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Meet Hal: Part II

The last article introduced the reader to Hal, a trucker by profession. We learned that Hal’s lengthy work career has been financially successful. However, Hal is arguably in denial about other important elements in his life that include health, family and possibly a gambling ...

Catholic School Reunion

I’ve often reminisced here, and in social settings, about my Catholic School experiences at St. James School. Some you’ve heard from me before, some of these are new. Since there’s no formal reunion this year, I thought I’d sponsor a reunion courtesy of the Voice from the Bullpen. A lot ...

Little Acrobat

People who know me at all know my fondness for resident wildlife does not particularly extend to chipmunks. Oh, sure. They are cute — and, as I’ve related before, Harrod’s in London sold them as pets. I’d be happy to donate a few. Or many. Little thieves, they can reach into any ...

Blessings Of Our Little Ones

A friend recently had a new baby in the family. I congratulated his grandmother knowing that he followed the birth of two little girls. That got me thinking of babies. My own babies are now grown adults with children of their own. I remember it like it was yesterday when each of my children ...

In Search Of A Painting

It was a 5-foot-long painting of the S. S. Jamestown — a really special steamboat and the largest craft to ever grace Chautauqua Lake. She was built at the boat landing on the lake by Isaac Hammett of Pittsburgh and then launched to great fanfare on May 24, 1875. At 160 feet long, she took ...

Testosterone Replacement Can Affect Sex Drive

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 67-year-old male in fair to good health (more good than fair, really). In a recent column, you mentioned that a good testosterone level for a man taking a replacement would be between 500-600 ng/dl. In November 2016, I was tested for my testosterone level. At the ...

Taking Your Photography To New Heights

Welcome to another edition of Let’s Talk Photography! With the latest advances in technology, cameras now exist in many forms such as cellular phones, GoPro style video cameras, glasses and goggles that have the ability to record photos, videos and audio, and cameras that are flying around ...

Hospitals Are Not Hotels; Why Not?

“Dad, it isn’t a hotel; it is a hospital.” That is what son Matt told me, twice, while I filled our weekly telephone conversation with grumbles about a trip to the emergency room at Penn Highlands DuBois, formerly known as DuBois Regional Medical Center. I grumbled because I was in ...

Mom’s Painful Past Is Warning To Girls About Teen Drinking

DEAR ABBY: I am the mother of two teenaged girls (13 and 15) and have been debating whether to tell them a secret about my past. When I was in high school, I made some poor decisions. I went to a party with people I viewed as friends, had too much to drink and the evening ended with my being ...

I Am Weak, But He Is Strong

Remember that song we used to sing when we were kids? “Yes, Jesus Loves Me.” It was one of my favorites when I was a kid, and my oldest kiddo sings it, too. It’s a simple, uplifting song that can remind us, even as adults, that no matter what we’re facing, we’ve got the love of Jesus ...

America’s Second Civil War

“They had found a leader, Robert E. Lee — and what a leader! ... No military leader since Napoleon has aroused such enthusiastic devotion among troops as did Lee when he reviewed them on his horse Traveller.” So wrote Samuel Eliot Morison in his magisterial “The Oxford History of the ...

Is The Party Of Lincoln Now The Party Of Lee?

This year will mark my 30th anniversary as a syndicated columnist. During these years, I have written more words than I would have preferred about race. But race is America’s great moral stain and unending challenge. I’ve tackled school choice, affirmative action, transracial adoption, ...

Gallstone After Gallbladder Surgery Puzzles Reader

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with Gilbert syndrome after I had a blockage of my common bile duct and became jaundiced. This was three months after I had my gallbladder removed (via an open surgery). How was it possible for me to develop a stone after the surgery? Was the Gilbert syndrome ...

Director’s Column: Staying Social Can Be Very Beneficial

Social isolation is a growing epidemic in society that can have dire physical, mental and emotional consequences. The percentage of adults who say they are lonely has doubled since the 1980’s from 20 to 40 percent. Twenty-nine percent of adults 65 years of age and older live alone and half of ...

To Move Our Nation Forward, Lift Up America’s Founding Ideals

In the decade leading up to America’s War for Independence, much of the drama took place in and around Boston. Sam Adams was the ringleader on the colonial side and public enemy number one to the British. He had been thinking about liberty and independence since he attended Harvard decades ...

Family Would Rather Punish Than Praise Recovering Addict

DEAR ABBY: I am a recovering drug addict. I have slipped, as many do, but I have been clean for four years now. The problem is my family. If I look tired, trip over my own two feet (I’m clumsy) or just don’t want to be around people, I get questioned, yelled at, accused, etc. Abby, they ...

The Art Of The Big Lie

Politics at times is the art of the Big Lie. That thought reared its head when I saw articles about a bunch of congress people recently. They had called a big press conference. To announce how they were getting behind the idea of the $15 minimum wage for all Americans. These politicians ...

Beware The Boogeyman

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tyrants need a war. Looking back over the past hundred years one finds that tyrants come to power in conflict and remains in power largely due to conflict. It centers the populace, distracting them from other societal challenges to include their civil ...

A Modest Proposal

Readers familiar with English literature will recognize the title and realize that it has been used before, originally appearing as the title of a satiric essay written and published by Jonathan Swift in 1729. In Swift’s day that essay was, as is often true of satire, controversial. Before ...

Charlottesville: Trump Is Fighting An Impossible Battle He Thinks He Can Win

I don’t often, in fact very rarely, speak publicly about politics. I live by a standard that there are a handful of topics you should simply keep to yourself — unless of course you have the energy and are prepared to debate. Politics is one of those topics. Sure, among friends I’ll ...