site on the Internet that showed the bodies of the little ...

Gleason Score Measures Cancer Cells’ Aggressiveness

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband has stage 4 prostate cancer with a Gleason score of 9. He has metastatic disease to multiple sites in his spine, pelvis and shoulder. He was diagnosed January 2015. His PSA was 85.3. He is receiving the standard care with androgen deprivation therapy (Lupron, Zytiga ...

Deserted Sister Doubly Angry After Brother Abandons Wife

DEAR ABBY: When my children were small, my husband left me. He married the other woman the day after our divorce was final. It was the worst thing that has ever happened to me, and I suffered greatly in the years that followed. Recently my brother did the same thing to his wife of many ...

Northern Exposure

A television program I once enjoyed was called “Northern Exposure.” A bunch of zany characters took refuge in an Alaskan town. Due to their remote location the townspeople made a two-year agreement with a New York City doctor. They’d pay his medical school bills for his free medical ...

Creating A Business Environment Where Our Members Can Thrive

This article is part of a series highlighting our efforts to create a business environment in the region where our members can thrive. Our organizations are built to deliver on a five point focus to deliver value to businesses in our region. The five point focus was built around the input and ...

It’s The White House Calling

In this era of tweets and texts, the White House of President Donald Trump, ever respectful of tradition, is bringing back the personal phone call. For example, Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, by telephone told The New York Times’ Michael Grynbaum that his paper and ...

Understanding Trump’s Media Strategy

If you are in management you probably see what he is doing.  If you were in the military you likely do.  If you play chess you do. This is about President Trump’s battle with big media. A friend likened it to the President letting loose a dozen rabbits.  Meaning a dozen items the ...

Know The Benefits And Side Effects Of Medicine

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 86-year-old white male. I am currently taking tamsulosin 0.4 mg and finasteride 5 mg. What benefits do these bring to me, and what are their side effects? — B.B. ANSWER: These medicines almost always are prescribed to treat an enlarged prostate. Tamsulosin ...

Know The Benefits And Side Effects Of Medicine

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 86-year-old white male. I am currently taking tamsulosin 0.4 mg and finasteride 5 mg. What benefits do these bring to me, and what are their side effects? — B.B. ANSWER: These medicines almost always are prescribed to treat an enlarged prostate. Tamsulosin ...

Wife Can’t Muster Sympathy When Husband Gets Cold

DEAR ABBY: I feel like a terrible wife when my husband gets sick — not majorly sick, but with a run-of-the-mill cold. Men can be terrible babies when they are sick. It is a COLD! He’s not dying. I happen to have a cold right now, and I am functioning just fine and not moaning and groaning ...

Association, Board Oppose DeVos Pick

To The Reader’s Forum: The executive board of the Southwestern Teachers Association along with the Southwestern Central School Board of Education is expressing our strong opposition to the nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education. Ms. DeVos’ nomination represents an ...

Mysterious Stabbing Pain May Be Nerve-Related

DEAR DR ROACH: For a 40-hour period last weekend, I experienced approximately 200 very sharp stabs of pain at the junction of my left thigh and my torso at the very front of the thigh. They began as I was sleeping and continued at various frequencies, varying from three in 20 seconds to one an ...

Stranger’s Boyfriend Looks A Lot Like Friend’s Husband

DEAR ABBY: I work in customer service and was helping a guest. During my eight- to 10-minute chat with her, she showed me her phone. The wallpaper on her phone was a picture of the guest and her boyfriend in Times Square. Without mentioning it to the guest, I recognized her boyfriend as the ...

Trump’s ‘Running War’ Is With The Truth

This president lies. Granted, every president tells the occasional politically expedient untruth. But this guy is different. He lies constantly. He lies about relatively unimportant things. He lies when the truth can be easily verified. None of this comes as a surprise, of course. It’s ...

Obama’s Self-Revealing Final Act

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were, in part, overshadowed by a successor who refused to come in quietly and, in part, by Obama’s own endless, sentimental farewell tour. But there was nothing nostalgic or sentimental about Obama’s last acts. Two ...

New President, New World

“Don’t Make Any Sudden Moves” is the advice offered to the new president by Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations, which has not traditionally been known as a beer hall of populist beliefs. Haass meant the president should bring his National Security Council together to ...

Mona Charen

We’ve been instructed not to take our new president literally but instead seriously (in the felicitous phrasing of Salena Zito). As I write, there are hints that the inaugural address will focus on the theme of “America First.” President-elect Trump may or may not be familiar with the ...