Columns

A shot in the foot

The old gunslinger is known as the fastest man in the West. He is so quick that he fires his gun before it is out of his holster; and guess what? He has shot himself in the foot! The forces aligned to work for the defeat of Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, are ...

Don Quixote, a ‘Catch 22’

In his book “Catch 22,” published in 1961, writer Joseph Heller combined his experience as a World War II bombardier, with the changing culture and politics. The novel debuted among some divided reviews, even those questioning its literary relevance. The storyline for “Catch 22” ...

Obamacare: A different perspective

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson recently wrote an opinion piece entitled, “An Obamacare replacement that heals,” in which, without ever mentioning the much-touted “replacement,” he defends the current effort by the Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The article makes ...

It’s unclear if tax to help fund state police would mean more coverage

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to charge municipalities that don’t have their own police force a fee of $25 per person to offset the cost of providing state police service in those areas leaves a lot of questions unanswered. The fee is projected to generate about $63 million, and ...

An Obamacare replacement that heals

There is a common misconception from the left that repeal of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, would result in the loss of health-care coverage for millions of Americans. I can assure you, nothing is further from the truth. The Republican-led Congress has been working with ...

Dr. Fiorentino, please do not eliminate track and field

To Lock Haven University President Dr. Michael Fiorentino Jr., I understand that in this day and age, it is difficult to run a university. In trying to live up to the Mission Statement, Strategic Plan, and Action Plan, there must be many difficult decisions to be made. However, I believe a ...

Justice must be served to protect police from threats

The Pennsylvania State Supreme Court must serve justice by upholding a case in which two Pittsburgh men produced a wrap song that threatened two police officers who arrested one of them for witness intimidation and making terroristic threats. You read about it in Thursday’s Express: ...

The threat to democracy

Donald J. Trump is the President of the United States, notwithstanding Russian hacking, nor the many attempts of his opponents to deny him the position he has fairly won. Democracy has secured another peaceful transfer of power, and no foreign power can really threaten this process. Our ...

Trump’s new culture war

The nation's foremost culture warrior is President Donald J. Trump. He wouldn't, at first blush, seem well-suited to the part. Trump once appeared on the cover of Playboy. He has been married three times. He ran beauty pageants and was a frequent guest on the Howard Stern radio show. His ...

Survey: Pa. farmers have done much to protect Chesapeake Bay water quailty

UNIVERSITY PARK — Many Pennsylvania farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have voluntarily implemented, at their own expense, practices aimed at improving water quality, according to newly released survey research conducted by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The study — ...

Welcome to Donald Trump’s America

By FRAN COOMBS It’s the first few days of the presidency that will “Make America Great Again” or the first few days of the presidency of the most unqualified political charlatan in history, depending on whom you talk to. It’s also two different world views colliding. Obama vs. ...

Bible digest

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” (Proverbs 20:1 AKJV) Do not be deceived by alcohol and drugs. It will ruin your life and hurt others who love you. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his ...

Is America’s death penalty dying?

(Editor’s Note: This column was written before Dylan Roof was sentenced to death earlast week for killing nine people at a church in South Carolina.) Upon the birth of a new year, let's talk about death, shall we? Or the death penalty, to be precise. The topic loomed over a courtroom ...

Our sanctuary cities are intolerable, endanger children and public safety

For more than a year, I have warned about the dangers posed by sanctuary cities. Sadly, Philadelphia keeps proving me right — at the terrible expense of our children and public safety. Just before Thanksgiving, federal law enforcement officers ended a year-long search for Winston Enrique ...

A radicalized Don Quixote

In one of my previous articles, I reached back into my childhood for an image. It was of a barefoot boy, with his cow chasing stick, following livestock paths to adventure. My cow stick, at times, could be magically transformed into a sword, which I would slash and stab at any villains I met. ...

Questions about county changes to Blue Building

The Clinton County commissioners and prison officials are not eliminating the work-release center at the prison, they’re just moving a new version of it downtown. It’s part of the commissioners’ decision to buy the former Piper Blue Building and move a bevy of government services there ...

World views and political polarization

It is no secret that we live in a politically turbulent time. Both at home and abroad, there is a growing sense of division among western populations, an apparently widening rift between what has been identified as globalism vs. nativism. Here in the US, we have conflated these forces with ...

The rationalization of hunting

You can now hunt with auto-loading rifles in Pennsylvania. I wonder who pushed for that; the guy who invented the electric pencil sharpener? A crank was too much for him. This topic deserves a rant for the deer will not speak for themselves and because it illustrates an important concept ...

Helping houseplants survive, thrive

In the middle of winter when many of us yearn for something green and growing, it’s tempting to bring home an attractive house plant. The problem, however, is that often the beautiful plants we bring into our homes don’t stay that way. Understanding the needs of house plants and placing ...

Looking forward … to many positives in 2017

A year can bring ups and downs to the economic and industrial development world. But when it comes to Clinton County’s development arena, most of what happened in 2016 — or perhaps will happen in 2017 — is very positive. Let me start my year recap last February. I was very excited to ...