Letters to the editor

The Democrat Myth

CHARLES ACKERMAN South Williamsport The Democrat party has a long history of corruption. President Andrew Jackson, who I consider to be one of the party’s most beloved and corrupt presidents, became known as the spokesman for the common man. In reality, Jackson was wealthy and lived ...

In response

MIKE MORRISON Williamsport A recent letter begins by attributing a single word “horrified” to Gov. Tom Wolf. No context. No verifiable sources. Just a single word wrapped in quotes. In response to a prayer by Stephanie Borowicz at the opening session to the state General Assembly. The ...

June 17 is ‘National Eat Your Vegetables Day’

HEATHER MOORE Norfolk, Va. Kale, yeah! June 17 is “National Eat Your Vegetables Day.” Of course, I’m vegan so every day is “eat your vegetables day” at my house. Eating veggies and other tasty vegan foods rather than meat, eggs, and dairy “products” helps protect the ...

My Father was a very big man

By WALTER JAMES MYERS Beech Creek To say My father was a very big man, with very big arms and very big hands. He also was a very kind and gentle man, as a child he was my hero and a big fan. He could pick up a motor and walk away, with us as children he would love to play. Loved ...

Required reading

KAREN ELIAS Lock Haven Looking for some summer reading? How about a best-seller full of narrative interest, dramatic tension, and compelling details, with a whole cast of nefarious characters, each with his own set of motivations, psychological drivers, and, shall we say, misguided ...

How?

CHARLES REEDER Montoursville How can any one explain that writing a letter complaining about gays and lesbians or children who get trophies for participating is not being a whiner? How can Trump supporters say we must respect President Trump because he is the President while they ...

Patriotism

JOHN YOUNG Stevensville A few years ago, my wife and I took a week-long bicycle trip through Normandy, France. The highlight of the trip was the experience of touring the various World War II memorials, beaches, Point du Hoc and museums. But what stood out the most for me was the ...

Meals on wheels

CAROLE MYERS GERST Milesburg As I was visiting an elderly friend of mine, her meal on wheels arrived. I will not mention the county, but it saddened me as she opened her meal while saying how hungry she was. I noticed an almost black banana, an apple, a salad with croutons and a ...

False consciousness

STEWART EPSTEIN Rochester, N.Y. The concept of “false consciousness” (a way of thinking that prevents a person from perceiving how their society works) appears to be rampant all over the planet relative to how popular right-wing populism has become and how people have been suckered into ...

Morals?

KEN DAUBER Cogan Station I had to chuckle after reading a recent letter that said, “What will we be like if we were to abandon our Christian morals.” I think the writer already abandoned his Christian morals if he voted for Trump. What morals are you talking about? He told the world ...

Drug of choice?

JUDITH MOLIK Amherst, N.Y. Recently someone said to me that President Trump is certain voters’ drug of choice. Naturally I needed the person to explain what they meant. This is how I understood it: Some American citizens have need of a drug to take their pain away. Perhaps lack of ...

Democrats’ modus operandi

CHARLES ACKERMAN South Williamsport Because they didn’t like the results of the 2016 presidential election, the Democrats set out to destroy Donald Trump, his family, his friends and most of his associates. That’s who the Democrats are and that’s what they do. Because they didn’t ...

Discrimination, or is it jealousy?

REUBEN K. FISHER Allenwood There’s a snitch in town. Somebody called the Public Utility Commission officers and gave them the exact time that Amish employees show up for work, stopping their drivers to see if they are properly licensed. Why should this person care if they are or if ...

Leave Trump alone

CAROLE MYERS GERST Milesburg Trump wins again! I knew he was clever, taxing Mexico imports is his way or the highway of saying if you can’t handle your own people, I will. My, my ... why are so many governmental officials upset? Perhaps they have their fingers in the cookie jar? Boy ...

Scams and harassment

WELDON C. COHICK JR. Linden I am writing about the well-being of all the retired Social Security recipients who are being deliberately harassed, annoyed and tormented 24/7 and most generally near meal time because that is when most senior citizens consume their medications. Many of these ...

Take pride

DIANE WHITAKER Beech Creek The Col. Hugh White-Col. John Chatham Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) honored two Central Mountain High School seniors at various award ceremonies. Cain Burnell was presented the 2019 Good Citizens Award for his leadership and patriotism in his home, ...

The war on drugs

DAVID FAUST Selinsgrove Richard Nixon started the war on drugs in 1971. Has it been successful in removing illegal drugs from the streets? No! Despite spending trillions of dollars, there are more drugs on the streets now, they’re cheaper and are being used by more people than ever ...

New tax feeding PennDOT

GLENN CROSSLEY Montgomery All over Pennsylvania volunteer organizations in towns and cities are receiving registered letters sent by their local PennDOT Engineering district threatening legal action and fines for posting the small informational signs we see entering many Pennsylvania towns. ...

Our rights

HOPE STREET Trout Run I personally do not care if you are gay or lesbian or whatever else you think you are. However, how dare you think that you should be put ahead of others seeking jobs or any other thing. I for one am sick of the constant whining from anyone who doesn’t get their ...

The UPMC-Highmark dispute needs to stop

TONY DeLUCA Penn Hills Like many of my neighbors and fellow residents of western Pennsylvania, I continue to be dismayed by the ongoing situation between UPMC and Highmark. I am particularly angry about the decision by the UPMC board and CEO Jeffrey Romoff to make it effectively impossible ...