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Opinion

Pennsylvania students require equitable school funding

Letters to the editor

On Feb. 3, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a bold budget for 2021-2022 that would substantially increase Pennsylvania’s K-12 Basic Education Funding (BEF) budget. Importantly, it would distribute most of that increase to school districts using the Fair Funding Formula adopted by the Legislature in ...

About those letters to the editor …

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From your community newspaper’s standpoint, opinions are the most incendiary topic in our daily editions. As in Letters to the Editor. We find that many of our readers equate a letter writer’s individual opinions to the newspaper’s opinions. That’s not the case. Oh, that’s not to ...

The lifespan of the America’s death penalty just got shorter

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The death penalty in the United States is on the verge of being snuffed out. The commonwealth of Virginia, which has executed more convicts than any other state in U.S. history, is now poised to abolish capital punishment. This is a big deal, as Virginia would become the first Southern ...

Dear Annie: Why not?

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Dear Annie: I’m a mom to three beautiful little boys, all under the age of 10. Although I love my kids more than anything, I’ve always wanted to have a little girl. When I talk about it with my husband, he says he’s content with our boys and that if we have another child, it’s bound to ...

An expert is best when it comes to hormone therapy needs

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 75-year-old woman who has been suffering from four to five bouts of hot flashes with night sweats (about every two hours from bedtime until morning) since I stopped taking HRT at age 62. I haven’t had an uninterrupted night’s sleep since then, and I rarely wake up ...

Reflections from the race director of the Frozen Snot

Letters to the editor

LUKE EBELING Bellefonte The Frozen Snot, this little winter race thing we do, is an 8.3 or 13.5 mile adventure race held at Zindel Park in McElhattan. The long course includes over a mile of elevation gain — brutal climbs, worse descents and both are held during the coldest week of the ...

Applause, Applause!

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Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. Roads to Peace, (Clinton County Women’s Center), would like to THANK those who supported our community members and mission by attending the Domestic Violence ...

By the bullet rather than the ballot?

Letters to the editor

FRED BUCHEIT Mill Hall In response to Harlan Berger’s March 3 letter, “Government performance,” I offer that Mr. Berger is a man of many ideas; it is odd that many of them involve guns. Just as Mr. Berger suggested that Cuomo should load a pistol, go behind his mansion and “do ...

Ending the COVID-19 pandemic through vaccinations

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives every single day for a year, and those disruptions have made fear, uncertainty, and fatigue a part of our daily experience. In spite of the many individual and collective sacrifices we’ve made, life hasn’t felt normal for quite some time. ...

We need more funding for senior-assisted living

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Society is learning to live with COVID-19 by modifying individual behaviors-wearing masks, staying six feet apart, and avoiding large gatherings. But for the vulnerable senior population and those living in congregate settings, it is becoming quite clear that frequent, accurate, and ...

Dear Annie: Unable to use computers

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Dear Annie: I am 74 years old. Back in my 40s, I tried learning an up-and-coming new skill: how to use a computer. Well, my attempts were fruitless. I could never figure it out. My wife tried teaching me, but I just couldn’t get the hang of it. Later, my boss appointed a staff member (a ...

Navigating the political maze

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Last October some families set their vehicle’s GPS (global positioning system) and made a pilgrimage to farm markets across this nation. These markets are a place where pumpkin and gourd patches beckon children’s delight, just as fresh cider and donuts entice their parents. At many ...

Husband talking to my best friend

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Dear Annie: I own a bar with my best friend. We work great together. I’ve been married for five years, and yesterday, my business partner showed me messages from my husband. He gave her his phone number and said if she ever wants to talk, she should call. He is in no way associated with our ...

Elevated ANA sparks search for associated conditions

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 58-year-old healthy female. I am 6 feet tall, and weigh 130 pounds. My last blood pressure reading was 100/58. I have Raynaud’s phenomenon. I exercise every day (walk, bike, snowshoe). All of my medical laboratory results are within the normal range with the ...

Without discipline, humane border policy doomed

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On his first day as president, Joe Biden unfurled big ideas for fixing the U.S. immigration system. Any smart plan will loosen howls by extreme opinions, be they for shutting the borders tight or opening them wide, so he might as well do the right thing. Rebuilding the system to be more ...

Dear Annie: Husband hygiene

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Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married one year. Before we got married, he kept himself clean. Gradually, he’s changed, and his hygiene has gotten worse and worse. Now he only changes underwear and showers once a week. He has let his hair grow long and messy and refuses to get a ...

Immunity after COVID does not appear to be long-lasting

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DEAR DR. ROACH: In your recent column about the COVID-19 vaccine, you review the Pfizer vaccine results along with your suggested approach. You say: “People with a history of COVID-19 infection benefitted from the vaccine just as much as those without, suggesting no natural immunity was ...

Government performance

Letters to the editor

HARLAN BERGER McElhattan A week or two ago, this paper editorialized about government and its proper role. We have examples of government’s fine hand now, with second vaccine shots given in Pennsylvania before the first, and thousands of COVID-caused deaths hidden in New York. Gov. ...