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Letters to the editor

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 ...

Central Mountain athletics

BRYAN SHADE Flemington What planet is this Keystone Central School Board living on? I understand that many of the people on the school board never competed in athletics, or if they did they would understand the value of it. I read in the newspaper every day about kids who are ...

‘Critters’

STEVEN HINMAN Mill Hall I’ve noticed on TV that there is an attorney for a porn star who started out attempting to get the President of the United States and his attorney to testify about a payment made to the porn star about 10 years ago. This has now morphed into an investigation ...

When will Congress get tired of lies?

DAN MASON Williamsport It’s bad enough that the White House is filling the country with lies. Vice President Mike Pence shouldn’t be adding more. It’s time for Congress to act as if it is an independent branch of government. It’s supposed to be. The House needs to denounce the vice ...

Whose insanity?

RICHARD TOBIN Wellsboro A recent editorial cartoon by a syndicated artist showed insanity as a common thread in mass murders. I can’t disagree with this, but insanity has been around for a long time. Back in the day people who listened to the voices in their heads were thought to ...

Mental illness

CAROLE GERST Milesburg How does one cope with mental illness? That’s a big question. Mental illness has a label hang on peoples’ heads that is hard to bear, especially when family and peers do not understand. Mental illness hurts worse than physical pain — it is the opposite ...

Gun rights matter

WILLIAM L. EMICK Barbours The Progressive, anti-rights vultures detect weakness in America’s 2nd Amendment supporters and are perilously contemplating swooping down and snatching their legally purchased, constitutionally protected, semi-automatic rifles. California’s U.S. Rep. Eric ...

Don’t go backward

WILLIAM CHURCHILL Hollidaysburg Driving through neighborhoods in the region, I have noticed many yard signs demanding my attention. The signs want me to notice that someone plans to vote for a particular person in this election. First of all, who really cares? To me, it is lawn litter. ...

Dear Gov. Wolf and elected state representatives

TIMOTHY HAVENER Mill Hall Thank you for passing medical marijuana. As a sufferer of post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) I have finally found the relief traditional medications were unable to provide. However, as I celebrate my own ability to use marijuana legally, I see a grave injustice ...