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Letters to the editor

When you truly care and respect others

THOMAS O’NEILL Shenandoah Many students in China understand the value of American education and thousands of Chinese students apply every year to the top American schools. The majority of students in China also have great respect for their teachers and it’s because of that reason I ...

American greatness

TIM MANNELLO Williamsport The Trump campaign has moved from the slogan it employed in the lead-up to the 2016 election, “Make America Great Again,” to a new one for 2020: “Keep America Great.” The old slogan “Make America Great Again” assumed several things. The first was that ...

Bad for the child

TIM ALLEN Lock Haven I could not believe what I read in recently in the Williamsport newspaper. A county judge allowed a mother who failed several urine screens while out on bail (supervised or not) have her child back. And if that wasn’t enough, he allowed the proven father or ...

Baby it’s cold outside

SUE McGOUN Winfield It may be a catchy holiday tune, but there is truth within its title. With the holidays comes cold weather. While we are all busy with the excitement of Thanksgiving and Christmas and gathering with family, we need to take a moment to remember our 4-legged family ...

Be a ‘Doer’ not a ‘Watcher’

BEN MILLER Nazareth It’s been 18 years since I moved from Lock Haven, though I’ll always consider it a second home. I enjoy talking with friends who live in the area and keeping up with current happenings in Lock Haven and Clinton County through the news and social media. That’s how I ...

Sad promises; same old lies

LARRY BARROWS Renovo I think I may have a solution to the problem for the American voters. Instead of political candidates spending billions of dollars to tell us their ideas that never come true, we could do things a little differently. In January of every fourth year we could hold an ...

Expert opinions matter

DANIEL L. ALTERS Bellefonte Two of our children live many miles from where they were raised in northcentral Pennsylvania, relocating when they found work they enjoyed or a person they wanted to share their life. Like many of their generation, they may well move again. It seems this is ...

Scam

MICHAEL F. MODAY Williamsport Should anyone receive any phone calls telling them that they have been overcharged by Amazon, their electric provider, a subscription or anything else, and to call a number to get a rebate for these charges, be advised that this a fishing scam designed to get ...

The end of the American century

PAUL WASHINGTON Mill Hall It is rare to be able to recognize major historical boundaries as they happen, but in the last few weeks we have witnessed the end of the “American century.” The abrupt abandonment of our Kurdish allies in northern Syria and acquiescence with Turkish ...

Night and day

KAREN ELIAS Lock Haven This past week, major newspapers across the country reported that Stephen Miller’s white supremacist beliefs are shaping White House policy on immigration. The beliefs used by this administration to justify the closure of our borders veer uncomfortably close to the ...

Tipping system works well

MICHAEL SALTSMAN Washington, D.C. Survey data shows that restaurant servers and customers love the tipping system. Why do most of the Democratic Presidential candidates want to scrap it? The current approach works well: Servers are legally guaranteed to earn at least the minimum wage with ...

Celebrating American Education Week

RICH ASKEY Harrisburg This Nov. 18-22 we will celebrate American Education Week, a great opportunity to appreciate the amazing public-school educators and support professionals who work hard every day to prepare our students for future success. Our educators introduce students to the ...

Lower prescription drug costs

PATRICIA EPPLE Harrisburg It’s time to lower prescription drug costs in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program is paying billions more than it should for prescription drugs, due to the growing influence of pharmacy benefit managers. Designed to save Medicaid dollars, PBMs have ...

Liberalism

CHARLES ACKERMAN South Williamsport Liberalism, progressivism, neo-Marxism, statism, neo-fascism—the core of today’s Democratic party in my opinion —one day will be seen as a ghastly abomination. Their moral depravity, corruption, confusion, et. al., introduced into America will ...

Wealth tax

WILLIAM C. DINCHER Williamsport The Democrats, particularly Sens. Warren and Sanders, are pushing a wealth tax, a tax on stock trades, and increased income taxes on individuals and corporations. If such were enacted, they would harm the nation’s economy. Our present economic condition ...

Pulling back our troops

ROBERT S. FRANKS Danville In reading the national and local newspapers, I learned several facts that clarified for me President Trump’s decision to pull our troops back in Syria. First, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan informed Trump that they needed a buffer zone to protect Turkey ...

Why not?

ALAN COHICK Cogan Station I am referring to elk and what could be the monarch of our countryside. Presently they are void in our surrounding mountains with a few in the western end of Clinton County. In recent years it has been a desire of mine to go to Benezette near St. Marys, Pa., ...

Trump talks truth to tyranny

ROBERT JACQUES and JAMES STUCHELL Williamsport The most persistent and credible complaint against President Trump is his un-presidential behavior. Complaints of collusion and obstruction post-Mueller are, in our opinion, no longer credible, though they incredibly persist. But Trump ...

Thinking clearly about SVRCS

RICHARD MORRIS Lock Haven Nov. 22 this year marks the 20th anniversary of the decision by the Charter School Appeals Board (CAB) that a charter should be awarded to the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School (SVRCS). This decision came after Keystone Central School Board (KCSD) had four times ...

Unintended consequences

CARLA McELWAIN Loganton I am writing this letter as the president of the Sugar Valley Concerned Citizens, but also because of my long concern for education in the Sugar Valley area. SVCC owns the property and has constructed buildings and other facilities for the Sugar Valley Rural ...