Letters to the editor

We need to speak out against the unspeakable

AMY ERSHLER Loganton On July 13 I opened The Express newspaper showing vandalism at the Fallon Hotel. As with all vandalism, it was sad. But as a Jewish American, proud of both heritages, I felt demoralized and shaken and angry when I saw the words “Kill the Jews” and ...

Fallon House vandalism

ELSA E. WINCH Lock Haven It is unfortunate, and more importantly, disturbing, that I find myself writing about an antisemitic incident that happened in Lock Haven, at the Fallon House. Surely, I am not alone. I am one member of Lock Haven’s Jewish population. I also belong to Temple ...

American values

MARK RALSTON Centre Hall On July 14, President Trump tweeted, “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” referring to four, non-white female American legislators, three of whom were born in America and one of whom is a ...

Sen. Corman, do your job

MARY BRUCE SERENE State College Our state senator, Jake Corman, is receiving well-deserved criticism for his recent rant on the Pennsylvania Senate Floor in Harrisburg. In my opinion his behavior was repugnant and embarrassing. Corman may have been technically correct in asking Lt. ...

Internet access

VINCE PHILLIPS Harrisburg One reason Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed the no snow days bill into law is because it means no school makeup days in the spring. The down side is the fact that students without broadband internet access will still miss days of school since they cannot do ...

The importance of unity in America

LAURI SCHAITKIN Lock Haven I am a Democrat and an American. I did not support Stephanie Borowitz during the election for Pennsylvania’s 76th District House seat, but she won and is now my representative. This is how our democracy works and I respect her victory. I believe that people ...

How lucky

CAROLE MYERS GERST Milesburg I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff of The (Lock Haven) Express for publishing many of my letters to the editor. God, how many times in the past did my mom - with her fingers drumming on the kitchen table - give me the Myers stare and ...

Almost cut my hair today

JIM BANHOLZER Centre Hall Sometimes on stretches through the splendid Pennsylvania woods I start thinking of imaginative and improbable things. On a recent barefoot stroll my intuition started niggling about ticks and I worried about my long hair. Soon several found my skin and as I flicked ...

Ask your state representative and congressman

DONNA BERRY Jersey Shore Approximately one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease; the only leading cause of death in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. It is imperative that we have elected officials who are working to make Alzheimer’s a state and ...

When is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway dedication?

JIM HIRONIMUS White Hall Rep. Stephanie Borowicz’ crew was told they needed to be the people to order the required signs for the memorial highway dedication because after six months not one person in their offices apparently bothered to call the PennDOT to ask what the hold up was. Now ...

Indomitable American spirit

MIKE RENDOS Lock Haven The front page article in The (Lock Haven) Express edition of June 19, 2019, written by Lock Haven native Eric Hoover (U.S. Army, Retired), “Ordinary men do extraordinary things,” is a terrific essay on the indomitable American spirit of courage and commitment to ...

Reflections on Independence

PAUL WASHINGTON Mill Hall As we finish celebrating the 243rd anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress, it is useful to reflect on its meaning and implications. Independence is a strange thing — as a nation, we gained independence ...

Express Yourself: Letters to the Editor

Foot trouble EUGENE DRIER Williamsport The President’s grandfather came to America from Germany in 1860, just before the Civil War. From then until now, a Trump has never served in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. I guess foot trouble, also known as bone spurs, is inherited and ...

More opportunity exists now

ELAINE PARKER Addison, Texas Today, the Fourth of July, marks the founding of the United States — a country that has acted as a beacon of freedom and economic opportunity to people around the world. That mantra couldn’t be more true today. The current economy is as vibrant and ...

Compassion desired

ELAINE FREDERICK Lewisburg Barbara Irvin’s May 30 letter, “Stopping the freeloading,” was very judgmental and I feel compelled to respond. The writer seems to think there are a lot of freeloaders living off the system. There may be some slackers out there but most of those receiving ...

The stigma of lung cancer

CINDY SHAFFER Muncy I want to applaud the recent opinion column by Betsy McCaughey titled “A cancer stigma unnecessarily killing thousands.” This was an excellent article about the stigma of lung cancer and its victims. When a person is diagnosed with lung cancer, the first thing ...

Tobacco prevention, funding a must to save more lives

CHELSEY HILDEBRAND Camp Hill Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States. It costs Pennsylvania $6.38 billion a year in healthcare and lost productivity — that’s more than $17 million a day! Last year, more than 5,700 youth started vaping ...

What’s next?

ALAN COHICK Cogan Station This letter involves two subjects: Silent sports and their possible connection to politics. Silent sports are the nonconsumptive users of our woodplots, national parks, prairies, etc. These are recreational activities, which include waterways, that could cause ...

Rule of Law

STANLEY TWARDY Washington, D.C. On July 4, 1776, America’s Founding Fathers did something remarkable in the history of the world. The Declaration of Independence they signed, and the Constitution they later drafted, created a country in which the people pick their own leaders, and the law ...

School taxes

NATHAN BIERLY Jersey Shore Let me ask you a question. Why should I pay for another person’s child to go to school? On June 12, I read how the Jersey Shore School District has decided to raise my taxes just to cover their “fiscal irresponsibility” so they don’t have to dip into ...