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Family troubled by their moms food hoarding

Dear Annie: My mother is 79 years old. She was born during the Depression, and I know that when she was younger, she didn’t get enough to eat. The problem now is that she still hoards food. She admits that she has a problem, but she can’t seem to stop buying food for the freezer. She has a ...

Exact doses doesn’t always work

DEAR DR. ROACH: Recently in your column, you discussed the need for dosages to be exact in some situations. What about the medical marijuana issue? In our small town, there are four dispensaries. If someone truly felt he or she needed it for medical issues, would that person get the same ...

Always be ready

Dear Readers: You might pick a seat in the EMERGENCY EXIT ROW on the airplane because it has more legroom. That’s understandable, but be aware that if you sit in the emergency exit row, you have to be prepared to help the crew, if necessary. Here are some of the requirements that ...

Holiday traditions are becoming a problem for a family of 30

Dear Annie: Though the holidays are behind us, I’m left with some lingering resentment. My problem is that we host too many guests. I married into a family of seven. This family has since grown to 30 people, even with the deaths of the mother and father. My wife and I took on the hosting of ...

Vitamin D: Look to the total number

DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently received my blood test results. My overall vitamin D was 40 (within the target range of 30 to 60 listed), but I noticed that it was broken up into vitamin D-3 (also 40) and vitamin D-2 (less than 4, and presumably 0 based on the overall score). What is vitamin D-2, ...

A case of snakes—and peacocks—on a plane

When next you shoehorn yourself into one of America’s ever-shrinking airline seats, you might encounter a new wrinkle in the romance of air travel. You might be amused, or not, to discover a midsize — say, 7-feet long — boa constrictor named Oscar coiled contentedly, or so you hope, in ...

Powering through the cold without amenities

The people here in Eastern Ohio are a pretty tough and resourceful bunch. For generations, we have worked on farms, in coal mines and in steel mills. We've raised families by making the most of limited resources. We have remodeled old homes and buildings for businesses, refurbished old cars ...

Couple feel guilty about the cost of presents

Dear Annie: It was a wonderful Christmas season. However, I’m finding myself more guilt-ridden than ever. Here’s why: My wife and I are “gifters.” We like to think of all the people in our lives whom we can think of — near, far, wherever they are — and try to give them ...

Females experience thinning hair too

DEAR DR. ROACH: After a diagnosis of low thyroid levels, my formerly long, thick hair has thinned out. I’d say 50 to 60 percent over the years since menopause (I am 78). It is especially thin from the front to the middle of my head. All I have found to help my hair look presentable and fuller ...

A rose tutorial

Dear Readers: VALENTINE’S DAY will soon be here. Roses are a popular gift, but do you know how to purchase roses, and what to look for? Here are some hints: * Neighborhood flower shops, online florists, grocery stores and large discount retailers are all good sources for fresh ...

Even good news about the economy is bad

In 1930, John Maynard Keynes was worried, but not about the unpleasantness that had begun the previous year and would linger long enough to become known as the Great Depression. What troubled the British economist was that humanity “is solving its economic problem.” In his essay ...

Trump’s advantage on the issue of immigration Advantage

I noted that President Trump won the shutdown because he instinctively understood the strategic situation far better than Senate Democrats, establishment Republicans, and his other beltway critics. He knew he had a stronger position than the Democrats and used that understanding to his ...

A dose of modesty is needed in our grasp of the truth

Early in George W. Bush’s first term, I was dining with a friend who didn’t agree with my worldview. He challenged my certitude, allowing that he wasn’t sure about many issues. “Don’t you wonder whether you’re right?” he asked. “Well,” I replied, “if I held an incorrect ...

The colors — and issues — of the season

There was a bright flash of blue to my right, then a moment later a shiny black blur to my left. I was just leaving Belmont via John Street — known to most village residents as “the brick road” — when these movements and colors caught my attention early last week. Everything else ...

Seek real peace as we honor Martin Luther King

“Man, since the beginning of time, has sought peace,” declared Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Indeed there have been noteworthy efforts to attain that objective. But another famous general, Charles deGaulle, observed: “The sword is the axis of the world.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ...

Making Martin Luther King day more meaningful

Fifty years ago, a single bullet altered the course of a movement that was changing America for the better. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was standing on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis when a sniper's bullet struck him in the neck. King was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he ...

The west bank of the Ohio River home to state’s first counties

Until the year 1788, the western border of the United States ended where Pennsylvania and Virginia met the Ohio River. Although settlement west of the Ohio was prohibited before then Martins Ferry had already been settled as a western expansion of Wheeling Virginia by 1779. When Congress ...

Looking forward to all that 2018 holds

What are you looking forward to in 2018? As the years come and go, it can be difficult to manage expectations. Sometimes we want something so badly that it can be hard to plan realistic ways to achieve that goal. Other times it can seem as if one year simply runs into another, with very ...

Celebrating the holiday season in many ways

I am having quite the festive holiday season! I had the opportunity to attend another Christmas party last week. Except for the fact that both events featured some magical entertainment, the gathering was quite different from the Smith Township Volunteer Fire Department affair, but it was ...

Full transparency on chemical disclosure

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but there is an out of state group creating confusion about Ohio’s chemical disclosure process as it specifically relates to oil and gas development. It is unfortunate that some will try to use fear, uncertainty and doubt to cause panic about an ...