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Tips For Applying Testosterone Gel

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 84-year-old male. I recently switched from testosterone patches to AndroGel. My testosterone levels have gone up considerably, and I have seen some improvement in my erectile dysfunction. I suspect just a little more testosterone might get me a usable erection. My ...

Who Can I Turn To For Support? Part II

Question: I have been taking care of my spouse for sometime, but recently we seem to need more help. My kids help when they can, but I am overwhelmed. I don’t want to add stress to their life. Where can I turn to get information and maybe help with the care? Answer: Last week we started to ...

Not The Most Dependable Of Friends

Dean Heller is a 57-year-old Mormon, husband and father of four who -- because he is a U.S. senator from Nevada (having won in 2012 by a paper-thin 46-45 percent margin), a state that Barack Obama carried twice, and because he is the only GOP senator running in 2018 in a state that Hillary ...

There’s No Room For Both Mom And Boyfriend In Woman’s Life

DEAR ABBY: I was in a relationship for 12 years. “Jenny” was my best friend. I had to end our relationship because she had allowed her mother to destroy it. Jenny is 35 and her mother cooks, cleans, does her laundry and makes her bed for her. I would return from work and find her mother ...

Are Americans Exceptional?

­Are Americans exceptional? Compared with people of other countries? We often see or hear this question around this time of year. I usually change the subject. To the question of whether our country is exceptional. It is, I think. Exceptional in how it was created. Exceptional in who created ...

Municipal Consolidation Funding Is A Tremendous Opportunity

By Todd J. Tranum President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier Chautauqua County has cleared one hurdle to gain a $50,000 grant in Phase 1 of Governor Cuomo’s Municipal Consolidation and ...

The Facts On The Fire Siren

Again we’re back to discussing the Lakewood fire siren and its continued use. I am mostly interested in stating the facts that were again misrepresented or left out by Margot Russell’s usual one-sided column writing in The Post-Journal. It’s unfortunate that their reporter who was in ...

Trump’s Advice Is Exactly Right

America has had few watershed elections that lead to transformational presidencies. The elections of 1828, 1860, 1932 and 1980 are among them. The election of 2016 can be yet another. This is partly because of the candidate who prevailed. Yet it’s even more because of the issues that ...

America’s Trip Around The Sun

Jimmy Buffett wrote and performs a song (referenced in this column before) about looking back as he celebrates a new birthday each year, prompting thoughts of the last year and what was done productively, what was not, how the good things that went well can be built upon, and how the not so ...

Where The Driveway Should End

Hello, folks. Dog Minor here. Mom went off to something called an op-er-ah and left her writer on. She has lots to say, I can see, about that earlier friend of mine. He was the Major while I have always had to be Minor. Major might have been “Goodboy” (to some) though I have my own ...

Summer Activities

With the beginning of summer last week I thought about what I liked best about summer. Through the years that has changed I realized as I formulated my thoughts. As I was growing up I longed for the lazy hazy days of summer that brought summer vacation. No, we did not always go anywhere, it was ...

The Necessity Of Ideology

Minimum wage has been a hot topic for quite a while. Those who want to impose a high minimum often latch onto a study by economists Alan Krueger and David Card that showed that a minimum wage increase had no effect on employment levels. That study had inherent weaknesses and involved limited ...

Five Years

Where do you see yourself in five years? A typical question I’ve heard countless times, yet, I’ve never developed an answer. I know five years ago I didn’t think I’d be here, wondering where I’ll see myself five years from the time in my life I couldn’t predict five years prior. ...

Lake Stories: The Old Lake House

There’s something about an old lake house. When I walk into Randy Olson’s cottage in Lakewood, there’s a bunch of long waders hanging from a hook, mismatched furniture collected over generations, an old stove in the kitchen. There’s a collection of fishing poles leaning against a ...

From ‘Loading Maps’ To Reading Maps

It began last week near the infamous “spaghetti interchange” at the southern tip of Washington, D.C. One of my sons, Matt, lives there, in Springfield, Va. In Springfield, the western half of the interstate “Beltway” that surrounds Washington comes in from the northwest as ...

With A Little Help From Our Friends

BI really don’t know that Tuesday’s event at Southern Tier Brewing Company to benefit WRFA-LP 107.9 FM could have gone any better. For starters, the weather finally worked in favor of the station’s annual Great American Picnic benefit. For those who haven’t attended one of these ...

Boxing

I few years ago I found myself fortunate enough to receive a free ticket to a boxing match, where adults to very small children were competing. Master Barry of the Enchanted Mountain Martial Arts Academy was kind enough to include me in the outing. This was the first ever boxing tournament I ...

Often, Treating Symptoms Is Better Than Treating Lab Results

DEAR DR. ROACH: A few months ago, I had routine follow-up thyroid tests, and my results were normal except for a slightly high free T4 level. My doctor decreased my medication dose to 137 mcg from 150 mcg; now my TSH is high (8.77), but my free T4 and T3 levels are normal. Fatigue is my ...

The Passing Of The Pelosi Era

In the first round of the special election for the House seat in Georgia’s Sixth District, 30-year-old Jon Ossoff swept 48 percent. He more than doubled the vote of his closest GOP rival, Karen Handel. A Peach State pickup for the Democrats and a huge humiliation for President Trump seemed ...

Widower Finds Companionship, But Isn’t Ready For Romance

DEAR ABBY: My wife died of cancer four years ago. She was my best friend, and the pain of losing her was more than I could cope with. I was in a fog for about two years, just going through the motions. Eventually the fear of spending the next 20 to 30 years alone drove me to try internet ...