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Letters

Ironic

A recent letter bashed the Oscars with a list of characteristics. I find it ironic that all of those characteristics can be easily assigned to politicians, past and present, Democratic and Republican. You can assign it to many of society's institutions even religious. It is not the Oscars that ...

End the school property tax

Thousands of people, including Seniors and families with children have lost their homes because they can't pay the infamous "School Tax". The School Tax, which is the most regressive, abusive and hated, is essentially "rent" we must pay to the schools and, in some cases, higher than the ...

Is he serious?

In a recent TV ad, Senator Scott Wagner states, “companies create jobs”, and then he advocates cutting the size of government. For him to infer that government doesn’t create good jobs is laughable. Highway construction, maintenance and repairs are just one example of how government ...

Interesting major media theory

Mr Beard in his recent piece attempted to show us how to determine what is fake news. He wrote, If NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN and other networks agree on the facts of a story and only one or two networks offer "alternate facts", we may assume the majority of the networks get it right. Wow. That is a ...

School property tax

At a March 1 Republican debate between their party’s three candidates for governor, both Paul Mango and Scott Wagner supported replacing the school property tax by increasing state taxes on personal income and sales. Laura Ellsworth, the third candidate, said that eliminating the school ...

Numbers define the scary reach of opioid epidemic

The numbers are disquieting enough. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospital emergency visits for opioid overdoses rose by an average of 30 percent in the United States between late 2016 and late 2017. That number rose by an astonishing 81 percent in ...

Moving too slow

Pennsylvania legislators and senators move slower than snail snot. We will all be dead by the time they fix the unfair school property tax. If Sen. Yaw said he saw the lochness monster crossing Maynard Street would the newspaper print it and stand by it with so much voracity? The senator ...

Absentee landlords

These absentee landlords who rent out these dilapidated houses to drug dealers and people with criminal intent should be fined big time. I have seen quite a few of these houses and they are in bad shape. The heating systems, water, plumbing and electrical are inadequate. These landlords should ...

Keep on trying

Taylor and Stefanie Borowicz both professional candidates – you are not going to win any election until lots more of eligible voters are registered to vote and do vote in the primary and general elections going forward. A historical voter turnout of an average 22 percent will not get you ...

Cyphering problems

Is it cyphering terms or just a new way of defining the political divide in America? I notice that Mr. Underwood defines or rather “the right” is a “cypher” for religion(presumably Christian) and the Constitution. The “left” is anything left of center. Of course, he did not ...

Why voting matters

Here is a good example of why voting matters. Several years ago the Republican majority Supreme Court in Pennsylvania ruled natural gas companies did not have to pay the mandatory 12.5 percent royalty share to which land owners were legally entitled. Consequentially, gas and pipeline ...

Casey fights for everyone

U. S. Senator Bob Casey has fought for people in Williamsport and middle class families throughout Pennsylvania. He's done so by working in a bipartisan way on common sense priorities. Senator Casey worked with Republican Senators to move forward measures that help families of children with ...

Misplaced blame

There is a lot of misplaced blame directed at the NRA for mass shootings. The NRA is an organization made up of legal gun owners, hunters, and sportsmen. One of their purposes is to protect the 2nd amendment rights of legal, responsible, gun owners. The NRA does not oppose common sense gun laws ...

Some useful criteria

In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled, “Weapons that are most useful in military service — M-16 rifles and the like — may be banned.” What makes a "weapon most useful in military service" is the ability to kill or wound as many people as possible in as short a time as possible. The M16 and ...

Signs revealing

It's interesting looking at some of the signs held by student protesters on the national walk-out day. It shows that they did no research and are protesting something they have little understanding of. There was a sign that said: "Trump, if the White House is a gun-free zone, so should our ...

To the commissioners

I wanted to take a moment to respond to the legal notice that I had read in the March 6, 2018, edition of the Sun-Gazette. The notice announced a hearing on March 22, in the Commissioner’s meeting room with regards to allow special exemptions to the SM zoning district and the I zoning ...

Life is cheap

On March 14th many thousands of high school students walked out of school to protest the slaughter of their fellow students in the far too frequent school shootings that have occurred in the recent past and the failure of their elected representatives to pass laws to protect them. A number ...

The real issue

"How many ears (years) will it take till we can hear people cry?" "How many deaths will it take till we know that too many people have died?" Apologies, Mr. Dylan, for borrowing your lyrics that still speak to us today. I'm not going to debate the 2nd Amendment. I'm OK with guns. I was a ...

Medical costs

Nice try Mr. Underwood, suggesting big government is the cause for the increase of administration cost. There is a huge increase of administrators over physicians according to two federal agencies. The reason there is a huge increase in administrators is that there are numerous private ...

Thank you, Mr. Masse

Thank you for being the voice of many student-athletes, fans and parents in Central Pennsylvania. For years, the PIAA has continued to flaunt their hierarchy of disservice to our student-athletes. Shame on the PIAA for stating that, you, Mr. Masse, are the one providing the disservice. Ihey say ...