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Letters to the editor

National terrorism DALE AULTHOUSE Wellsboro The flame of nationalism in America has been brought to a boiling point. The need to return to the moral foundation that built our country is urgent. We appear to have forgotten the lessons visible in acclaimed books by authors like George ...

The care behind the card

Columns

Dear Annie: Frequently, we read letters from your readers who are mystified about the fact that when they send a card or a package carefully wrapped and mailed, the recipient does not even think about the fact that love played a major role in this. We often send cards with money and a note of ...

Something’s gotta get done

Editorials

t is not an exaggeration to say the future of the Lock Haven Area Jaycees’ Labor Day Regatta — the largest powerboat race of its kind in the United States — is in jeopardy. Why? A lack of Jaycees ... a lack of volunteers ... a lack of local support to sustain it. It is a recurring ...

Applause, Applause!

Columns

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. THANK YOU to The Express for publishing the announcement about the spaghetti dinner for Dusty Brandt Fioretti. Also THANK YOU to Delgrosso, Pepsi, Holiday Inn and ...

Slowly simmering over cooking club

Columns

Dear Annie: I am part of a cooking club that meets the second Tuesday of each month. Each member buys food and we cook a recipe chosen by the host. There are 15 members. Each has to host once every 15 months. We are all females in our 50s or 60s. There’s a handful of members who always ...

Political polarization is about feelings, not facts

Editorials

By ROBERT B. TALISSE Politicians and pundits from all quarters often lament democracy’s polarized condition. Similarly, citizens frustrated with polarized politics also demand greater flexibility from the other side. Decrying polarization has become a way of impugning adversaries. ...

Could a national buyback program reduce gun violence in America?

Editorials

By LACEY WALLACE Americans own nearly half of the world’s guns, with approximately 120 firearms for every 100 U.S. residents. Gun control policies may someday restrict new gun sales. But what impact can they have when Americans already own millions of guns? Some have pointed to gun ...

Trump doesn’t just pollute the environment, he is the environment

Columns

"It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men." — Eric Hoffer It is 1,218 miles from the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater in Panama City ...

Review of dress code for school is appropriate

Editorials

The Keystone Central School Board and administration are reviewing a dress code for students for updating. As they should. In particular, the administration is revising what it calls a “personal appearance” section with the aim of clarifying what students may wear — or not wear — to ...

Candidates exploit massacres to raise poll ratings

Columns

It was two days of contrast that tell us about America 2019. In El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, following the mass murders of Saturday and Sunday morning, the local folks on camera — police, prosecutors, mayors, FBI and city officials — were nonpartisan, patient, polite and dignified ...

Controlling daughter-in-law

Columns

Dear Annie: The problem is not with our son, but his wife. They dated in high school and college, and she was friendly and nice to us during those periods, visiting us quite often. They were married after living together for more than five years, and during that time we had good relations with ...

Chest CT can’t stand in for screening mammogram

Columns

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am due to have a mammogram in July, but around the same time I am supposed to have a chest CT as a follow-up to my chondrosarcoma cancer. I have a CT every other year, and an X-ray on the opposite years of both my affected arm and my lungs. Does a ...

A tribute to an inspirational teacher

Letters to the editor

BARBARA IRVIN Lock Haven “You must fulfill your dream of becoming a great writer someday,” the inscription in my makeshift yearbook, which was really an inexpensive notebook, read. These inspiring words had been penned by my 12th grade English teacher, Ms. Mary Beth Kibbe. I’ve ...

Why Facebook’s new ‘privacy cop’ is doomed to fail

Columns

By BHASKAR CHAKRAVORTI The Federal Trade Commission issued its largest-ever fine, of US$5 billion, to Facebook for violating a 2011 privacy settlement in late July. But the amount is only about a month’s worth of the company’s revenue, suggesting that the fine, while seeming large, is, in ...

Just a thought

Letters to the editor

GAVIN T. FERRINGER Lock Haven Isn’t it interesting that the ones who claimed to have voted for President Trump because he was the “lesser of two evils” are now some of his most ardent and loyal defenders?

So much for ‘law and order’

Letters to the editor

HARRY C. NASH Williamsport A recent national poll indicates that only 24 percent of the American people support the continuation of investigations of Donald Trump as president and businessman. So much for probity and “law and order” in the American mass. What we have is a ...

Tip of the hat, wag of the tail

Columns

Dear Annie: I live out in the country and have found a consistently wonderful kennel for my dog. The people who work there are the owner and two helpers; all are kind, efficient and obviously dog lovers. The kennel costs $40 per night. My question is, how much of a tip to leave? Sometimes, one ...

‘Bare minimum’ protections not enough

Letters to the editor

MELISSA TROUTMAN Coudersport Recently, “bare minimum” protections to public health and the environment from the impacts of shale gas development in Pennsylvania got another shearing thanks to a lawsuit by Marcellus Shale Coalition, a nonprofit of oil and gas companies purporting to be ...

Gluten- and grain-free foods not a marketing gimmick

Columns

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I have no health issues, but I’m a cheapskate. I see products labeled as “grain-free” or as “gluten-free,” but they always cost more than the regular product. Are there any health benefits to using these, or are they marketing gimmicks? — ...