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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, ...

As goes Pa., so goes the 2020 election

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

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

(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!

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

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

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

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!

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

“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.

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

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

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

“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?

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

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 ...

Dear Annie: Wanted: real customer service

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 ...

‘Brittle’ diabetes encompasses harder-to-control blood sugar

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 74 years old and have been a brittle Type 1 diabetic for 50 years. I have no history of heart disease. My doctor of 40 years recently retired and had me control my hemoglobin A1C to a range of 5.9-6.2. My new doctor, who is in her mid-30s, wants me to ...

Bible Digest

“No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Luke 16:13 AKJV) You must decide. Who is your Lord?

Fix this broken city

Writing about the City of Lock Haven being “anti-business” draws its ire and retaliation. But I only recently learned council members quietly passed a more restrictive sign ordinance in April of 2018.It eliminated non-profit organization exceptions, but failed to address laminate sign ...