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Time to change the station

EUGENE MOORE

McElhattan

On Nov. 14, I was listening to the person complaining about Joe Snedeker on Talk Back on WNEP Channel 16.

It’s time for that person to change the station or turn the TV off, or better yet, it’s time to grow up.

Myself? I like Joe Snedeker. While I think he is a fruitcake at times, he makes the weather fun to watch!

Another segment on Channel 16 News people have run-ins with is The White Tail Deer. My theory is if you can’t get deer with a rifle, get them with your car.

The new silk road paradigm

TIMOTHY HAVENER

Mill Hall

The battles we are fighting in the Middle East are part of a geopolitical struggle between East and West over what is known internationally as the New Silk Road. Over the past decade or so, China has been investing in huge infrastructure projects to build a trade corridor from Asia through the Middle East and Africa back around through the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea.

All of these brushfire wars we are getting involved with, including the most recent conflicts in North Africa, are the efforts of our military industrial complex to maintain superiority and prevent a redistribution of world trade and power. Saudi Arabia has tied itself to the US petrodollar which is why it and its allies are known to our intelligence agencies to be funneling money and weapons to ISIS and other terror groups in the region in order to destabilize nations like Syria that ally with non-western interests.

This is why we have been in a state of perpetual war for almost two decades. Wealthy Western oligarchs who stand to lose profit needed the nebulous threat of terror to keep us engaged in conflict. This is why the wars go on with no end in sight. Their Empire is crumbling and losing its grip on the world economy fighting the future and reality itself in an arrogant denial that threatens our national security in the name of preserving it.

If we do not regain a democratic hold on our government and join with the rest of the world instead of bombing it relentlessly, future generations of Americans will pay the price for the billionaires who seek to profit from war and destruction as our economy dissolves and the middle class fades away. If we do not act and allow the actions of our government to continue, it will doom our nation to despotism and corruption unable to sustain itself in the new world order.

Gerrymandering: Another

cleaver dividing Pennsylvania

RALPH M. STEPHENS

Williamsport

The Pennsylvania 10th Congressional District is represented by Tom Marino.

Each member of the House of Representatives represents about 647,000 constituents.

As we see too often in Politics today there is always some skulduggery. In the 10th District is the federal prison complex at Allenwood, population 2,900. The U.S. Penitentiary at Lewisburg has a prison population of 1,400. Muncy State Correctional Institute prisoner population is 1,358. Add the county prisoners in the distict and I’ll bet the total number of non-voting prisoners in the district is about 8,000 to 10,000.

The rub is that now Marino is actually only representing about 639,000 constituents. Agreed: This is not an earth-shattering difference. But every vote counts. And now Marino’s votes count just a little more than other politicians who try to comply not only with the actual law but the well-recognized intent of the law.

Congressman Marino needs to Gerrymander 8,000 fewer votes than others. This is just one of many ways that our representatives are gaming the system. They do not need to answer to as many constituents and can spend more time attending to non-resident big donors spending thousands of dollars through PACS and other schemes.

We need to reunite the country, the states and communities. I know this is possible because I have neighbors who are President Trump supporters. Some voted for Bernie Sanders and some voted for Hillary Clinton. Some I suspect voted for Marino. Yet we can agree to disagree and still be good neighbors, friendly and helpful. We need a fair and equal democracy where everyone may expect to have their voice heard. We the people can handle it.

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