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Ballots, not bullets

Last week's shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others at an Alexandria, Va., baseball field where dozens of Republican members of Congress and staff were attending a practice for a congressional benefit game shocked the nation. Even more horrifying was the nature of the ...

Can Americans be happy again?

America is not a very happy place, and it is getting less so. Our downward trend in happiness precedes the election of Donald Trump, but sadly, there's little in his agenda that would reverse this trend. On the contrary. That's because a boost in economic growth, though nice, wouldn't get ...

Hello, my name is drugs

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is the “Hello, my name is Drugs” poem, author unknown, that can be found in many publications and online. It was brought to The Express by a local resident and, upon his request, it is printed here in recognition of the many lives lost and impacted by drugs and ...

Why citizens should serve on the Keystone school task force

Do you have concerns about the Keystone Central School District’s programming and spending? Are there investments the district is making you don’t agree with? Conversely, are there programs you value and want to preserve? Do you want to learn just how much power the state and federal ...

Congress needs to reassert itself on use of force

By Lee H. Hamilton The Trump Administration, like its predecessors, has shown an apparent appetite for the use of force overseas. The “mother of all bombs” dropped on Syrian troops, saber-rattling toward North Korea, deployments of U.S. forces in 10 or more countries - all of this ...

Wishing for a Trump Twitterectomy

"If only he would stop tweeting." Those words came from a friend of mine named "Jack," quite possibly President Trump's biggest fan. A former secret service agent, Jack is your typical die-hard Trump supporter. That is to say, he's a white, Christian male, married with two kids. He's ...

President Donald Trump’s budget revives American work ethic

Hillary Clinton bashes President Donald Trump's budget proposal for its “unimaginable level of cruelty.” Almost every Democratic politician, and most mainstream media, are saying the same. Don't believe it. The budget, released last week, dignifies work. It reforms federal ...

Eliminate fee for sidewalk cafes downtown

It used to be that a few downtown eateries regularly put several chairs and small tables on the sidewalk in front of their establishments for patrons to use when the weather is nice. They weren’t used frequently, but enough to provide some ambiance in this small college town that needs more ...

Landfill may have to impose fee on electronic devices

Pennsylvania’s Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA) of 2010 established a landfill ban for all electronic devices covered under the act. The banned devices include: Televisions, desktop and laptop computers, computer monitors, printers, and computer peripherals (e.g., keyboards, etc.). ...

D-Day – Omaha Beach

Today marks the 73rd anniversary of “D-Day,” the World War II Allied invasion of German positions on the beaches of Normandy, France, the largest amphibious (troops landed by naval ships) in history. In military language, “D-Day” was an Army designation to indicate the particular day ...

Why did Tim Allen’s hit get canceled?

By L. BRENT BOZELL III And TIM GRAHAM In January, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told a Television Critics Association session in Hollywood that she wanted to retool ABC programming to include more shows for Donald Trump-voting segments of the population: men, rural America ...

Zippo lights the way on Pa. public employee pension reform

By NATHAN BENEFIELD The state Senate recently took the first steps toward passing a significant overhaul of Pennsylvania’s troubled public pension systems. Far from entering unchartered waters, Senate Bill 1’s critical change, a 401(k)-style pension component, has been tested and approved ...

Memorial Day: ‘Play it again, Uncle Sam’

By CHRISTOPHER KELLY Memorial Day this year calls on all Americans with particular significance. It calls on us to look backward at our past and forward to the many uncertainties and challenges facing our nation overseas. Important anniversaries over the course of the year have served ...

A day of remembrance

Will you visit the burial place of your passed family members and friends today? Will you take time to thank, remember or just think about the Americans who serve or have served our military, including those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice? Will you take time, even a moment, to observe ...

Tips for safe boating

Statistically speaking, boating is a safe sport. But for those of us who are new to the activity or are still shaking off our winter land legs, it is a good idea to brush up on some boating safety tips before hitting the water. So in honor of National Safe Boating Week this week, the ...

Times are a changing

Medical Marijuana laws have been enacted in 29 states and the District of Columbia, and 21 states have decriminalized marijuana in a variety of ways. Unthinkable even a decade ago, eight states and the district have made legal the use of recreational marijuana. In a June 2015 Franklin ...

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Garden insects are a work of art

Some garden insect pests are pretty to look at while others are downright ugly. But regardless of looks, they can be pretty damaging. On the unattractive side, look no further than the Colorado potato bug. The adult stage isn’t too bad with its alternating black and yellow strips on the ...

Name-dropping in Highland Cemetery

So this was unexpected. Recently I was asked to serve on the board of Highland Cemetery. This was awesome because: A — What with a job, the Piper Museum, the ghost-hunting team, and a toddler, clearly I wasn’t busy enough, and B — I love Highland Cemetery. My first meeting was in ...

Bible digest

“Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.” (Psalms 108:12 AKJV) God can do what no one else can do. Trust God. “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” ...