Opinion

Abortion

Letters to the editor

ED EMEL Bellefonte The word, abortion, means voluntary abortion; the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end pregnancy. I call it a spontaneous rejection of an unborn infant by the mother. Today, the unborn are sacrificed for many reasons. Some will say they cannot ...

Of floods and our future in Pennsylvania

Columns

By LARRY J. SCHWEIGER Pennsylvania has a history of floods but none like what we are experiencing today. The earliest floods recorded in 1786, 1810 and 1820 were called “pumpkin floods” because native Americans grew their pumpkins along rich floodplain soils. During fall hurricanes, ...

Until we meet again

Letters to the editor

CAROLE GERST Milesburg I sat holding my husband’s hand, trying to comfort him as he was calling out saying how afraid he was and trying to reassure him he had nothing to be afraid after he had the last rights from our priest, Father George. However, if I was in his shoes — yes, I ...

Bible digest

Columns

“I was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” (Psalms 122:1 AKJV) When you truly believe in Jesus you will want to go to the house of the Lord and worship Him.

Democratic socialism: By the people, for the people

Letters to the editor

JASON RUNK Altoona In a recent letter to the editor, the writer talked about socialism leading us down the wrong path. After reading the letter, I must assume he is just ill informed and not knowingly misleading the readers. He tries to link Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont ...

The world is ending

Letters to the editor

DENNIS FITZGERALD Melbourne, Aus. There was a news item on TV on a recent day saying that Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp were down across the world. Oh my gosh! As I don’t use any of those social media apps, I didn’t know, but somehow I muddled through the day anyway. Is it too ...

Trump et al

Letters to the editor

NEIL P. NELSEN Canton It seems to me that, at this juncture, the only possible explanation for Donald Trump’s bizarre and outrageous behavior is that he is mentally ill. It is harder to understand why the Congress, the branch of our government that is supposed to address situations like ...

If hell freezes over

Columns

By Glenn Mollette President Donald Trump came through Evansville, Indiana like a roaring locomotive recently, Aug. 30, to be exact. If he had landed on the platform wearing a Superman outfit and cape I would not have been surprised. To the approximate 15,000 cheering fans he might as ...

Power perversion

Letters to the editor

MIKE KERSTETTER Watsontown Nebraska U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, during the confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanagh, gave a schoolhouse rock speech about the duties of the branches of government. He correctly pointed out that the power and responsibility to run the nation was given solely ...

Constitution Day: What should colleges commemorate?

Columns

By Harold Pease The federal government requires colleges to commemorate Constitution Day, today, Sept. 17, with some kind of a student activity to qualify for Title IV grant monies, which, if people really read the Constitution, they would find no authority for the grant. The requirement ...

Dear Annie

Columns

Dear Annie: I have been at my job for almost 12 years. About three years ago, I met a girl who had recently started working there. I should probably mention that I am a bisexual woman. Well, I kind of developed a wicked big crush on her. I have no clue whether she even likes women, and I’m ...

Parkinson’s disease meds not likely related to cirrhosis

Columns

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My dad recently passed away as a result of cirrhosis of the liver. He also had Parkinson’s disease for 10 years. Several other people we know who have Parkinson’s also have cirrhosis. Is it possible that his Parkinson’s medication could have caused ...

The old switchboard method works better

Letters to the editor

SHIRLEY C. MYERS Mill Hall I want to congratulate The Express for their new/old method of answering incoming calls. The caller gets an actual person and not a mechanical voice answering, telling the caller to press one for (editor) or press two for (circulation) etc. The old switchboard ...

Applause, Applause!

Columns

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. Hillview Wesleyan Church would like to THANK everyone who helped with our block party on Sept. 7. The Flemington Hi-Neighbor Committee was very supportive in planning ...

Wealth and the worker

Letters to the editor

HENRY HOPPER Williamsport How does it happen that the wealthiest man in the history of the world, Jeff Bezos, is also one of the largest welfare recipients in America? His company, Amazon, makes huge profits by paying their employees wages that are so inadequate that many of them need ...

Why no explanation?

Columns

September is back to business for school children and workers who have burned off their vacation time. Why isn’t it the case for state lawmakers? The House had originally been scheduled to return to Harrisburg for two voting sessions this past week, but Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, ...

Deniers

Letters to the editor

TED MAHAFFEY Montoursville The theory of macro-evolution is easily disproven. If life could not have originated from non-living matter, the basis of macro-evolution, then the entire theory is falsified. There is no naturalistic mechanism for life to originate from non-living matter. ...

In Harrisburg

Columns

- State Rep. Mike Hanna (D-76), 570-748-5480; or email: mhanna@pahouse.net - State Rep. Garth Everett (R-84), 570-546-2084, or email: geverett@pahousegop.com - State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-171), 814-355-1300, or email: kbenning@pahousegop.com - State Sen. Joseph Scarnati (R-25), ...

‘Straw Men’

Letters to the editor

TOM MCCAREY Berwyn The straw men of “speeding crisis” and “work zone crisis” are the bases for the push to get speed cameras in Pennsylvania. There is neither a speeding crisis nor a work zone crisis. PennDOT’s own study shows that Pennsylvania’s roads are the safest they ...

Bible digest

Columns

“Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18 AKJV) Pride can deceive us and destroy us. Beware. “I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where comes my help. My help comes from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.” (Psalms 121:1-2 ...