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].


Let’s insist on the Three T’s from our leaders: Truth, trust and thoughtfulness | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - January 28, 2021

After Trump, Americans need more thoughtfulness - in both senses of the word. And way, way less shooting from the lip.


It’s a time to heal – and to move forward together | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - December 17, 2020

This is a time to forgive and forgive, not forgive and forget.


Young voices can shape our nation’s future. Let them be heard | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - October 21, 2020

Our country needs the revitalizing energy of our young citizens to break the miasma enshrouding our current political climate.


The Capital-Star wanted to know. Here’s everything on my mind this election season | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - September 29, 2020

In no particular order, here's everything that's driving our columnist to absolute distraction this election season.


The most successful strategy in life | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - August 23, 2020

Living amidst the latest ugly iteration of social Darwinism with chest-thumping bullying by our blustering, unevolved chief executive and his administration’s not-so-subtle intimations that 23.7% of the US population is less than fully human, the subject intrigued me.


I’m a former teacher: Returning to in-person classes is risky and wrong | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - July 17, 2020

Whether full time or in stages or phases, by scaffolding, or via any other designation school boards have chosen, suffering will ensue. 


Those God-given rights? Those come from men and institutions. Leave God out of it | Lloyd Sheaffer

By: - May 31, 2020

To all those out there who are parading and protesting and shouting to any nearby television camera, “Don’t take our God-given rights,” I say Back off! The “rights” so cavalierly crowed about do not come from God; they come from man through the institution of government. Before tagging me with the godless-secular-humanist badge and pinning […]


Character matters in our leaders. And that’s never been more true than now | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - April 26, 2020

Honesty. Responsibility. Respect. Humility. Conviction. Open-mindedness. All are qualities we need in a president. All are lacking in the current one.


‘The biggest feeling is sadness’: With classes canceled, teachers try to keep teaching | Lloyd Sheaffer

By: - March 24, 2020

We must encourage and support our public educators to find ways to keep our students actively involved in learning and engaged.


Washington: Farmer. General. Statesman. Visionary. Patriot. President. Citizen. | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - February 28, 2020

I share a special affinity for George Washington, the “Father of Our Country,” most likely because we share a birthday. Per the Gregorian calendar, Mr. Washington was born on February 22, 1732, in Popes Creek, Virginia. A couple of centuries after his nativity, I was born on February 22 in the town from which President Washington personally led his troops westward to douse the smoldering rebellion over whiskey taxes in western Pennsylvania.


Getting rid of online comments doesn’t mean the end of dialogue. But it does mean the start of civility | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - February 2, 2020

Let us all work to exchange ideas and debate important issues with comity rather than hostility. We can — and must — do better.


Yes, it’s a time of giving. But it needs to last throughout the year | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

By: - December 20, 2019

Many of charitable institutions are worthy of support now and throughout the year. But they can't do it all alone, all of the time.