Letters

Don’t honor deceptively gained gas leases

In 2009, the gas industry paid two professors at Penn State's mining school $100,000 to write a report wildly exaggerating fracking's economic potential. The Penn State Reports, brought out in 2009, 2010, 2011, were falsely portrayed as legitimate academic research. They were used to ...

Do we value our freedoms enough?

There have been several letters written to this paper recently complaining that if only the government didn't take God and prayer out of the schools, the kids these days would behave much better. My answer to that would be that if families did not take God and prayer out of their homes ...

Free trade falsity

The theory of free trade is invariably invoked to justify not only the elimination of trade barriers, but even of national borders. But if goods can move without national restraint, then surely people should have the same freedom that steel and bananas have! But the theory of free trade ...

New Year’s resolutions

As 2019 begins, Lycoming County Special Olympics wants to say thanks to everyone who was involved in the program in 2018. Individuals serving as volunteers, coaches, committee members, unified partners, financial donors, provided training facilities or supported our numerous fund raising events ...

Respect and maturity

Before reading this letter, please understand, I have the utmost respect for former Republican Sen. John McCain. While watching the national news coverage Dec.4, of former president, George H.W. Bush’s funeral, I was very impressed by the former president’s family welcoming Bill and ...

Logic falling flat

On first read I thought that the letter "Arguing over silly things" was well thought out but something about it kept nagging at me. I took another look and then another and then I zeroed in on the question, "How about the right for us to make our own decisions, or have we really become a ...

Elder abuse is a big problem

After reading the article about the elder abuse this morning (Jan. 10, 2019,) I have to state that some changes need to be put in place. Not nearly enough pressure has been put on area agencies to curb elder abuse and families don't realize exactly what can be termed elder abuse. Screaming ...

Don’t wait for Dems

I just watched President Trump’s bid for a steel border wall or "fence," if that's what you prefer to call it, and also other security measures that will help secure our Southern border. I think American steel is a great idea being we can electrify it if need be in certain situations. ...

Inspiring chaos

The State of the Union Address is approaching. The "state of the union" is Donald Trump. The "state of the union" is chaotic. The State of the Union Address is approaching. It will be delivered by a man who inspires chaos. Presidential biographer Jon Meacham: "This is not ...

What federal government is for

The federal government does not exist to provide jobs to federal workers. It exists to serve the American people. And no such service is greater than the basic enforcement of laws and protection of our borders. Romuald Andraka Trout Run Submitted by Virtual Newsroom

Trump should take congressman’s advice

The Wall, The Wall, The Wall. This became a Trump rallying cry during the 2016 election. His former staffers acknowledge this became a phrase meant to gin up his audiences into a frenzy during his campaign. Per Trump, terrorists, rapists, and drug dealers were pouring into the country through ...

Ditch Super Bowl halftime

Regarding Super Bowl halftime shows, J-Zee says, “I don’t need you, you need me.” Personally, if it were up to me, both teams would go to their dressing rooms, rest, work on second half strategy and continue the game. The money spent on advertisements and other extravaganzas at the ...

Why Is It?

I am confused. Aren’t people in government positions supposed to have brains, a conscience, or just plain common sense. If the Democrats are so opposed to the border fence (wall), what man, woman or child felt it was needed in the first place many years ago? As far as Michael Cohen, James ...

The church’s sins

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia is going to set aside $25 million to $30 million for settlements with abuse victims. This amount is from existing liquid assets and is a floor, not a ceiling. It said it expects to need more money than it has on hand, so it will have to borough and ...

Stop complaining

Sorry to disappoint anyone but Trump is our president! He is making things better. His point is to build a wall and stop illegal entry into the USA. I lost a job. After 8 years I ran out of unemployment because I was too old for hiring. I had to take early retirement at 62. l went two and a ...

Rape the earth

On Dec. 11, 1980, the federal government’s $1.6 billion “Superfund” was created to pay for cleaning up environmental messes, such as acid water draining from abandoned coal mines, deteriorating abandoned structures (anthracite coal breakers) and abandoned coal strip mines (land and ...

Republican colors

Want to know why Republicans are against identity politics. They are afraid the voters will finally find out who they identify with. Prime example, the recent uproar over the Rep. Steve King of Iowa defending white nationalism. It is clear Republicans are not red, white and blue. "Red" and ...

How proud will they be?

After subscribing and reading the headlines of our local newspapers, I find what is going on in our townships, counties, states and country exceeds history ever since we became the United States of America on July 4, 1776. Over 200 years ago, if someone robbed a bank, shot an innocent person or ...

Deserving better

Mr. Hamm’s letter, “We Deserve Better” ironically sums up the sentiment women had when it became public that Lycoming County Commissioner Tony Mussare pushed a well-qualified woman aside in order to appoint a “crony” to an important volunteer committee for the County. Our resounding ...

Misrepresentation

I am writing to correct Hepburn Township Supervisor Joseph Hamm’s letter that misrepresented the County Commissioners’ Meeting of Dec. 11, and inaccurately and unfairly attacked Linda Sosniak and Commissioner Mirabito. Mr. Hamm correctly quotes Commissioner McKernan, who did, indeed, say ...