Opinion

The importance of family

Letters to the editor

BARBARA IRVIN Lock Haven With Father’s Day only a month away, I have been thinking a lot about how much my dad means to me. We have not always gotten along, but he has been there for me. Right now, he and my mom (as well as myself) are dealing with some difficult things. I try to ...

Finding Faith: A positive heart and life for God

Columns

Questions: Do you think of yourself as a positive or negative person? Is your cup half-full, half-empty or are you thankful you have a cup with something in it? Do you believe and trust the God of the Bible or the god of the world? These are questions that we need to ask ourselves because our ...

Applause, Applause!

Columns

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. A grand round of APPLAUSE go to the fabulous, wonderful ladies of the five chapters of Beta Sigma Phi. Founder’s Day celebration went very well. The reception at ...

The Stephanie problem

Letters to the editor

RICHARD MORRIS Lock Haven During her two election campaigns, Stephanie Borowicz made no secret of her love for her God and her love for lethal weapons. A majority of voters saw nothing odd in that combination of affections, and we should not be surprised that Pennsylvania House Speaker ...

A missed opportunity

Columns

The cool reception to new rules for state pensions — and the dose of outrage being directed at hypocritical lawmakers — isn’t surprising. Pennsylvania lawmakers have only themselves to blame—not that they’re taking responsibility for the pension mess, only for at least trying to fix ...

Military families come second to a wall

Letters to the editor

JIM HIRONIMUS White Hall President Trump just allocated $1.5 billion from military funds that were supposed to be used to rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base and moved them to his border wall project. Almost every building on Tyndall was destroyed or damaged during recent violent storms. ...

Our nation has many problems that need to be corrected

Letters to the editor

ROBERT NORTON Montoursville In a May 5 letter to the editor entitled “Amusing,” Galen Seaman outlined several changes that have been made to the Social Security fund. Those changes to the Social Security fund were initiated by Democrats. Those changes are draining the Social Security ...

Different understanding

Letters to the editor

CHARLES REEDER Montoursville I agree that Gavin Ferringer wrote a very good and thought provoking letter published in The Express on April 30, “Great like that again.” My take was not going back to a better time but it was an acknowledgement that at one time our political leaders and ...

Congress’ contempt charge

Letters to the editor

IDEA TEMPLE Mansfield Congress believes it has a right to Attorney General William Barr’s report to be given to them during a recent no-show hearing. However below you will see why this writer fears the outcome of such a maneuver. Below is an update from the vox.com website on this ...

Dear Annie: Obit omission

Columns

Dear Annie: I am in my 80s and recently lost my beloved sister-in-law, who was 90. She married my brother when I was just a child, and we had been close ever since. Aside from the many things I did for her, I loved her dearly as she was the last of my ties to my brothers, who have all passed ...

Bible Digest

Columns

“And Jesus said to him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62 AKJV) Real Christians stay on the path of the Lord. “And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.” (Luke 9:35 ...

What happens to rural, small-town Trump voters after he is gone?

Columns

By J. EDWIN BENTON If one word can capture the sentiment of rural and small-town dwellers in recent years, it is “resentment.” I am a scholar who studies politics at the state and local level. Residents of rural and small-town communities believe they are not getting their fair share of ...

Rules and red lights

Columns

Recently, I was talking to a friend about a conversation she had had in which someone told her it was OK to break the rules. The example used was that it was OK to run red lights if there was no one else around to say anything or see it. I thought about this for a second because I seem ...

Dear Annie: Beyond time to cut the cord

Columns

Dear Annie: I’ve been in this relationship for five years now, and my boyfriend, “Steve,” still puts his adult daughter, “June,” before me. I’m a parent, and I understand their relationship to a certain point, but there are boundaries crossed. June is 29. Every time she’s in a ...

Uncovering the roots of an investigation

Columns

By TOM JUSTICE “. . . they felt justified in supplying whatever was needed to convict him. The dossier they assembled, later to be known as the ‘Secret File,’ was persuasive enough to cause [people] . . . to sincerely believe Dreyfus guilty, but it lacked legal proof.” -Barbara ...

Change is coming to health care

Columns

It's a solid bet that our health care future won't look quite like the present. Whether the outcome would be good or bad for the average working stiff will depend a great deal on who is president after the 2020 election. If Donald Trump is reelected, we know where health coverage for ...

In Washington, D.C.

Columns

- 12th Congressional District, 1020 Commerce Park Drive, Suit 1A, Williamsport, Pa., 17701. Phone: 570-322-3965. Website: https://clerk.house.gov/member_info/index.aspx - U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson (R), Suite 101, 3555 Benner Pike, Bellefonte, Pa. 16823. Phone: 814-827-3985. Website: ...

On the topic of mental illness

Letters to the editor

HAROLD A. MAIO Fort Myers, Fla. Clinton County Commissioner Paul Conklin recently addressed mental illness in a proclamation, with the quote, “Help end the silence and stigma surrounding mental illness ...” Actually, we have never spoken more, and though there are indeed people who ...

The quirky Pennsylvania constitution

Columns

According to Article 9, Section 4 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, dealing with county government, three County Commissioners shall be elected in each county. In the election of these officers, each qualified elector shall vote for no more than two persons, and the three persons receiving ...

Minimum wage nullifies the economic ladder

Letters to the editor

ROMUALD ANDRAKA Trout Run Most low-wage jobs are initial. And there would be many more such jobs if they were not prevented by minimum wage legislation. Such jobs are often entry points into the world of work. As people accumulate the skills that are required for successful employment, ...