Ray Landis

Ray Landis

A former spokesman for the Pennsylvania AARP, Ray E. Landis writes about the issues that matter to older Pennsylvanians. His work appears biweekly on the Capital-Star's Commentary Page. Readers may follow him on Twitter @RELandis.


How old is too old to run for president? The answer isn’t cut and dried | Ray Landis

By: - December 4, 2022

That decision should be based on how best to move the United States forward – not on the date on a birth certificate.


Shapiro, Senate Republicans will have to work together. Can they do it? | Ray E. Landis

By: - November 21, 2022

Both say they want to move Pa. forward. Their methods and policies inevitably will differ.

A week out from Election Day, outside groups have reported spending $7.7 million on behalf of Democratic and Republican candidates. (Photo by Daniella Heminghaus for the New Jersey Monitor)

If we want better from our politics, it starts with us | Ray E. Landis

By: - November 6, 2022

It seems many people get their greatest joy from attacking those they disagree with. The loudest sports fans are those who scream insults at visiting players. Internet trolls revel in posting unflattering and often untruthful information about people with opposing viewpoints. Many people treat anyone who has a different skin tone, religious affiliation, or ethnic […]

A proposed reduction to Pennsylvania's corporate net income tax could be included in this year's state budget.

That giant Social Security cost-of-living bump underlines the need to fix it | Ray E. Landis

By: - October 23, 2022

If the opponents of Social Security insist on labeling it an entitlement, let’s take a small step in that direction.


Wait a minute, Mr. Postman: The mail still matters in our digital age | Ray E. Landis

By: - October 9, 2022

The U.S. Postal Service is part of the public good. We need to protect it from those who would profit by its demise.


One nation, under outrage | Ray E. Landis

By: - September 25, 2022

We're seeing a repeat of revolutionary anger. How we deal with it will determine the future of the nation.


Why can’t we get a handle on scams targeting the elderly? | Ray E. Landis

By: - September 11, 2022

Older adults, who are more used to face-to-face interactions, are particularly vulnerable.

Driver behind the wheel

On the road, as in life, there’s a balance between freedom and responsibility | Ray E. Landis

By: - August 28, 2022

A trait of United States society generally celebrated throughout our history has been the “rugged individualism” of Americans. Sadly, however, much of that “rugged individualism” has morphed into an uncaring selfishness which has become more pervasive in the era of Donald Trump. I was reminded of this when reading the letter that appeared in last […]

Medicine for diabetes disease of health care and self-care concept. Plus size African American woman with syringe making insulin injections at abdominal skin (intra subcutaneous) for hyperglycemia by herself

Republicans showed us who they are with vote on insulin caps | Ray E. Landis

By: - August 14, 2022

There was no clearer signal on whether the GOP stands with Americans or Big Pharma.


The GOP’s claims about gas prices, the economy are running on empty | Ray E. Landis

By: - July 31, 2022

When Trump talks about the country “going to hell” there should be a large video screen with his image staring back at him.


‘Whole Home Repair’ law is proof lawmakers can work together when they want to | Ray E. Landis

By: - July 17, 2022

Creating and funding Whole Home Repair acknowledges the demographic challenges facing the Commonwealth.


We’ve turned power over to a tyrannical minority. There’s a fix if we want it | Ray E. Landis

By: - July 3, 2022

Our best option for revitalizing the United States and rescuing it from tyrannical minority rule is a significant revision of the Constitution.