Opinion

The shaming of America

Columns

One of the everlasting social forces in directing human behavior — shame — has become part of the 2020 presidential race. And one of the most shameful things in these times is to be thought or labeled a racist. As it should be, if true. Thus, some Democrats and others hoping to defeat ...

Wanted: Leaders to tackle epidemic of mass shootings

Columns

After the recent horror of multiple mass shootings -- at a garlic festival in California; a Walmart in El Paso, Texas; and, finally, a popular nightlife neighborhood of Dayton, Ohio -- I went to social media and posed two questions: "What is wrong with America? Why does this keep happening?" ...

We have a problem, but let’s put things into perspective

Columns

I don't think I'm going too far out on a limb when I say that a lot of people are losing perspective. I won't be too specific, because if you're on one ideological team, you probably think I'm referring to the other team. One common practice to avoid flying off the handle is to count to 10 ...

Bed ain’t big enough

Columns

Dear Annie: I met a great gal. We seem really good together most of the time, but here’s the rub. She has a dog. It is a nice dog but not very well trained. The big problem is bedtime at my place. The dog wants to share our bed, and is uncontrollably insistent about it, whining and ...

Alarming rate of false positives plagues lung cancer screening

Columns

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 74-year-old female who smoked a pack a day for 40-plus years, having quit smoking about 18 years ago. As a precaution, I asked my primary doctor to order a screening CT scan, knowing that I’m a candidate for lung cancer. The results showed a 3-mm ...

Bible digest

Columns

“A wise man fears, and departs from evil: but the fool rages, and is confident.” (Proverbs 14:16 AKJV) Are you wise? If so, you will save yourself a lot of heartache.

Express Yourself

Letters to the editor

Best kept secret REV. LAURA E. KING Woolrich I recently had a visit from my grandchildren from out of state. During their visit we had some very hot days, too hot to be outside ... or so we thought. Then a friend recommended the McElhattan playground. Who knew? That is the best ...

Torn between marriage vows and well-being

Columns

Dear Annie: I have a problem I’ve been struggling with for quite some time. I am in my late 40s and have been married for over half my life. For the past five years or so, I have been dealing with the idea that I may be gay. I have always kind of felt that I could be, but I went the ...

If it takes a gift card to get you to a bloodmobile, so be it

Editorials

t is unfortunate that the American Red Cross must offer a monetary reward to get people to donate blood amid a shortage. But that’s just what it is doing thanks to Amazon. Thanks to a donation to the Red Cross, the online retail giant — and we mean giant — will give a $5 Amazon.com ...

The road to low unemployment

Letters to the editor

TIM MANNELLO Williamsport At every opportunity, whether domestic or international, Donald J. Trump boasts that unemployment rates among Blacks, Hispanics and women are the lowest in history. He is right. Let’s leave aside the question of how much unemployment rates are caused by the ...

Rated ‘T’ for teens: Realizing I want to be a writer

Columns

By Taylor Shaffer The hobby I tend to the most ... and I haven’t even mentioned it! I admit it’s shameful, but let’s give him the attention he deserves. The hobby I mention is writing, and there is a lot on this subject. I started writing seriously in the eighth grade, but before ...

A well-deserved change for Sheriff’s Office

Editorials

he Clinton County Sheriff’s Office was sometimes a little difficult to find. That was mostly due in part to their location in the basement of the county Courthouse. That’s all changed now, however, with the department’s latest move to the first floor of the historic downtown ...

A bad taste

Letters to the editor

PAUL RINKER Montoursville A recent letter writer told us that socialism comes in many flavors. What he means by that is that he gets to decide what he wants socialism to mean. Unfortunately for him and other blissfully clueless leftists, socialism means only one thing and that thing is ...

Dear Annie: Protecting your heart or hiding from potential relationship

Columns

Dear Annie: Several years ago, after my late husband passed away, I reconnected with an old friend whom I’d dated in high school. He was divorced. His ex-wife had become involved with someone else. She was 20 years younger than him. He had retired and that was when she asked for a divorce. I ...

Sobering thoughts

Letters to the editor

KEITH McANDREW Williamsport If you have ever been a sober person at a party, and listened to someone who was drunk, you would get some idea of how I felt while listening to the democratic debates. The drunk at a party will not make any sense as they try to regale you with their ...

Raynaud’s patient curious if Viagra can save cold fingers

Columns

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I have scleroderma with Raynaud’s phenomenon, and friends and family members have told me that I might get help from Viagra. Frankly, I hadn’t read or heard that from either my rheumatologists or dermatologists. I already tried a short course of ...

Rebuttal to Christ, Trump and Christianity

Letters to the editor

WILLIAM C. DINCHER Williamsport A recent letter complained of Christians ignoring Matthew 18. He cites this chapter in the Gospel of Matthew as sufficient reason to call for the president’s impeachment. He makes two huge mistakes exposing his ignorance of the Gospel and the ...

Waiting for commitment

Columns

Dear Annie: I have been with my boyfriend for six years. He is still legally married to his wife, and his children are grown. I have a great relationship with his family and children. The problem is that, for whatever reason, he keeps putting off officially getting a divorce. He gives excuse ...

Neither left nor right has proper remedy for America’s illness

Editorials

America is sick. Just about everybody recognizes it, and we didn't need two more mass shootings to convince anybody of anything. Most Americans think the country is on the wrong track, despite a roaring economy. You can blame Donald Trump, but Americans have been unsatisfied with the ...

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, ...