Viewpoints

Don’t Believe Lies That Town Halls Are Rigged

To The Reader’s Forum: I attended Congressman Reed’s Town Hall at the community center in Stow in mid-February. There was a very large turnout of passionate, local citizens who wanted their Congressman (and Washington) to know how they felt about various issues. Emotions were high but ...

What’s The Truth Behind Cancer-Causing Properties Of Burnt Starchy Foods?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have heard for a while now that the black stuff on burnt toast is carcinogenic. I don’t eat it because it tastes bad, but now I hear that any browning on things like bread and potatoes could cause cancer. What is the evidence for these claims, and what do you recommend we do ...

Dog Is Still Bone Of Contention Years After Couple Breaks Up

DEAR ABBY: My ex-boyfriend and I broke up two years ago. We were together for nearly three years. A year into our relationship, we rescued a puppy. We broke up when she was 2. Since then, we have shared her on and off. This arrangement worked fine because we have both been single. I am now ...

March ‘Medicare’ Madness

Question: I saw an ad in the paper about March Medicare Madness, what is that? Answer: At Senior Life Matters we are getting that question, or similar questions a lot lately. Throughout the year I give a number of speaking engagements to talk about Medicare. I do talks about many other topics ...

The Different Americas

It took me a long time to understand that there are different Americas. Growing up in a suburb of Buffalo and part time here in Chautauqua County, I believed the America I grew up in was the America everybody experienced and that the only difference between people was economic in nature. I ...

Immigration And The Welfare State

We often hear from the progressive left that we need a powerful welfare state in a free society, because people without resources cannot be free. The poor might not be able to get enough food, may have to work long hours instead of tending to their families, and may not have any time to enjoy ...

Birth Control’s Hormone Regulation Benefits Women With PCOS

DEAR DR. ROACH: What can you tell me about polycystic ovary syndrome? My daughter has just been diagnosed. She is in her mid-20s, exercises regularly and watches what she eats, but still puts on weight. She does not want to go on birth control. Where do we start? I know there is no cure. — ...

After Years of Pinching Pennies Couple Has Cause to Celebrate

DEAR ABBY: Our house will soon be paid off. My husband and I would like to have a party to celebrate, but we’re not sure if we should. None of our friends are anywhere close to paying off their mortgages. We made the choice to drive old cars while our friends all have beautiful new ones, ...

Do Yourself A Favor And Forgive

When I was in college working on a bachelor’s degree in social work, the class was required to read a book that was particularly disturbing as it contained horrific accounts of abuse suffered by the author during his childhood. It has been many years since I read that book, but the feelings ...

Physical Therapist’s Guide To Spinal Stenosis

It’s estimated that as many as 75 percent of us will have some form of back or neck pain at some point in our lifetime. The good news is that most of us will recover without the need for surgery — and conservative care such as physical therapy usually gets better results than surgery. ...

Birth Control’s Hormone Regulation Benefits Women With PCOS

DEAR DR. ROACH: What can you tell me about polycystic ovary syndrome? My daughter has just been diagnosed. She is in her mid-20s, exercises regularly and watches what she eats, but still puts on weight. She does not want to go on birth control. Where do we start? I know there is no cure. — ...

After Years Of Pinching Pennies Couple Has Cause To Celebrate

DEAR ABBY: Our house will soon be paid off. My husband and I would like to have a party to celebrate, but we’re not sure if we should. None of our friends are anywhere close to paying off their mortgages. We made the choice to drive old cars while our friends all have beautiful new ones, ...

‘Pippin’ Brings Broadway Style To Erie

“We’ve got magic to do ... Just for you. We’ve got miracle plays to play.” “We’ve got parts to perform ... Hearts to warm. Kings and things to take by storm.” “As we go along our way,” brought smiles and toe-tapping excitement to Broadway in Erie, Warner Theatre as the ...

Butterflies

“How am I supposed to go through life without letting the butterflies in my blood fly as high as they could?” - Cold Lazarus, “Butterflies” Just two weeks after we first entered Graphite Sound Studios in Warren, Pa., Cold Lazarus now has a fresh, professional sounding recording for all ...

You Get What You Pay For

A few years ago, I took a three-week trip to Southeast Asia in hopes of finding adventure and a brief break from reality. I flew from New York and met up with a travel group in Thailand, where we trekked from Bangkok through Laos, concluding our journey in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I instantly ...

Is Secession A Solution To Cultural War?

As the culture war is about irreconcilable beliefs about God and man, right and wrong, good and evil, and is at root a religious war, it will be with us so long as men are free to act on their beliefs. Yet, given the divisions among us, deeper and wider than ever, it is an open question as to ...

Private Schools Should Not Receive Taxpayer Funding

To The Reader’s Forum: I am writing to express my position on school “voucher” programs. I am very much opposed to them. No matter how they are presented, they are a conglomeration of public and private institutions, something which I believe should not be allowed in our country. ...

Chronic Colon Inflammation Calls For Long-Term Oral Steroid

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with collagenous colitis nearly three years ago. I was prescribed budesonide, which brought it under control. I have tried getting off the medication several times, but my condition returns within a week or so. One 3-mg capsule keeps it under control. I am ...

Adoptive Families Celebrate With Special Day Each Year

DEAR ABBY: As parents of an adopted child, we were concerned about when we would have “the conversation.” Then a neighbor told us about how they would celebrate “Gotcha Day” with their adopted daughter each year. Gotcha Day is a day to celebrate because it’s the day we became a ...

Don’t Be Chicken; Do Allow Chickens

Summerville’s borough council has decided to not count its chickens. “That is sad,” I clucked. I think the decision is fowl play to those residents in Summerville who keep poultry, or whose lives might be brightened by doing egg-zactly that. Why is the council not allowing its ...