It has become obvious that the steady diet of online instruction put in place for the coronavirus pandemic not only has hurt kids academically and increased absenteeism, but has contributed to anxiety and depression and probably even aggravated health problems such as obesity.

"You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long."

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis. A spine specialist has advised surgery to fuse vertebrae in two places. I have already had surgery to remove a herniated disk on both these vertebrae and spinal epidurals with limited success.

Q: I recently took my 2014 Kia Soul in for its 7,500-mile service. I have a little over 31,000 miles on it; we are seniors and don't do a lot of driving. Our service adviser told us all was well except for the battery. It is three years old, and the climate here in Las Vegas doesn't favor th…

"Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have the possibility of being great."

DEAR DR. ROACH: Is there any risk starting the two-step process for the new shingles vaccine given the COVID-19 virus? My husband had the original shingles vaccine, and he has also contracted shingles. Should he get the new vaccine? He doesn't believe it is necessary. - L.M.

"I don't focus on what I'm up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest."

We are now living in a socialist country. We no longer have the constitutional freedom to worship as we wish, peacefully assemble or take charge of our own health care. (To wear a mask or not to wear a mask - that is the question.)

"The power I exert on the court depends on the power of my arguments, not on my gender."

Q. My second husband was very ill the three years before he passed. I took care of him in our home the entire time. Being in my late 60s, I did not think I would ever meet someone else, but surprisingly, I did, six months to the day of his passing at the grocery store. We hit it off and have…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 65 and get very little exercise due to a below-the-knee amputation I had 27 years ago. Although I have a prosthesis, I experience open sores. I have been diagnosed with severe arthritis and severe osteoporosis. My doctor has me taking alendronate, calcium and vitamin B. …

According to a series of detailed dispatches from the New York Times, Russia's military intelligence agency has offered bounties to Taliban fighters for killing U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

"We all do 'do, re, mi,' but you have got to find the other notes yourself."

Q: I have a 2-year-old Microsoft Surface tablet PC that gets hot to the touch after it has been on for about 3 minutes. This happens whether I use battery power or plug it into the wall outlet. I don't use complicated programs, just e-mail or Microsoft Word. I've run the PC's "diagnostic kit…