Letters to the editor

Your votes are safe

STEVEN DERSHEM, MICHAEL PIPE and MARK HIGGINS Bellefonte With the November elections just days away, Centre County wants to reassure our residents that we have the utmost confidence in our voting systems. Our voting systems are secure and your vote will be properly counted. A recent ...

Don’t be fooled

DAPHNE NACHMINOVITCH Norfolk, Va. Don’t be tricked by the Oct. 31 letter to the editor written by Will Coggin and his mask of “concern.” He represents a front group for Outback Steakhouse, KFC, Philip Morris and other enterprises that subject billions of animals to miserable lives and ...

‘Seditious rhetoric’ influencing attacks

JARIULLAH ADNAN Severn, Md. On Oct. 27, a man carried out a vicious attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh during Shabbat services, taking away the lives of 11 innocent worshipers. This deadly attack on the Jewish community came after the shooter proclaimed anti-Semitic slurs ...

Regarding Act 79

MICHAEL LICHTY Morris Act 79 enacted from HB 2060 and SB 510 amends Titles 18 and 23 of Pennsylvania’s civil code. Final print versions of HB 2060 and SB 510 indicate that this legislation is focused more on gun control than protection from domestic violence. Admittedly, the presence ...

Back, forward

DAN REEDER Lock Haven The line is blocks long with few, if any getting a job. There are many waiting at free soup kitchens. Fourteen-year olds work 12 hours a day, 365 days a year with little safety. Unemployment is 50%. Before all this there was prosperity, an economic boom. The ...

The Lincoln factor

JAY C. MYERS Hughesville Abraham Lincoln said you can fool all the people some of the time, some of the people all the time, but you can’t fool all the people all of the time. I figure, based on poll numbers on President Trump’s favorability, some of the people all of the time hovers ...

What Democrats support

ROMUALD ANDRAKA Trout Run Most Americans realize that if an organized caravan of foreigners can simply announce in advance plans to crash into the U.S. illegally, then the concepts of a border, citizenship, sovereignty, and even a country itself no longer exist. Has any Democrat politician ...

Who’s responsible?

HUGH MCGEE Williamsport I’m wondering whether the media in the country is paying attention to the massive government debt that is being racked up? Unsustainable public debt is probably one of the greatest threats to our national security. The latest figures that I’m seeing is the ...

I rest my case

WELDON C. COHICK JR. Linden This concerns the case where a Russian woman was charged by the United States with huge conspiracy to sway American public opinion through social media in the first federal case alleging foreign interference in our 2018 midterm elections. This is a very touchy ...

Confidence in voting systems

PETE SMELTZ, PAUL CONKLIN, JEFF SNYDER and MARIA BOILEAU With the Nov. 6 General Election just a few days away, Clinton County wants to reassure our residents that we have the utmost confidence that our voting systems are secure and that your vote will be properly counted. A recent ...

Wake up voters

JOHN YOUNG Williamsport A demagogue is a leader in a democracy who gains popularity by exploiting prejudice and ignorance and shutting down rational thought. President Trump is preening like a peacock on the current campaign trail. His game is to get people fired up using lies, ...

Health care truths

MIKE KERSTETTER Watsontown In her Oct. 27 letter to the editor, Vivian Altman writes in opposition to single payer healthcare in. She uses the traditional cost and quality of care arguments against it. Her quality of care argument uses ‘other countries with socialized medicine’ as ...

Respecting sacrifice

JASON BLOOM Harrisburg Flying under the radar at the close of the recent state legislative session in Pennsylvania was a new law that will create a formal process to consider the closure of a state prison facility. In the last five years, three state prisons have closed with little or no ...

PETA runs a house of horrors

WILL COGGIN Washington, D.C. Halloween is a spooky and fun time of year, but some organizations can be real boogeymen. The well-known animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, runs a house of horrors at its headquarters, open all year-round. According ...

Is anyone safe today?

ARNO and CYNTHIA STAIMAN VOSK Williamsport The shooting that took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27 is one more example of the active hate that has been encouraged by the Trump administration over the past two years. Such an atrocity could just as easily have ...

Healthcare is on the ballot

KAREN ELIAS Lock Haven The mid-terms are approaching, and health care is once again in the news. As it should be. Republicans spent seven years attempting to defeat the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). In July of 2017 they seemed perilously close to declaring victory as ...

Legal immigration

TIM MANNELLO Williamsport President Trump would like to stop family-based legal immigration, which is the long-standing practice of allowing immigrants already residing in our country to bring very limited numbers of close family members here. In its place, he would like to install a ...

Where are they now?

NED COATES Cogan Station Recall the Republican Party of the past that I grew up in, one personified in Pennsylvania and nationally by honorable, competent, and compassionate servants such as Bill Scranton, Raymond Shaffer, Gifford Pinchot, Nelson Rockefeller, and Ike Eisenhower. Where ...

Vote out science-climate-deniers

PATTY SATALIA State College During the 2016 election campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly asserted that, “Climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese.” Contrast this outlandish claim with the consensus conclusion of every relevant scientific organization: Climate change is real, has ...

Vote Republican

RICHARD SCHACHTE New Kensington Why vote to Make America Weak Again? Vote Republican.