Letters

Be careful

As a result of my aging, I decided to start using home-health aides about four years ago. The results for me have been decidedly mixed, and I want to warn the many other people out there who might employ aides who are supposed to be providing care and assistance to their clients. Although ...

A rite of passage

The June 3rd Sun- Gazette ran the "Picture of the Week" - a picture of a 9-year-old girl holding up a fish that she caught at the recent Cane Pole Derby at Rose Valley Lake. The girl seemed happy. No doubt that the parent(s) were happy and the organizers of the event were happy. The readers of ...

Big decisions

The NTSD School Board will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday. There will be two items on the agenda of which district taxpayers should take note. One is final adoption of the 2017-18 budget and the other is the Northern Tioga Bond Parameters Resolution and Bond Purchase ...

Double standard

When that silly picture of comedian Kathy Griffin holding a fake bloody head of President Trump surfaced I found it a bit humorous although tasteless. What followed was outrage over the depiction of the president having his head cut off. Griffin has been fired by CNN and a number of tour ...

Statistics

The most important statistic for the drug overdose epidemic is this, one drug overdose is “one too many.” Robert Minier Cogan Station

Confused

I just read a letter in the paper May 25 that sounds like it was about Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. The party is in total hysterics following Hillary’s loss. Democrats insist it was the Russian interference that caused her loss. I guess the Russians came over and took 63 million ...

A fairer taxation system

It’s no secret Pennsylvania-based corporations have seen their taxes cut and their profits increase, with little evidence of job growth or higher wages. Pennsylvania tobacco users are paying higher tax rates, and alcohol and gambling venues have increased both in their numbers and ...

Write about it

Today, May 23, 2017, I read about what the president wants in his budget. Sounds like Mr. Ryan! If the people of this nation don’t wise up and get their heads out of their you-know-what’s and start writing, calling, etc’ing and letting our powers that be, know how much these budget ...

Job growth

On May 30, 2017, I was listening to talk back on channel 15 is a person was complaining about all this rain we have been getting. Be grateful that you don’t have to shovel or plow the rain. If it wasn’t the rain to make the grass to grow so I can mow lawns for people or when it snows ...

A moving tribute

I recently visited the Veterans Grove Memorial in Old Lycoming Township. It is a very simple but moving and solemn Memorial Day tribute to the service men and women who gave their all. The thought occurred to me that the display could even be improved if the military service emblems were ...

When lying stopped

A strange malady caused Congress to close both the House and Senate when none of the members were able to speak in their chambers. The news media suffered the loss of 95% of their broadcast and print stories; Almost all advertisements disappeared; Political parties were unable to issue any ...

Surprised, happy

It was with great surprise and happiness we learned of the re-opening of Vannucci Foto in downtown Williamsport by the Raffertys. Knowing that the legacy of a family business will continue with a Family is heartwarming in this day and age. Growing up in a family business was common in my ...

Thank state police

I am in full agreement with Mr. Burdett's column about the state police. To have them do what their job requires them to do I had to send a letter of compliant to their headquarters to get any response. Even then they did nothing. When our paper had an article about the agency being worth ...

Who is the snowflake now?

Not too long ago the Left was referred as “snowflakes”. Now the Right says we are so mean to everyone and everything. Who is the “snowflake” now? Charles M. Reeder Montoursville Submitted by Virtual Newsroom

Modern medicine

I learned to respect modern medicine more than 50 years ago. My older sister was hiccuping at dinner. Dad suggested folk remedies sometimes worked. My little brother said, “Hold your breath.” I heard all seven of us at the table draw a breath and hold it. We waited. And waited. It ...

Caught in middle

On Mr. Trump's recent first foreign trip as president , he visited Saudi Arabia where several other Sunni Arab leaders were present. Mr. Trump revealed a major part of his Middle East policy in lining up with the Sunni Arab nations in calling for rejection and isolation of Iran. At the same ...

Punishment

We are now into the 100th anniversaries of the federal income tax and the Federal Reserve System. Right now, both are doing immeasurable harm to us. Income taxes punish us of risk-taking, productive work and success. Look at history: Anytime income taxes have been eased, the economy prospered. ...

Obstruction of science

While recently receiving a well-deserved award on behalf of his family, a local philanthropist listed the 10 rules his family lives by. One of them is: "Frame every so-called disaster in these words. In 100 years, will this matter?" That rule is a gem of wisdom in question form. It reminds us ...

What we are

Do you know what those long, rectangular buildings are that still dot the countryside in villages and on once-busy corners? They are Grange buildings, the shuttered remnants of rural progressive politics. At the turn of the twentieth century, the Grange was a political force to be reckoned ...

Telling it like it is

I attended Garth Everett’s Town Hall meeting recently. There were people in attendance who were concerned about property taxes. I said the Pennsylvania Republican Budget (HB218) would result in an increase in property taxes. Mr. Everett thought I may have confused the federal budget (which ...