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A poem for new drivers

Dear Annie: Your predecessor Ann Landers published a poem called “Dead at Seventeen” to get the attention of new drivers and impress upon them the dangers and responsibilities of driving a car. Might you have that on file somewhere? I have a 17-year-old granddaughter with a new driver’s ...

Who’s the bad guy?

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has threatened to attack the United States with nuclear missiles, and is testing rockets meant for that purpose. U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to retaliate, should such an assault occur. So, who’s the bad guy? Who’s the dangerous, unhinged ...

Try stir-fry

Boy winter is harsh, in more ways than one. As temperatures drop, oil and gasoline prices rise, putting a strain on the food budget. Though we can’t control rising prices, we can still serve tasty nutritious meals. How? Try a stir-fry. All it takes to prepare a classic Chinese stir-fry is ...

Smarter ways suggested to achieve your goals

By LAURIE WELCH Penn State Extension With the start of a new year, many of us set resolutions to make improvements to some aspect of our life, such as “Eat healthier,” “Exercise more,” “Lose weight.” Think back to this time last year: did you make any resolutions for 2017? ...

Ground is shifting under Obamacare

President Trump has perfected the art of antagonizing his opponents with provocative tweets. He demonstrated this skill recently in declaring that the tax reform act, by repealing the Obamacare mandate, had effectively repealed Obamacare. This generated a number of stories from ...

Needed: Walk-in showers in hotels

Dear Annie: My wife and I are both in our 80s, and though we do not travel as much as we once did, we are still able to get around a bit. I am in fairly good physical condition, but my wife must use either a cane or a walker. The problem is this: When we stop at a hotel or motel for the ...

Bible digest

“Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you go, lest it be for a snare in the middle of you:” (Exodus 34:12 AKJV) Don’t make partnerships with those who do not hold to serving the Lord.

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. While the economy in this area is not the best, there are people who are very caring, especially at Christmastime. I personally witnessed a teenager, who was accompanied ...

Express Yourself

Let’s make 2018 the ‘Year of Small Business’ GUY BERKEBILE Somerset The holidays have come and gone, but the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a gift that will keep on giving. The Republican tax bill slashed tax rates and increased deductions for small business owners, who now have more ...

Five things we learned about Facebook and fake news in 2017

By LUCIA MOSES www.digiday.com This year, Facebook faced a backlash over enabling fake news and racist ads, got hauled in front of Congress for spreading Russian propaganda and found itself under the attack from European regulators. And that’s not to say anything of advertisers and ...

Renters win in tax law

Renters came out winners under the new tax law. For over a century, the federal tax code catered to homeowners and treated renters like second-class citizens. Homeowners have been able to deduct interest on their mortgages and home equity loans, as well as property taxes. Meanwhile, ...

Friend’s annoying social habits

Dear Annie: Over the past six months, a wonderful friendship has been developing with a potential friend who enjoys the cultural and outdoor activities that I do. We are both exchanging viewpoints, backgrounds, likes and dislikes freely. However, I have two problems: When I share my experience ...

r Back in 1953

By The Associated Press On Jan. 5, 1953, Samuel Beckett's two-act tragicomedy "Waiting for Godot," considered a classic of the Theater of the Absurd, premiered in Paris. On this date: In 1066, Edward the Confessor, King of England, died after a reign of nearly 24 years. In 1781, a ...

A letter to constituents

As we start 2018, I would like to take this opportunity to outline just some of what Congress has achieved this past year. We have taken important steps to grow the economy, strengthen educational opportunities, support our military men and women, care for our seniors, and more. The House ...

Express Yourself

Oh the weather outside is frightful ... SUE MCGOUN Winfield That may be the beginning to a nice winter song, but when it comes to animals, it’s no laughing matter. Please consider how much the cold temperatures affect your dogs and cats and rabbits who are living outside. Just ...

Not wanting to hover

Dear Annie: I have a somewhat uncomfortable question. Recently, I moved from California to Texas for my job, and I love it here. Though there are a lot of differences between the states, one has stood out to me more than any other: There are no paper toilet seat covers offered in public ...

Prosperity for Pennsylvania in 2018

It’s been said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Year after year, government grows. Its tentacles stretch out. Its costs go up. So why are we surprised, year after year, when Pennsylvania finds itself in the same predicament: A ...

To deregulate America, dump DC bureaucrats

Flanked by a towering 185,000 pages representing the federal regulatory code now and a short pile of 20,000 pages — the code's length a half-century ago — President Trump pledged last week to return us to the days of fewer regulations. Pointing to the colossal pile, which would take some ...

Bible digest

“Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, you righteous: and shout for joy, all you that are upright in heart.” (Psalms 32:11 AKJV) The Christian faith is a joyful faith. Join in the celebration. Crown Jesus Lord of your life.

Give Trump credit where it’s due

Republicans have tried, on and off, to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling since the 1980s. The effort has always engendered intense opposition and always been abandoned. A provision for drilling in ANWR is included in the Republican tax bill almost as an ...