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Meet ‘Liz’: Part II

The last article introduced us to Elizabeth ... a single parent, divorced mother of two girls. She works full-time and spends time working out to keep physically fit. She has come to counseling to discuss a sensitive matter. Her older daughter, age 17, an honor student, has been caught ...

Revolutions Don’t Always End Well

On the one hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, October 25, I watched the 1965 movie “Dr. Zhivago”, a story based on a manuscript smuggled out of the Soviet Union and published in 1957. The setting is the Russian Empire and the events leading up to and following the revolution ...

Directions For Fall

Now that we’re deep in the throes of fall, I’d like to come out as a devout fall worshipper and tell you all the things I love about this season, certain that no one else has pumpkin spice or autumn leaves on their list. It’s okay that we love the same things — that’s what fall is ...

Healthy Treats

Halloween is in just a few days, and you may be planning to dress up your pet as well as your kids. Some dogs and cats like being dressed up and some don’t. Give your pet a break if he doesn’t like it, and stick with costumes for your children. If you’re determined to include Pal in the ...

‘Free’ Parking Is Not All-Day Parking

One of the first news stories I wrote, nearly 50 years ago, reported on a conflict between downtown merchants who wanted metered parking to be free, and council members who did not want to increase other taxes to cover the loss of money during the Thanksgiving-to-Christmas season. Last week, ...

Is Liberalism A Dying Faith?

Asked to name the defining attributes of the America we wish to become, many liberals would answer that we must realize our manifest destiny since 1776, by becoming more equal, more diverse and more democratic -- and the model for mankind's future. Equality, diversity, democracy -- this is ...

When Is The Right Time To Stop Having Mammograms?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 68 years old, and I hesitate to continue with mammograms. I have a couple of friends who were treated with very harsh chemo and radiation for tiny stage 1 tumors. I wonder if, at this age, the severe treatment is more risky than just keeping an eye on the tumor: Maybe it ...

Harvey Weinstein And Feminism

What makes Harvey Weinsteins? The chief of Amazon studios, Roy Price, has now resigned in the wake of allegations that he made lewd comments and propositioned a producer. Lists of accused sexual predators in Hollywood and journalism are circulating on social media. President Donald Trump's ...

Teen Rebelling Through Apathy Is Challenge For Dad To Reach

DEAR ABBY: I am a divorced and remarried man with two teenage daughters. My ex-wife has custody of my girls one state away. I see them as often as time and the courts allow — two months during the summer, a week during winter break, rotating Thanksgivings, etc. Both of my daughters are ...

Who Will Not Be The 2020 Presidential Nominee

In 1963, the legendary Russell Baker, writing in The New York Times, explained how we in the press, years before the nation’s next presidential campaign, are miraculously able to agree upon who qualify — and, perhaps more importantly, who do not qualify — as plausible White House ...

Vaccines Are Recommended For Patients With No Spleen

DEAR DR. ROACH: I had surgery last year to remove my spleen and three-fourths of my pancreas. I had numerous vaccines before and after the surgery. Now I’ve been told that I need the pneumonia vaccine and the flu shot, neither of which I want after all the other things that I have been given. ...

If You Want Growth, Sweeten The Enviornment

Here is why we should cut our tax rates. Imagine an island. It has one source of income. Guests at its big hotel. They bring in all the money that circulates in the island economy. They rent rooms. Eat at restaurants. Rent cars. Drink. Buy souvenirs. The money they spend at the hotel and ...

Boyfriend Shows No Interest In Expanding Family Of Three

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend, “Kevin,” and I have been together for five years and have a 4-year-old son we are crazy about. For the past six months, I have been begging Kevin to have another child. Some days he’s all for it, but then he changes his mind and starts asking me to give him a good ...

The Many Faces Of Addiction: No One Cause, No One Solution

Facing the addiction epidemic and unraveling its many causes and often devastating consequences has been the constant undertaking of many local organizations and groups. We know that our entire country is facing an unparalled public health crises which is straining community resources, causing ...

People Generally Get What They Deserve In An Election

It was nearly 50 years ago when I sat on an election night at the Holiday Inn and watched the results as they came in. There were about a dozen adding machines being feverishly manhandled by volunteers to tally the sheets that were being ripped from the back of the Automatic Voting Machines ...

Remarks From Reader On Trump Require Some Clarification

Bruce Piatz’s contribution published in the P-J under the title “The Blame Game” needs clarification. He first suggests I wrote to oppose President Trump because Trump proposes “cutting 200,000 government jobs” and connected me saying I “[am] a government employee.” Well, it seems ...

Meet ‘Liz’

Meet Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a 38-year-old woman. She’s slender, close to six feet tall and sports sinewy arms. She proudly notes that thrice weekly workouts at the gym keep her in top condition. She likes to work out with weights. She complements her workout with running, which she does at a ...

Does It Really Matter Or Is It Just A Matter Of Fact?

We seem to have shifted to a time when things have gone from really mattering, to a time when some of those same things today seem to be just a matter of fact. That attitude may have played a part in some of the downward slide of the world in which we live today. Generations ago, there were ...

The Ups And Downs Of Life

My day began with driving rain and intense fog as I traveled to a meeting out of town. Actually, I was thankful for the rain because it made having to spend my day indoors a little less deadly. We listened to people tell about their faith journey, then talk on a Bible passage that they ...

The Relativity Of Relatives

Not too long ago — but then again, who can say what “long ago” really is? Much less “not too long ago?” Perhaps that’s Mr. Einstein and some of his relativity. ANYWAY ... I planned to write about the efforts of a group of young men working to extend their (if not our) lives into ...