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The veggie burger paradox

By Will Coggin As many homeowners are letting their grills cool after Memorial Day holiday BBQs, this summer there may be a new offering on the party menu: Fake meat. Once derided as discs that taste like cardboard, veggie burgers have seen a recent resurgence. A number of national chains ...

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. The Express will bring the letters to you occasionally, thanks to the efforts of Fred and Anna Snyder, ...

Talking about your summer

Summer is here and will soon be gone. Here is what you can do for an enjoyable summer. Turn off the television. Seriously how much of your life have you spent starring at the television? I grew up watching one channel most of the time and have surely parked a lot of my life in front ...

Dear Annie: Son feeling torn at school

Dear Annie: My husband and I bought a house in a safe neighborhood 12 years ago primarily because it has a great school district. We have two children, a boy and a girl, and I am writing about our oldest child, “Alan,” who is 12. Alan is very sensitive and wants for everyone to get along. ...

Today in History

By The Associated Press On June 1, 1813, the mortally wounded commander of the USS Chesapeake, Capt. James Lawrence, gave the order, "Don't give up the ship" during a losing battle with the British frigate HMS Shannon in the War of 1812. On this date: In 1533, Anne Boleyn, the second ...

Adventures with chickens

By ROSE HOOVER My adventures with chickens started when I was a young child. One day, we would get a telephone call from the post office, telling us that our chicken mail-order had arrived. I am not sure how those peeps got from the post office to our house, but soon there would be a cardboard ...

Happenings from the Heisey

By JO ANN BOWES We have lots going on this month! Today from 10 to 2 p.m. Heisey House is open. Come see us. Tours are at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. We will be open every Saturday until Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. UPCOMING EVENTS - June 9: Second Sunday 2 p.m., “Pickin ‘n’ ...

The staggering costs of imprisonment

Guess how much our nation’s system of mass incarceration costs each year? I’m talking about the taxpayer-funded budgets of prisons, jails, probation departments and the public employees who staff them. Add in the cost of running the criminal justice system; the amount spent on health ...

The Clean Water Act undone

By NANCY STONER For nearly 50 years the federal Clean Water Act’s definition of which water bodies are protected from pollution has enabled states and local communities to safeguard our nation’s rivers, streams, wetlands and other waterways. The value of clean water was broadly ...

New rule takes sensible approach to climate

By TERRY JARRETT Washington is about to see another controversial chapter in the Trump era. Any day now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will issue its final “Affordable Clean Energy” rule (ACE). Intended as a replacement for President Obama’s 2015 Clean Power Plan (CPP), ...

Post-college parental blues

Dear Annie: Our daughter, “Jenny,” is graduating from college in a few weeks, and my husband and I are very proud. We were unable to afford college, but once we had a child, we knew how important it was for her to go. My husband has worked in a factory his whole life and two years ago ...

Epley maneuver repositions ear crystals, alleviating vertigo

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 67-year-old male in excellent physical health. The only issue I have is occasional bouts of vertigo. These episodes started when I was about 44 years old. My symptoms are varying degrees of dizziness and, with extreme episodes, nausea. The ...

TODAY IN HISTORY

By The Associated Press On May 31, 1962, former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel a few minutes before midnight for his role in the Holocaust. On this date: In 1669, English diarist Samuel Pepys (peeps) wrote the final entry of his journal, blaming his failing eyesight ...

A cap on interest rates charged consumers? Yes

The Loan Shark Protection Act would limit the interest charged on credit cards to 15 percent. A 15 percent cap would be too low — naively too low. Too bad the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, weren’t more careful, because their clumsy approach ...

Keep our Democracy alive!

We just finished a primary election in Pennsylvania with row offices so inconsequential that for some of them there were not any candidates. Yet, there are proposals floating around the General Assembly in Pennsylvania to eliminate the all important position of judge from the annals of ...

The role student loan debt plays in your estate plan

By MARGARET STOCKDALE Unfortunately, as the cost of higher education rises, the number of individuals with student load debt is increasing exponentially. As these debts increase, many individuals are forced to factor them in to their estate plan. According to the Consumer Finance Protection ...

Ask Rusty: Social Security matters

Dear Rusty: I have a question in regard to the “windfall act.” I am receiving a pension from the state of Nevada. I retired from the state, and did not pay into Social Security, but I worked in the private sector before and am currently working in the private sector. My question is: How ...

Small businesses got shut out from tax reform benefits. Let’s change that

By TONDA BENGE With Tax Day behind us and National Small Business Week upon us, it’s the perfect moment to reflect on what helps small businesses prosper. Encouraging people to “Shop Local” definitely helps. Each year, Small Business Week gives my business a boost. Not so the ...

Don’t let Facebook and Zuckerberg kill free speech

By BETSY McCAUGHEY Recently, representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter will join with European leaders and the prime minister of New Zealand to launch a chilling proposal to curb free speech across the internet. Americans should be alarmed. Internet freedom is being extinguished fast ...

President Trump trying to protect free speech online

By ADRIANA COHEN President Trump is a man of his word. He's been demonstrating that character trait throughout his tenure on Pennsylvania Avenue by honoring the many promises he's made to the American people -- including his recent pledge to protect free speech, a fundamental right critical ...