Letters to the editor

We must work together

RICHARD CONKLIN Lock Haven “Yes Virginia, there are moderate Republicans.” I am a Republican. Not a Donald Trump Republican, but a Republican nonetheless. I have seen so much anger and hate in the last two years to make me physically sick. And it emanates from all political groups. ...

Respectfully in disagreement

TIMOTHY HAVENER Mill Hall Dear Jane Reed, when you say that we are in agreement about “religious faith” and then you disassociate your faith in Christ from that concept, it is not a form of rhetoric I am unaccustomed to. I am quite familiar with the terminology, “It’s not a ...

No changes to Social Security and Medicare

RICHARD PARKER Duncansville One of Donald Trump’s campaign promises was that he would not in any way change or reduce the level of benefits of either Social Security or Medicare. He made that statement on numerous occasions. But like so many of his other promises, this one appears to ...

Facts on opioids

MELISSA BROWN Williamsport Heroin addiction is a major problem, I agree. Ongoing articles on the heroin epidemic make it sound like everyone will become addicted to prescription painkillers and end up hooked on heroin. I tried to find statistics on the number of people who use opiates ...

Social Security and Medicare

DOROTHY RAWSKI Alum Bank Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump consistently promised that he would not touch Social Security or Medicare in any way, which marked a significant break from his party’s leaders. Now that he is president, however, his Republican followers in the House of ...

He’s gone

LAWRENCE MEARING Liberty After eight years of — in my opinion — trying to kill America both physically and morally, President Barack Obama didn’t quite get the stake in the heart like he wanted. Oh, he brought us down a peg or two, much to his delight, I am sure, and that of our ...

The bar has been lowered

JOHN YOUNG Williamsport The news that former President George H.W. Bush (41st president) has been hospitalized with serious health problems brings into focus the contrast between him and incoming President Donald Trump. President Bush was part of “the greatest generation” and, as with ...

Selective concern

We are hearing a lot in news media and from many on the left about their disdain for Russia for hacking the Democratic National Committee and Mr. John Podesta’s emails; bringing to light some shady practices of the Clinton campaign. Yet, for some reason, these same people who show their ...

Defend the Electoral College

The Electoral College is under attack because of emotion over the election and ignorance about how the world’s most successful republic works. Here is some perspective to help reinforce the importance of the EC: A candidate is elected President of the United States, not President of the ...

The narrative

In the hours, days and weeks after the November 2016 election, the exit polling showed a clear connection between the blue-collar working class, their economic anxiety centered on the loss of manufacturing jobs and free trade particularly in the rust belt states, aka the Blue Wall. These ...

Hope for America

I think many people will agree that this past year has been an extremely difficult one in our nation. We’ve witnessed a rise in racial strife and violence in our cities. There were senseless shootings in a Charleston church and an Orlando nightclub, among others. Angry crowds protested ...

What some people have forgotten

I am a 64-year-old Democrat. At least by name. The Democratic Party I knew is long gone. It is no longer, as President John Kennedy famously said, “Ask not, what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your Country.” All of our politicians, for the most part, have become a ...

The parade

Two women were watching a parade. One woman’s son, Johnny, was marching to a different beat from all the other marchers. “Oh, my” said Johnny’s mother. “Everyone is out of step but Johnny.” Recently, the United Nations Security Council, which represents all regions of the world, ...

Oppose Pruitt

I’m old enough to have celebrated the very first Earth Day, now a worldwide event. I remember President Richard Nixon signing the National Environmental Policy Act in 1970, the Clean Air Act amendments in 1970, and the Clean Water Act (aka the Water Pollution Control Act) in 1972, and ...

Journalistic integrity

The media, mostly the national broadcast media, has become more interested in creating news than reporting it. An example is the topic of LGBT issues. The media makes the topic vastly more important than it really is. Gallup polls find the public believes the LBGT segment of our population is ...

Our overpaid state Legislature

Our state legislators complain about the budget and the need to cut expenses. A very easy place to look is the Legislature itself. We have the largest, full-time legislature in the United States. Our legislators’ salaries are the second highest in the country at $85,356, making it the ...

Obama’s legacy

President Obama lost his chance to insure the future of United States. He could have destroyed the greatest threat to the American voter: The Electoral College. Many presidential candidates have railed against this antiquated attack against voters. The Electoral College’s most recently ...

Without merit

U.S. Rep. John Lewis is a highly respected civil rights leader. He is also a political partisan of the Democratic Party. To say that he cannot be criticized for his partisan comments and actions simply because is a respected civil rights leader is without merit.

Protect our heritage

On Jan. 31, I will be attending a free event called, “Make America Pray Again.” This event will be hosted by Social Conservatives of Pennsylvania and the speaker is David Barton, founder and president of Wall Builders, a national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten ...

His peace

I agree with you, Mr. Timothy Havener. “Religious faith” is the wall that encloses and seeks no further research as it is inwardly and selfishly satisfied. What a world of difference when we have met the Lord Jesus personally and maintain an ongoing, ever-growing and closer relationship ...