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.

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.


Pa. lawmakers, Wolf need to pay caregivers what they’re worth | Ray E. Landis

By: - June 26, 2022

A network sitcom tells us important stories about immigration, healthcare, and aging.


Lawmakers, Wolf can’t kick the can down the road this budget season | Ray E. Landis

By: - June 5, 2022

The General Assembly has chosen to use this influx of federal dollars as a slush fund to avoid making the hard choices of raising revenues or cutting state programs.


The primary is over. The shakedowns for contributions continue. Save your money | Ray E. Landis

By: - May 22, 2022

If you must give to a campaign, cut your donation by half, and give the balance to a worthy cause that will really make a difference.


These are the trends to watch for among older voters in the Pa. primary | Ray E. Landis

By: - May 8, 2022

With critical gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races, the nation’s eyes will be on Pennsylvania.

Damage in Kyiv, Ukraine, from the Russian invasion. A residential building destroyed

Here’s the new strongmen. The same as the old strongmen. There’s no backing down | Ray E. Landis

By: - April 24, 2022

The rise of the new authoritarians is hauntingly familiar. We cannot shirk our responsibility to confront them.


Pa.’s 2022 GOP U.S Senate primary could define future of Social Security, Medicare | Ray E. Landis

By: - April 10, 2022

If Mehmet Oz or David McCormick win, advocates for the most successful social welfare programs in American history should be worried.


The Villages: A new type of retirement community | Ray E. Landis

By: - March 25, 2022

Pennsylvania is notorious for having an absurd number of different local governments. The commonwealth has counties, cities of various classes, boroughs, towns, school districts and townships. Villages are not officially recognized local entities, although there are PennDOT-issued signs identifying villages throughout the state.


If it was easy to eliminate property taxes, it would have happened by now | Ray E. Landis

By: - March 13, 2022

Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon, who's retiring, is trying to sell this quick fix again.