Letters

How to reduce school property tax

I have taught at every level of education. I have also taught in for foreign countries. At the college and university level, the trend has been away from tenure. How is this accomplished? It is called adjunct faculty. What does this mean? The adjunct faculty receives a salary – no ...

Syndromes

I had a good laugh from the letter saying local liberal writers suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome. It made me think, is that similar to Hillary Clinton Derangement Syndrome or the Obama Derangement Syndrome or the Liberal Derangement Syndrome? How about the Mueller Derangement Syndrome? ...

YMCA

I have to applaud City Councilwoman Liz Miele for her reprieve from demolition of the former YMCA building on the 300 block of West Fourth Street in Williamsport at the last council meeting. It would be nice to see if a developer could be found for this building. For those of us who have ...

A spiteful purchase

A writer recently thanked another writer for giving him the push he needed to get a gun with 30-round clip capacity. In his letter he states, "Because of their insistence that I don’t “need” a Sporting Rifle, I went out and bought my first one, with that 30 round clip that is so ...

Supporting property tax independence

Senate Bill 1137 was recently introduced in the Pennsylvania Legislature by state Sen. Mario Scavello. It proposes to eliminate property taxes on owner-occupied homes by levying an additional 1.98 in personal income tax on everyone, raising the PIT from 3.07 to 5.05 percent. SB 1137 is not a ...

Gratitude

Kudos to Courtney Hayden as well as the entire editorial and news staff of our Williamsport Sun-Gazette! Over the years your support via a Religion Section as well as all-encompassing coverage of church-related events has been unequaled in any community I have ever served. Most recently, you ...

‘Active-Shooter’ drill

If there's an active shooter at school, I understand that the proper response is to lock all the doors until the shooter is neutralized. Why set off a fire alarm so everyone runs out where the shooter might be? Why not have a special lock-all-doors alarm switch mounted by the fire alarm? ...

Delusional

I am writing in response to Lawrence Ross's letter (“Tiresome”, May 18). I believe the journalists and editors of this newspaper and many other small city newspapers are doing a great job of being fair in their publications. Please pay Mr. Ross no attention. After reading all his letters ...

What’s missing most

In my senior years I often find myself thinking about how the world around me has changed from when I was a youth growing up in a small town. Like many from that period of time there are things that I miss, like nickel soft drinks, penny candy, and twenty-cent movies. However, once I reached ...

Way off the mark

Recently, Mr. Mike Kerstetter has commented on another letter of mine (this time, "Of Muskets and AR-15's). In a remarkable display of unwavering consistency, he has yet again managed to get two little things completely wrong: What I said and what I didn't say. I did NOT say, that "The ...

Odds improving

Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned a law that banned sports gambling outside the state of Nevada. According to an article in the "Philadelphia Inquirer," Pennsylvania already has legislation to enable sports wagering. Furthermore, this current legislation includes a 36% ...

In agreement

I’d like to respond to Galen W. Seaman's letter, “Gun control and drugs”, last Sunday. Mr. Seaman is 100 percent correct in everything he wrote, even though there will be a few liberals writing in to dispute Mr. Seaman's facts and try to twist and/or spin them to suit their ...

Falsehoods, misrepresentations

Mr Mannello, in his latest letter "Here we go again", makes a couple of statements that aren't factual. His 1st statement suggests that there is no mention of an 'individual' right to bear arms either in the 2nd amendment itself or in anything from the founding fathers prior to it. It's ...

Overused phrases

I think somebody needs to just do something about those people who say that somebody needs to just do something, when they don't offer a solution to the something they want solved, and reject other peoples solution to the something! Take the most obvious example where this phrase is used ...

Social Security

In response to Lawrence Ross’s letter May 18: From presidents on down the political structure politicians have been using the word “entitlements” regardless of political positions for years. The right wing did not invent the “e” word. Social Security is an insurance policy paid ...

Validity of study groups questioned

Two study groups were elected to study Williamsport’s form of government. Given the people on the committees and my assumption of their motives, the recommendations have come as expected. Only one person worked as a regular employee, an elected official, and an appointed employee ...

A misguided belief

One of the cherished beliefs frequently articulated in letters to the editor is that the 2nd Amendment preserves our ability to rise up against our government should it become tyrannical. Well, how many governments of developed nations have been removed by armed citizens? I can't think of ...

A true loss

For years, the preschool program at the Children's Development Center has served individuals with specific developmental delays as well as typically-developing children. While many preschools exist and operate in Williamsport and the surrounding areas, very few are able to provide structured, ...

Responding

There were two letters in last Thursday’s edition that I would like to comment on. The first letter was by Charles Ardell (“Unhinged”). I could not agree more with Mr. Ardell. The liberal Democrats just cannot stand the fact that President Trump is getting things done that they would ...

Praise for Trump

Why won’t Democrat liberals protest chemical attacks, incendiary weapons and barrel bombs used on Syrians, Lebanon, etc. They seem to be more concerned about President Trump’s hair color. President Trump has done more good in 16 months than President Obama did in eight years. Frank ...