Letters

State grants

The front page of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette on Aug. 20 featured two articles with news updates on state grant issues. One article reported that DEP is unlikely to fund the much-needed Grafius Run upgrade. Apparently the affected residents haven’t suffered enough loss and property ...

Keep warm

As far as the hard left “Snowflakes” who want to torpedo the Natural Gas industry in Pennsylvania, I only hope that, while you are “tiptoeing through the tulips,” you have a big pile of blankets to keep you warm this winter, because if you use one drop of “gas or oil or ...

Right on

Alan Huff’s letter in the Aug. 12 edition is right on, especially the last sentence: “Hopefully, when I’m dust in the wind, my grandchildren will never look back on the times as the good old days.” And they were the good old days when you could go outside and play kick the can, gather ...

Unkept properties

Today I read about the Codes Department being overwhelmed by unkept properties. I truly understand, as I see those properties every day. I wonder if sending a judge’s notice that the home will be confiscated by the city and sold to a local in 30 days if the homeowner in California does not ...

Questions

How come in a state like Texas with its lax gun laws, no good guy with a gun stepped forward to take on the mass shooter in El Paso? Why did Texans rely on the police to handle it? This is the argument that the NRA and gun right advocates always push: it takes a good guy with a gun to take out ...

Year-round school

I think that teachers are highly under-rated. My daughter is a teacher and I can tell you that she does not just work 180 days equivalent. There is so much work behind the scenes, more than your 40-hour-a-week job, the responsibility and care of your children’s mind and body. Where do you ...

Reflections: A peek into the future

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963), known to many as C.S. Lewis, is considered to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, an intellectual giant in his field of English literature. As a British writer and lay theologian he taught at Oxford and Cambridge universities in England. ...

Logic lost on some

As a retired federal lawman, I was encouraged by your opinion article, “What makes mass murderers? We need to find out” in the Aug. 12, 2019, Sun-Gazette. Your clear logic is lost on the Democrats proposing a dozen, or so, “Gun Controls” that will apply only to honest gun owners. At ...

You might be a socialist

Judging by what I’ve seen so far, we’re going to hear a lot about socialism in the next year. One of the Democratic candidates is actually an avowed socialist and the rest will be branded as socialist by the Republicans. Socialism is defined as complete control of the means of production, ...

And our lieutenant governor wants to legalize pot

Among American teenagers, the drug’s “daily use has become as or more popular than daily cigarette smoking,” according to the National Institute of Health’s 2017 Monitoring the Future study. We’ve successfully demonized cigarettes while new laws send kids the message that marijuana ...

Tired of being ripped off

Has anyone one else noticed that our storm water catch basins in this city are growing weeds and trees in them? Did anyone notice our streets in the city are being repaved, and they have dips and holes in them which destroy the suspension on our cars, buses, and trucks? Does anybody care ...

Drunk on our own arrogance

The United States began falling away from God when prayer was taken out of our public schools. After that came assassinations: John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert Kennedy. Marxism was discussed at our elite universities. There were violent protests of the Vietnam War. There was ...

What is is or is it?

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette had on its front page recently pictures from Elimsport, Washington Township, and a report of the township meeting. The discussion centered on horse droppings by horses and other horses pulling Amish buggies. These issues were being considered for a township ...

It’s time to go vegan

A new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report urges people to eat less meat in order to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and protect tropical rainforests, noting that if deforestation is left unchecked, much of the remaining Amazon forest could turn into desert land. Will ...

Someone should do something

Someone with authority should take a walk on the sidewalks on Central Avenue and Mountain Avenue in South Williamsport. Just take a walk sometime. They are broken, so uneven, they are disgusting! Some are just put in, new, but very few. If the right person falls and breaks something, they will ...

Election system security

During his testimony, Robert Mueller made it clear that Russia attacked our elections and that “it wasn’t a single attempt. They’re doing it as we sit here.” Not only do we have proof Russia infiltrated election systems in all 50 states in 2016, Microsoft has already tracked nearly ...

Saying and thinking

From what is going on in politics these days, Mr. Trump is saying what many people are thinking. Katherine Archer Slaybaugh Shipe Old Lycoming

A Bad Taste

A recent letter writer told us that socialism comes in many flavors. What he means by that is that he gets to decide what he wants socialism to mean. Unfortunately for him and other blissfully clueless leftists, socialism means only one thing and that thing is totalitarianism. He would have ...

Washington Township

The township wants to pass ordinances to stop the Amish from using the roads in the township because of horse manure, but if you are not Amish, it will be Okay. I was thinking I live in the country, but the township is trying to say we live in the city. I would like to know how they can tell ...

These aren’t the days

As I look back at growing up in the 1970s and remember thinking how the 21st century sounded like so much science fiction. But here we are heading into its third decade and, forget fiction, it’s really scary! Why are they still worried about blood? We all bleed red, so what’s the problem? ...