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Letters to the editor

Wishful thinking?

DAVID W. RUSSELL Lock Haven I write in response to Dr. George Durrwachter’s Jan. 23 letter regarding the current plan for Lock Haven University’s integration with Bloomsburg and Mansfield. No one can deny Dr. Durrwachter’s commitment to LHU or his family’s long-term beneficence ...

Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month

KEVIN FERRARA Lock Haven It is no secret, firefighters are inherently subjected to high risk, more so than any other profession based on the nature of the job. At any given time, firefighters may be called to an emergency involving fire that produces products of combustion like, carbon ...

Keller sniping

MIKE GLAZER Lewisburg It takes thick skin to be in the arena. It takes no skin at all to snipe from the stands. Fred Keller, congressman from Pennsylvania’s 12 District, must be wearing body armor. Since being elected to represent one of the largest geographic districts in the ...

When will we learn?

WILLIE NORMAN Jersey Shore I came home from a year of hell in Vietnam at the end of March 1970. I married on April 4, 1970. I’ll always remember Martin Luther King Jr.’s. date of death on April 4, 1968. I’ll also remember a month later, March 4, 1970, young and scared, ...

Responses and why

BRYAN SHADE Flemington I’m glad that a couple of letters to the editor that I submitted are causing such responses, calling me naive and angry. I will further explain myself. I served four years in the U.S. Army in the military police and continued my service in federal law ...

Say no to judicial districts

DEBRA TRUDEAU State College Pennsylvania legislators want to take away one of your fundamental rights. You should be mad. HB38, a proposed constitutional amendment, will take away your right to choose all 31 Pennsylvania appellate judges and replace it with choosing only three in your ...

Where are we going?

FRANK A. STETTS III Jersey Shore Consider things we should think about. There has been talk of doubling pay for our nonexperienced workers. Should we then double the wage of people with 10 or 20 or 30 years’ experience or should they stay the same? There’s talk of more illegal ...

Where is Pennsylvania?

CHARLES CAMPBELL State College I have been closely following the state Department of Health (DOH) website regarding the pandemic. It covers historical data which is interesting but fairly useless. My question is: Where are we going? Our local provider of vaccines simply states “We’re ...

Election 2020

TOM MUIR Troy, Va. No one, regardless of whether they support or oppose Mr. Trump, can honestly argue that he brought the country together. It is time to move toward healing our splintered nation. I am confident that the vast majority of Americans want a United (not Disunited) States of ...

Lots of blame to go around

MARGIE SWOBODA Julian Jan. 6 will be remembered as one of the darkest days for American democracy. Insurrectionists, directed and urged on by Donald Trump, attacked the U.S. Congress in an effort to overturn his election defeat. But make no mistake: Trump wasn’t alone in fomenting the ...

Algorithms

DANIELA RIBITSCH Lock Haven ‘Thanks to the internet — in particular social media —a lot of our communication now happens online. Numerous people also consume their news online, which, admittedly, is very convenient. However, with an ever-growing quantity of digital information, it ...

No to Gerrymandering the courts in Pennsylvania

RON WILLIAMS Pennsylvania Furnace We Pennsylvanian’s are rightfully proud of our state’s role in birthing democracy. After all, the Declaration of Independence was written and adopted here. But have we become complacent? Have we assumed our democratic governance could be put on ...

Roll up your sleeves

LEE M. CICCARELLI, M.D. Williamsport Currently, COVID-19 ranks as the leading cause of death in adults in the United States (above heart disease and cancer), and the third leading cause of death for children. No age group has been spared. Four thousand Americans are dying daily. The ...

Laziness

RICHARD ARNOLD Jersey Shore Laziness is a choice. A lazy person chooses that lack-of-lifestyle. They do it deliberately and arrogantly. They think they are entitled to be lazy while putting a financial burden on either friends, relatives, future spouses, future in-laws, taxpayers or a ...

The Pennsylvania Farm Show

WAYNE CAMPBELL Lemoyne As with many events, the Pennsylvania Farm Show was forced to go virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a bright spot. Online programs such as the PDA Listening Session, the Agriculture Law Forum, the Grange Broadband Panel, and a host of farmer ...

Sewer bills

TRUDY DUCK Mill Hall I am glad to see that, after three months of receiving sewer bills that were always claiming that I didn’t pay the previous month, (which were always paid on time) the Mill Hall Borough secretary finally got it right. They were first putting blame on the bank from ...

Judges should rule on what’s legal, not what’s popular

KATHLEEN O’CONNELL Lemont As a social studies teacher, I explained to 11 year olds the balance of power between three branches of government. The executive branch (the governor) implements laws; the legislative branch (PA House and Senate, aka the General Assembly) write; and the Judicial ...

Good Luck

WILLIE NORMAN Jersey Shore I just read this, “Americans once set a standard for free speech not previously seen in world history. Now, our tech oligarchs have set a precedent for unilaterally suppressing speech they do not like, and it is being felt around the world.” This sentiment ...

Checking the facts

BRIAN NESTOR Flemington I am writing in response to Bryan Shade’s letter to the editor, “World relief” (fact checker.) Mr. Shade caught my attention around Christmas time with a letter to the editor he titled, “Christmas gift ideas.” No gift ideas, it was just an angry, mostly ...

World Relief (Fact Checker)

TIM YOHO Lock Haven Regarding the Jan. 14 letter to the editor from Mr. Shade, we do agree on one thing: It is getting harder and harder to fact-check information. The question is, “Who’s fact-checking the fact-checkers?” And the answer is, of course, “We are.” When I ...