Letters to the editor

Protect and defend

MICK SMYER Lewisburg Our elected officials take an oath to protect and defend our country. It’s time that they protect and defend us from what the U.S. Department of Defense has called a “threat multiplier:” Climate change. The Department of Defense (DOD) is not alone in ...

Supreme Court picks

KEITH McANDREW Williamsport After listening to the Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer voice his objection to any possible candidate that President Trump would pick for the Supreme Court, I am reminded of a quote by Mark Twain who said, “Using the right word and almost the right word ...

History repeats

VINCENT J. DANDINI Trout Run So, the U.S. Department of Justice inspector general found no “documented” evidence that the FBI’s treatment of the Hillary Clinton “matter” was driven by political bias. I would point out that Henry II never issued written orders to his four knights.

What standards?

CHARLES REEDER Montoursville More letters to the editor saying the left has a double standard when it comes to criticizing President Trump. They say the proof is the Clintons. Both of the Clintons were repeatedly investigated, with President Clinton being impeached by the U.S. House ...

What a crock

PATRICIA HESS Unityville I recently participated in a Teletown Hall with state Rep. Garth Everett. My question to him was, Why haven’t the state retirees received a cost of living adjustment (COLA)? We have not had a COLA in 15 years. His response to me via a letter was, ...

Border crisis could cause lifelong health impacts

THEODORE CHRISTOPHER Harrisburg As president of the largest association representing physicians in Pennsylvania, I ask the federal government to increase its efforts to reunite families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. It is well known that adverse childhood experiences from trauma ...

Mill Hall wrong on radar

JIM SIKORSKI JR. Wapwallopen Sadly, the speed-kills myth is alive and well in Pennsylvania. A real 25-state analysis was done of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, which showed that 1.6 percent of crashes are caused by excessive speed. Barely above zero, ...

Senate Farm Bill passage

ERIN M. WACHTER Harrisburg The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank applauds the United States Senate for its passage of the Farm Bill on June 28 by a vote of 86-11. We thank U.S. Sen. Bob Casey for his vote to support our farmers and agriculture community, and to ensure working families, ...

Loved ones still with us after death

CHRISSY FRIDAY Tyrone Everyday, people lose loved ones through death. Whether a natural, intentional, or accidental death, it leaves loved ones behind to mourn the loss. In January 2017, I lost my Pap, the man who raised me and the only person who was a constant in my life. A year and ...

Why are health-care costs so high?

JEFFREY BROWN Altoona I’ve long been told that one of the biggest and best reasons for allowing private health insurance companies is to help control the cost of health care by allowing them to negotiate pharmaceutical and medical procedure pricing. However, I recently read an article ...

Stop the hysteria on illegal immigration

CAROLE MYERS GERST Milesburg The American people seem to have many pressing issues that need to be addressed. However, there are so many pressing issues that we are becoming hysterical so let us stop and step back and look at this logically and let us take feelings out of the ...

Worry about history, not a hole in the roof

STEPHEN POORMAN Lock Haven Often there’s a “story behind the story.” This ones about the Town Tavern. The building was constructed in 1885 for the Harmon Brothers, who operated “the Lowes of yesteryear,” along with a drug store that opened in 1919. From 1920 to 1970 it became ...

Silence gives consent

KATHRYN McFATE Loganton We live in a country of freedom that prides itself on opening its arms to immigrants. We have an immigration policy that is not working. We have a Congress who won’t work together to change it. According to President Trump, he will welcome everyone who is ...

Faux immigration outrage

RYAN A. WORKMAN Williamsport The immigration issue is easy to understand and can be summed up in a few points. First, in my opinion, all the media coverage and attention the issue is getting at present is faux (fake) outrage! It is entirely by design in order to distract from the damning ...

America first

MEL BENJAMIN Watsontown While watching television news broadcasts a few days ago showing the demonstrations against President Donald Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy, the cameras focused on two young senoritas who were participants in the demonstrations. I observed that these ...

­­­Selling their souls

GAVIN FERRINGER Lock Haven During the 2016 Presidential election, Evangelical Christians overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton and for good reason. Clinton had promised to continue many of the Obama social policies that many conservative Evangelical Christians have long ...

Big deals, great deals?

DAVID BROSS Cogan Station Let’s look at two of Donald Trump’s big deals. First is the move of the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel has been waiting for decades for this to happen. However, the idea behind delaying the move over the past decades was to encourage ...

My perspective

JOHN ROWLEY Slippery Rock I still read The Express newspaper online since I truly miss the people and the area. It felt good being part of the community. Whenever I traveled as part of my vocation I could clearly see the political leanings of local newspapers through their editorial ...

What do you think?

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Pa. Senate supports continued gerrymandering

KATHLEEN O’CONNELL Lemont As a sixth-grade social studies teacher, I would like to tell my students that every vote counts. However, I cannot truthfully say that in Pennsylvania, one of America’s most gerrymandered states. Our state Senate just undermined SB22, which would have ...