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Drug worries cited for lack of support for bus route test

February 25, 2014

LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County commissioners offered a sober assessment to proponents of a plan to offer a trial public bus route connecting the Lock Haven area to Jersey Shore and Williamsport....

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Feb-26-14 4:53 PM

COMMISSIONER'S--you should be ashamed of yourselves..

Using drugs as a pseudonym for racism is so 1980's, why don't you people grow up, your lack of leadership is sobering..

By your reasoning, we should also cut off the transportation links to New York City and Philadelphia..

There is good reason why we should preserve our most venemious mock and scorn for you..

Please resign, immediately if not sooner..

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Feb-26-14 9:04 AM

"drugs roll on the bus system daily...and Jersey Shore is a prime examble of getting the bus route and drug increases taking place." You know this how, pinecr?

As far as the test, I think RVT, Jersey Shore, Williamsport, Lock Haven,LHU, Penn College, and Lycoming College should find a way to divvy up the cost of the test.

I think this could be successful for the colleges and the economy of the areas. It will take cars off the road reducing energy consumption and pollution.

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Feb-25-14 3:18 PM

This nation needs more public transportation. It would cut down on our energy consumption enormously, and allow people to spend less money on fuel for their cars, thus having more money. To not support it because of the likelihood of drug trafficking is cowardly and foolish. The drugs have already made their way to Lock Haven, Jersey Shore, and Williamsport by way of highway and automobile. Sure, drug dealers may use public transportation, but if there is a demand for drugs it will be met regardless through private usage of automobiles. Public officials have tunnel vision, they are so worried about stopping a drug problem which cannot be stopped until all of the drugs are gone from this country, which will not happen anytime soon, especially as Afghanistan is pumping out ****** at an all time high, as the United States and Mexico are increasingly manufacturing drugs.

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Feb-25-14 1:22 PM

Once again the law abiding taxpayers lose because of drugs? College students could benefit from this both ways; PC, Lyco, and LHU. With the cost of gas, insurance, tuition, housing, food, etc skyrocketing, this is a good idea. River Valley should soft test a route including stops at all 3 colleges. Did anyone talk to officials at any of these colleges or go to the colleges and survey the population? If people want drugs they will get them. If people want business they will seek it properly. Excuses do not produce results

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Feb-25-14 10:53 AM

As a citizen of Williamsport who does not drive, I rely totally on the bus to get to and from work. But, as usual, the powers that be see the bus as something only the poor and the criminals use. They can't see that public transportation helps the elderly, the disabled and those who have no other means of transportation. Just like the registration of rental properties. Only those who rent commit crimes! Only those who ride the bus commit crimes! Commissioners, I hope you find yourselves in need of this service so you can see the benefits first hand. Besides, drug dealers can afford their own vehicles, why would they drive the bus?

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Feb-25-14 9:35 AM

Gee sideliner, were you looking to move drugs via the bus route because it happens everyday.

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Feb-25-14 9:34 AM

Villelo, you have no idea what you are talking about...drugs roll on the bus system daily...and Jersey Shore is a prime examble of getting the bus route and drug increases taking place.

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Feb-25-14 9:32 AM

No one uses the city bus between Jersey Shore and Williamsport. Its a tremendous waist of money. Totally not needed.

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Feb-25-14 9:19 AM

This is complete BS!!!! I work with people who do not drive/ cannot drive and rely on public transportation. These people want to work but do to no transportation cannot keep a job. When RVT announced providing transportation to & from Lock Haven this was a God's send an answer to our prayers. Now because of ridiculous reasons, this is a blow to the gut!

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Feb-25-14 8:51 AM

This has to be the most assinine thing I've ever read by county 'officials'. The drug problem may be bad but a single bus route is going to make it worse? A bus route would be very beneficial to many people who have friends, relatives, school, etc. Drugs will find their own way to Wmspt!!! However I think the bus company since they will reap the profits should put up the $$ for the trial run. They will find either no one rides it or they may have to add a second bus. If it flops they write it off as a business loss but if it takes off they win!! Hard to imagine a bus company that needs $$ to experiment with a bus route. The people who are against it are using drugs as a VERY convenient excuse because that money is earmarked for their OWN pet projects!! Doubt re-election is in their future after this outing of ignorance, but the 'sheeple' might buy into that because they don't know where drugs come from. It MUST be Lock Haven!! The Columbian connection of the East Coast....****!!!!

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Feb-25-14 8:41 AM

Are these people crazy? no druggie is using the public bus to sell or buy drugs. Think about that. The police would be on the bus stops with regularity. Find a better reason.

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Feb-25-14 8:23 AM

Where is the logic in this thought process???

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Feb-25-14 7:45 AM

Good Decision commissioners. Tax dollars should not be used for this. If people want to ride the bus pay the cost yourself.

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Feb-25-14 7:11 AM

People will always find a way to get drugs. There isn't a bus route now and look at the drug problem.

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Feb-25-14 6:50 AM

I'm more concerned about the cost to the taxpayer than the drug issue.

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Feb-25-14 5:00 AM

Vilello was absolutely correct in his assessment of the commissioner's concerns over drug trafficking via RVT as "ridiculous." When has there ever in the history of RVT been an arrest related to drug delivery aboard and RVT bus?

To deny the public this connection between the many municipalities based on unsubstantiated fear is indeed ridiculous, shirt sighted, and hurtful both financially and socially.

These commissioners should be ashamed of themselves for such backward thinking and acting.

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