Letters to the editor

Appealing to our worst inner-qualities

STEWART EPSTEIN Rochester, N.Y. I’d like to add my perspective to the Donald Trump debate. Donald Trump is merely a skillful, manipulative “gaslighter” and con-artist who intentionally appeals to our worst inner qualities because he believes that this is who and what 51 percent of ...

Kim Jong-un dumb move

HANK MOODY Williamsport How does the United States choose what dictators to take out and what ones to treat like how Trump should treat the leaders of our allied nations? Why isn’t Kim Jong Un hanging from a noose like Saddam Hussein? I guess liberal Hollywood had it right when they ...

Civility problem

CHARLES REEDER Montoursville A Trump supporter and voter is complaining about the current state of civility in our country and they did acknowledge that President Trump is a prime example of incivility. People who voted for Trump to be the next president were not voting for civility and ...

Muslims and refugees vs. gun violence

RAFIA WARAICH Altoona, Wis. So I ask about the headline to my letter: Which one is a real threat to national security? Throughout his campaign, then candidate Donald Trump asserted on many occasions with statements like “a complete and a total shutdown of Muslims entering the United ...

Starve the schools

DAVID L. FAUST Selinsgrove It was local taxation that saved those poorer public schools from closing. Incidentally, Pennsylvania’s funding for public schools is notorious for being inequitable; the rich schools get richer, and the poor schools get poorer. Cyber schools drain money away ...

Greed

MIKE KERSTETTER Watonstown In her July 12 letter to the editor entitled, “What a crock!” Patricia Herr laments not getting a cost of living (COLA) raise for her state pension and complains about what current workers make. The State Employees Retirement System (SERS) and Public School ...

We can do better

JANE TRAVIS State College Central Pennsylvania deserves kinder, more thoughtful leaders. We can do better than imprison children under the guise of strong borders. The U.S. has always welcomed refugees; what has changed? Politics! We can do better to educate and train our workforce to ...

We’re still human beings

WELDON C. COHICK JR. Linden The article published in the Williamsport Sun Gazette about “The aging homeless population poses worries for health care workers” didn’t shock me one bit. It should have been published in every newspaper in this country. It may have drawn attention to one ...

U.S. should send illegal immigrants back

BRUCE WILLIAMS Hollidaysburg A quick fix to the immigration problem at the border of Texas would be to give them all five days’ ration and water and send them back where they came from. Why are so many Hollywood celebrities ranting and raving about how we should take these people in and ...

Disrespect at all-time high

ARLENE J. STAHL Williamsport Disrespect for other people in the United States is at an all-time high. Is it any wonder, when our president constantly spurts his rude and crude tweets and speeches to world leaders, our allies, other nationalities, fellow politicians and ordinary citizens? ...

Civility

SANDRA OLSON Blossburg I read newspaper letters to the editor regularly, but rarely feel the need to write and share my thoughts. However, over the last few months I have felt that the discourse has taken a negative tone. It appears that many writers use disparaging language toward ...

Repeat

JAY D. MYERS Hughesville Donald Trump is a great president. Donald Trump is a GREAT president! Donald Trump is a GREAT PRESIDENT! This apparently is the theory that our president uses. If you repeat a falsehood often enough, it becomes the truth. It doesn’t work for me.

Freedom of speech is a right

CAROLE MYERS GERST Milesburg Freedom of speech — we have fought for this right. We have died for this right. Without freedom of speech, we would be left in the dark. It doesn’t matter if it’s correct or socially incorrect, it’s called freedom of speech. It is our choice and it is ...

It won’t be the same

DENNIS FITZGERALD Melbourne, Australia The all-American icon Harley-Davidson motorcycles is heading for Europe, not just for sale but for production. They are one of the great images of America, or at least an image that included many politicians and “a bike,” but no more. They ...

Lead in school drinking water

ALLISON CAPASSO Philadelphia When parents send their children to school in the morning, they assume that they are in a safe and healthy environment. Unfortunately, in Pennsylvania, this is not the case. Children are drinking contaminated water in the very place they go to learn. As ...

Fireworks in our neighborhoods

KATHLEEN L. WITHER DuBoistown Thank you for publishing the excellent July 12 opinion piece regarding fireworks in our neighborhoods. Add to the list of folks impacted by the displays and explosions those individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or autism. ...

Politics ‘Trump’ piety

GAVIN FERRINGER Lock Haven As it turns out, character DOES matter. You can’t run a family, let alone a country, without it. How foolish to believe that a person who lacks honesty and moral integrity is qualified to lead a nation and the world! Nevertheless, our people continue to say ...

Take America back again

WILLIAM L. EMICK Barbours “Make America Great Again” is impossible unless patriotic citizens “Take America Back Again,” not from the British, but from radical Democrats from the Obama administration. In my opinion, they have corrupted the hierarchy in the state, National Security ...

Since when is telling lies acceptable?

JIM HIRONIMUS White Hall Has anyone noticed how more and more people have regressed to tell lies rather than telling the truth? How are we supposed to teach our children and grandchildren not to lie and to always tell the truth and accept responsibility for their actions while this type ...

Barletta for governor?

TIM MANNELLO Williamsport Most people with a heart are aghast at the unspeakably cruel and un-American practice of separating babies, toddlers, mid-schoolers and teens from their parents at our southern border to discourage illegal immigration. Not U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, however. Rep. ...