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DEAR DR. ROACH: I read your recent column on pulmonary fibrosis. I especially appreciate knowing that there are medications known to slow progression of lung disease, reduce exacerbations and reduce mortality. With a 20-year-old diagnosis of COPD and having been prescribed medications to red…

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DEAR ANNIE: I read your column every day and am a faithful fan. Your column reaches a multitude of readers and is a valuable way to enlighten and educate on topics either not talked about or not well known. I wanted to write to you about a condition that my son has, in hopes of educating peo…

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As I sit down and sort through my desk after a long and difficult legislative session, I am a bit perplexed from reading the celebratory headlines of a session we just barely weathered.

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WASHINGTON -- Three years ago, Bernie Sanders made socialism cool again. Suddenly you couldn't swing a cat in Brooklyn without sending it through a chapter meeting of the Democratic Socialists of America or tweet a joke about Karl Marx without getting a very serious lecture about the labor t…

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DEAR ANNIE: I have known one of my friends, "Pam," for more than 50 years, and at times she has been a very good friend. She and her husband introduced me to my now-ex-husband and were both in my wedding party.

THE CONVERSATION — When the end of the school year arrives, internet articles and morning talk shows sound the annual alarm about preventing summer learning loss. They advise parents to purchase hot new reads for their children, take them to museums, and sign them up for science camp.

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Many senior citizens call me and report the various scams and frauds they encounter, whether they lost money or not. And often in these calls, the senior will comment, “I think they are targeting us seniors.” In some kinds of scams that is certainly true, but until last week, I’d never consi…

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DEAR ANNIE: My office mates and I enjoy a good prank as a way of keeping things light. Recently, a good friend of mine, "Jimmy," went on an extended vacation with his family. I decided to do a prank I have long wanted to do: put his house up for sale. My wife, "Diana," told me that I would g…

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's indictment under the Espionage Act is so controversial that at least two of his prosecutors argued against the decision to indict. Significantly, we know this because it was leaked to news media.

My grandfather on my mother’s side, Melvin Swiderski, had served in the United States Army, and my grandfather on my father’s side, Milan Sokolovich, served in the United States Air Force. I followed in their footsteps, joining the Air Force after graduation from Schuylkill Valley High Schoo…

DEAR ANNIE: I lived in a bad marriage for more than 25 years. There was mental, emotional and some physical abuse. I stayed for the sake of my children and planned to leave when they were out of the house. Now, my children are in their early 20s. I could not take it anymore, so I left their …

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a female in my 60s and have always had trouble sustaining my weight. I have frequent thorough checkups because I had cancer in the past, but no problems have been identified. Since I have a history of cancer, I am very careful about what I eat -- mostly whole grains, veg…

THE CONVERSATION – When Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 – a bold invasion of Nazi-held territory that helped tip the balance of World War II – they were using a remarkable and entirely untested technology: artificial ports.

THE CONVERSATION – Hardly a week goes by without another story in the media covering a family somewhere in America dealing with an outrageous medical bill. Yet, in more and more cases, these families don’t have junk insurance, or lack coverage altogether. Indeed, they have what Americans wou…

DEAR ANNIE: I was brought up to say, "Excuse me," when someone was in the way and I needed to pass. I have noticed when I say this to younger people they reply, "Oh, you're fine," and don't move.

DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you made a point about antibiotic overuse that I hadn't heard before: "The antibiotics will be more effective when you do choose to use them." I thought the argument against overuse was strictly altruistic, that overuse increases the prevalence of drug res…

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The favorite leftist tool for the attack on our nation's founding is that slavery was sanctioned. They argue that the founders disregarded the promises of our Declaration of Independence "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, …

THE CONVERSATION — CBD, or cannabidiol, is everywhere, with word on the street saying that it can cure everything from a bad mood to cancer. However, most of these claims are not based on scientific evidence. Animal studies suggest that CBD might be beneficial for some health indications, su…

DEAR ANNIE: I am a waiter in a restaurant and enjoy my job. I am 34 years old and struggled to find work that I like before I found this job. I really love being a waiter. The customers are mostly friendly, the food is good, and I try to make eating at our restaurant an enjoyable experience …

DEAR DR. ROACH: I suffer from depression. It comes and goes, but I've been feeling sad, worried and angry at the world, as well as irritable, for the past four months or so. I force myself to function. My family doctor prescribed Effexor. He prescribed a 37.5 mg dose once a day to start and …

In 1976, as California Gov. Ronald Reagan struggled to gain traction for his first presidential campaign, he told a story to a lunch crowd in North Carolina that would help carry him to the White House four years later.

President Donald Trump may be guilty of many things, but a cover-up in the Mueller probe isn't one of them.

THE CONVERSATION — A number of prominent figures have called for some sort of regulation of Facebook – including one of the company’s co-founders and a venture capitalist who was one of Facebook’s early backers.

On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that, if adopted by the Senate and signed into law by the president, will mean major changes for retirement plan participants.

As the Illinois legislative session comes to a close, the majority party is struggling to bring forth its legislative agenda announced in the Governor’s address in February. One proposal, the graduated income tax, has been getting a lot of airtime since the November election.

Few things offend Bernie Sanders as much as people escaping from command-and-control government systems, even minority students whose parents are desperate to get their kids a decent education.

Supporters of abortion rights are fond of saying that Roe v. Wade is "settled law." The phrase is supposed to convey a finality that borders on irrevocability. But, of course, what the Supreme Court gives, the Supreme Court can take away. That appears to be the reasoning behind the new laws …

I’m going to keep hammering away on the Medicare fraud theme since there seems to be a lot of it! I wrote in my last column about Medicare fraud in the form of telemarketing calls offering free orthotic braces, and even some folks receiving unordered boxes of braces. That particular scheme d…

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THE CONVERSATION — Seven Democratic presidential candidates gathered on national television early in the 1988 campaign to debate each other.

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As college and high school graduations take place, thousands of select students will step to podiums to deliver their graduating class’s farewell remarks at commencement ceremonies throughout the United States.

The surprise about the big New York Times story on Donald Trump's tax returns is that there are no real surprises.

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a daughter (almost 31 years) who is concerned about Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome. Her maternal grandmother has been diagnosed with that condition. She is interested in seeking out a genetic test for the condition to learn if she is susceptible. She was referred to a co…

DEAR ANNIE: I'm caught in a cycle of being too busy, tired and stressed out to ask my family for help with household chores. My husband tries, and he helps a bit, but the kids only chip in a little when I ride them. I've tried schedules, rewards and taking away privileges. But in the end, it…

DEAR ANNIE: I am in a relationship with a 71-year-old woman. I am 72. We have a lot in common and our relationship has moved toward moving in together. We have been intimate, but when we are, there is no passion on her part. Even after extensive foreplay, she has no passion. She just lies th…

DEAR DR. ROACH: In December, I developed an abscess in my jaw from food getting caught in my tooth. I went to see a local dentist who prescribed clindamycin and metronidazole. I came down with a case of C. difficile. I have since found evidence that multiple antibiotics and clindamycin are c…

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Obituaries

Esther Phialmlee, 78, of Savanna, IL, died Thursday, June 13, 2019. A graveside service will be held Friday, June 21, 2019 at 11 am at Savanna Township Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Animal Care organizations.

Andrea Marie Blohm age 79 of Clinton, passed away Monday, June 17, 2019 at her home following a 10 month battle with cancer. Arrangements are pending at the Pape Funeral Home.

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