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Concerned for grandchild’s health; present mother with facts

Dear Annie: My 32-year-old daughter is not watching my 10-year-old grandson’s diet and is allowing him to become overweight. When I brought it up, she replied in a very defensive manner that she does not want him to be self-conscious or concerned about how he looks. I was taken aback by this ...

Making money as a child in the 1950s in Houghton

Growing up in the 50s, there were always a lot of ways for a kid to make money. Seasonal gigs like snow shoveling, mowing lawns, gardening, window washing and even thimbleberry picking provided more than just pocket change. My early clients included, Mrs. Frimodig, Ms. Irene Prisk, Mr. Carlos ...

When records and patient memory differ, it’s best to revaccinate

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 77-year-old female. I am current on all vaccines, but I do have a question about the pneumococcal vaccine. My current physician recommends that I get one. I thought that I had gotten that vaccine a few years ago from my physician who retired. We are unable to find in ...

Boyfriend sexting other women; dump the chump

Dear Annie: I’ve been with the same guy for three years. At first, he was incredibly thoughtful and sweet. Over time, I’ve grown frustrated with how unaffectionate he is. Getting him to express his love feels like trying to wring juice from a dried-out lemon. And he’s never introduced me ...

Are two vaccines better than one when it comes to COVID-19?

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife and I are grateful to have recently received our second Moderna vaccine. When the crush relents, would you see any difficulty in adding the J&J vaccine at my own expense? It seems that the different vaccines vary in how they protect against different strains, and ...

Help is available; you should not have to live in fear

Dear Annie: My husband and l have been married for 22 years. When we first married, it was young love. But throughout our marriage, he has been adulterous and abusive toward me, physically and verbally. I have a disability and have a hard time defending myself. He has choked me and held a knife ...

Ear-popping jaw pain stems from TMJ; not uncommon

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have seen several doctors for my TMJ: my primary doctor and dentist, an ear nose and throat doctor, the dental hygienist and also “ask Google.” I am a 73-year-old female and have had this problem on the left side of my face for at least a couple of years. It started ...

Being kind shouldn’t cost you; always be aware of your actions

Dear Annie: Please help me convince my 72-year-old husband to stop engaging in conversations with telephone solicitors. He gets several calls a day on his cellphone from car warranty companies, solar companies, etc., and he insists on letting them talk and ask questions for several minutes. ...

Does my implantable heart recorder get international service?

DEAR DR. ROACH: Many years ago, I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and then was on medication for 10+ years. I eventually had an ablation done, and I am finally back in normal rhythm. I have been off all meds for AFib for over a year. Two of my family members have had strokes due to ...

Marriage hanging in the balance; negativity does not help anyone

Dear Annie: I have been married for more than 30 years, and we have one teenage daughter who will be attending college in the fall. My husband and I have lived like roommates for the last 10 years. We co-exist, raising our daughter as civilly as we can. I have gone to counseling off and on ...

The best COVID-19 vaccine is the one you can get quickly

DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you please explain the science behind the new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine? I hear it differs from the Pfizer/Moderna vaccines as it does not contain the mRNA and is only a single dose. I also heard it compared to the flu vaccine. I am a regular flu vaccine ...

Choose and commit; calling it quits might be the answer

Dear Annie: I’m so confused, and I don’t know what to do. I have been married for four months, and I truly love my husband and believe that he loves me. My problem is that he cheated on me about two years ago with multiple women, and not only that, he proposed to one of them. It’s a ...

An open letter to Houghton taxpayers

If we are going to get more money, where does it come from? Nobody wants to pay more taxes. We could borrow it, but we still have to pay it back. Some people say: “just go get a grant.” We wish we could. We’ve looked. That kind of grant just is not out there. What about parking ...

Good advice for all: Avoid hand contact

DEAR DR. ROACH: A few years ago, my sister was diagnosed with an IgA deficiency, which is an autoimmune disorder. She was told by her doctor to avoid large crowds and to never shake hands with anyone. My sister is a major event organizer and was unable to simply quit her job, so she developed a ...

Houghton life in the 50s

In the ‘50’s, the Houghton School had grades K – 12, all in the grand old four-story school on Houghton Avenue between Pewabic and Quincy streets. The stately “old school” was well-designed to accommodate all 13 grades, and even had a large auditorium and gym, both with balconies. ...

An open letter to Houghton taxpayers

I love reading old newspapers when I find one. In a 1970’s Mining Gazette there was a quote that went something like: “Don’t expect the government to open its wallet without you first opening yours.” This quote stuck with me. The last year has seen a lot of talk about the big ...

Husband’s hidden life; denial about who you are is dangerous

Dear Annie: My second husband and I were together for 20 years. I’ll call him “Dominic.” We met at a vulnerable time in my life, and he was the kindest man I ever met. Dominic wanted to get married immediately, but I was reluctant, as I’d just gotten out of a marriage with a cheater, ...

Guidelines for get-togethers post-vaccination; follow the CDC guidelines

DEAR DR. ROACH: Please provide some clarity on family get-togethers in the new age of post vaccinations. Some members of our family have now been vaccinated, while others (mostly younger members in their 20s to 50s) have not yet – or may never be vaccinated, for reasons that confound me. ...

Unwanted visits from cousin; its very simple to say no

Dear Annie: A cousin of mine found out that we get all the different sports networks in our cable package, and ever since, he has invited himself over to watch games at our house all the time, on a weekly basis. This was frustrating in itself -- but then recently, something unbelievable ...

Dreams at any age; you are never too old to follow your dreams

Dear Annie: I just wanted to thank you for encouraging the 63-year-old mom who is trying to complete her vocational nursing degree. She is not too old, by any stretch, and though her kids may mean well, she should not give up on her dream of being a nurse. I’m a 57-year-old registered ...