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.
America can’t sacrifice its elderly on the altar of reopening | Ray Landis
By: Ray Landis - June 1, 2020
The front page of the New York Times on Sunday, May 24 presented what felt like an endless list of those in the United States who have died as a result of contracting COVID-19. The names of 1,000 people, with a one-line summary of a unique aspect of their life, filled the entire page and […]
The Pa. primary is June 2. These are the issues older voters need to keep in mind | Ray E. Landis
By: Ray Landis - May 15, 2020
Pennsylvania’s delayed primary election is now rapidly approaching, but like almost everything else in our lives, COVID-19 has changed how candidates and voters are interacting.
Hit hard by COVID-19, Wolf, lawmakers can’t forget older residents in budget talks | Ray E. Landis
By: Ray Landis - May 6, 2020
We cannot jeopardize the health and welfare of our vulnerable older population in their time of need. Programs need to be shored up in the budget.
Here’s why the COVID-19 pandemic should force a rethink on Pa.’s income tax | Ray E. Landis
By: Ray Landis - April 23, 2020
And we should start with a simple reality check – the private sector is not going to lead us forward. We’ll need to look to state government for help.
COVID-19 has exposed a crisis in our long-term care system | Ray E. Landis
By: Ray Landis - April 11, 2020
This crisis has exposed the serious flaws in the way our society cares for individuals who no longer can care for themselves.
To keep the golden years golden, Pa. needs to start state-sponsored retirement accounts for seniors
By: Ray Landis - March 17, 2020
As Pennsylvania’s population grows older, more and more Commonwealth residents are approaching retirement age. But for many, retirement won’t be the dream of relaxation and adventure. In the coming decades, a large number of Pennsylvanians over the age of 65 will not have the financial resources to continue to afford the basics of food, housing, […]
Pa. lawmakers need to try this fairer, more equitable approach to property tax reform | Ray E. Landis
By: Ray Landis - March 8, 2020
Is it time to again have a debate about eliminating property taxes in Pennsylvania? Senate Republicans think so, because they’ve held public policy meetings on the topic. This renewed discussion does provide an opportunity to take a clear-eyed look at the issue. While rising property taxes threaten to make it unaffordable for some to remain […]