Opinion

Letters to our boys

Columns

(Editor’s Note: This is another installment of The Express’ “Letter to Our Boys,” written during World War II to let “our boys” know what was happening back in their home towns. The Express will bring the letters to you occasionally, thanks to the efforts of Fred and Anna Snyder, ...

As goes Pa., so goes the 2020 election

Columns

While Democrats wade through a marathon of intra-party debates, the national punditocracy is increasingly asking two urgent questions about the impending 2020 presidential contest: Can President Trump win Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin again? And can he win a second term without those ...

There are different forms of bipolar

Columns

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: Is it possible for a person to reach the age of 70 and just now be diagnosed with bipolar disorder? Are there degrees of impairment, like with autism — some worse than others? — C.S. ANSWER: The hallmark of bipolar disease is mania. “Mania” has ...

The mountains of Acadia National Park

Columns

(Editors Note: This article is the second of a series exploring plants and horticulture on Maine’s Mt Desert Island and Acadia National Park.) Acadia National Park, on Mt. Desert Island, was created in 1916 (under a different name then) and covers 38,000 acres with another 12,500 in ...

Enjoy our beautiful parks!

Columns

Despite today’s polarizing political climate, and our prickly tendency to bicker, I hereby declare a bold ideology that unites us in agreement: √ That when you visit a park, it is clean, safe, and ready to use. 5 That when your family goes swimming, the lifeguards are well-trained and ...

Loss of liberty and property

Columns

ROBERT KEPLER Renovo The Keystone Central School Board just handed out another property tax increase. It’s just a mere 1.96 percent, so relax, except for those that couldn’t afford the last one. The budget is $74,363,531 with a reserve fund balance of $9,721,443. We are being told ...

Dear Annie: Balancing brother’s needs and limitations

Columns

Dear Annie: My older brother is disabled. He was quite functional after he first had a stroke, but did not take care of himself. He wouldn’t take his medications, ate unhealthy food, drank too much and watched TV all day. As a result, he is now very disabled. Has difficulty walking, ...

All about vaccines

Columns

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column on the measles vaccine, you wrote: “Older people may lose immunity, and some people born between 1963 and 1967 may have received an inactive vaccine.” Wait, what?! How do we know if we were not properly vaccinated, and what should ...

Applause, Applause!

Columns

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. To all who enjoy the Butterfly Garden at the Nature Park in Wayne Township. I would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to George Gummo, Arnold Coleman, Bob Dershem, Helen ...

Bible Digest

Columns

“Will you not revive us again: that your people may rejoice in you?” (Psalms 85:6 AKJV) We need revival and God is the only One who can give it to us. Pray for revival. “He that walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” (Proverbs 13:20 ...

At least 2% of public water systems are like Flint, Mich.

Columns

By LAURA PANGALLOZZI More than five years after Flint’s water crisis first hit the news, the city has successfully lowered the lead levels in its water. The most recently available testing, from the second half of 2018, puts the lead in Flint’s water at 4 parts per billion. That’s ...

Nike fans flames of culture war

Columns

Nike is doing it wrong. I don't mean the shoemaking, though that thing with Zion Williamson was pretty bad, I have to say. No, Nike is doing it wrong because it managed to do something that all the neo-Nazis, Klansmen, alt-righters and other denizens of the lowest coprophagic phylum of our ...

Every state should pass a medical aid-in-dying law

Columns

By KIM CALLINAN Just two months apart, the governors of Maine and New Jersey signed laws ensuring that terminally ill adults in their states would no longer have to suffer needlessly at life’s inevitable end. Similar to bills introduced in 17 other states this year, the Maine and New ...

Bible Digest

Columns

“It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” (Luke 17:2 AKJV) Don’t stand in the way of children who want to come to Jesus.

Dear Annie: Should we go the distance?

Columns

Dear Annie: I will be moving soon — several states away — and I’m torn about the state of my relationship. I’ve been with my significant other for five years. That’s not something I can easily let go of. But we have been growing apart for some time now, and we’ve discussed that we ...

Nurse daughter is right on the money with fasting advice

Columns

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: My daughter is a registered nurse, and tells me that when getting blood tests, it is not necessary to fast eight to 12 hours even though my doctor says to do so. Four hours is enough, she claims. Is this true, or is my daughter trying to be a doctor, if ...

Internet access

Letters to the editor

VINCE PHILLIPS Harrisburg One reason Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed the no snow days bill into law is because it means no school makeup days in the spring. The down side is the fact that students without broadband internet access will still miss days of school since they cannot do ...

Dear Annie: Wanted: real customer service

Columns

Dear Annie: Am I the only one who feels that life is too complicated these days and that I feel absolutely powerless when it comes to calling a big company to get service? I am old enough to remember the days when we bought a television, put it in the car, drove home, plugged it in, played ...

Rural areas deserve good internet access

Editorials

There is no question that internet access is limited in our rural, mountainous region. Sure, the populated cities, boroughs and townships have good access, mostly through cable or DSL. But just minutes out of our towns and, wa la ... affordable, fast broadband internet access is pretty much ...

The importance of unity in America

Letters to the editor

LAURI SCHAITKIN Lock Haven I am a Democrat and an American. I did not support Stephanie Borowitz during the election for Pennsylvania’s 76th District House seat, but she won and is now my representative. This is how our democracy works and I respect her victory. I believe that people ...