Opinion

High court restores gov’t workers’ rights

Columns

By CHARLES MITCHELL What if you could be fired from your job for refusing to give part of your paycheck to a private, political organization? It sounds far-fetched. After all, this is America, where the Constitution protects our rights of free speech and free association. But for ...

Big deals, great deals?

Letters to the editor

DAVID BROSS Cogan Station Let’s look at two of Donald Trump’s big deals. First is the move of the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel has been waiting for decades for this to happen. However, the idea behind delaying the move over the past decades was to encourage ...

Bible digest

Columns

“And said to them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:46-47 AKJV) This is good news. Jesus ...

My perspective

Letters to the editor

JOHN ROWLEY Slippery Rock I still read The Express newspaper online since I truly miss the people and the area. It felt good being part of the community. Whenever I traveled as part of my vocation I could clearly see the political leanings of local newspapers through their editorial ...

What do you think?

Letters to the editor

The Express welcomes letters to the editor as we encourage our readers to “Express Yourself” in this forum. Letters must be signed using the writer’s legal name with a complete mailing address and home and/or daytime phone number. Letters dealing with private disputes will not be ...

We should never take our water quality for granted

Editorials

he high bacteria count found in two samples of water from the West Branch of the Susquehanna River at Lock Haven’s public swimming beach in mid-June should remind us all how fragile this life-giving natural resource is. We should never take for granted the quality of the water flowing in ...

Pa. Senate supports continued gerrymandering

Letters to the editor

KATHLEEN O’CONNELL Lemont As a sixth-grade social studies teacher, I would like to tell my students that every vote counts. However, I cannot truthfully say that in Pennsylvania, one of America’s most gerrymandered states. Our state Senate just undermined SB22, which would have ...

New justice

Letters to the editor

JAY D. MYERS Hughesville I just found out there is a new vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. I think in line with the current tenor of the White House, I expect Judge Judy will be President Trump’s nominee. But it is getting close to an election. The Republican theory is that ...

Disconnected arguments and fallacy

Letters to the editor

MIKE KERSTETTER Watsontown In the recent letter to the editor, “Their flag and ours,” the letter writer takes exception to Trump and Kim Jong Un standing in front of a row of the flags of the two countries. He states, “It is hard to imagine a sight more repulsively discordant than ...

Why?

Letters to the editor

CHARLES REEDER Montoursville Such fuss over the championship football team not going to the White House for what essentially is nothing more than a photo opportunity. Why would any of the teams want to go after how President Trump and his administration have been bad mouthing football and ...

Cutting off the conversation

Columns

Dear Annie: One of my elderly relatives is a real sweetheart, but she also is quite a talker. Our phone conversations go on and on — for 45 minutes or longer. I do not want to hurt her feelings, but her conversational skills far exceed my listening skills. The only way I can get a word in is ...

We should not sell our souls

Letters to the editor

MARY BRUCE SERENE State College My husband and I are Nittany Lion Club members who love Penn State and football. My husband spent years as an orthopedic surgeon at Penn State. That’s why we are shocked and dismayed to see Koch Industries advertising on the JumboTron at every football ...

Leave July fireworks to the professionals

Letters to the editor

FAITH WORTHINGTON Williamsport A sparkle in the sky is a great way to celebrate the 4th of July, but it’s important to be mindful of the dangers of fireworks. In October 2017, Pennsylvania passed House Bill 542, stating state residents can now buy and use the full line of fireworks ...

The ‘little miracle’ of The Declaration of Independence

Columns

By HAROLD PEASE The Second Continental Congress, having been convened for six months, had been engaged in the wrestle for or against independence, the vast majority of delegates being decidedly against such drastic action most of this time. Surely there should be a way of reconciling ...

Should posterity get the whole truth?

Columns

Dear Annie: I need some advice on what to do about my daily journals. I keep a daily journal and have for many years — including during a time when my husband was an alcoholic. He’s been sober for 27 years. (We are in our late 70s.) In those journals, I wrote about the times he got drunk ...

Phantom itch is international mystery

Columns

Dear Dr. Roach: Two years ago, I spent a month in Havana, Cuba, to study Spanish. We were staying in a good hotel. Without warning, one morning they started the pest control, spraying the rooms with DDT. The substance was confirmed by our group leader. Our clothing and belongings stayed in ...

New world order follows Trump down a better road

Letters to the editor

JIM MOORE Flinton This is in response to Stephen LoRusso’s letter of June 27 and all the other people who still don’t realize why President Donald Trump got elected. He is - no doubt - a flawed man. Show me one who isn’t. But he has a bravado that no existing politician has. ...

The less government the better

Editorials

One of President Ronald Reagan’s endearing qualities was his constant call for smaller government. How nice it would be to believe that President Donald Trump’s plan to reorganize the federal government will result in more efficiency and less bureaucratic nonsense. Most Americans have ...

Their flag and ours

Letters to the editor

TIM MANNELLO Williamsport America is the land of the free. As Betsy Ross once said, “The American flag is an enduring symbol of liberty, democracy, and justice.” North Korea, on the other hand, is the land of enslavement. Whatever its purported original symbolism, the North Korean ...