Lloyd E. Sheaffer

Lloyd E. Sheaffer

Opinion contributor Lloyd E. Sheaffer, a retired English and Humanities teacher, writes from North Middleton Township, Pa. His work appears monthly on the Pennsylvania Capital-Star’s Commentary Page. Readers may email him at [email protected].


The job is hard enough. Let teachers teach | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - March 22, 2022

If I were teaching now, I'm not sure that I'd stay want to stay in the profession, a 32-year veteran educator says.


As the pandemic loosens its grip, it’s time to reengage with the world | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - February 24, 2022

As Gustave Flaubert noted, 'Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.'


Get real, Republicans. Americans elected you to work, not obstruct | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - January 26, 2022

And then you can stop spreading the Big Lie and defend democracy like Real Republicans would.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, or not | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - December 21, 2021

While decorated trees, flying reindeer, perilous gift shopping excursions, and an overweight hirsute elf receive much of the holiday adulation, we should not forget that Christmas is at its heart a religious commemoration for Christians, the birth of Jesus, the Christ. For believers, Christmas is much more than a time that represents, on average, 19% of retail sales for a year.


2021: Our year of irony and tragedy | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - November 18, 2021

Pay attention; be informed; take action to avoid the impending calamity. It’s the only way we can keep our republic.


We need you, face to face, please get vaccinated | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - October 17, 2021

Having been liberated—or at least paroled—from their Zoom prison cells, people are beginning to act like, well, people again.


Because we are involved in mankind . . . Wear a mask | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - August 27, 2021

Tone down your bombast and put on a mask. Make a noble sacrifice. You are worth it. We all are worth it.


The fight over critical race theory is a solution in search of a problem | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - July 23, 2021

The GOP, traditionally seen as the “Grand Old Party” has devolved into the “Groveling Orange Party.”


It’ll take more than free doughnuts to get Americans vaccinated | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - June 6, 2021

What other incentive should you need?  Please . . . get vaccinated.


When we discover that ‘us’ and ‘them’ aren’t really that different, we have no reason to fear ‘them’ | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - April 29, 2021

If we as a whole do not soon take steps to heal these fear-fostered divisions, our humanity will wither, and our inhumanity will devour us. That is something we all should fear.


In this season of hope, we need it more than ever | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - March 31, 2021

Let us all, leaders and constituents alike, engage ourselves fully in our holy days. Maybe then hope will thrive.


Our pandemic year. What we’ve learned. What we’ve lost. Where we go next | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - February 28, 2021

Let’s begin to take the small steps that we can to heal the wounds and soften the scars left by the assault of the ongoing pandemic.