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Letters to the editor

Lots of blame to go around

MARGIE SWOBODA Julian Jan. 6 will be remembered as one of the darkest days for American democracy. Insurrectionists, directed and urged on by Donald Trump, attacked the U.S. Congress in an effort to overturn his election defeat. But make no mistake: Trump wasn’t alone in fomenting the ...

Algorithms

DANIELA RIBITSCH Lock Haven ‘Thanks to the internet — in particular social media —a lot of our communication now happens online. Numerous people also consume their news online, which, admittedly, is very convenient. However, with an ever-growing quantity of digital information, it ...

No to Gerrymandering the courts in Pennsylvania

RON WILLIAMS Pennsylvania Furnace We Pennsylvanian’s are rightfully proud of our state’s role in birthing democracy. After all, the Declaration of Independence was written and adopted here. But have we become complacent? Have we assumed our democratic governance could be put on ...

Roll up your sleeves

LEE M. CICCARELLI, M.D. Williamsport Currently, COVID-19 ranks as the leading cause of death in adults in the United States (above heart disease and cancer), and the third leading cause of death for children. No age group has been spared. Four thousand Americans are dying daily. The ...

Laziness

RICHARD ARNOLD Jersey Shore Laziness is a choice. A lazy person chooses that lack-of-lifestyle. They do it deliberately and arrogantly. They think they are entitled to be lazy while putting a financial burden on either friends, relatives, future spouses, future in-laws, taxpayers or a ...

The Pennsylvania Farm Show

WAYNE CAMPBELL Lemoyne As with many events, the Pennsylvania Farm Show was forced to go virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a bright spot. Online programs such as the PDA Listening Session, the Agriculture Law Forum, the Grange Broadband Panel, and a host of farmer ...

Sewer bills

TRUDY DUCK Mill Hall I am glad to see that, after three months of receiving sewer bills that were always claiming that I didn’t pay the previous month, (which were always paid on time) the Mill Hall Borough secretary finally got it right. They were first putting blame on the bank from ...

Judges should rule on what’s legal, not what’s popular

KATHLEEN O’CONNELL Lemont As a social studies teacher, I explained to 11 year olds the balance of power between three branches of government. The executive branch (the governor) implements laws; the legislative branch (PA House and Senate, aka the General Assembly) write; and the Judicial ...

Good Luck

WILLIE NORMAN Jersey Shore I just read this, “Americans once set a standard for free speech not previously seen in world history. Now, our tech oligarchs have set a precedent for unilaterally suppressing speech they do not like, and it is being felt around the world.” This sentiment ...

Checking the facts

BRIAN NESTOR Flemington I am writing in response to Bryan Shade’s letter to the editor, “World relief” (fact checker.) Mr. Shade caught my attention around Christmas time with a letter to the editor he titled, “Christmas gift ideas.” No gift ideas, it was just an angry, mostly ...

World Relief (Fact Checker)

TIM YOHO Lock Haven Regarding the Jan. 14 letter to the editor from Mr. Shade, we do agree on one thing: It is getting harder and harder to fact-check information. The question is, “Who’s fact-checking the fact-checkers?” And the answer is, of course, “We are.” When I ...

Transparency

CRAIG SEASHOLTZ Avis Perhaps the most overused political term is “transparency.” So what exactly is transparency? Transparency means freely giving access. It means being open, with nothing to hide. I would like to share observations regarding the President’s transparency ...

‘World Relief’ (fact checker)

BRYAN SHADE Flemington In response to the letter to the editor by Tim Yoho using Snopes.com “fake checks,” who fact checks the fact checkers? Judging by the overwhelming party shift from blue to red in Clinton County, people here live in reality and don’t care about liberal ...

Lincoln’s first inaugural

SAM STEA Cogan Station Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural is overshadowed by his second, but there is a phrase in his first that has relevance today. “The Union is perpetually confirmed by the history of the Union itself.” Take heart friends. The Republic is strong, and stronger ...

Government waste

JIM POTTER Linden Many have heard numerous examples of wasteful government spending, from the $1,000 hammers to the $500 bolts and the millions spent to count fish in a river. But it is incredible that the government would require people to reimburse the United States for the cost of a ...

No thanks to Keller

NANCY THALER Tunkhannock U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, you can have the credit if you really want it. In his Dec. 23 newsletter, Congressman Keller took credit for opposing the COVID-19 Relief Bill — though he wants us to know how much the bill will help us here in Wyoming County. In fact, ...

Throwing fuel on the fire

DON WILVER Jr. New Columbia Our current U.S. Rep. Fred Keller will be forever linked to the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol and our democracy. It is fitting that his op-ed column of Jan. 6 defending his failed attempt to thwart a free and fair election appeared the same day as the ...

Legislative stupidity

DR. ARNO VOSK Williamsport U.S. Rep. Fred Keller put out a statement on Jan. 7 saying the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was “shameful, completely unacceptable and un-American.” Doesn’t he realize that what he and other Republican legislators have been doing, in their ...

Thanks, Donald

GEORGE YARNELL Lock Haven I want to thank Donald Trump for making America great again. The Democrats now control the House, the Senate and the White House. Now we need to get rid of every congressman and woman who voted against Pennsylvania’s election results after the riot. ...

To U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson

GREGORY LEIGHTY Loganton U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, shame on you. You chose to support an amoral demagogue over our Democracy! My father and uncle fought during World War II to save our Democracy from another madman. I suggest you find other employment since you are not fit to govern.