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Thoughts on the death of community

On a recent evening, as I was driving home, I saw a man walking on the side of the road. It was cold and getting dark, and the thought crossed my mind to stop and ask him if he needed a ride. After all, I was driving in the direction he was walking. Shortly after that thought, though, my ...

Same-sex sleepovers may not be as innocent as they sound

Dear Annie: I have a situation at my home that I really don’t know how to deal with. We have a blended family, with an 18-year-old daughter and two boys. My stepdaughter is a senior in high school and just let her mother know she likes girls, even though she has a boyfriend. We ...

Pennsylvania budget follies set to resume

The last time a Pennsylvania governor signed a state budget into law was nearly four years ago on July 10, 2014. Gov. Tom Corbett signed off on the state’s fiscal plan just days after it was approved by the state Legislature, completing a four-year run of on-time state budgets. Nearing ...

Five things small business owners should know or do in 2018

Small business owners have entered 2018 with many questions about how big their tax bills will be, but they’re also optimistic about profiting from a strong economy. And aside from financial matters, owners with employees must stay mindful about one of the troubling issues of 2017, sexual ...

Bible digest

“O fear the LORD, you his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.” (Psalms 34:9 AKJV) God takes cares of His own.

Can stenosis be related to pacemaker implantation?

Dear Dr. Roach: I’m a 94-year-old male. Three and a half years ago, I was able to walk with a cane, until I had a pacemaker implanted. After the procedure, I was able to walk only with a walker, and not very well. Prior to the procedure, I had a CT scan that did not show stenosis, but I ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. On Jan. 5, my wife and I received a very pleasant surprise. Bob Reem and Bob Cozzi of South Renovo Water Department stopped by at our home in West Renovo to check on our ...

Express Yourself

Referral vs. child abuse report JAMES C. GREENWOOD Washington, D.C. As the author of a 2003 federal law intended to connect infants born drug-dependent with plans of safe care, I was surprised by some of the viewpoints included in The Express’ reporting “Prenatal drug abuse may be ...

HELP can be on the way

Well here we are in January and February - the coldest time of the year! They’re months of short days, long nights, snow, wind and ice. While these months do have their charm, we all know they can be tough to get through sometimes. For people who are struggling with personal challenges, ...

Gardening resolutions for 2018

It’s January and New Year’s resolutions abound. We humans vow to improve everything from bad habits to our diets. Not surprisingly, there are resolutions we can make to improve our yards and gardens as well. I’ve made a quick list of a few things gardeners can do that will not only ...

‘See Jesus, 10:30 Sunday’

“The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’” (John 1:43) So what does it mean, to follow Jesus? How can we follow someone we can’t even see? Philip seems to have had an advantage, in this regard. When Jesus spoke to Philip, Jesus was ...

Failure to communicate

Good day, kind readers! Steven R. Covey once wrote, “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand: they listen with the intent to reply.” I would add to that by saying that most people read the newspaper with the intent to understand, but not with the intent to reply. In ...

Expressions that become pet peeves

Dear Annie: I considered myself an average student after graduating high school in 1970, and I have been very successful in my 36-year career as an insurance investigator. I have dealt with a wide range of cultures. I feel I’m of average intelligence and probably below average in my English ...

Empowering Pennsylvanias through work

How do you end generational poverty? In Pennsylvania, this question isn’t just central to the well-being of tens of thousands of families, it’s also key to restoring Rust Belt communities, reinvigorating our state economy, and restoring fiscal stability to state government. ...

Express Yourself

Global warming is real GARY GILL Lewistown I guess it was inevitable that we would see comments in the open line that cast doubt on the science of global warming because of the record breaking cold snap that has covered most of the nation for a prolonged period. Despite these freezing ...

Climate skeptics have reasons to question manmade warming

By David Rothbard And Craig Rucker Many people are actively worried about global warming. And it frustrates them that skeptics and “deniers” refuse to acknowledge the “science” of such an urgent, manmade problem. But there may be valid reasons to dispute the theory that man is ...

Early detection is key to dealing with glaucoma

As we ring in the New Year, it’s an excellent time to make a resolution toward better eye health. January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and many people do not realize that glaucoma refers to a diverse group of diseases causing damage to the optic nerve in the eye. This damage can lead ...

Long-lost daughter brings problems

Dear Annie: My husband and a daughter he fathered 50 years ago recently found each other via an internet post from the two children we have together. Since they met, he has been hiding in a locked room and calling her several times a day. When I asked him to stop sneaking, she sent him a phone ...

Bible digest

“Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.” (Matthew 27:54 AKJV) Have you made the glorious discovery that Jesus is the Son of God? I have and it is ...

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‘The Greatest Showman’ is what cinema was made for!

We all remember those classic musical spectaculars from MGM’s heyday, and we all have our favorites, for sure. In recent years the musical has become a big box office pull once again. “Les Miserables,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “La La Land” are just a few that come to mind, ...