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Letters

The Frederick Douglass statue

Frederick Douglass, an Africa-American former slave, was an intellectual and moral giant among Americans. He was able to escape the bonds of slavery in 1832 and went on to be a powerful voice against slavery and oppression, a leading abolitionist. Therefore, I was shocked to read that his ...

Draining which swamp?

One consistent theme dating from before Donald Trump’s election to the presidency in 2016 was his promise to “drain the swamp.” We learned of swamps as Trump began his run to the White House with promises to “lock her up” referring to his opponent Hillary Clinton. Republicans chanted ...

The reason

It is my belief that the reason why Donald Trump focuses so much on the lifestyle, social, “identity-politics” and “culture-wars” issues while focusing much less on the economic, financial, bread-and-butter and kitchen-table issues (which I focus on) is because research clearly shows ...

Two kudos

I have to confess that sometimes articles in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and letters in the same cause me to be critical of the content and style of the writer. Guess I’m just human! To the opposite end of this confession, I then have to acknowledge that when a letter or article appears ...

Think About It

Has your life changed for the better during all the protests and assortments of radicalization tactics seen in any city streets? I’m thinking that Williamsport people don’t see a need for drastic change or a revolution. It’s noticeable to me that people like Mark Cuban, Bill Gates, New ...

Has it occurred to anyone?

Everywhere one looks, people continue to protest and show anger toward law enforcement authority. Has it occurred to anyone, to protest against crime, protest against people who commit crimes against innocent people and businesses? Less, or better yet, no crime means order would be restored, ...

Diatribe

I just read the latest letter from my favorite pair of letter writers. After their lengthy diatribe on Black Lives Matter, Antifa, Nazis and Hitler, I felt like I had just been subjected to another rambling, incoherent Donald Trump rose garden campaign rally. They did suggest that I could ...

Fight for something important

To the destroyers of this country’s history: Grow up, find something of importance to fight for. Like pick up trash, paper cans, bottles along the highways and in cities, streets and parks. The city where Floyd was put to death by an upset police officer, that city wants government funds to ...

Outrage politics and the threat to freedom

Recently, events across this nation have spurred discussion and changes in many aspects of our society. It is important to have these discussions and for appropriate changes to be made. However, we must be cautious that we do not allow outrage and anger to cloud those discussions and cause ...

End Saturday mail delivery

As a retired Postal Inspector (1970-96) I had to laugh at Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s offer to help the U.S. Postal Service’s efforts to cut costs and “remain viable,” as reported in the July 17 edition. The Postal Service needs to cut high-paying costs. I spent eight years with my ...

Telling

I read the letter “Science” and found it very telling about people like the author of the letter. I can not even describe them as healthy skeptics. Not only does he use the archaic definition science but cannot even use theory and hypothesis of science properly. By the way, a theory is not ...

Just a thought

Just a thought, how about the Washington Native-Americans? PAUL MILLER South Williamsport Submitted via email

The Fighting Irish

There is talk about getting rid of the Notre Dame “Fighting Irish” mascot. As an American of Irish descent and a Catholic, I would not support this move. In fact, I think it is outrageous. It makes me angry. Yes, many Irish immigrants were forced into indentured servitude. Yes, Irish ...

When do we stop blaming others?

It seems that all we hear today is how bad we are treated by others, especially the cops who are trying to protect us. But citizens refuse to do anything about the rioters who are destroying by smashing windows of businesses and stealing from them. The cops can only stand by and watch this ...

Roger Stone freed

In a well-timed move, President Trump saw to it that Roger Stone would not go to jail despite his being sentenced to 40 months in prison for lying to Congress and his possible ties to Russia to aid Trump’s election prospects in 2016. Mr. Trump commuted his sentence on July 10 as a reward for ...

Mask order harming churches

I am a pastor of a medium-size Baptist church in Jersey Shore. I led our church to an immensely unpopular decision to comply with the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health’s July 1 order requiring the wearing of masks. I write this letter to express that, although we are complying with the order ...

More school spending?

I understand that the Montoursville Area School District is in the process of deciding what to do about the Loyalsock Valley Elementary School. This has been a concern of the district for years. Unfortunately it has always taken a back seat to other schools in the district. The board is now ...

History

When the president talks about history, it makes me think about some he has made. He says he is the least racist person on Earth, but in the mid-1980s he paid a $200,000 fine when an employee named Kurt Brown testified in a civil hearing that when the Donald and Ivanka came on a floor of his ...

The future of the future

Since its founding, America has been the astonishment of the world. This was startlingly obvious to humanity in one very new way. The United States has always stood for the future whereas all other countries stood for the past. Indeed, America has always disregarded most of history. But ...

Violence due to lack of food?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explains that the recent increase in violence is due to the economy and folks being unable to buy bread. Let me suggest three steps she and her Congressional colleagues could take to demonstrate leadership and the use of their problem-solving skills. 1) Pick up the ...