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Dear Annie: No thank-you

Dear Annie: Is it considered old-fashioned to send an actual thank-you by mail these days? We attended the wedding of a relative last summer — the second wedding for both the bride and the groom. They had a big church wedding and a fancy reception. Many friends and relatives were there to ...

In defense of women’s sports

We're going to need the cisgendered Olympics. The state of Connecticut has offered a dismaying picture of the future of female athletics, with two transgender runners routinely outpacing the competition at the state track championships. The two biologically male students, Terry Miller and ...

Point: America has already fired Trump

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s soon-to-be-delivered report will trigger months of congressional investigations, subpoenas, court challenges, partisan slugfests, media revelations and more desperate conspiracy claims by Donald Trump, all against the backdrop of the burning questions: Will he ...

Counterpoint: Trump: The diplomat in chief

Critics call President Donald Trump a diplomatic wrecking ball, while his supporters admiringly watch him take on foreign policy challenges that previous presidents chose to ignore or left to diplomatic “experts.” Who’s right? This week, the rubber meets the road. Trump’s highly ...

Bible digest

“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from the hand of the enemy;” (Psalms 107:2 AKJV) Don’t be timid. Exalt the name of the Lord.

Dear Annie: Sister-in-law isn’t much of a family member

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 48 years. We have endured really expensive medical issues over the past several years, and our funds are stretched to the limit. We are both retired but still work about 20 hours a week. We used my retirement money to pay the many medical ...

Is there room for one more on Mount Rushmore?

By JAMIE STIEHM The four faces chiseled on Mount Rushmore have an uninvited guest. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt look down at Donald Trump, as he saunters and shouts into the wind. Trump gets down to business: Any room at the ...

Opportunities are what make America great

People around the world dream of coming to America and having a better life. Since our founding as a nation, millions have come here and found a better life than they left behind. We can be proud of this in our country. Welcoming those who desire to come here and work hard is good for ...

Reducing recidivism makes our communities safer in Pennsylvania

By JOSH SHAPIRO If you ran a company with a failure rate of 68 percent, how long do you think you would stay in business? My guess: Not long. Sixty-eight percent is the failure rate for our country’s prison system. When two of every three people emerging from jail are rearrested and ...

Bible digest

“And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and to them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin to salvation.” (Hebrews 9:27-28 AKJV) Judgment day is coming. We need Jesus to save us ...

YOU HAVE THE POWER

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. If you would like to make a nomination for our weekly Saturday morning round of “Applause” for someone or some group for doing something special, send your ...

Dear Annie: Left out at work

Dear Annie: At my job, I’m the newbie on the team. The others I work with seem to know one another well, and they chat and make jokes in the office all the time. Meanwhile, some of my teammates are rather passive-aggressive with me. I don’t understand why, though. I’m good at my job, and ...

Here’s why we’re polarized

By LAURA HOLLIS Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton put to rest any rumors that she would run for president a third time. “I’m not running,” she announced. But she added that she intends to remain vocal and visible, at least in part because of the deep divisions in the country that are ...

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: Vitamin D quandary

Dear Annie: Lately, I’ve been reading that people aren’t getting enough vitamin D. But I also hear that people should wear sunscreen more regularly. Doesn’t wearing sunscreen limit the amount of vitamin D absorbed by your skin? How can we get more vitamin D while still wearing sunscreen ...

Lift device is another option for enlarged prostate treatment

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 66-year old male, who is healthy with a very active life, both physical and sexual. Like many men my age, I have an enlarged prostate that my doctor monitors during annual visits. It doesn’t impair my life, with the small exception of being ...

Sunshine Week observes a tenet of our democracy

Freedom of the press should never be taken for granted. As we celebrate Sunshine Week starting tomorrow, March 10 — a national initiative designed to educate the public about the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy — this is the opportunity ...

MAKING LIFE BETTER: Kitchen gadgets… choose wisely!

We all have them, the latest and greatest kitchen gadgets to make our lives easier! Unfortunately, they often end up stored in a cabinet, placed on E-bay or included in a garage sale. While we may have used them for a while, at some point they just weren’t worth the effort. The latest hot ...

Who’s that knocking at my door?

For living on a dead-end road, we sure had a lot of traffic go by our house back in the day. And often, those vehicles pulled into our dirt driveway and knocked on our front door. For example, there were two men who usually visited once or twice a week. Now, I’m sure these folks actually ...

Why should electric customers subsidize nuclear power generation?

Like many Pennsylvanians, I have been watching with great interest the debate surrounding the future of nuclear power. Proposed legislation currently circulating within the Pennsylvania General Assembly would require electric utilities to purchase as much as 50 percent of customer demand from ...