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Letters

Make prisons self-sustaining

In response to the letter from Weldon Cohick Jan. 28 about taxpayers footing the bill for imprisonment, I just looked up the total cost for imprisonment and it totals a whopping $182 billion per year. How is this for an idea...make it self sustaining! Bring back the American jobs that we ...

A curious strategy

Why does a political party that arrogates support from more than 50 percent of the nation abandon that population to support an illegal group that makes up less than 3 percent of this nation? Perhaps if we examine this party’s doctrine a bit of insight might emerge. Since this party has no ...

The jury’s really out

We all like to say someone is innocent until proven guilty. But what about the Mueller investigation into the possibility of a Trump campaign conspiracy; i.e., to aid the Russian government in influencing our 2016 presidential election and, subsequently, obstructing justice? There is no doubt ...

Rethink options

The reconfiguration and closing of Salladasburg and Avis Elementary is a terribly near-sighted "recommendation" that is bad for students and taxpayers who have invested hard earned money for these state of the art facilities. The enrollment of the two schools is higher now than it was a decade ...

Grateful

Recently my friend and I found ourselves stranded on Route 15, a few miles south of Williamsport. We pulled off the road in our wheezing truck, attached to a trailer with one lovely horse inside. It was pitch-black outside, and we knew no one within a hundred-mile radius. What to do? We ...

Illegitimate foes

I have watched almost every State of the Union address, since moving here 15 years ago, and while I am used to the opposition not standing or applauding during the policies in the speech they do not agree with, but the response Jan. 30 had to be the most disgusting and unpatriotic display of ...

Not true

An unidentified author states in the Jersey Shore Area School Districts fall 2016 newsletter, "the JSASD has never used exceptions to increase taxes above the index," the Act 1 Index. This statement is not true, please reference Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas Dock No. 05-00, 778 Re: ...

Chronic wasting disease

So, I’m just wondering when Harrisburg, the Legislature, is going to get off its butt and start being more proactive in relation to CWD. It has already been detected in southern PA and now it’s out around Clearfield. I think we would be naive to think it is not already more widely ...

Outraged

I am literally outraged by your article, “Marino Talks Redistricting, Government Shutdown.” Marino claiming that District 10 is “relatively proportionate” is outrageous. District 10 is larger than some states! It is made up of all and parts of 15 counties! It takes hours of driving ...

District maps equal treason

In the Jan. 25 edition, Rep. Tom Marino is quoted as saying "…look at my district and others. It is a relatively proportionate district." Let's take a look at Tom's district. It looks like Maui's magic fish hook and runs from west of Harrisburg north through the mountains to the New York ...

Tariff on solar panels wrong

The new 30 percent tariff on solar power panel components is unquestionably wrong. We lost the race to manufacture this new tech by catering to dirty outdated oil and coal industries. Now that renewable clean energy is emerging as the new norm we are compounding that mistake by slapping a ...

Compare the numbers

Recently, the Trump administration released its annual report to Congress on White House Office personnel. It includes the name, status, salary and position title of all 377 White House employees. The report showed that President Trump is far better at saving money than Obama was. The total ...

No laughing matter

When it comes to animals it's no laughing matter. Please consider how much the cold temperatures affect your dogs and cats and rabbits who are living outside. Just because they have fur does not mean they are not suffering or feeling the effects of low temperatures. Their extremities such ...

The ‘hard cases’ and abortion

Would you consider abortion in the following four situations: 1. There’s a preacher and wife who are very, very poor. They already have 14 children. Now she finds out she’s pregnant with her 15th. Considering their tremendous poverty and the excessive world population, would you consider ...

The difference between wants and needs

Charles Reeder seems to be confused about the difference between wants and needs. I have stated that all that is needed to live is water, basic food, basic shelter and basic clothing, which is true. I have further stated (I incorrectly wrote democratic principles when what I meant to say ...

Immigration

All these people that were brought into this country, America, 10 or 15 years ago when they were younger kids should be allowed to stay here and receive their citizenship. But round up all the other illegals and get them out of our country. We don’t need them or want them here. If these ...

Be thankful

Yes, President Trump may or may not have made comments. Who hasn’t in this country? LBJ talked grossly to his tailor on the phone about areas on his body, as well as burping. President Nixon also had quite a potty mouth. And, of course, we all know about the Clintons. Yes, an employee in ...

Taxes

Taxpayers, pay attention to what is coming your way. You think MS13 (gangs out of South America) are bad; wait until you see what MS4 out of Pennsylvania has in store for you over the next five years, and odds are, it will only go up after that. As a Hepburn Township supervisor, I, along ...

Elect pro-life governor

Some great victories have been won last year for unborn babies. Harrisburg’s Hillcrest abortion facility has closed after an inspection uncovered numerous violations, unsanitary conditions, expired medicines, no registered nurse on staff, etc. But Planned Parenthood still operates a ...

Change needed

Recently a news item complimented our three County Commissioners and I strongly agree. We all need to be active in the political process; we should not assume that others will do this for us. This past year, I attended protest rallies, called and mailed many letters to my representatives at ...