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Opinion

The American jobs plan is desperately needed legislation

Letters to the editor

JARED DeLOOF Spring Milils President Joe Biden has proposed the most ambitious investment in America infrastructure in almost 100 years. The American Jobs Plan would put trillions of tax dollars back into our communities through desperately needed upgrades to crumbling roads and bridges and ...

Spare the rod, spoil the …

Columns

“America’s Funniest Home Videos” is a television program that brings laughter and entertainment to millions of viewers. It’s a program where we laugh at the misfortunes of others who may suffer painful injuries, possibly humiliation, or even significant financial losses. As the ...

Today’s global economy runs on standardized shipping containers

Columns

Take a look around you. Perhaps you’re snacking on a banana, sipping some coffee or sitting in front of your computer and taking a break from work to read this article. Most likely, those goods — as well as your smartphone, refrigerator and virtually every other object in your home ...

Dear Annie: Bad habits

Columns

Dear Annie: I’m married to a wonderful man, and we have four beautiful children. However, since COVID-19 started, we discovered that we have underlying issues within our relationship. For example, he isn’t the best person to communicate with. Among other things, I discovered his liking of ...

Will a return to normal include weak immune systems?

Columns

DEAR DR. ROACH: With all the masks, hand-washing, sanitizing and social distancing, will we all have weak immune systems when life goes back to normal? — J.D.H. ANSWER: No. The immune system remembers pathogens for life, and constant exposure to germs is not necessary for the immune ...

Pa. environmental protection must be strengthened

Columns

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has been under-resourced for years. This is due primarily to a Republican-controlled legislature which has starved it of funding. The DEP must be provided with adequate money and staffing in the upcoming Commonwealth budget. The ...

Point: In Georgia, Republicans are keeping big lie alive

Columns

It wasn't so long ago that disenfranchised Blacks and activist Whites were beaten and killed for attempting to secure the right to vote. Among the better-known victims were civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, three young men who were abducted, shot at ...

Counterpoint: The voter suppression lie

Columns

President Joe Biden is so committed to bipartisan cooperation and fact-based governance that he's launched an ignorant and incendiary attack on the new Georgia voting law. Biden says the new law is "Jim Crow in the 21st century" and "an un-American law to deny people the right to ...

Why do taxpayers pay for it?

Letters to the editor

RICHARD L. CONKLIN Lock Haven I saw a news clip in The Express a couple of days ago urging folks to get registered for the upcoming May 18 Primary Election. It is an important message. Not for the primary necessarily, but for voters to get registered. I cannot think of a single ...

The real steal

Letters to the editor

HARVEY GILBERT Laporte Thieves do their work in secrecy because they don’t want to get caught and face the consequences. But what if there are no consequences for theft? Then what? Georgia is “then what.” Georgia Republican legislators realized there aren’t any ...

How effective is the first shot of Pfizer or Moderna?

Columns

As the COVID-19 vaccines reach more people across the country, some people have asked: Could we delay the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to allow more people to be vaccinated more quickly? And, how safe am I after my first dose? As an immunologist, I hear this question ...

Transwomen athletes will continue to play

Letters to the editor

GAYATRI DEVI Lock Haven I am writing to express my strong reservations against the purely speculative and hysterical comments against transwomen athletes made by State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-76th, in the article, “Borowicz, others seek to ban transgender girls from sports,” in The ...

We need live theatre

Columns

When will we be able to attend a live performance? That question is being asked angrily in France, where theater is more central to the national culture. (America has no national theater.) But we should ask that here as well. Broadway remains shuttered, as are indoor theaters and concert ...

Applause, applause!

Columns

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. A huge and sincere THANK YOU to mutual aid units who helped Monday with the tragic fire in Cross Fork. Chapman Station 27, South Renovo 28 and Renovo 29, plus Germania ...

Rural renewable energy pilot program

Letters to the editor

KARIN SUTHERLAND Mill Hall You may have missed the article on this program in last Friday’s The (Lock Haven) Express. The program in question offers so much promise to us here in rural Pennsylvania that its details need to be broadcast far and wide. The U.S. Department of ...

Healing from past trauma

Columns

Dear Annie: I am 57 years old and autistic. Due to my inability to read people and my own bad choices, I am the single mother of three adult children, whom I love and am indescribably proud of. But I have never been loved. As a child, I was sexually abused by my father for years. A teacher ...

Proper precautions should remain in place after vaccination

Columns

DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you please provide your recommendations on how we should conduct ourselves after we get the COVID vaccine? Please include an explanation of how immune we actually will be. — T.S. ANSWER: Three vaccines are approved under an emergency authorization at the time of this ...

What side effects might I expect from the COVID-19 vaccines?

Columns

If you have not received your COVID-19 vaccination yet, chances are that your number is coming up soon. What can you expect when you get your shot? It’s not a day at the park for many, but others feel nothing. It’s impossible for experts to predict who’s going to feel fine and who’s ...

Where are the job applicants

Our View

A recent regional job fair in neighboring downtown Williamsport orchestrated the sad fact that, while there are a lot of jobs to be had out there, there are not enough people interested or willing to fill them. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a widespread issue with finding employees. ...