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Opinion

What are ‘common sense’ laws?

Letters to the editor

MIKE KERSTETTER Watsontown You hear a lot of the leftists and anti-gun people call for “common sense” gun control. Ask them what that means and you either get a blank stare, a call to close “the gun show loophole,” or a call for universal background checks. I’ve never bought ...

The intolerance of the tolerant

Letters to the editor

CHRISTOPHER DiFIORE Montoursville Do any of you ever wonder why liberal groups constantly shout down opinions and beliefs that others hold dear to them while promoting a system of tolerance and understanding? Well, I have thought a lot about that over the years. There are countless ...

My turn: Fair elections

Columns

By MARK LICHTY And BARRY KAUFFMAN Across the nation, politicians are at work quietly rigging the boundary lines of voting districts to favor their parties, nearly eliminating the competition necessary for holding power accountable during elections. Redrawn district lines often determine ...

Why skip the turkey this Thanksgiving

Letters to the editor

RICHARD SPARR Altoona While President Trump is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a non-violent Thanksgiving observance. And here are some other good reasons: - You can brag about pardoning a turkey - like Trump ...

On Thanksgiving let’s also celebrate humanely raised food

Columns

By ROBIN GANZERT On Thanksgiving, millions of American tables will be filled with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and other goodies. If past is indeed prologue, we won’t be bashful. In any given year, the United States spends nearly $2.4 billion on food for ...

Bible digest

Columns

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17 AKJV) If you want your faith in God to increase, read and apply the Bible to your life.

Gun control

Letters to the editor

CHARLES ARDELL South Williamsport Liberals demand more gun control after every shooting, but they never demand more border control after every rape and murder by an illegal alien. I have no problem with vigorous background checks, but do the same for immigration and voter ID.

Save, save, save … on energy costs

Columns

By TRACIE WITTER A line from the song Deck the Halls is often repeated around this time, which is ‘Tis the season to be jolly. We know so much of that joviality revolves around family time, cooking, and of course eating. It’s no wonder by January that gyms are packed with folks ...

Our Sissy President

Letters to the editor

DONALD MOSKOWITZ Londonderry, N.H. President Trump, our Sissy President, flew across the Atlantic Ocean to France to participate in ceremonies honoring the military personnel who fought and died in World War I, but he couldn’t attend the ceremonies at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery due ...

Empower voters, not lawyers

Columns

By BETSY McCAUGHEY If Americans are losing confidence in elections, don't blame Russian hackers. The damage is self-inflicted. Nearly two weeks after polls closed, Americans still don't know who won major races: gubernatorial races in Florida and Georgia, a Florida Senate race and many ...

Good grief!

Letters to the editor

CHARLES REEDER Montoursville The conservatives celebrated the end of political correctness with the huge wins by Republicans in 2016. Now the conservatives are having a white hot meltdown over political correctness yet again and why is that? It seems conservatives are angry that they ...

Dear Annie

Columns

Too late for an obit? Dear Annie: I have a work colleague whose married son died about six months ago of cancer. His son was in his 40s. My friend is upset that his son’s wife never put an obituary in the newspaper. Seeing as it is still bothering him, I said he should put one in the ...

Mysterious polio-like virus also causes neurological symptoms

Columns

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am reading about an illness called acute flaccid myelitis that is baffling scientists. Isn’t this just polio renamed? — V.A. ANSWER: Acute flaccid myelitis is indeed a medical mystery. The current outbreak absolutely is not caused by polio, ...

Hire people, not machines

Letters to the editor

LOU BERNARD Lock Haven I moved to Lock Haven 28 years ago. In that time, I’ve spent a lot of time shopping at the Weis Market on West Bald Eagle Street. I’ve lived in the neighborhood for most of the last three decades, and it’s really been a nice neighborhood grocery store. One of ...

Applause, Applause!

Columns

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. Let’s give a huge APPLAUSE to the 40&8 Club for the delicious turkey dinner served to veterans and guests on the 11th of November, 2018. It was so good and ...

Make America Sane Again

Letters to the editor

DAVID IRA KAGAN Pine Creek Valley For two years I have endured the insanity of Trump’s presidency and of his “base supporters.” And a clear insanity it has been to any reasonably educated, rational human being. His mad storm of continual tweets, mostly just evidencing his ...

U.S. must expedite asylum requests

Columns

President Donald Trump is correct in the strong stand he is taking against the pileup of immigrants seeking to get into and stay in the United States. Some 800,000 asylum applications are pending in the immigration court system, and the backlog is growing. At current rates, it will take ...

Health care plans can solve problems

Letters to the editor

WILLIAM J. KIRSCH, M.D. Roaring Spring There has been extensive press coverage regarding financing of our health care. The current system, including Obamacare, is not working and continues to become more expensive. Because of the high cost, many employers and individuals find it difficult ...

Bible digest

Columns

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork.” (Psalms 19:1 AKJV) All of creation points to God the Creator. He is glorious and worthy to be worshipped. “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making ...

Enlightening cartoons

Letters to the editor

DAVID BROSS Cogan Station Newspaper and magazine editorial cartoonists comment on the social and political issues of the day. Their cartoons are an excellent way to measure the pulse of the country at any particular time in history. For example, one cartoon from the 1950s focused on ...