This pertains to the lack of proper news coverage of events that take place in Clinton and Lycoming counties by the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and the Lock Haven Express.
There is more exposure given to the four-mile-long Susquehanna River Walk in Williamsport than there is to the 62-mile-long Pine Creek Rail-Trail that originates in Jersey Shore and extends to Stokesdale, three miles north of Wellsboro.
Construction has begun on the Jersey Shore extension of the rail-trail from the southern terminus of Railroad Street to Front Street in downtown Jersey Shore. This project is drawing a lot of visual attention by the general public.
I subscribe to both the Sun-Gazette and The Express because it is my major source of information. As a volunteer for the Pine Creek Rail-Trail, I am not properly informed about anything that pertains to the activities that are required to operate and maintain such a large and valuable asset to Clinton and Lycoming counties. However, I am bombarded with calls and questions concerning any unusual activity that takes place on or near this rail-trail.
With the many letters that I write to the editors of both local newspapers, most of them are old news by the time they are published. The reason being, letters submitted by Virtual Newsroom to the Sun-Gazette have preference over my hand-typed letters. This is the newspaper's policy. If it takes 10 days or two weeks for my letter to get published, then I must wait 10 days after before I may mail my next letter to the editor. Old news is as bad as no news.
My letters pertaining to the 32 families in the Riverdale Mobile Home Park in Piatt Township, who are being evicted because it was bought by Aqua America, are becoming outdated as they lay dormant on my desk. They are victims of the times and policies that are completely unfair to writers, as well as the readers of both local newspapers.
Editor's note: The Express makes every effort to get letters to the editor in our newspaper in a timely manner.