Letters to the editor

Reducing our ecological footprint

MICHAYLA EISENBERG Arlington, Va. We have a great life, don’t you think? Well, not really. We have a lot to fix. We have to stop using fossil fuels like oil, natural gas, and coal. Otherwise, we will not have enough resources for the future. We can’t keep taking stored carbon ...

I’ll show you!

CHARLES REEDER Montoursville A writer recently thanked another writer for giving him the push he needed to get a gun with a 30-round clip capacity. In his letter, he states, “Because of their insistence that I don’t ‘need’ a sporting rifle, I went out and bought my first one ...

Help stop the use of harmful pollutants

ISABELLE TETI State College Seven million people die every year from air pollution, according to the World Health Organization. Many of these deaths are caused by indoor pollutants from everyday household items. An example of these chemicals are those called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. ...

Right-sizing is wrong-headed

RICHARD A. MORRIS Lock Haven Readers will note that the term “right-sizing” is never used in situations where there is a planned increase in the size of a workforce. It is always used as a verbal trick to justify workforce reductions by suggesting subliminally that downsizing is the ...

Property Independence Act HB/SB 76

VICKI MUNZ Lock Haven As we enter into another fiscal year where the 2018-2019 Pennsylvania budget will be the issue, we will once again hear how the public pension system is the number one cause of property tax increases. But they go up because they still exist and it’s the ...

Gun control and drugs

GALEN W. SEAMAN Williamsport This is in response to Tim Mannello and his “Of Muskets and AR-15s” published on May 2. Mr. Mannello states that the ordinary citizen should not own an AR-15 or other such weapons. I’d like to enlighten him to some historical facts. During the American ...

How do we get to know our students better?

ROBERT GOSSMAN Beech Creek A question asked by our Task Force for Safe Schools: Has anyone else noticed that school shootings seem to occur in only in large schools? Once again, in a school of over 1,500 students. How can the staff and teachers possibly know the students? ...

Tiresome

LAWRENCE ROSS Loyalsock It is becoming tiresome to read journalists and editors who have picked up and are using the right wing euphemism “entitlements.” I have paid into Social Security and Medicare every year, faithfully, for almost 50 years. When the time comes, I want my money ...

Immigrants aren’t “animals”

ARNO VOSK Williamsport Immigrants are being demonized. In the words of our president, they are “animals” from “s—t hole countries.” They are rapists, felons who want nothing more than to sponge off hard-working Americans. I have news. Today’s immigrants and refugees are no ...

National EMS Week 2018

TIM NILSON Bellefonte Pennsylvania’s EMS providers responded to 1,143,134 requests for assistance throughout the Commonwealth in 2016. That equates to a dispatch every 27 seconds! Please join me in saying “THANK YOU” to the local Emergency Medical Service (EMS) ...

Tax relief opportunity: What are the odds?

GEORGE HENRY Muncy This past Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned a federal law that had banned sports gambling outside the state of Nevada. According to a recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, Pennsylvania already has legislation to enable sports ...

Permanent tax cuts

CHAD OLSON Minnetonka, Minn. Congressional Republicans are negotiating to make last year’s temporary tax cuts permanent, in addition to discussing other forms of tax relief. They should pass a second round of tax cuts as soon as possible. Since the first round of tax cuts, more than ...

Spot on

GEORGE LOCKETT Morris Having just read William L. Emick’s May 12 letter, “Gun rights matter,” I have to say great job and spot on Mr. Emick. But you know the liberal lefties who read your letter are going to make their liberal denials, saying that we who support the 2nd Amendment ...

Missing the point

MARLIN D. LILLEY JR. Cogan Station In response to Mr. Jay Myers’ April 30 letter to the editor, “Reasonable debate:” Sir, you miss the point. The day the government takes away semi-auto rifles with 30-round magazines from law-abiding citizens, it will only be a short period of ...

Right

MIKE KERSTETTER Watsontown Mr. Jay Myers, in his April 30 letter to the editor, “Reasonable debate,” asserts that one has to demonstrate a need in order to exercise a right. He’s right, we don’t need a sporting rifle (the proper name for the weapon) with a 30-round clip to kill a ...

The call for fair districts is not a Democratic scam!

LEIGH-ANNE CONGDON Mill Hall I spent much of this past Tuesday (primary election day) collecting signatures on a petition supporting a fair and transparent redistricting process that includes an independent citizens’ commission to draw district boundaries after the 2020 census. I was ...

A plea to pool owners in Clinton County

ROBIN JONES Lock Haven It’s that time of year: Time to prepare the swimming pool for a hot summer, cookouts, and family fun. A local team of professionals and law enforcement in Clinton County are asking pool owners to evaluate their pool accessibility and municipal code ...

Brrrrr

JOHN YOUNG Williamsport I always thought the coldest place in the United States was in Alaska or northern Minnesota during the winter. But I’ve come to believe the most frigid place in the U.S. is actually inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington D.C. The Trump White House. ...

20 percent of Americans are fools

JAMES R. HOLTER Howard I recently received a Christian newsletter that stated that atheism in America has increased to 20 percent. This means that they do not believe in God or Jesus Christ. Most atheists believe in evolution ... that is that humans have descended from apes. Really! ...

Words hurt

SHIRLEY MOORE McElhattan This letter is long, long overdue but it is better late than never. Have you the general public ever wondered why kids commit suicide? Well I think I may have one answer. Many years ago my sister and I had to take a bus 15 miles each way to school and back. We ...