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Letters

City Council behind the scenes

Among the things that a spectator could have seen at recent Williamsport City Council meetings that would probably not make it to a reporter’s printed coverage of the public meeting were these: According to the printed agenda, Councilwoman Elizabeth Miele was to offer up the invocation. ...

The Looney Left

There’s a war on Christians. There’s a war on guns. There’s a war on immigration. The left will never be satisfied until there are no borders, no guns. Charles Ardell South Williamsport

No llamas

Another successful West Branch Elementary wrestling season has come to an end. Amid winning and losing, laughing and crying, there were no safe spaces, no coloring books and crayons, no llamas. Need I say more? Sandy L. Mahonski Williamsport

School board taxes

Recently when leaving kids out of the Roosevelt Middle School on Fourth Street, I observed many of the large gasoline eaters (buses) only carrying two or three children. Why not use a smaller vehicle to transport them? Gary George Danison Williamsport

Geographic balance

Prior to 1964, state legislators attempted to redistrict based on the model of the U.S. Senate – geographical balance – so that those of us living in rural areas had as much representation as urban dwellers - at both the state and Federal levels of government. This model ensured that urban ...

Auditing hotel tax

In 2016, the Chamber of Commerce published a directory of its members, entitled "Visitors Guide." In the front, to justify the name, was a section for the Chamber's tourist related businesses. That year, the Chamber received $649,000 in hotel taxes designated to broadly promote and market ...

The situation

Tillerson is gone and McMaster is gone, both leaving after denouncing Putin and Russia. President Trump appointed John Bolton as National Security Advisor. I have speculated Trump wants a war. There's nothing like a war to take peoples' minds off porn stars and Russians. Meanwhile, our ...

The real madness

As people fill out and live with their March Madness brackets, we're also approaching a little-known annual milestone: World Tuberculosis Day. The real madness is that we've allowed a treatable, curable infection – TB – to become the world's leading infectious killer. Why does this ...

Natural gas is the sound choice

Expanding natural gas infrastructure and using it in Pennsylvania is a step in the right direction for our economy and environment. With so much natural gas beneath our feet it makes sense to use it here locally. I'm proud to see the city of Williamsport and River valley Transit leading the ...

Continued ridiculousness

The FBI can't do a real check on a mass murderer, like the kid who shot all of those poor kids in Florida, but can make themselves present when a supposedly buried shipment of gold from the Civil War is present! I'm amazed by the way this government works! Then I read about how much certain ...

United for life

While I understand elections often get confrontational, I'm appalled and disappointed by the Republican on Republican strategy that is becoming the cornerstone of Paul Mango's gubernatorial campaign. What's worse is that the attacks Mr. Mango is spewing are patently false. Recently, Mr. ...

Oscars

The Hollywood Oscars really stand for 1. Pedophilia 2. Rape culture 3. Misogony 4. Privilege 5. Silence Time to get rid of the Oscars. Charles Ardell South Williamsport

Williamsport strides against crime

Thank you for your recent editorial on improvements in the crime rate in Williamsport. I've attached some research that I've done using the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting data. In brief, Williamsport has experienced a 26% reduction in the crime rate in the past 15 years and a 58% reduction in ...

Tariffs are a tax, not a weapon

Tariffs are terrible but necessary according to a recent letter. They are a weapon to use to protect national security. Tariffs are a tax, not a weapon. Congress passed a tax plan that dramatically cut taxes for industries and corporations. President Trump made a big show demonstrating all of ...

Use your heads

The newspaper had a police report recently that someone spray painted the sidewalk and said it was vandalism of public property. Now you turn around and call it private property and property owners are to fix what is public part-time cause you can walk there and the property owner has to keep ...

Not your business

I find it very hard to believe how this country of ours has lowered the standards of life and common sense by changing and enforcing the standards which pulled this country together over the past hundred years. I have been a part of this problem for 85 years of my life. I know too well how many ...

Missing Easter’s meaning

Looking through the selection of Easter cards at a few local stores, I was disappointed by how little the most important message of Easter is part of the celebration. One card summed up the total loss of meaning of the celebration with the statement on the front of the card, “Happy Shove ...

False security

For the three years that I was employed at the Jersey Shore Elementary School, there was no consideration given by those responsible to repair and replace an exterior broken, unlocked door on the ground floor in back of the school that lead into classrooms from the hallway. A broken, unlocked ...

Tariffs

Tariffs have become the major topic of news in the media and halls of Congress. There are pros and cons among both political parties concerning the value of imposing tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. No matter what happens, the glory days of the U.S. steel industry will never return. ...

Unfair criticism

This is a reply to Anne Stopper of Clarks Summit: If you are going to criticize the proceedings of a meeting, you probably should actually attend the meeting. Did you attend the Susquehanna Valley Conservatives question-and-answer session with Rep. Marino? Full disclosure: I did not attend ...