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Letters to the editor

Helmet laws make motorcyclists safer, but drivers play a role

CLIFF RIEDERS Williamsport Pennsylvania’s repeal of its helmet law in 2003 is one of many factors posing a threat to motorcyclists. Since Pennsylvania decided in 2003 not to mandate helmets for all motorcyclists, the number of deaths among bikers has increased. Of the nearly 2,600 ...

POTUS Trump and the Helsinki summit

RYAN A. WORKMAN Williamsport The media meltdown and leftist outrage over the Helsinki summit can be understood in a few points: POTUS Trump is a “big picture” guy. Russia has a GDP smaller than Texas, a population and military a fraction the size of the US, and their entire economy is ...

Identity politics

PAUL RINKER Montoursville Just read another letter from some soul who just can’t understand why those stupid and hypocritical evangelical Christians support the odious and evil Donald Trump when they could have had the vivacious and virtuous Hillary Clinton. You would have to think some ...

70-plus years on Earth have wrought lessons

LINDA RITCHEY LESNEVICH Martinsburg I didn’t vote for the president, and I’m not happy with the way that things are going in the country. But my 70-plus years have taught me the joys and sorrows of partisan politics. What I do know for sure is what I’m really missing in the White ...

Respect

SHIRLEY MOORE McElhattan Regarding the letter from Mr. Tim Mannello, published July 13, 2018. Dear Mr. Mannello, would you like to borrow my dictionary, so you can have a better understanding of the English language? Or, maybe, you can Google “unlawful” or “illegal.” You throw ...

What has happened to us?

CAROLE MYERS GERST Milesburg To syndicated columnist Froma Harrop and her opinion piece, “How many times must we save people who overdose” published on July 14. How dare you! These people for whatever reason took drugs in the first place because their environment had become ...

Health care insurance

WILL COGGIN Washington, D.C. Any day now, the federal government will once again let short-term health insurance plans last for 364 days, instead of capping them at three months like it’s done since 2017. Short-term health plans are supposed to bridge unexpected gaps in health insurance ...

Reunification

JAY D. MYERS Hughesville What a miracle that a group of divers were able to reunite 12 children and their parents in Thailand after being trapped by high water in a cave. Then it dawned on me the possibility to solve one of our nation’s problems. Why not take all the children of people ...

Red lights flashing

TIM MANNELLO Williamsport On Tuesday, July 17, Dan Coats, director of U.S. National Intelligence who was appointed by Republican Donald Trump, warned, “The digital system that serves this country is under attack. The warning lights are blinking red again.” Coats is saying that ...

Save a building, create jobs

EUGENE MOORE McElhattan In regard to Mr. Steve Poorman’s July 7 letter to the editor, “Worry about history, not a hole in the roof,” and the old Town Tavern, why doesn’t Mr. Poorman repurchase the Town Tavern and fix it up and call it Poorman’s Tavern? That means the building ...

Hypocrisy

MARLIN D. LILLEY JR. Cogan Station I want to thank Mary Bruce Serene for her letter, “We should not sell our souls,” published July 5. Her letter clearly demonstrates the fact that liberals are the first to shut down any opposing views on the campus of “higher education.” She ...

Congress isn’t listening

NICK JACOBSON Lewisburg Surveys show that 80 percent of Americans are united in their dissatisfaction with Congress. Regardless of age, gender, or party, Americans agree that Congress isn’t listening. Locally, our community is facing challenges and Congress, including Representative ...

Express Yourself Letters to the Editor

The Express welcomes letters to the editor as we encourage our readers to “Express Yourself” in this forum. Letters must be signed using the writer’s legal name — no initials are accepted — with a complete mailing address and home and/or daytime phone number included so we can verify ...

Appealing to our worst inner-qualities

STEWART EPSTEIN Rochester, N.Y. I’d like to add my perspective to the Donald Trump debate. Donald Trump is merely a skillful, manipulative “gaslighter” and con-artist who intentionally appeals to our worst inner qualities because he believes that this is who and what 51 percent of ...

Kim Jong-un dumb move

HANK MOODY Williamsport How does the United States choose what dictators to take out and what ones to treat like how Trump should treat the leaders of our allied nations? Why isn’t Kim Jong Un hanging from a noose like Saddam Hussein? I guess liberal Hollywood had it right when they ...

Civility problem

CHARLES REEDER Montoursville A Trump supporter and voter is complaining about the current state of civility in our country and they did acknowledge that President Trump is a prime example of incivility. People who voted for Trump to be the next president were not voting for civility and ...

Muslims and refugees vs. gun violence

RAFIA WARAICH Altoona, Wis. So I ask about the headline to my letter: Which one is a real threat to national security? Throughout his campaign, then candidate Donald Trump asserted on many occasions with statements like “a complete and a total shutdown of Muslims entering the United ...

Starve the schools

DAVID L. FAUST Selinsgrove It was local taxation that saved those poorer public schools from closing. Incidentally, Pennsylvania’s funding for public schools is notorious for being inequitable; the rich schools get richer, and the poor schools get poorer. Cyber schools drain money away ...

Greed

MIKE KERSTETTER Watonstown In her July 12 letter to the editor entitled, “What a crock!” Patricia Herr laments not getting a cost of living (COLA) raise for her state pension and complains about what current workers make. The State Employees Retirement System (SERS) and Public School ...

We can do better

JANE TRAVIS State College Central Pennsylvania deserves kinder, more thoughtful leaders. We can do better than imprison children under the guise of strong borders. The U.S. has always welcomed refugees; what has changed? Politics! We can do better to educate and train our workforce to ...