Opinion

Zero tolerance

Letters to the editor

KAREN ELIAS Lock Haven Early last month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a “zero-tolerance” policy for immigrant families crossing the border into the U.S. “If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as ...

Pennsylvania’s primary problem

Columns

Donald Trump is right. Elections in the United States are fixed. But he is wrong about how they are fixed, who is doing the fixing, and what it is doing to our democracy. Trump seems to believe that millions of illegal voters are stuffing our national ballot boxes with illicit votes. ...

Cause of mass shootings

Letters to the editor

TIM MANNELLO Williamsport As scholars and ordinary people in the United States search for and debate the causal reasons for the country’s high rates of gun-related deaths and mass murders, one of our own community members succeeded where everyone else failed and has found the answer. ...

Thankful for action

Letters to the editor

REBECCA JACOBS Waverly, Pa. It is time we change our thinking on Alzheimer’s disease. Too often Alzheimer’s is treated as an aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of a disease that someone in the U.S. develops every 66 seconds. With two-thirds of it’s annual ...

A better way to reduce student loan debt

Columns

Everyone knows there's no such thing as a free lunch — let alone a free college education, something Sen. Bernie Sanders champions regularly. Realists know that a so-called free college education for millions of students would mean that taxpayers would foot the bill and the massive tab ...

Stormy Daniels news coverage

Columns

TRINITY WERSTLER Coudersport Recently, I encountered a news article from Vox condemning Fox News for not talking enough about Stormy Daniels in comparison to other leading news organizations. I personally find so many things wrong with this scenario. Firstly, a news station like Fox, ...

Parents in decline

Columns

Dear Annie. My octogenarian parents recently visited my family for two weeks. They stayed in our house for the duration of their stay. My three sons are all preteens and were very excited to spend time with their grandparents. My husband and I are always a bit more anxious to have them stay. My ...

What’s missing most

Columns

WES WALDRON Trout Run In my senior years I often find myself thinking about how the world around me has changed from when I was a youth growing up in a small town. Like many from that period of time there are things that I miss, like nickel soft drinks, penny candy, and twenty-cent movies. ...

Caught between Scylla and Charybdis

Columns

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am asking for a restatement/clarification of your position on flu shots for those who have had autoimmune disorders. I am a 69-year-old male who suffered an attack of Guillain-Barre syndrome in 1973. I have residual neurological and muscular damage, ...

Skipping school crime and punishment

Columns

As I recounted in my last installment, the teenaged Upper Lockporters decided that all of us skipping school on the same day would be a grand adventure, and we all followed through on the plan...except the one kid we didn’t ask to come along. This now-deceased lad was a native ...

My annoying fridge-raiding roommate

Columns

Dear Annie: I’m a recent college graduate, and I just moved into my first real apartment (as in, not campus housing). I found my current roommate, “Stella,” through a friend of a friend. She is very outgoing and laid-back. My problem is that I think she assumes everyone is as laid-back as ...

Out of hand

Letters to the editor

WELDON C. COHICK JR. Linden The Keystone Central School Board has furlough many teachers as a means of rightsizing for 2018-2019. The Jersey Shore Area School Board, which was facing a more than $1.4 million budget deficit, initially gave notice to 32 teachers that they were being ...

The parameters of a high blood pressure emergency

Columns

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: At what point is high blood pressure a medical emergency (i.e., needs to be treated TODAY, or at least before, say, going out of the country next week)? I’ve never had an issue with high blood pressure — at a gynecology appointment last year ...

Applause, Applause!

Letters to the editor

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. Friends and relatives, I would like to send a big THANK YOU to everybody who has been so kind and generous to me while I was in the hospital, since I have been home to ...

A lesson in social media for the communicator

Editorials

Social media is like alcohol, in some respects. When not “consumed” responsibly, it can loosen inhibitions and affect judgment adversely. But also like alcohol, social media need not be harmful if used intelligently and in moderation. Ask Roseanne Barr about that. The ...

What’s happened?

Letters to the editor

MIKE KERSTETTER Watsontown That’s a question asked about what has changed in the last 50 years to get to where we are today with kids mass-killing their peers. What’s happened in the last 50 years is that we have told people that they don’t have to do anything to be entitled to a ...

Strategy

Letters to the editor

JOHN YOUNG Williamsport President Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal,” was published in 1987. Reportedly, sales were bolstered by Trump hotels and casinos purchasing the book, 4,000 to 5,000 copies at a time. The title could have been, “The Art of Self Promotion.” His ...

Let’s clean up Harrisburg

Letters to the editor

CHEVONNE M. GROVES Jersey Shore The people of Pennsylvania have made it clear that we are tired of the out-of-touch elites and their failed liberal policies. I believe there is only one man who can clean up Harrisburg, and his name is Scott Wagner. Scott Wagner, now the Republican ...

Enslaved ‘by debt and sword’

Letters to the editor

WILLIAM L. EMICK Barbours Our nation’s second president, John Adams, wrote, “There were two ways to conquer and enslave a country. First by Debt.” And Dr. Adrian Roger, a Baptist pastor, illustrates how America’s debt has increased so rapidly when he wrote, “You cannot ...