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Letters to the editor

Medicaid is essential

ROBIN HORSTON SPENCER Pittsburgh For now, Congress and the Trump Administration have thankfully failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But we mustn’t take our eye off the ball. Proposed legislation in the House and Senate would force devastating cuts to Medicaid; not just ...

A tweet does not a policy make

KIM FRY Lewistown Until United States military commanders get an order that they can pass down the line of command, they will not be able to implement President Donald Trump’s tweet disallowing transexuals in the military. The status quo will remain. This president has no idea how to ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. I just want to say THANK YOU to all family and friends who attended my Christmas in July Celebration on July 29. It was a “great day” and I loved seeing everyone and ...

Who owns the money?

CAROL WILLIAMS Shepherdstown, W.Va. If people actually “owned” money, wouldn’t it belong to the person whose picture or name is on the bill or coin? Of course not. The real owners of money are the people who have those guys in their pockets and bank accounts. If you look ...

Liberals vs. Conservatives

STANLEY GOULD Williamsport Liberals are (fill in the blank). Conservatives are (fill in the blank). Let’s cut to the chase and state for the record that Americans of all persuasions love their country, shall we? It’s not a contest, folks; it’s the nation we live in. Over ...

No legal duty to help save lives?

WELDON C. COHICK JR. Linden Some laws in this country were made and kept, even though they are reprehensible and morally outrageous. An example of this was published recently that across the United States there is no general duty to render aid to someone in distress. In other words, you ...

The Coke challenge

NED S. COATES Cogan Station A recent news article told of Pepsi becoming the supplier to the Washington professional football team, replacing Coke, which dropped the lucrative contract because of the controversy over the team’s name, the R-word. Cited as support for the name was a ...

Up the creek without a brew

GIDEON MILLBROOK Lock Haven This topic concerning the arrests for DUI while kayaking or floating on Pine Creek has raised the ire of a lot of us who dwell in Central Pennsylvania. Tubing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, etc. with a few drinks along the way has been a rite of passage in this ...

A Christian nation

ROBERT DEVAUL SR. North Bend In response to Tim Mannello’s letter, “Is the U.S. a Christian nation?” Is Christianity a religion, or the name describing several different religions? Who settled this country in 1620? Who fought in the Revolutionary War? Who signed the ...

Trump once again

ROBERT WORKMAN Lock Haven For the life of me, I just don’t understand how people can still support Donald Trump. This administration has been in total turmoil since day one. Seems everyday something new comes out about lies and deceit involving this man, his family and Republicans in ...

Graffiti

REBECCA FORBES Lock Haven Instead of worrying about how to stop graffiti on the levee wall under the bridge, it might be a good idea to invite graffiti artists to bring their talents and make the wall beautiful in their own way. The next hazardous waste collection at Wayne Township ...

Progressives

ED EMEL Bellefonte The Pennsylvania Senate just passed more taxes on the middle class and working poor. From what I glean from the Senate, a new tax on natural gas will be $5.70 on a $100 utility bill. Electric bills will increase by 5.9 percent to 6.5 percent. Phone bills will go ...

The DUI issue

DAVID COE Howard In regard to Mr. Ciminelli’s letter to the Express on Aug. 1, “Shame on the Fish and Boat Commission,” I would like to clear up a few misconceptions. There is a distinction between having a couple of beers and being legally intoxicated. The Pennsylvania Fish and ...

Let punishment of criminals truly fit the crime

Pennsylvania politicians and courts continue to skirt the opinions of most Keystone Staters that a moratorium on the death penalty should be lifted, and that executions by lethal injection should move forward once all appeals are exhausted. And now comes U.S. Supreme Court rulings that have ...

The best of times

DAN ECKLEY South Avis Never in our country’s history have we experienced an era of such ripe opportunity, a time that affords a real chance to fundamental change in the way we govern ourselves. Like many of my friends, I have turned the channel on all television news: Cable, network or ...

Shame on the Fish and Boat Commission

TOM CIMINELLI Woolrich I had heard rumors of this going on, but after I read that three kayakers were arrested for DUI on Pine Creek, I guess it’s true. I, for one, never even knew it was illegal to float down a creek or river while having some beers. Can one walk, talk, run or ...

Honoring designated heroes

JOHN CURCIO North Bend To the committees and to those people who are working to single out for honor certain veterans, it’s a very thoughtful and kind remembrance to recognize these designated heroes. My experience as an air soldier has me thinking of the many personnel who exhibited ...

ACA repeal defeat a bipartisan victory in opioid crisis

TARIK KHAN Philadelphia Last Friday morning’s defeat of the Affordable Care Act repeal was a win in Pennsylvania’s fledgling fight against the opioid epidemic. At the neighborhood clinic where I serve as a nurse practitioner, my patients rely on their health insurance to cover the ...

DUI floating down Pine Creek … really?

JEFF MCGINNESS Williamsport Recently I read an opinion letter from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission on the dire need to raise the fishing license fees to support the growing needs of their department. The letter discussed the wonderful programs and enforcement efforts that the ...

Who is the loser?

VICKI L. ENIGK Montoursville Good grief. Yet another “you’re just mad because your candidate lost” comment. It is not about losing; it’s about a buffoon in office who has no business being there. He has yet to begin working on the job to which he was elected, and he has spent ...