Letters to the editor

A different drug problem

(Editor’s Note: Bob Mann’s letter below struck a real chord with us — and we hope it does with you, too. Where, we ask, has respect for others, individual responsibility, self-reliance and morality gone in our country today? Thank you, Bob, for reminding us how how it used to be. Of ...

Congratulations to the city

JEFF FRANK Lock Haven I just wanted to extend my congratulations to the City of Lock Haven on the addition of parking meters on East Main Street. Parking spaces east of the Roxy Theatre that previously were free and were used on a daily basis are now mostly open due to installation of ...

To the person who stole my tablet

SANDY WARNER Mill Hall I’ve waited a week for the return of my Verizon Tablet that was taken from the Ross Library a week ago yesterday. It had an address label on it, plus personal information. So whoever has it, I hope you enjoyed taking away small pleasures from a retired senior ...

Taxes

GERRY MOYER Williamsport I see where Lycoming Countians will be charged a $5 added fee for license renewal starting in October. We have just been advised that our Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority bills went up $11 per quarter on top of the added increase last year, and ...

The $5 county sticker

GLENN CROSSLEY Montgomery I see the Lycoming County commissioners are campaigning for (and have approved) a $5 sticker on every car in Lycoming County so I feel obliged to opine and provide some personal experience. In 1984, I moved to Loudoun County, Va., and registered my cars, which ...

Get past partisanship

LYLE COPE Johnstown Robust, substantive debates are part of our political history, but the recent level of hyperbole, rhetoric and “otherizing” those with opposing positions is an affront to both civility and our democracy. Those engaging in political debate need to recognize that ...

Rethinking his position

DAVID BROSS Cogan Station In June of 2016, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, sent out the following tweet, “Why do we have a Second Amendment? It’s not to shoot deer. It’s to shoot at the government when it becomes tyrannical!” Then came the recent shooting on ...

Stop gerrymandering

KAREN ELIAS Lock Haven It’s becoming clearer by the day that the process of gerrymandering is getting in the way of our ability to function as a democracy. The process of redrawing congressional districts every 10 years has now become a science. Technology is allowing politicians to ...

Praying for U.S. Rep. Scalise and health care

TARIK S. KHAN Philadelphia When I heard of the horrific shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, my heart sank. He and his Republican colleagues were preparing for a bipartisan baseball game, a collegial ritual that we desperately need more of in Washington, D.C. Capitol police, emergency ...

The time to act is NOW

DEBORAH KLEVANS State College “AHCA (American Health Care Act) could cost Pennsylvania 85,000 jobs by 2026” states a recent Centre Daily Times front page headline. If this health care bill passes, it will cause a significant problem for our state, but that is not the most serious ...

Taxes and TIF

RICHARD MORRIS Lock Haven In Tuesday’s edition (June 20) of The Express it was reported that I had asked Lock Haven City Council how much the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott has paid in taxes. That was not my question. I know how much it has paid in real estate taxes and also how ...

Feds trying to put small truckers out of business

By CHAD JENNINGS Canton, Pa. I am 35 years old. I am from Bradford County. I am a husband and the father of three little boys, ages 11, 4, and 1. I am an owner-operator truck driver ... a small business owner. I spend days away from home living in a fiberglass box smaller than your ...

Blinded

GAYLON BRICKLEY Blanchard In response to Timothy Havener. First, you state in your last letter to the editor that I should “get to know a little of who you are.” After posting the vile statements on your Facebook page directed toward my wife and me for simply disagreeing with you, I ...

Response to ‘Why I oppose legalizing marijuana’

PAUL ARMENTANO Washington, D.C. Contrary to state Rep. Matt Baker’s presumption (Why I oppose legalizing marijuana, June 11, Williamsport Sun-Gazette), those of us who advocate for the legalization and regulation of the adult use marijuana market do not opine that the plant is altogether ...

Time to come together

ALISON HIRSCH Williamsport The Lycoming County Progressives extend our deepest sympathies to the United States Congress and, in particular, to U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Rep. Williams of Texas, U.S. Capitol Police Officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey, Zach Barth, a staffer ...

Islam needs a reformation

STEVEN LLOYD Altoona The recent wave of terrorist attacks in London have been nothing short of barbaric and these attacks will be visited upon the United States at a greater pace if a travel ban on several countries is not instituted. The myth that radical Islam is just a tiny minority ...

Whose side are you on?

DANIEL DILEO Altoona In American politics today, there are two sides, and our country can only survive if the right side prevails. No, I do not mean the left or the right. In all too many cases, those on the right and left are really on the same side, the side of those who believe ...

Additional energy taxes hurt Pennsylvania jobs

DAVID SPIGELMYER Pittsburgh Additional energy taxes will harm the Commonwealth’s ability to attract job-creating investment. As the energy market slowly rebounds, Pennsylvania is fiercely competing with other energy producing states. In fact, this paper confirmed in an editorial earlier ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. I wanted to take a minute to recognize and say THANK YOU to a group of parents who recently took it upon themselves to put together an unsanctioned graduation ceremony ...

Be careful who you rent to!

JIM FRANKLIN Lock Haven I’d like to tell a story about the nicest boy you’ll ever meet, but beware! I have never been involved in renting a house before, but I decided to do it under the recommendation of others for this individual. He spoke kindly to me, he had two good jobs, and ...