Columns

The most taxing time of the year

By ED FEULNER How does tax season make you feel? Angry? Tired? Probably both, but there’s a good chance you also felt a bit confused while preparing your returns. And who could blame you? The mind-numbing complexity of the Tax Code, with its myriad deductions, credits and ...

It’s not just any day, it’s Earth Day!

By TIM HERD Environmental health and sustainability is a growing priority for communities everywhere. A recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association found that most Americans want their governments to prioritize sustainable environmental practices in such things as ...

Andres Baffigo (pictured) is a Venezuelan citizen who spent time in Central Pennsylvania as an exchange student. You can email him at baffigo.andres@gmail.com.

What do you know about Venezuela?

By ANDRES A. BAFFIGO Venezuela has lived in “the socialism of 21st century” regime since 1998. Many of you probably do not even know what “socialism of the 21st century” is, so let me break it down for you. Venezuela is well known because we have plenty of oil, many Miss Universes ...

Reclaiming Pennsylvania’s coal heritage

Pennsylvania’s coal fueled an industrial revolution, built dozens of cities, provided affordable heating for millions of homes and helped win two world wars. We all enjoy a better life because of the hard work done by generations of the commonwealth’s coal miners and the innovations made ...

‘US’

By PAUL GENOVA I haven’t said too much about last fall’s election since the start ... but this is how I feel: I’m noticing that a lot of people aren’t graciously accepting the fact that their candidate lost. In fact you seem to be posting even more hateful things about those who ...

Majority rules

“Majority rules.” How often as kids did we hear that? Most young people can remember their first lesson in democracy. A bunch of kids get into an argument over something on the playground or in the classroom, and the teacher decided to take a vote. Eleven kids vote one way, ...

Don’t take your library for granted

As your community newspaper — itself an institution meant to educate, promote and preserve the written word — we want to join the growing chorus of those espousing the importance of local libraries during this ... National Library Week. Locally, the Annie Halenbake Ross Library on West ...

I was born somewhere, but I am ‘from’ America now

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s office of Immigration and Naturalization Services in Philadelphia is housed in a large, five-story concrete and glass building in the middle of the otherwise dilapidated neighborhood of North 41st Street in downtown Philadelphia. From Lock Haven, ...

The final racket: Exploitation of the elderly

In my continued effort to inform readers about what can happen when a family asks a judge to decide a dispute over what to do with their aging parent, may I call your attention to the state of Nevada? The Sagebrush State spawned a court-appointed financial guardian to beat all others! ...

Flowers, babies, chainsaws and motorcycles

In the hub bub of which bathroom transgenders should use, I ask myself, “what would freak me out more?” … a male that appears to be a woman walking into a men’s room? … or a female that appears to be a man walking into a men’s room? I would probably not notice the female man ...

God, urinals and transfolks

By TIM BAYLOR As far as I know, I was born a biological male. I have all the working parts. Gender wise, I identify as a man and people treat me as such. I do, however, like getting it on with men when I do get it on. While that happens far too infrequently, that is a completely different ...

Trump’s orgy of unnecessary cruelty

The theme that unites Donald Trump's major initiatives so far is their unnecessary cruelty. His new budget, for example, comes down especially hard on the poor — imposing unprecedented cuts in low-income housing, job training, food assistance, legal services, help to distressed rural ...

The Battle of Middlebury

At Middlebury College in early March, Charles Murray needed a safe space — literally. In a significant escalation of the campus speech wars, protesters hooted down the conservative scholar in a lecture hall and then roughed up a Middlebury faculty member escorting him to a car. The ...

Have you seen those small, flashing lights along the electric lines?

If you’ve been out at night recently and seen small flashing lights along the electric lines, you might have wondered what they were. You might even have been concerned. Well, there’s good news: What you saw weren’t sparks, and there’s no need for alarm. What you really saw were ...

Enjoying the beauty of God’s creation

As I sit here in The Express office at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning watching the snow continue to fall, I’m in awe at the lack of life in our normally bustling little town. But for the plow trucks passing by every couple of hours, traffic is at a standstill. The sidewalks are pretty much ...

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This piece of art created by the author is called “Deception.” The naturally occurring stone, set in a steel base, represents the heart ... a heart that has grown cold and hard over time. The steel truck wheel used for the base, which now lays flat and unable to move, is for the free spirit, no longer able to roam. The steel rods, once used to hold silo staves tight and erect, now form a prison cell for our thoughts.

Don Quixote, armed and dangerous

The phrase, “a double-edged sword,” in regard to human actions is something that has or can have both favorable and unfavorable consequences. Such as the NSA listening to our phone calls and reading our emails, possibly overstepping the boundaries of protecting our freedoms. No one ...

LHU trustees need to examine direction school is taking, impact on the future

The purpose of this letter is to bring to the attention of the Board of Trustees of Lock Haven University, university students, alumni and all interested parties concerns that impact the future livelihood of Lock Haven University. As co-chairs of the university’s Capital Campaign, we feel ...

The oldest house in town – almost

Down in Castanea Township, across from Great Island, right near the place where the Susquehanna River joins with Bald Eagle Creek, there is this farmhouse. There’s nothing special about it to look at it. It’s just a farmhouse. But I recently had occasion to look into the history of this ...

Garden of eaten

Penn State Cooperative Extension defines integrated pest management as “an approach to pest control that focuses on pest prevention by eliminating the root causes of pest problems.” Often referred to as IPM, it requires that you first identify the pest or problem that you are addressing ...

CC Historical Society’s annual meeting is March 12

Thank you to all who attended our Feb. 12 program about Mrs. Elizabeth Swartz’s handkerchief collection, all 672 of them! We had a little “scavenger hunt” to find specific hankies, and congratulations to Phil and Dot Taormina, Roberta Doyle and Debra Brown for winning the prize for ...