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Opinion

Get thee vaccinated, evangelical friends

Columns

Sometimes, I wonder if I'm ever going to get over how some humans have behaved during this pandemic. First, the good news: As of last week, more than 65 million people (and counting) in the U.S. had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Millions more are well on their way. Now, the ...

Dear Annie: Help is available

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Dear Annie: My husband and l have been married for 22 years. When we first married, it was young love. But throughout our marriage, he has been adulterous and abusive toward me, physically and verbally. I have a disability and have a hard time defending myself. He has choked me and held a knife ...

Dear Annie: Being kind shouldn’t cost you

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Dear Annie: Please help me convince my 72-year-old husband to stop engaging in conversations with telephone solicitors. He gets several calls a day on his cellphone from car warranty companies, solar companies, etc., and he insists on letting them talk and ask questions for several minutes. ...

Does my implantable heart recorder get international service?

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DEAR DR. ROACH: Many years ago, I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and then was on medication for 10+ years. I eventually had an ablation done, and I am finally back in normal rhythm. I have been off all meds for AFib for over a year. Two of my family members have had strokes due to ...

Vote no on limiting the governor’s emergency powers

Letters to the editor

Mike Hanna Sr. Lock Haven Our legislators are asking us to vote to limit the governor's emergency powers during times like this pandemic. The need for strong executive action to quickly address COVID has proven effective with Pennsylvania ranking better than all but 11 states in the number ...

Bills kill regulations by doing nothing

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On April 20, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee approved legislation by party-line vote— Republicans supporting— to allow the General Assembly to kill final regulations by doing nothing, provide a shield to law violators and mandating private review of DEP permit ...

Do population changes help red America or blue America?

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Growing populations are giving two additional seats in Congress to Texas and one to Florida. New York and California are each losing a seat, not because their head counts are falling but because they're not rising as fast. Do these population changes also alter the states' politics? In many ...

Marriage hanging in the balance

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Dear Annie: I have been married for more than 30 years, and we have one teenage daughter who will be attending college in the fall. My husband and I have lived like roommates for the last 10 years. We co-exist, raising our daughter as civilly as we can. I have gone to counseling off and on ...

The best COVID vaccine is the one you can get quickly

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DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you please explain the science behind the new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine? I hear it differs from the Pfizer/Moderna vaccines as it does not contain the mRNA and is only a single dose. I also heard it compared to the flu vaccine. I am a regular flu vaccine ...

The fight over a proud school’s mascot

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In the past couple of weeks, the Bellefonte Area School Board faced a pair of critical decisions. With all due respect, it failed both times. First, on April 13, the board voted 8-1 in a special meeting to remove all Native American imagery from the district. That means the Red Raider logo ...

Choose and commit

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Dear Annie: I’m so confused, and I don’t know what to do. I have been married for four months, and I truly love my husband and believe that he loves me. My problem is that he cheated on me about two years ago with multiple women, and not only that, he proposed to one of them. It’s a ...

Democratic bill attempts to undo voter restrictions of past 15 years

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The recent national elections — conducted in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic — highlighted difficulties Americans face to register to vote and cast a ballot. But the right to vote can be equally diminished when voters cast a ballot but their voice is diluted by gerrymandering and other ...

Good advice for all: Avoid hand contact

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DEAR DR. ROACH: A few years ago, my sister was diagnosed with an IgA deficiency, which is an autoimmune disorder. She was told by her doctor to avoid large crowds and to never shake hands with anyone. My sister is a major event organizer and was unable to simply quit her job, so she developed a ...

A merger analogy

Letters to the editor

HELEN E. PRIEN Lock Haven Let us just imagine that Philadelphia, Chicago, and Nashville are informed that to make those cities sustainable and forward-thinking they are to be merged. This solution is proposed by a fourth body in a fourth location and pushed forward immediately. This ...

Applause, Applause!

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Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. The Penn State Master Gardeners of Clinton County would like to CONGRATULATE Kimberlee Carey, Lucy Cramer, Anne Gibson, Marty Hufnagle, and Ann Rozelle for earning ...

Helium balloons

Letters to the editor

WILLIAM BAILEY SR. Lock Haven In this era of environmental awareness and concern, I find it difficult to believe that we are still releasing helium-filled balloons, as reported in an article in your newspaper of April 24. Do we not understand that those balloons eventually come back ...

Dear Annie: What do you do?

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Dear Annie: I have been married to my husband for 15 years. During that time, I have had several retail and grocery store jobs. Currently, I do not work because most retail and grocery store jobs have me working nights and weekends, and when doing that, I hardly ever see my husband, since he ...