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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 ...

Bible digest

“In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine to them.” (2 Corinthians 4:4 AKJV) Don’t let Satan’s lies keep you from the love of the Lord. Open your eyes. Jesus ...

Ratings can be over-rated: How a new book assesses our area

e prefer to judge with some skepticism the many rankings of cities and towns across America as a sales scheme for a new book or something. And while books that are titled “A Statistical Guide to Small Cities ...” have the primary intent of being sold for commercial purposes, we ...

Purge the federal ‘marriage penalty’

By ED FEULNER A present from the federal government? It could happen. No, I’m not talking about flowers or candy. I’m talking about getting rid of the “marriage penalty” that’s built into one of our biggest welfare programs. That program is the Earned Income Tax Credit. The ...

How did America get stuck with a regulatory state?

Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump have proven the ability to disrupt millions of lives with the stroke of a pen. Recently I wrote of how the EPA arbitrarily changed the rules simply because it didn't like the results of Election 2016. The week before, I noted that by placing its ...

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: ...