Letters

Shameful

If you think you have local control of your school board you have never attended a school board meeting. Now this underhanded sleight of hand trickery of a referendum on the ballot. Why can’t we have the choice to eliminate all 100% school property tax and go to a sales tax ...

Monarch butterflies vs. Dow Chemical

The Monarch Butterfly that was once so common is now in jeopardy of surviving. The population has been declining over the past several years and last year alone dropped another 30 percent. The loss of common milkweed, which is food and a host plant, is the main cause plus the destruction of ...

Disrespected again

Another American flag hung upside down in protest of July Fourth. Whoever “Salon” is — No one is forcing you to stay in a country you do not appreciate or care about. Instead of showing disrespect or complaining about this country — leave! I hear North Korea is nice this time of ...

Hate

The Democratic party has a hate for this country like never before. The left is doing more damage to this country than our enemies. Charles Ardell South Williamsport

North Korean corruption

I consider the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, to be a scumbag and just a leader equal to Adolph Hitler of Germany, Hirohito of Japan during the second World War in the 1940’s, as well as Joseph Stalin of Russia who had brutal ambitions which never materialized. This has festered in my ...

Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a great time of celebration in our country. Erma Bombeck noted the kind of country we are in her usual humorous way: “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks and soldiers who file by the White House in a ...

Fraudulent commission

President Trump's commission on election integrity, chaired by VP Pence and co-chaired by secretary of state for Kansas, Kris Kobach, just sent out letters to all 50 states requesting information about voting in their states. The states have pushed back and said they will not comply with the ...

The future of jobs

Paul Rinker made a string of misstatements about my letter on the future of jobs: "Tim Mannello gave a vision of a dystopian future where machines steal all the jobs from us poor helpless humans." To the contrary, I referenced research that estimates that, around 2030, "38% of jobs will be at ...

At it again

It would appear as if Mr. Paul Rinker, after a conspicuous absence from the opinion pages of the Sun-Gazette after his failed attempted to gain a place on the ballot for the upcoming 2017 School Board election, is back and at it again. In a piece entitled “A Better Future”, Mr. Rinker ...

Budget buffoonery

Reading about the budget fiasco in Harrisburg highlights a basic flaw in our government at all levels. When any person or business sits down to create a budget, they must first determine how much money will be coming in, and then decide how best to use that money. Government decides how much ...

Two levels

Mr. Underwood sees two levels of loving America, what it has been and what it should be. How about what America is Mr. Underwood? Because that is the America I love, what it is. I think more people would agree that they love America for what it is. Too bad he sees loving America should be ...

Cemetery shabby

I am a resident of Williamsport. I know if I do not take proper care of the property where I live I could be cited by the city bureau of codes. It is also common curtesy to my neighbors. Every morning I drive past the cemetery on Washington Boulevard. I am appalled to say the least. How ...

The rabbit hole

As President Trump met with Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, a national poll indicated that 49 percent of Republicans viewed Russia as "friendly" or "an ally." Give this phenomenon some thought. What does it tell us about the mentality, the ideology, and the future of the ...

Fleecing sheep

It seems Gov. Wolf's favorite pastime is fleecing the sheep! He has never met a tax hike he does not like! Instead of being responsible and making the government live on its means, and spend only the money already being taken from the public pockets, he believes that what ever money is left in ...

Remember the first responders

Throughout the recent rash of heroin overdoses I think one thing should be mentioned. Based on numbers released, 51 people overdosed, 3 people died in a span of 2-3 days. My sympathy to the families of those 3 who were lost. Never mentioned was the absolute miracle that the local first ...

A very bad idea

The Property Tax Independence Act, House and Senate Bills 76, would eliminate school property taxes by increasing the rates of the State’s personal income and sales taxes. This proposed legislation is not a good idea. Why? This proposed law would send too much tax money to Harrisburg and ...

Fix the sidewalks

In the past, I have written about how bad the streets are. I won’t back down about that, but I now have to add that the codes officers need to get back out there and make homeowners fix their sidewalks. I have not walked the sidewalks in many years, since I used to walk my children and then ...

Important fact missing

There is an important fact left out of Tim Mannello’s comparison between so-called Trumpcare and Obamacare (July 6–"Do no harm") and that is that Trumpcare does not exist! There is no such thing as Trumpcare. It is only being discussed, and debated. It is not a law. But why let facts spoil ...

Take a stand

If you don’t take a stand, can you stand to fall? It’s quite a drop — the distance from Heaven to Hell. Hades, now that is a bottomless pit. Time out of time the sands of time run into the Dead Sea. And then the dead do see. The Lord knelt and wrote in the evershifting sand, our sins ...

Sidewalks

What does the codes department do all day in South Williamsport? They sure don’t check the broken and uneven sidewalks on Mountain Avenue and Hastings Street. I almost broke my “you know what” by tripping on a very bad, uneven walk on Mountain Avenue. They don’t have the money to ...