Letters

The value of the arts

Roughly 13 years ago I placed on my lips a Yamaha student-model trumpet. It would be the first of thousands of repetitions of such a motion. Despite a considerable period of sounds that were most comparable to that of a moose, I now have played for over a decade. That trumpet has traveled with ...

Crime

I am tired of the ACLU and some of these other pundits accusing the police in these large cities throughout the United States of racism. Crime knows no race. I don’t care if you are black, white, hispanic or Asian. If you do the crime, you do the time. So let’s stop handicapping our police ...

Positive opening

The opening of Nippenose Valley Village has been so positive for the residents of the Nippenose Valley! Remember when the elementary school closed? We lost a place for the kids’ Bower Basketball, we lost our community hub, we lost jobs. The new facility provides employment, senior care, ...

Concerned

Senior citizens should be aware of the implications of the recently introduced Congressional Bill (the American Health Care Act) designed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Consumer Reports recently pointed out that the "House Bill eliminates virtually ...

Use this plan

Make America Great Again – by using the same plan FDR used at the end of WW II! Do you think the wealthy should again start paying a greater percentage? Income tax rates – 94 percent was the top tax rate in 1945. It was used for public projects, National Highways and etc. and 84.4 percent ...

Forefathers spot on

A recent letter suggests the Electoral College is undemocratic, and an amendment to the Constitution is needed. The writer doesn't understand all the people are part of the "one man one vote," principle under our Constitution. If this change was to occur, 3 or 4 states would elect candidates in ...

The Constitution, a ‘living document’

A recent letter said the left should be careful what they wish for. As though we 'liberals' wished for the election of Donald Trump and the subsequent nomination of Judge Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. That is what conservatives wished for and have been granted. Clearly the writer doesn't ...

Early start

Interesting news report by Ms. Hibbard regarding the advantages of starting school early in the Loyalsock Township School District. A perceived need based on providing more pre-test instructional time for students. Time necessary to acquire sufficient knowledge to improve student success on ...

Supporting Gorsuch

I think Neil Gorsuch should be confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice for two reasons. First, he is mature, reasonable, and well respected by his peers. Second, I believe that he will end up being somewhat less of a "strict constructionist" than Antonin Scalia. As such, I don't think the ...

What is a protest good for?

So what is a protest good for? Do they really accomplish anything, especially in the United States? I guess that depends on your viewpoint. According to people who study protests they do increase visibility to a cause. They also demonstrate power, promote a sense of solidarity, build ...

Sharing our immigrant roots

Immigrants, legal or illegal, are much in the news these days. This has prompted me to think about my own ancestors' experience as immigrants to this country. I am the grandson of Italian immigrants who came from a village near Naples at the beginning of the 20th century. I am also the great ...

Equality

With Lycoming County receiving about $350,000 in funding for Neighborhood Improvement Projects, to income eligible homeowners for funding interior and exterior home repairs, I have this to say to whomever is responsible for allocating Natural Gas Impact Fees to be used for city property owners ...

Innocent people

Once again, people are upset — why? President Trump told everyone of his intentions. He was not quiet about his plans. Was anyone listening? He appears to be a man of his word. The problem seems to be that innocent immigrants are being forced to leave ASAP. I realize it has been a hardship ...

The real history

After reading “One Nation Under God” by Dr. David Gibbs Jr., president of the Christian Law Association, I felt I must write this letter. As documented in this book, our country was discovered by a Christian, Christopher Columbus, whom our history classes are tearing apart, accusing him ...

Unfair

Hold on, Williamsport taxpayers! Joe O’Neill, managing partner of auditing firm Baker Tilly, said during a presentation about the district’s audit that the employer contribution to the pension plans will double from $6.1 million in 2013-14 to $12.4 million in 2018-19 as the percentage rate ...

The real problem

In his column on March 5th, Nathan A. Benefield, talking about pension reform, stated “But for ten years, government union leaders have denied the pension crisis and argued against reform. State taxes and property taxes have ballooned to fund the ever-growing pension burden.” The problem ...

Press for free press

Like probably every other president, Thomas Jefferson had problems with what some in the press of his day had to say about him. But my favorite Jefferson quote on the subject is this: "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a ...

The right change

The last eight years have been the worst eight years, politically speaking, because the country has been represented by a limp wrist prince who apologized for American values and traditions, bowed to foreign kings and leaders, disregarded the rule of law, failed to support police, disregarded ...

Chilling bill

Pending Pennsylvania Senate Bill SB217 would eliminate your parental option of the right to refuse vaccines regardless of any moral or ethical conviction to the contrary. If this bill passes, it will be law in a mere 60 days. Your loss of control of what goes into the body of your child should ...

The real threat

The March 12th issue had an AP story titled. “Advocates say First Amendment can withstand Trump attacks”. The problem with the article is that it misses the real threat to the First Amendment. It is not Donald Trump or any other individual, but the collective press itself which threatens ...