Letters to the editor

‘Kicking the can down the road’

STEVEN HINMAN Mill Hall I see the Pennsylvania Game and Fisheries Committee met and didn’t pass a bill for the Pennsylvania Game Commission license increase, which they last did in 1999. To make things “fair,” they didn’t give one to the Fish and Boat Commission, either. It ...

Stones and glass houses

DOYLE YOUNG Lock Haven I notice there are number of letters to the editor chastising U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson for his support of the new health-care bill that was passed by the U.S. House recently. I have also noticed that these letters were just rehashing Democrat talking points that have ...

Talk is cheap

WELDON C. COHICK JR. Linden This letter pertains to a recent article about the impact of eliminating Pennsylvania’s school property tax. It claimed proposals to eliminate school district property taxes would benefit retirees, but could cause problems for those who rent. A number of bills ...

Centre County tax

ED EMEL Bellefonte Centre County’s $5 fee (tax) on vehicle registration was voted on 2-1 by Commissioners Mark Higgins and Michael Pipe. The “no” vote came from Commissioner Steve Dershem. Act 89 was signed into law in 2013 by Gov. Tom Corbett. Three of our local politicians had ...

Police Memorial Day

JOHN MACMILLEN Rote Monday, May 15, 2017, marked the 55th anniversary of Police Officers Memorial Day. In October of 1961, the 87th Congress passed a resolution declaring May 15 as Police Officers Memorial Day. President John F. Kennedy signed the bill into law October 1, 1962. ...

Government priorities

BILL HALL Williamsport As we know, the West Branch of the Susquehanna River bisects Lycoming County from Jersey Shore to Montgomery and directly impacts about 75 percent of our population. Several municipalities — Williamsport, South Williamsport, Duboistown, Old Lycoming Township and ...

Optimal level

MARY NETTLES Mill Hall I spent 46 years of my life helping to assist my patients to their optimal level of health and to bring them to a independent way of life so that they could go home, but this is not the case for me. You see, I am now one of those people trying to live an ...

Horrifying

FRANCES HUGG Hollidaysburg As a retired teacher from Altoona Area School District secondary schools, words cannot express how horrified I am at Pennsylvania Senate Bill 363, the Guns in the Classroom Bill. That our state legislators introduced such a bill, and that our state Sen. John ...

A tornado is coming

MIM LOGUE DuBoistown I attended a recent presentation by the Pennsylvania Economy League on property tax reform. It was great information! Matt Knittel showed us the radar map. A tornado is coming! It must be addressed. The answer is House Bill 76-Senate Bill 76 - The Property Tax ...

Correctional officers

ARISSA LARTIN Muncy As of the end of April, at least three U.S. Bureau of Prisons employees committed suicide, with many more attempts, including two recently in the area, of which one was successful. Corrections officers have a suicide rate twice as high as police, but little is truly ...

EMS Week: Thank the professionals who serve us

TIM NILSON, Bellefonte Pennsylvania’s emergency medical services, or EMS providers, responded to 1,881,979 requests for assistance throughout the Commonwealth in 2015. That is equivalent to just under 15 percent of the total population and equates to a dispatch every 17 seconds! ...

Sarah Wojcik’s amazing advice

DONI MATRONE Lock Haven I am a graduating senior from Lock Haven University. As a communication major, I went to Rebecca Gross Awards Day to write a story for a class and congratulate my incredibly intelligent friends who received awards. Not only are the award winners intelligent, but they ...

The readers write

FRANK L. FORSHA Montoursville I guess when it comes down to readers providing information to benefit the general public, be it the value of a local fundraising event, acknowledging a member of the public, or possibly some public issue that the populace, by being informed, can resolved, ...

The truth about teacher pensions

TIM SURKOVICH Altoona In the past five years, especially around election time, I’ve continually heard private citizens, politicians, and school board members blaming teachers for tax increases that help pay for teacher pensions. Many of the accusations include: “They don’t deserve the ...

Seat-belt enforcement, or DUI checkpoint?

TOM CIMINELLI Avis Regarding the May 10 article about the Pine Creek Township Police Department using traffic enforcement zones and roving patrols between the hours of 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. for seat-belt enforcement of adults and children: Wouldn’t it make more sense to have these during the ...

Applause, Applause!

After reading the APPLAUSE in The Express for some time, I had my own experience with Murray Motors Ford. I have a 2002 Ford Ranger and I have been having trouble with it for some time. The men in the Parts Department, Tony Bruno and Brent Rudinski, took very good care of me and so I just ...

Earth Day

THOMAS VILELLO IV Caldwell I would like to thank everyone who helped with trash collection for Earth Day this year. I helped my nana pick up trash on state Route 664 for the first time. It surprised me how much trash was thrown out along the road, including tires and wooden framed ...

Grant approval hinges on public support

TROY MUSSER Jersey Shore Business owners invest in local communities — and the grants we apply for are our way of asking the state to reinvest, as well. It’s been encouraging to see that local voters are getting involved, reaching out to the community and creating awareness regarding ...

Medicare fraud

WILLIAM L. EMICK Barbours Estimated costs for the Mexican border wall varies from $10 billion to $49 billion, but the wall plus an additional 5,000 border patrol agents costing $200 million for the first year could be paid for without increasing taxes. All President Donald Trump would ...

Better

CHARLES REEDER Montoursville Why can’t we have both; Hillary Clinton’s deleted e-mails and Donald Trump’s tax returns? Congressional turkey strutting or a Congress talking turkey? Having values as a nation or to be first in the world? Tweeting or no tweeting? Politics from ...