Letters

Freedom of religion

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has accused the Montoursville Area School District of violating the Constitution of the United States by allowing players on the high school baseball team to pray before a game. In reality, it is the FFRF who wants the district to violate the Constitution. ...

Minimum wage raise in increments is best

I recently met a fellow who adamantly claims that when minimum wages rise, prices for everything else will almost immediately double. I think he should do a little fact-checking. First, companies generally don’t want to drive themselves out of business. Prices for some businesses where lots ...

Rule of Law

On July 4, 1776, America’s Founding Fathers did something remarkable in the history of the world. The Declaration of Independence they signed, and the Constitution they later drafted, created a country in which the people pick their own leaders, and the law applies the same to everyone. ...

Compassion desired

The recent letter, “Stopping the freeloading,” was very judgmental and I feel compelled to respond. The writer seems to think there are a lot of freeloaders living off the system. There may be some slackers out there but most of those receiving disability have serious mental health and ...

The stigma of lung cancer

I want to applaud the opinion column by Betsy McCaughey titled “A cancer stigma unnecessarily killing thousands.” This was an excellent article about the stigma of lung cancer and its victims. When a person is diagnosed with lung cancer, the first thing asked is, “Did he/she smoke?” ...

Say ‘No’ to school bill

The Pennsylvania Legislature is discussing a bill that would give $100 million to $210 million of taxpayer money a year to people who send their children to private and religious schools. In other words, tax money that could go to improving Pennsylvania public schools will go to private ...

Electoral College

In the letter “The Electoral College,” the writer laments that smaller states have more sway than larger states when it comes to the Presidential election, and says that it is undemocratic. That is precisely the point. We are not a democracy. We are a hybrid democratic republic. A ...

Thoughtful response

The recent thoughtful response to our letter “The Biggest American Lie” seems to be struggling with a common word. Under the heading “Do your homework,” the writer insists that Hillary Clinton obviously won the majority popular vote in 2016 with 48%. But a majority by definition is ...

A three-hour tour?

A local resident took a tour of the finer historical sites of our country, not only was it about architecture but also provided information on slavery. Which ones, he did not say. He continues to write in his letter about how slaves owned guns. He then slipped in colonial times. He then ...

Bicycles — not on sidewalks!

If I rode my Bicycle on the sidewalk, I’m sure I would either get a strong talking to or a ticket, so why are people riding bicycles on the sidewalks all over? I thought that there is an ordinance against riding a bike on the sidewalk. I have a Scooter that I do ride in the streets. ...

What Will Our Children Say?

The last year or two has seen an unusual number of U.S. natural disasters: major hurricanes, massive Midwest floods, way too many deadly tornadoes, severe wildfires, subzero cold spells, some of the hottest years on record, etc. The rest of the world has likewise suffered increasing droughts, ...

Think about it

Chris Masse’s report on the two star players from the Philly area was great. It reminds us central PA parents that our conservative ways of thought put our family, friends and community before selfish personal wants. These girls made a huge mistake only enabled by their liberal thinking ...

Stop the crying

Shortly after the election and the cry babies are at it. “You nasty Republicans didn’t vote for our candidate and he was our guy, Sob!, Sob!, you are just mean people because we wanted him and you didn’t.” After all the crying comes the temper tantrums. “I hope I can move out of the ...

A beautiful life

As with many others in the community, I struggle with the recent death of Father John Manno. I was his nurse, his “spirit sister,” and as I often told him, “the wife he was never allowed to have.” I said this to him as I repaired his skin, torn by bumps and bruises as I tried to curtail ...

More laud for Father John

If I may, I would like to add my own expression of love and admiration to the myriad of those offered after the passing of Father John Manno, a most beloved priest and pastor. I did not know Father Manno real well, but no decent person can doubt that he possessed a truly Christ-like love ...

Father Manno

In the midst of the horrific worldwide scandal of priest pedophilia, it has been easy to forget the 95% of priests committed to the highest ideals of their priestly commitment. Father Manno is an extraordinary, shining example of the vast majority of priests who struggle in obscurity every day ...

Eat Your Vegetables Day

Kale, yeah! “National Eat Your Vegetables Day” recently passed. Of course, I’m vegan, so every day is “eat your vegetables day” at my house. Eating veggies and other tasty vegan foods rather than meat, eggs, and dairy “products” helps protect the environment, stop animal ...

Falling confidence

After reading Kent Trachte’s opinion column in the June 9 edition of the Sun-Gazette, I’m sure he has managed to convince himself that the Lycoming College administration is committed to a “feast” of educational experiences. Perhaps what he doesn’t realize is why public confidence in ...

How?

I’d like to answer a couple of questions posed in a June 6 letter to the editor titled “How?” To start off with, no, a person is not a whiner when they write a letter complaining about gays and lesbians or children who get trophies just for participating. That person has every right to ...

That’s why

On June 13, a letter titled “Tell Me Why” posed some questions for Democrats. While no one can answer for all Democrats, I can answer for this one. While I don’t personally support abortion, I am opposed to outlawing it. That would be another useless law that would kill more people ...