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DEAR DR. ROACH: Dad is 84, and has been retired almost 25 years. He does little physical activity because of his gout and arthritis. He buys 60 pounds of unsalted, in-shell peanuts every two months. This means he consumes about a pound a day. This has been going on for several years. Previous crazes included four to five cans of beer per day, diet soda, pretzels and chocolate-covered mint bars. Is Dad consuming too many peanuts? Are there any side effects? -- N.W.
Dear Heloise: Do you or your readers have any suggestions for preventing static- electricity shock? Getting out of cars is especially painful, and is really bad during the dry winter months. I'd appreciate any help. -- Julie W. in Connecticut Happy to pass along some hints to help prevent that shock! Static electricity can be a pain, and even can be dangerous. Here are a few hints for how to reduce it: • When getting out of a car, touch the metal part of the door. Once your feet touch the ground, then you can let go of the car door.
Pope Francis is rewriting the rules in his first year at the Vatican. Here are a few of Francis' symbolic changes and statements: • "Who am I to judge?" Pope Francis's July 29 comments on homosexuality contrasted with his predecessors'. In a wide-ranging talk, he reached out to gay people and said he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" • I will wash the feet of others.
WASHINGTON -- When The Washington Post Writers Group came courting several years ago, inviting me to join the company's syndicate, I remember well the pitch: We're a family. By then I had been syndicated for more than a decade by the Tribune Co. and was struck yet again by the layers of irony implicit in the words such media organizations use to describe themselves. Syndicate. Family. Thank God no one kissed me.
The specter of libertarianism is haunting America. Advocates of sharply reducing the government's size, scope and spending are raising big bucks from GOP donors, trying to steal the mantle of populism, being blamed for the demise of Detroit and even getting caught in the middle of a battle for the Republican Party. Yet libertarians are among the most misunderstood forces in today's politics. Let's clear up some of the biggest misconceptions. 1. Libertarians are a fringe band of "hippies of the right."
The following cases were disposed of in Davison County Magistrate Court between June 24 and July 8. • Andrew Davis Engles, 18, 617 W. Sixth Ave., Mitchell; careless driving; $54 fine; $66 costs; seat belt violation; $25 fine. • Anthony Richard Skorupa, 34, 25 Teeples Road, Bridger, Mont.; failure to display fuel permit; $104 fine; $66 costs. • Maxwell Schaeffer, 1220 W. Ash, Mitchell; speeding on other roadways; $39 fine; $66 costs. • Carolyn Marie Matheson, 48, 3909 E. Marson Drive, Sioux Falls; speeding on other roadways; $19 fine; $66 costs.
Eric Larson has been named director of the pharmacy department at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, Mitchell. He replaces Ron Johnson, who retired from that position earlier this year. Larson was educated at the University of Kansas; he earned his B.S. in pharmacy in 1989 and his doctor of pharmacy in 2004. In 1989, Larson became a staff pharmacist at Avera Queen of Peace (formerly St. Joseph Hospital) and was named assistant director of pharmacy under Ron Johnson in 1994. Larson, his wife, Becky, and their two children, Connor and Lauren, live in Mitchell.
Now playing at Mitchell's Luxury 5 Cinema and the Starlight Drive-in: Planes, Elysium, We're the Millers, 2 Guns, Smurfs 2, Grown Ups 2,
Tom Clark, President and CEO, Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, is pleased to announce that John P. Haas, MD, Radiologist, has joined the Avera Queen of Peace Medical/Dental Staff. Dr. Haas is in practice with Carey Buhler, MD; Tamara Wheeler, MD, Kelly Smith, MD; and Alan Walton, MD, at James Valley Imaging. Dr. Haas earned his Medical Degree and Internship from Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE, and completed his Residency and Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Radiology at Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, MN.