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Letters to the editor

Expensive

CHARLES REEDER Montoursville Reports are showing the lavish spending of Donald Trump’s department heads. Charter flights, first class flights on major airlines to avoid the nasty people in business class. One even got a special flag to indicate when he is in the building. Extra ...

Yippee, the bus is here!

DANIELA RIBITSCH Lock Haven Having been a regular on the Jersey Shore Connector since 2009, I wrote a two-part Viewpoint published in The Express in 2013 on the benefits of expanding River Valley Transit’s bus service to Lock Haven. Riding a public bus is one of the world’s most ...

Control what?

FRANK FORSHA JR. Milton The recent school shooting now has everyone clamoring for solutions. Obviously, gun control is the topic, but I believe this is not a total solution. Why? Because if there is a will, there is a way. The so-called assault rifle, or AR15/M-16, is sometimes ...

Constitutional crisis ahead?

JOHN TURNER Hughesville We will likely soon see another appeal by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) regarding Congressional district apportionment, as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has exceeded its writ regarding the matter. While SCOTUS has often ...

Banning guns

PHIL UNDERWOOD Montoursville The recent Florida school shooting has led to large-scale debates on gun control. The problem is that the “debates” are largely expressions of rage and emotion by high school students who are considered authentic because it happened to fellow ...

Gun violence

MARLIN LILLEY JR. Cogan Station The sickening and heart-breaking shooting that took the lives of 17 precious souls in Florida begs that something must be done. However, doing something just because it feels good but does no good is just an invitation for another repeat ...

Out of chaos

DANIEL REEDER Lock Haven A recent state Supreme Court decision has changed congressional voting districts. There is a court appeal to this decision now under consideration. All this very significant activity has muddied the waters for the upcoming primary election. It is painful and ...

Where are the adults?

NANCY MCCARTY Williamsport If it wasn’t so tragic, it might be funny to watch such hopeless people. First, the Florida Legislature kills the bill that would raise the legal age to purchase an assault rifle. You have to be 21 to buy a pistol, but you can buy an assault rifle at age ...

Wishful thinking

PAUL RINKER Montoursville There’s an old saying, “Be careful what you wish for.” Right now there are a lot of people wishing for a ban on assault rifles, and some would like to see a ban on all guns. Let’s look at how well bans work. We had the example of Prohibition in the ...

Retirement

MIKE HUNT Williamsport Think of how bad of shape our local, county, state, and federal governments are in. We the voters keep re-electing the same sad sacks to office and what we do not think about is that we have to keep supporting them long after they retire. What the newspapers ...

UPMC Susquehanna: Better together

DAVID LOPATOFSKY Williamsport In 2016, after careful deliberation in seeking affiliation with a larger health care system, Susquehanna Health found its perfect partner in UPMC. Now, more than a year into our affiliation with the Pittsburgh-based health care leader, UPMC Susquehanna and ...

The future of Raystown Lake

GEORGE CONRAD III Huntingdon Living in Central Pennsylvania brings the best of bucolic life as we are fortunate to have close knit communities nestled in among thousands of acres of public lands. One of the most popular attractions is Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County, managed by the ...

The people have a voice

PATRICIA HANCOCK Mill Hall We live by a system of rules and laws. As we move forward on our path to end gerrymandering, there are events that are worrisome. We have been challenged by Pennsylvania Sen. Joe Scarnati to end our efforts and the court involvement because it is too costly. ...

One map does not a solution make

LEIGH-ANNE CONGDON Mill Hall Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court gave us a new map of Congressional districts for the 2018 election. That’s a good thing. The new map is more reasonable and fair. But it’s just one map. It’s not a permanent solution to the problem of ...

Questions for school boards

TIM MANELLO Williamsport In the wake of the Parkland, Fla., school massacre, school boards all over the country are discussing safety measures including arming teachers. These discussions should deal with an exhaustive list of of questions. NBC’s Chuck Todd has listed some of the ...

Fair districts, please

ROSE REEDER Lock Haven On Feb. 15, The Washington Post published an article comparing the Republican and the Democratic proposals for new district lines. In this article, Christopher Ingraham, the author, concluded that neither were quite as good as they might be. He noted that the ...

Dear commissioners

Dear commissioners ANNE M. DOERR Loganton Friends of a Livable Sugar Valley, a community group established with the goal of preserving and protecting Sugar Valley’s air, water, and overall livability, is very concerned with news of a possible “virtual pipeline” in Sugar Valley, as ...

We’ve gotten too good

RICHARD TOBIN Wellsboro We’ve had semi-automatic and even automatic rifles for a long time, yet mass shootings are a recent phenomenon. Back in the 1970s a day at the range with my M1 (30-06) would leave me reaching for the Bengay. In a recent article, Chuck Hawks, a well known ...

Unions are the solution

RANDY BEIGHTOL Williamsport Unions are the solution to a rigged economy. I see it in our district: Working people struggle in an economy rigged against them in favor of corporate CEOs and the wealthy. That’s not by accident. Corporate special interests have written the economic rules to ...

Government failure

ERIK LATRANYI Danville The tragic school shooting in Parkland, Fla., was avoidable. The Boston Marathon Terrorist Bombing was avoidable. The Fort Hood shooting was avoidable. The Pulse Nightclub terrorist attack was avoidable. The Virginia Tech shooting was avoidable. ...