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Letters to the editor

Lincoln’s first inaugural

SAM STEA Cogan Station Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural is overshadowed by his second, but there is a phrase in his first that has relevance today. “The Union is perpetually confirmed by the history of the Union itself.” Take heart friends. The Republic is strong, and stronger ...

Government waste

JIM POTTER Linden Many have heard numerous examples of wasteful government spending, from the $1,000 hammers to the $500 bolts and the millions spent to count fish in a river. But it is incredible that the government would require people to reimburse the United States for the cost of a ...

No thanks to Keller

NANCY THALER Tunkhannock U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, you can have the credit if you really want it. In his Dec. 23 newsletter, Congressman Keller took credit for opposing the COVID-19 Relief Bill — though he wants us to know how much the bill will help us here in Wyoming County. In fact, ...

Throwing fuel on the fire

DON WILVER Jr. New Columbia Our current U.S. Rep. Fred Keller will be forever linked to the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol and our democracy. It is fitting that his op-ed column of Jan. 6 defending his failed attempt to thwart a free and fair election appeared the same day as the ...

Legislative stupidity

DR. ARNO VOSK Williamsport U.S. Rep. Fred Keller put out a statement on Jan. 7 saying the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was “shameful, completely unacceptable and un-American.” Doesn’t he realize that what he and other Republican legislators have been doing, in their ...

Thanks, Donald

GEORGE YARNELL Lock Haven I want to thank Donald Trump for making America great again. The Democrats now control the House, the Senate and the White House. Now we need to get rid of every congressman and woman who voted against Pennsylvania’s election results after the riot. ...

To U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson

GREGORY LEIGHTY Loganton U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, shame on you. You chose to support an amoral demagogue over our Democracy! My father and uncle fought during World War II to save our Democracy from another madman. I suggest you find other employment since you are not fit to govern.

How dare you!

CAROLE MYERS GERST Milesburg It was disgusting, in my opinion, to see those people on TV who posed for the cameras while part of the mob scene at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. How dare you! Do you think you represent the rest of us? You did not. As I watched you storm our capitol with ...

Trump’s presidency

ROBERT H. WORKMAN Spring Hill I have never been so disgusted with an administration of the Office of the President as I have with Trump’s Administration. Never in my life have I ever thought I would see a sitting president promote such violence, but he has for the last four years. But the ...

Where do state Senate Republicans stand?

ZACH KELLY Bellefonte I am writing to express my outrage at the Republicans in the Pennsylvanian Senate who blocked Sen. Jim Brewster from taking the oath of office. The voters of the 45th Senatorial District cast their votes. The votes were counted in early November and Sen. Brewster ...

True to the end

STEPHEN HUDDY Williamsport “Fellas, I need 11,000 votes. Give me a break ... and there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated.” So went the gist of the Jan. 2, 2021, hour-long phone bomb from our President to Georgia Secretary of State Brad ...

A letter to Fred Keller and the rest of us

JOSEPH R. FISCHER Northumberland On Jan. 4, Fred Keller, my representative to the U.S. House of Representatives, explained that he intends to challenge the electoral votes from Pennsylvania in the Jan. 6 certification vote of the electoral college results, not because they are based on ...

Were Keller and Thompson legally elected?

TIM MANNELLO Williamsport In early January, eight GOP members of Congress from Pennsylvania, including Fred Keller and G.T. Thompson announced they would “vote against the certification of Pennsylvania’s electors on Jan. 6.” They did not just challenge the Biden win. They threw the ...

Can courts be gerrymandered?

MARSHA H. BIERLY Spring Mills “Gerrymandering” has been used by legislators in Pennsylvania to draw district lines limiting the power of voters. All three statewide courts may become gerrymandered. The House of Representatives will reintroduce a constitutional amendment requiring ...

Neither lawful nor orderly

ERIN KENNEDY Lock Haven I was deeply disappointed to see the headline that The Lock Haven Express chose to accompany the Associated Press article about the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6. A quick internet search reveals dozens of other possibilities; even something as simple as ...

‘World Relief Bill’

TIM YOHO Lock Haven The letter by Bryan Shade published Jan. 6 and entitled “World relief bill” is misleading. The writer indicated falsely that foreign aid was rolled into the COVID-19 Relief Bill. He listed billions of dollars going to various countries and 1.4 billion to an ...

Silence can be deadly

DAVID KAGAN Jersey Shore On Monday, Jan. 4, I approached the entrance to the Weis Store in Lock Haven but came to an abrupt halt; a man not wearing a mask was right at the entrance, chatting loudly with the cart clerk. After about a half a minute, he finally entered the store, still without ...

Citizens deserve to have elected officials who respect our votes

AMY ERSHLER Loganton The Jan. 6, 2021 attack at the U.S. Capitol was not a surprise, but the culmination of four years of inflammatory language and rhetoric, stoked by our president and aided and abetted by many, including Republican members of the House and the Senate. If Mr. Trump’s ...

No clue

WILLIE NORMAN Jersey Shore I have a copy of the U.S. Constitution hanging in my garage by my woodstove (not real close). It’s about 2x4 feet. I read it often and it’s pretty simple. The only amendment that seems really crooked is the last. The 27th says when Congress cuts their ...

Reform the rules; get good legislation to the floor

SUZANNE WEINSTEIN State College In Pennsylvania, legislators draw voting districts based on partisan politics to maximize their chances of being reelected, which minimizes the voice of the voters. During the 2019/2020 legislative session, several state legislators introduced bills that ...