Columns

It is not a crime to win

By DIANE DIMIOND This is not one of my typical crime and justice columns. This one comes from a personal place. I love the television show "Jeopardy!" I adore host Alex Trebek, and I watch the program whenever I can. So when contestant James Holzhauer recently started racking up hundreds ...

Welcome to the dystopia of Alabama

By CONNIE SCHULTZ Let's start with a few facts about the children currently living in Alabama. Twenty-six percent of them -- more than 285,280 -- lived in poverty in 2018, which is the most recent year for available data. About 30 percent of Alabama's children living in poverty are younger ...

Eliminating abortion requires language of love

By LAURA HOLLIS In one of the most compelling scenes of the 2006 movie "Bella," a handsome and charismatic soccer player named Jose is driving through a New York City neighborhood with his manager, Eduardo, on his way to sign a multimillion-dollar professional soccer contract. The camera ...

Finding Faith: A positive heart and life for God

Questions: Do you think of yourself as a positive or negative person? Is your cup half-full, half-empty or are you thankful you have a cup with something in it? Do you believe and trust the God of the Bible or the god of the world? These are questions that we need to ask ourselves because our ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. A grand round of APPLAUSE go to the fabulous, wonderful ladies of the five chapters of Beta Sigma Phi. Founder’s Day celebration went very well. The reception at ...

A missed opportunity

The cool reception to new rules for state pensions — and the dose of outrage being directed at hypocritical lawmakers — isn’t surprising. Pennsylvania lawmakers have only themselves to blame—not that they’re taking responsibility for the pension mess, only for at least trying to fix ...

Dear Annie: Obit omission

Dear Annie: I am in my 80s and recently lost my beloved sister-in-law, who was 90. She married my brother when I was just a child, and we had been close ever since. Aside from the many things I did for her, I loved her dearly as she was the last of my ties to my brothers, who have all passed ...

Bible Digest

“And Jesus said to him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62 AKJV) Real Christians stay on the path of the Lord. “And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.” (Luke 9:35 ...

What happens to rural, small-town Trump voters after he is gone?

By J. EDWIN BENTON If one word can capture the sentiment of rural and small-town dwellers in recent years, it is “resentment.” I am a scholar who studies politics at the state and local level. Residents of rural and small-town communities believe they are not getting their fair share of ...

Rules and red lights

Recently, I was talking to a friend about a conversation she had had in which someone told her it was OK to break the rules. The example used was that it was OK to run red lights if there was no one else around to say anything or see it. I thought about this for a second because I seem ...

Dear Annie: Beyond time to cut the cord

Dear Annie: I’ve been in this relationship for five years now, and my boyfriend, “Steve,” still puts his adult daughter, “June,” before me. I’m a parent, and I understand their relationship to a certain point, but there are boundaries crossed. June is 29. Every time she’s in a ...

Uncovering the roots of an investigation

By TOM JUSTICE “. . . they felt justified in supplying whatever was needed to convict him. The dossier they assembled, later to be known as the ‘Secret File,’ was persuasive enough to cause [people] . . . to sincerely believe Dreyfus guilty, but it lacked legal proof.” -Barbara ...

Change is coming to health care

It's a solid bet that our health care future won't look quite like the present. Whether the outcome would be good or bad for the average working stiff will depend a great deal on who is president after the 2020 election. If Donald Trump is reelected, we know where health coverage for ...

In Washington, D.C.

- 12th Congressional District, 1020 Commerce Park Drive, Suit 1A, Williamsport, Pa., 17701. Phone: 570-322-3965. Website: https://clerk.house.gov/member_info/index.aspx - U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson (R), Suite 101, 3555 Benner Pike, Bellefonte, Pa. 16823. Phone: 814-827-3985. Website: ...

The quirky Pennsylvania constitution

According to Article 9, Section 4 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, dealing with county government, three County Commissioners shall be elected in each county. In the election of these officers, each qualified elector shall vote for no more than two persons, and the three persons receiving ...

Dear Annie: TV Tug of War

Dear Annie. My husband and I have very different television interests. I tend to prefer prestige shows that require significant time and attention commitment. He tends to enjoy brainless sitcoms. He says he doesn’t have the attention span to sit and watch many of the large-scale prestige ...

Dear Annie: Putting your best shoe forward

Dear Annie: I’ve been working as professional for more than 10 years, and I’m arriving at the point in my career where I’m now responsible for spending more time meeting with clients. I’m excited for my continued growth and success, and I’m always seeking ways to grow. I have a ...

Pennsylvania’s primary problem

By MADONNA AND YOUNG Government in Pennsylvania can seem underwhelming sometimes: the lack of a responsive legislature comes to mind, as does a baffling irrational and inefficient tax system, an indifferently maintained highway system, and a structural framework better fitted to the 19th ...

Letters to our boys

(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, ...

Dear Annie: Can’t buy graciousness

Dear Annie: My oldest is about to graduate from high school, and we are celebrating with a party. We plan on having our daughter write out a thank-you card to those who give her a gift and help celebrate her big day. However, last year, at several parties we attended, there was a sign that ...