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.


Wolf admin.’s proposed nursing home regulations come with costs | Ray E. Landis

By: - August 3, 2021

The Department of Health has begun their attempt to respond by issuing the first of what will be five sets of proposed regulations to update the commonwealth’s rules for long-term care nursing facilities. 


Medicare is headed for a crisis. We’re not ready – but there’s still time | Ray E. Landis

By: - July 13, 2021

It is past time to shore up Medicare’s finances and reverse the drift toward its privatization.


How do we stop a slide into autocracy? By always remembering that facts matter | Ray E. Landis

By: - June 27, 2021

Autocratic governments use lies and propaganda to brainwash their citizens and perpetuate their rule.


And you get a shot! And you get a shot! After COVID, what next for state lotteries? | Ray E. Landis

By: - June 3, 2021

Maybe the incentive for a fair and progressive tax system in Pennsylvania is through the creation of a lottery for all Pennsylvania taxpayers.


How our post-truth age has made it easier for scammers targeting the elderly to flourish | Ray E. Landis

By: - May 18, 2021

It is troubling to contemplate the number of people who are susceptible to this kind of lie, which targets some of our most vulnerable.


My family’s long-term care story – and what it says about the challenges we all face | Ray E. Landis

By: - May 2, 2021

There's no one way to do it, but we need to do a better job of preparing families for the decisions that are coming.


Older drivers and Public Safety: Preserve their independence by improving public transit | Ray E. Landis

By: - April 15, 2021

Senior-friendly ride-sharing services, more neighborhood amenities, the potential for driverless cars – all offer alternatives that can help Pennsylvania’s growing older population avoid isolation.


Welcome to the 2021 Pa. budget hearings: New and big problems. The same tired conversation | Ray E. Landis

By: - March 10, 2021

Lawmakers have appeared more content to score partisan points than in addressing the real and underlying structural weaknesses laid bare by the pandemic.


Pa. once had a near-miss with Texas-sized deregulation. We have to remember our history and be on guard | Ray E. Landis

By: - February 25, 2021

We need to support and bolster the efforts of our Consumer Advocate in protecting Pennsylvanians from the excesses of the energy industry.


We can’t afford vaccine haves- and have-nots | Ray E. Landis

By: - February 1, 2021

The failures of 2020 are not an explanation for additional mistakes now occurring as we try to distribute vaccines.


Don’t say the Capitol riots weren’t us. They were. And we need a reckoning | Ray E. Landis

By: - January 13, 2021

The rioters' viewpoints are shared by large swaths of those who live in the United States.


The COVID-19 pandemic taught us brutal lessons in 2020. Will we heed them in 2021? | Ray E. Landis

By: - December 30, 2020

The question for the future will be whether the people who died of COVID-19, and the families who suffered, will be written off as a tragic consequence of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, or whether their sacrifice can lead to a better system.