This pertains to the headlines in the Sun-Gazette which read Under Control – DCNR proceeds with ‘Q&A’ session on drilling. A stakeholder is someone who stands to gain or risk loosing in the future and it certainly doesn’t only include elected and appointed leaders who were invited to a closed-door meeting, where only stakeholders were invited.

Every red-blooded Pennsylvanian in this state in a stakeholder when it comes to owning a piece and having a say concerning what is happening to our state forests. It would be wise if someone would be more selective in choosing words of choice before having them printed in the headlines of our local newspaper, unless those in attendance consider themselves to be the only stakeholders around.

Secondly, taxpayers should not take lightly to the recent police settlement with an ex-cop in Williamsport that will be costing taxpayers money for years to come. This is a perfect example of preferential treatment to a city employee, all because this ex-cop was offered a plea agreement by the Attorney General, of which the ex-cop pleaded guilty in Lycoming County Court to receiving a TV set a gift which he didn’t report. This pension benefit calculation is based on more than $32 per hour wages, which makes this whole case smell to high heaven.

Thirdly, why would President Obama propose a cut in Social Security benefits of nearly $1,000 a year for an average 85- year-old Social Security recipient? This was printed in our local newspaper. Millions of us are trying to survive and keep our homes up on $900 a month income, which amounts to $29 a day. We retired seniors are not only being knocked to the ground by our laws and leaders, but we are being trampled to death.

Weldon C. Cohick Jr.