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Dishonoring an American legend: Kate Smith

By JAMES HANAK Following the lead of the New York Yankees, the famous singer, Kate Smith will no longer be featured at the Philadelphia Flyers games. Her statue was covered by a tarp and recently was unceremoniously removed. What was Kate Smith’s sin? She sang a song that was also ...

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, ...

Dear Annie: Wrecking a home and a career opportunity

Dear Annie: Recently, I met “Todd” through a friend of a friend. I went back to school to study graphic design a couple years ago and will be graduating this fall. Todd is also a graphic designer, so our mutual friend introduced us so that Todd could give me career advice and maybe even get ...

Happening at the Heisey

By JOANN BOWES Wine in the Wilds repeated its fun on April 27 with 10 wineries,10 vendors, food, music, dancing, photo booth, “Mr. Wine in the Wilds,” The Bear radio broadcast, raffles and door prizes. There was something for everyone. Thank you for all your support in helping preserve ...

Regional, public universities open doors to American dream for all students

By WILLIAM J. BEHRE This past weekend I found myself in the middle of a social media frenzy. It started when Dr. Phil gave an interview to People.com regarding the current college admissions scandal. In explaining his take on the situation, Dr. Phil opined that the accused parents ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. A big APPLAUSE to the person who found my blue umbrella at Weis Market outside of Mill Hall. Thank you so very much. You are truly a remarkable person. — Bea ...

Harness Lake Erie’s mighty wind energy

The Erie region of northwestern Pennsylvania is reappraising its native assets to deploy them to their highest, best use in a world that has little use for older ways of doing business — dirty, siloed or low-tech. That is true of efforts to marshal local capital to strengthen the downtown ...

Dear Annie: Losing my religion

Dear Annie: We raised our children in church, and then lost our religion. There were so many reasons for that, but there’s no going back to any church in the future. Part of our family, a very small part, accepts this. But most have a problem with it. Adding insult to injury, we live in the ...

Reducing mass shootings by recognizing red flags

Want to reduce the number of mass shootings in the United States? Then let’s ramp up efforts to stop domestic abuse. Just as a red flag is raised when a child tortures animals, often a precursor to later criminal behavior, there is plenty of evidence that mass shooters display red-flag ...

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ felon voter rights flop

Just when you thought the Democrat Party couldn't get any more radical, 2020 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders declared at a CNN town hall recently that — so far as I can determined — he wants to give voting rights to murderers, terrorists, rapists and other incarcerated felons. This ...

Bible digest

“Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.” (Psalms 145:3 AKJV) This says it all. God is worthy to be worshipped.

Dear Annie: Assessing expectations in a relationship

Dear Annie: My boyfriend and I have been together for seven years. We have lived together for nearly five years and been engaged for the past three years. We are both in our late 50s. He has never been married and had no children. He has been very successful in his business. I have been ...

Critical limits on human power

The brilliance of our country’s founders is revealed in many things but especially the checks on power built into our system of government. The Constitution is grounded in the natural-law principle that human beings derive their rights from God, not from government. On a more temporal ...

Why Facebook belongs in the math classroom

By Jonathan Hulgan Take a close look at your Facebook friends. Some of your friends are also friends with each other, while others are not. It’s quite likely that you can find a “clique” who are all friends with each other. It’s also possible you may have a group of Facebook ...

Dear Annie: Loving from afar

Dear Annie: I had my 14th birthday two weeks before I gave birth to my son. The hardest thing I have ever done was to sign the paper for him to be adopted. The entire time I was pregnant, I tried to think of any way I would be able to keep and raise my son. At 14, I completed my first semester ...

Sharing to win: The redesign of PASSHE

Innovation. In today’s higher education landscape, embracing innovation is essential for sustainability and growth. Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) is in the midst of a System Redesign — a transformation — and Chancellor Daniel Greenstein is committed to ...

Dear Annie: Furry foes and floppy friends

Dear Annie: My friend Jess and I recently moved into a three-bedroom apartment together. We each have one cat. We knew it would be challenging to integrate the cats at first, but we figured that it wouldn’t be too difficult in such a spacious place. Boy were we wrong. Every night is fight ...

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, ...

POLITICALLY UNCORRECTED: The Biden problem

Joe Biden’s recent presidential announcement surprised few, but it will surprise more than a few if Biden actually wins the Democratic presidential nomination. At age 76 today, he would be the oldest president ever inaugurated by more than seven years. He also brings several other ...

Bible digest

“O LORD, I have heard your speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive your work in the middle of the years, in the middle of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.” (Habakkuk 3:2 AKJV) We need this kind of praying today.