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Opinion

Why no masks and why so loud?

Letters to the editor

DONNA MITCHELL Lock Haven It’s difficult to understand why so many people will not wear masks. They have many excuses. The ones I’ve heard the most: “I don’t have to” and “a mask is annoying.” I wonder if these people think that being intubated on a ventilator is less ...

Applause, Applause

Columns

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. A sincere THANK YOU to the nice lady who prayed for us when we broke down at the Mackeyville Produce Market on Sept. 4. We had a three-hour wait for the tow truck. And a ...

Right-wing disinformation

Letters to the editor

ELLEN BLAIS Mansfield The fevered, Sept. 4 letter to the editor in The Express titled, “Crucial election,” about far-left Democratic Party tendencies is the usual mishmash of misinformation and hysteria. The writer sees Kamala Harris as a revolutionary when she is a moderate very much ...

Grieving and wanting to love again

Columns

Dear Annie: I’m a man with a very difficult problem. My deceased wife and I separated. I was halfway through a six-month cancer treatment when she left. After a few days, she called and told me that she had made the biggest mistake of her life by leaving me. However, she would not return ...

Vote for Joe Waltz

Letters to the editor

COLLEEN HANSON Lock Haven The very definition of “representative” is: A person chosen to act and speak on behalf of a wider group. The job of the state representative for the 76th District is to speak and act for ALL of the people in our district no matter their race, creed, ...

Cheek chewer reaches out for help preserving teeth

Columns

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: No one seems to understand a bad habit of mine, especially dentists! I bite off the loose skin on the inside of my cheeks. I remove little bits of cheek matter that is loose and sort of just hangs and is rough. It’s sort of like picking at a scab or a ...

Freedom of speech

Letters to the editor

JEAN and BOB HORMELL Watsontown I’m concerned about freedom of speech. My wife and I have lived in the beautiful countryside of Delaware Township for 42 years, both of us involved in serving our communities. My wife was a Williamsport music educator and I worked in regional economic ...

Bible Digest

Columns

“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;” (1 Peter 2:11 AKJV) God’s people should be a holy people. Let others see Jesus in us. “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the ...

Not wanting to cause panic?

Letters to the editor

JOHN DELANEY Wellsboro From President Trump not wanting to cause panic: Regarding immigrants on June 24, 2018: “We cannot allow all of these people to invade our country.” Regarding a vaccine for COVID-19 on May 8: “Well, I feel about vaccines like I feel about tests. This is ...

Hey Pennsylvania: Don’t we need the arts?

Letters to the editor

CONSTANCE G. REECE Muncy “There’s no business like show business,” we sang, “like no business I know.” As a member of Mansfield University’s elite group of singers, The Mansfieldians, I was filled with pride as we packed the auditorium. Our 28 performers sang and danced like ...

Turn the page

Columns

Fall season officially begins Sept. 22 this year. For every season there is a change. Most of us like the seasons especially if we can have four of them. I like the fall as the weather seems more stable in our part of the country. For our neighbors in California they are desperate ...

Is a fresh look at HIPAA in order?

Our View

With public schools in many states reopened, COVID-19 outbreaks were inevitable in some classrooms. That has resulted in calls to school officials from worried parents and guardians. “Sorry,” many of them will be told. “We can’t give you any details. HIPAA, you ...

Dear Annie: Coronavirus concerns

Columns

Dear Annie: My husband is in the high-risk category for catching COVID-19, and we have lost family and friends due to the disease. The issue is that we love seeing our grandchildren, but some people in our families view the pandemic as a “hoax” and are lax about following safety ...

Stephanie support!

Letters to the editor

CRAIG A. SEASHOLTZ Avis I write to express my support of Pennsylvania 76th District representative, Stephanie Borowicz. The difficulties in rural PA are remarkably similar to the difficulties in many other US rural communities. We live fairly simple yet satisfying lives. Our decisions ...

Don’t let preconceived notions about aging limit your potential

Columns

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: After reading several of your columns, where readers asked if they are too old for some activity, I wanted to make older adults aware of their untapped reservoir of energy and ability. I notice that most tend to be hesitant to try various activities ...

Stop Stealing Joe Waltz signs!

Letters to the editor

KATHLEEN O’CONNELL Lemont “Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved and tyranny is erected on its ruins.” Benjamin Franklin spoke up for free speech in the early days of America. ...

Dear Annie: Not loving the likes

Columns

Dear Annie: My boyfriend follows more than 3,000 people on Instagram. And almost all of them are women. It didn’t bother me when we first started dating, because I figured that now that he had a girlfriend, he’d stop investing so much time in looking at women. A few months into our ...

It is right to look into decisions that impacted nursing homes, but …

Our View

Gov. Tom Wolf, along with governors of New York, New Jersey and Michigan, has been asked to supply COVID-19 data for public nursing homes to the U.S. Department of Justice. The DOJ says the information will decide if it will initiate investigations under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized ...