Not the answer

Hiring more probation officers is not the answer to alleviating prison overcrowding in the Lycoming County Prison. First time DUI offenders should not receive an ankle monitoring system device, rather than sending them to prison.

The fine for any DUI offender should be at least triple of what it is and they should automatically loose their driver’s license for a year.

The greatest deterrent for any crime is the price on must pay for committing it. It is time our country stops pampering those who put the general public in harms way by slapping the fingers of violators of our laws and well being, and starts punishing those who sneer and speak contemptuously at the most treasured asset we citizens have in this state, which are the dedicated policemen of Pennsylvania.

They should be set apart from other professions as being scared, devote and hallowed.

The adult probation offices number one mission is public safety. Secondly, it is to rehabilitate these individuals.

It is evident that the present policies in Lycoming County are not working because they were not designed to benefit the public.

Our lawmakers reached premature conclusions and under estimated how severe the problems of alcohol and drugs would become in our area.

Williamsport started inviting this problem in the 1970’s when all the administrations up until now, promoted Williamsport as become the metropolitan area in preference to remaining a third class city nestled in the less populated are of our state, where rural living was once connected with the charms of nature.

Take a good look at the problems we face today in Lycoming County. Was it worth it?

You can bet your last tax dollar that it wasn’t. The only individuals who claim it was worth it is those who own business in the area.

Thousands of Lycoming County residents no longer shop in downtown Williamsport because it is no longer shopping-friendly. In addition to that, they dread and fear the section of Route 220 between Jersey Shore and Williamsport, which is being referred to as the Indianapolis Speedway of the east, which carries in excess of 20,000 vehicles a day.

I am an 84-year-old retiree who owns a ranch home that sits on 5 acres of land along Route 220 in Piatt Township.

I cannot travel anywhere without using Route 220.

Weldon C. Cohick Jr.