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Why the center cannot hold

For months, the American press, aghast at Donald Trump's presidency, has been predicting a "blue wave" — voters sweeping Republicans out office and instead electing a massive number of Democrats. There's no question that Democrats and progressives despise Trump and are motivated to vote. ...

Bible digest

“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain.” (Deuteronomy 5:11 AKJV). God is holy. His name is holy. Treat the Lord with respect.

Letters to our boys

(Editor’s Note: This is another installment of The Express’ “Letter to Our Boys,” written during World War II to let “our boys” know what was happening back in their home towns. We will bring the letters to you occasionally, thanks to the efforts of Fred and Anna Snyder, who ...

Getting back in the loop

Dear Annie: My husband passed away seven years ago from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. We had very dear friends whom we went everywhere with — church, movies, plays, vacations. The husband of my friend also had Alzheimer’s, and he passed away a year and a half later. The two of ...

Putting safeguards in place for welder

Dear Dr.Roach: I am a 35-year-old female welder. I am very fit and live a healthy lifestyle, but I worry about the effects of all the things I am exposed to at work (heavy industrial) and how to monitor them. I do not have a family doctor, and must rely on walk-in clinics. Are there certain ...

From memorials to independence

By CLIFF RIEDERS On the English calendar, April 19 marks Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day. The day after, April 20, is Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. It is no accident that memorial is followed by independence. The modern, free, independent, democratic State of Israel ...

Do you really think Facebook will fix itself?

Mark Zuckerberg in 2006: "We really messed this one up. ... We did a bad job of explaining what the new features were and an even worse job of giving you control of them." Zuckerberg in 2010: "Sometimes we move too fast. ... We will add privacy controls that are much simpler to ...

A fallout from a layoff

Dear Annie: I am writing you in hopes of getting, well, a little shred of hope. I come from a lower-middle-class family that has always been short on money, high on stress and full of love despite that. Growing up, I always admired the fact that my parents served a healthy, comforting meal ...

Free trees coming to your community

Last time we saw leaves, we were hurrying to rake them off the lawn before the fall snow arrived. But now a warmer season is here, and the trees are ready to start sprouting this summer’s cover again. It’s a nice part of every spring. We’re proud to say that 20,000 brand-new trees ...

We are not on a first-name basis

Dear Annie: My son’s best friend, “Travis,” has started to call me by my first name. For as long as I can remember, I was “Mrs. Thomas.” But yesterday, when I brought over lunch for the boys, Travis said, “Thanks, Susan.” I thought it may have been a joke and chuckled a little and ...

Bible digest

“And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” (Luke 6:12 AKJV) We should pray. Jesus did. “But I say to you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for ...

Sign up, clean up

The snow is gone (hopefully), revealing the beautiful landscape of Central Pennsylvania. But there are scars all around. We’re talking about trash. Trash that people discard from their vehicles along the roads of our region. They’re polluters. They’re also law-breakers. So ...

Justice’s unbalanced scales

What separates the United States from a banana republic is a fair and impartial judicial system — a system that respects the rule of law and treats its citizens equally. I believe that vaunted system is crumbling before our eyes. Look no further for evidence than special counsel Robert ...

The federal law that made Facebook what it is today

By FRANK LOMONTE University of Florida Facebook is facing a reckoning in the court of public opinion for how the social media giant and its partners handle customer data. In the court of law, holding Facebook responsible for its actions has been quite a bit harder. CEO Mark Zuckerberg ...

Fragmented U.S. privacy rules leave large loopholes for Facebook, others

By FLORIAN SCHAUB University of Michigan Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional testimony discussed ways to keep people’s online data private, which I’m interested in as a privacy scholar. Facebook and other U.S. companies already follow more comprehensive privacy laws in ...

Penn College student designs CAC logo

WILLIAMSPORT — Pennsylvania College of Technology graphic design student Austin Fulton has created the winning logo for the Community Arts Center’s 25th anniversary. The logo and corporate pitch competition was part of the fall curriculum under the guidance of Professor Nick Stephenson. ...

Govern thyself

The outrage presently directed at Facebook for providing data that ended up being used by Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign is characteristically hypocritical. As former Obama campaign staffer Will St. Clair admitted in a 2013 New York Times article, the political use of user data ...

Your privacy in this digital world

Here we go again. Facebook critics are up in arms, outraged over the idea that their personal information might have been mishandled by the U.K.-based company Cambridge Analytica, Facebook or both. It's as if people are surprised that digital information is shared or outright sold to other ...