What’s with this fable concerning the median income in the city of Williamsport being $33,147 a year? It had been published in the past that the average income per household in Lycoming County was $42,000 a year. The term average should not be used under these circumstances.

Typical is a characteristic word that means most. It can be construed as not all are. It should not be cast aside because it insinuates that not all residents average $33,147 income a year in Williamsport or in Lycoming County. There are many whose yearly income is less than $10,000 a year.

If there are any bragging rites for any purpose, they should be truthful and not insinuative. Both of these figures are very misleading the way they are published in our papers. If the truth must be told, why doesn’t the truth come out that thousands of our retired citizens manage to survive on less than $10,000 a year and are paying in excess of $2,000 in county and school taxes every year.

This is unfair and unjust to the senior population throughout our county, but it remains silent and it isn’t the only thing in Pennsylvania that is swept under the rug, as though it doesn’t exist. Something must be done, but it will never happen on the watch of our present elected or appointed city and state leaders. It shows every time they are given the opportunity to falsely express their views, which is always the positive side of every situation and never a negative side about anything published in the Sun-Gazette.

These statewide studies pay those who have nothing better to do a reasonable wage and we the residents of places such as Williamsport and rural Lycoming County pay a high price for the exaggerated and false imagery produced by wrongfully misrepresenting our areas. It’s an open invitation for any and all to choose an area such as ours to relocate in, 30 or 40 thousand dollars a year, it’s safe, and it is publicized as having nothing but the best and it is promulgated to be made known to many, all because a new statewide study says so, Williamsport, is the best city to live in.

This article certainly did the trick, because it was published in every local newspaper in the commonwealth. Lycoming County is being deprived of its bragging rights, that we always had concerning the beauty and privilege of being a county in a rural North Central Pennsylvania, where living and raising a family was always sacred to the elderly who experiences this blessing of the past.

Weldon C. Cohick