Opinion

Opinion

PSU should establish disincentive to fix alcohol abuse problem

Like many others in the region, I’m saddened and dismayed by the tragic accidental death of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza on Feb. 4, but my first exposure to Penn State students behaving badly because of alcohol abuse occurred about 10 years ago when the automobile and newly purchased State College residential property of some relatives of mine were vandalized in the middle of the night. Needless to say, they were traumatized. I was infuriated but merely mulled over options and took no immediate action.

Opinion

ACA repeal threatens our health, jobs

In a recent interview with the Centre Daily Times, Congressman Glenn Thompson shared his views of the Affordable Care Act. “We either repeal and replace, or we allow it to implode, which is going to hurt a lot of people.” Telling his constituents that the ACA will self-destruct is a convenient, misleading way to duck responsibility for hurting lots of us with “repeal and replace.”

Opinion

Start the sidcussion on use of the word ‘guys’

When I was growing up, there were two types of people: guys and girls. If you were “going out with the guys,” that pretty much implied that there weren’t going to be any girls around or that you were going to be doing “guy” things — like pounding down beers or playing a game of non-co-ed softball. You can be sure that there was talk about the “girls” among the “guys” or maybe we were really hoping that some girls would be around to see us hit a home run in the softball game. Those were simpler times in some respects.

Letters to the Editor

Rep. Thompson’s repeated ACA myths

With mounting dismay, I read your interview with Rep. Glenn Thompson concerning the Affordable Care Act (CDT, 2/10), in which he reiterates most of his party’s disingenuous talking points about health care delivery in America. Thompson dutifully parroted the GOP myth that, without rehabilitation, Obamacare will “implode.” That is manifestly false, and I like to believe that, in his heart of hearts, Thompson knows it’s false. Yes, this flawed but noble program will surely die, but only as a function of bedrock Republican hostility to the whole idea of our government regulating an industry. Thompson also resorted to the standard GOP euphemism whereby “all Americans” are granted “access” to our health care system, which of course is not the same thing as being able to participate in the system. Why should a financially strapped citizen even try to buy insurance “across state lines” when he or she has been priced out of all the markets?

Letters to the Editor

An irresponsible claim

I was horrified to see you write that “the MMR (vaccine) has been at the center of some questions raised about a relationship to autism,” and that despite the retraction of a scientific article asserting such a link, “the controversy has remained.”

Letters to the Editor

Ask questions based on data

Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to cut $2 billion in spending is smoke and mirrors. Although the cuts may be real over a period of years, a look at the budget shows that any savings from cuts would be spent elsewhere.

Letters to the Editor

All will survive the next 4-8 years

I am amazed at the audacity of the group of people who showed up at Rep. Glenn Thompson’s office demanding a town hall and spewing allegations that he is indifferent to their pressing issues. Who do they think they are? I don’t believe that they ever called his office without getting a response, if they gave his office time to respond.

Videos

EMTs take Aylin Hernandez, an abduction victim, from a police cruiser

Oscar Hernandez was arrested at about 11:15 a.m. Friday in College Township after a crash on Interstate 99. The man, the suspect in a stabbing homicide, abducted his 6-year-old daughter Aylin in Connecticut.
Abby Drey adrey@centredaily.com
EMTs take Aylin Hernandez, an abduction victim, from a police cruiser 0:08

EMTs take Aylin Hernandez, an abduction victim, from a police cruiser

I-99 crash scene where man was arrested in Amber Alert case 0:38

I-99 crash scene where man was arrested in Amber Alert case

Video shows Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter dispute before arrest 3:33

Video shows Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter dispute before arrest

Thon reveals fundraising total for 2017 1:54

Thon reveals fundraising total for 2017