Opinion

Retirement

Letters to the editor

MIKE HUNT Williamsport Think of how bad of shape our local, county, state, and federal governments are in. We the voters keep re-electing the same sad sacks to office and what we do not think about is that we have to keep supporting them long after they retire. What the newspapers ...

UPMC Susquehanna: Better together

Letters to the editor

DAVID LOPATOFSKY Williamsport In 2016, after careful deliberation in seeking affiliation with a larger health care system, Susquehanna Health found its perfect partner in UPMC. Now, more than a year into our affiliation with the Pittsburgh-based health care leader, UPMC Susquehanna and ...

The future of Raystown Lake

Letters to the editor

GEORGE CONRAD III Huntingdon Living in Central Pennsylvania brings the best of bucolic life as we are fortunate to have close knit communities nestled in among thousands of acres of public lands. One of the most popular attractions is Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County, managed by the ...

No face to Facebook

Editorials

Simply put: You cannot trust what you read and see on Facebook. Sure, there are legitimate users, and the platform is very important to families and friends who use it to keep in touch, or to re-acquaint themselves. We wish that was all it was used for. But this social media behemoth is ...

The people have a voice

Letters to the editor

PATRICIA HANCOCK Mill Hall We live by a system of rules and laws. As we move forward on our path to end gerrymandering, there are events that are worrisome. We have been challenged by Pennsylvania Sen. Joe Scarnati to end our efforts and the court involvement because it is too costly. ...

One map does not a solution make

Letters to the editor

LEIGH-ANNE CONGDON Mill Hall Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court gave us a new map of Congressional districts for the 2018 election. That’s a good thing. The new map is more reasonable and fair. But it’s just one map. It’s not a permanent solution to the problem of ...

Questions for school boards

Letters to the editor

TIM MANELLO Williamsport In the wake of the Parkland, Fla., school massacre, school boards all over the country are discussing safety measures including arming teachers. These discussions should deal with an exhaustive list of of questions. NBC’s Chuck Todd has listed some of the ...

Tools for killing

Columns

Have you ever tried to kill someone with your bare hands? It’s difficult in a fair match. You get winded quickly. You lose buttons and hair. You smell the iron in your own blood. Others break you up. The whole thing is a stupid affair. I can imagine most people have not tried ...

Married but alone

Columns

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for almost 30 years. Sometimes I think I don't know him at all. He hardly calls or texts me when at work, but he would call his siblings at any time of the day. He doesn't answer my calls or respond to my texts messages, either. He is often late ...

Fair districts, please

Letters to the editor

ROSE REEDER Lock Haven On Feb. 15, The Washington Post published an article comparing the Republican and the Democratic proposals for new district lines. In this article, Christopher Ingraham, the author, concluded that neither were quite as good as they might be. He noted that the ...

Let teachers protect their students

Columns

In our thousands of public schools there have been eleven mass shootings since 2000: Elementary (3), high schools (3) and colleges (5). These follow with year and number of deaths: 2005 Red Lake Senior High School (7), 2006 West Nickel Mines School (6), 2007 Virginia Tech (33), 2008 Northern ...

Husband looks at photos of women, revisited

Columns

Dear Readers: Recently, I printed a letter from “Never Gonna Be Good Enough.” She was fed up with her husband’s looking at titillating photos of women online and was curious about how other readers have approached this issue in their marriages. The diversity of opinions is ...

Trailing Pine and Deer Stampedes

Columns

We need at least one more wintertime visit to the north side of Peter’s Steps to examine some of the remarkable, unique, singular features and youthful experiences of this woodland playground. One absolute rarity that occurred in a spot behind Peter’s Steps was a small patch of what dad ...

Dear commissioners

Letters to the editor

Dear commissioners ANNE M. DOERR Loganton Friends of a Livable Sugar Valley, a community group established with the goal of preserving and protecting Sugar Valley’s air, water, and overall livability, is very concerned with news of a possible “virtual pipeline” in Sugar Valley, as ...

Applause, Applause!

Columns

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. A few weeks ago, my friend “K” came to visit me from western Pa. She came up on Thursday and thought she was meeting her cousin at the Clinton County courthouse at ...

We’ve gotten too good

Letters to the editor

RICHARD TOBIN Wellsboro We’ve had semi-automatic and even automatic rifles for a long time, yet mass shootings are a recent phenomenon. Back in the 1970s a day at the range with my M1 (30-06) would leave me reaching for the Bengay. In a recent article, Chuck Hawks, a well known ...

Court should free teachers from forced unionism

Columns

By GREG HARTNETT As a public school teacher, hundreds of parents entrust me to help their children achieve their potential. Thousands of taxpayers also rely on me to use their resources for the betterment of the next generation. Because of these responsibilities, I approach each school day ...

Unions are the solution

Letters to the editor

RANDY BEIGHTOL Williamsport Unions are the solution to a rigged economy. I see it in our district: Working people struggle in an economy rigged against them in favor of corporate CEOs and the wealthy. That’s not by accident. Corporate special interests have written the economic rules to ...

Government failure

Letters to the editor

ERIK LATRANYI Danville The tragic school shooting in Parkland, Fla., was avoidable. The Boston Marathon Terrorist Bombing was avoidable. The Fort Hood shooting was avoidable. The Pulse Nightclub terrorist attack was avoidable. The Virginia Tech shooting was avoidable. ...