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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, ...

Intermittent fasting fan

Dear Annie: I have discovered something that your readers might find helpful, and if you agree, I hope that you will print my letter. For the past 20 years, I have wanted to lose the same 10 pounds. In fact, I have lost them dozens of times and then regained them after going off whatever ...

TODAY IN HISTORY

By The Associated Press On July 8, 1947, a New Mexico newspaper, the Roswell Daily Record, quoted officials at Roswell Army Air Field as saying they had recovered a "flying saucer" that crashed onto a ranch; officials then said it was actually a weather balloon. (To this day, there are ...

Study: Retirees lose by taking Social Security at wrong time

By SARAH SKIDMORE SELL AP Personal Finance Writer It’s tough to decide when to start taking Social Security benefits and it appears many people are shorting themselves with their choice. A new study finds that only 4% of retirees start claiming their Social Security benefits at the most ...

Celebrating Independence Day

Dear Annie: This is to the woman whose 81-year-old mother was about to be scammed out of $10,000. I would suggest that you get your mother’s bank involved. If she will go with you, see if you can get your mom to sit down with an account representative for some advice. Banks see this kind of ...

Keep cool, keep safe

The pleasant days of June are behind us, with the hotter temperatures of July and August just ahead. With the mercury and, often, humidity high, a cool dip in the pool sounds really good. Notice we did not write about diving into the river, a local creek or a farm pond. The risks there ...

Critical stress test for banks dumbed down

More than a decade after U.S. taxpayers had to rescue some of the world’s largest investment banks from their own hubris, the federal government is making life easier ... for the investment banks. Following the massive global recession that was fostered partially by the banks’ ...

Pa. government budget worse than hoped, but better than expected

By NATHAN BENEFIELD Have you ever remembered you have company coming over in an hour and your house is a mess? That’s usually how it works for me. Panicking, I fill up a jumbo-size garbage bag with trash, quickly vacuum and mop, then throw a bunch of junk in the closet where I know my ...

State Supreme Court ruling clouds regional policing ventures

Police officers crossing municipal boundaries to assist officers of a neighboring or nearby jurisdiction who are in need of help due to some emergency is nothing new. That has been happening as long as people can remember. Assistance doesn’t generally entail routine police patrols unless ...

What do Americans want?

This question is always relevant and politicians now in the heat of rhetoric war each believe they have the answer. Americans have wants and we have desperate needs. We don’t always get what we want. A friend of mine used to say that people in hell want ice water. What we want, what we ...

Why independence of the U.S. Federal Reserve matters

By MICHAEL KLEIN Should you care if the Federal Reserve loses its independence? It’s become a growing risk in recent years as President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked the U.S. central bank over interest rate policy and tried to appoint his political allies to its board. Most ...

Bible Digest

“But my people would not listen to my voice; and Israel would none of me. So I gave them up to their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels.” (Psalms 81:11-12 AKJV) If we are not for the Lord that means we are against the Lord. Think it over.

Please practice fireworks, grilling safety on July 4

The Fourth of July is our national holiday to celebrate our nation’s independence. If you plan to celebrate by lighting fireworks or grilling, keep safety in mind for you, your family, and those around you. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an average of 280 ...

After Supreme Court decision, gerrymandering fix is up to voters

By JOHN SHORT In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court has ruled that partisan gerrymandering is not unconstitutional. The majority ruled that gerrymandering is outside the scope and power of the federal courts to adjudicate. The issue is a political one, according to the court, not a legal ...

Bible Digest

“Turn us again, O God, and cause your face to shine; and we shall be saved.” (Psalms 80:3 AKJV) All of us need the Lord. We need this kind of praying.

Sides to celebrate

By Lisa Andrus-Welch If flags, fireworks, family and food are part of your Fourth of July holiday, you’d better get cracking. Tomorrow will be here before you know it and everyone knows how important food is to the celebration. Unlike Christmas and Thanksgiving meals, which have ...

Rated ‘T’ for Teen: Don’t judge a dog by its breed

Dogs are a common animal in society. We see them at shelters, in parks, at friends’ houses ... they’re everywhere. Some of us are dog lovers, and some of us are not. It’s okay to not love dogs, but it’s not okay to treat some dogs how they are treated. There’s multiple breeds of ...

It’s about those who have stopped looking for jobs

By MICHAEL KLEIN The latest jobs report showed a lackluster gain in jobs in May that was worse than economists had predicted. While the sudden slowdown in jobs growth after many months of strong numbers is worrying and signals a weakening economy, a more long-term concern is the ...

Dear Annie: Exploring sexuality or avoiding stress

Dear Annie: I’ve been going through a lot lately, and it’s taken an emotional toll. Among other things, I’m in love with someone I can’t have. My family is a mess, too. My parents should have divorced a long time ago but are still married, probably just to avoid the hassle of splitting ...

Nowadays, there’s no good reason to expose kids to contagious diseases

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been following with great interest the recent measles outbreak. Back when I was a child, if little Johnny got the measles I remember every mom in the neighborhood would take their child to little Johnny’s house so their kids could contract the ...