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Letters

In support of a 25-year program

In response to the Oct. 24 letter, “Pennsylvania must stop funding anti-abortion programs,” we respectfully reply with facts. The Pennsylvania Pregnancy and Parenting Support Services Program is currently celebrating 25 years of successfully serving women and babies throughout the ...

The common denominator

I’ve heard friends and family make a number of racist remarks followed by “I’m not a racist” in the past four years here in my little borough of Plymouth, Pennsylvania, a Democratic town that flipped for Trump in 2016. I can tell you that every single one of these people who uttered ...

Science is Tricky

The news over the last week has demonstrated just how hard it is to keep up with science. The Williamsport Area School District voted one week to stay with the hybrid model, presumably on the basis of science. A week later, they voted to go to five-day in-school instruction, also presumably ...

Constitutional public welfare

What is a fundamental purpose of our government? Our Constitution, in part, promote the general welfare. Succinctly put: Keep us safe. Are we? February 2020, this administration was telling the public that COVID-19, a mere “flu,” was under control, it would be gone by Easter and that ...

Simple answers

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette printed a letter on Oct. 29 from a writer who would love to be answered by a Republican. Well I am a proud Republican and I am more than willing to answer her questions. First though I would like to acknowledge that this person (because of the barbs in her words) ...

A sad day

It was a sad day in America. And a sad day for Americans. In 2015 Donald Trump ran for president and everyone thought it was a joke. He shocked the world when he won in November 2016. Not just Hillary, but the Republican establishment also. Then, he proceeded to fulfill almost all of ...

An important pillar to American commerce

More than 205,000 people here in Pennsylvania and more than 9 million people across the country have been infected with the coronavirus, with new infections continuing to surge in pockets of the country. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs because of the earlier virus-related lock ...

Appreciation in Montoursville

To the Montoursville School District administrators and school board, thank you. The decisions you needed to make at the recent board meeting were complex, without precedent. You deliberated on how to deal with COVID-19 cases and considered issues such as maintaining some sense of normalcy, ...

Dead horses

Obama didn’t kill coal and Biden won’t kill fracking. Coal declined in spite of an increasing population because other sources of energy were more cost-effective and cleaner. When you price in the cost of burning half of California to the ground and washing away the Gulf Coast, fossil fuels ...

Not so fast

The Oct. 24 column, “A set of Standards the Spin Doctors Don’t Want You to See,” lauds the pre-COVID Trump economy arguing in part that during the first three years under President Trump the median family income rose to $68,000, for an increase of $6,000 to $8,000. This ignores the fact ...

A house divided

The rise of self-proclaimed private militia is not new to the American landscape but recent events such the FBI/Michigan State Police arrest of militia members plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should give us pause. Self-proclaimed militias, all too frequently heavily armed (generally ...

The situation on Nov. 4

On Oct. 24, Trump stated in North Carolina that on Nov. 4, we will no longer hear anything about the coronavirus. Let’s see how that remark plays out. ROSEMARY KINTER Middlebury Center Submitted via email

Their will is law

In 1896, William Jennings Bryan lost his bid for the U.S. Presidency and said, “We have submitted the issue to the American people and their will is law.” This confirmed and established the long-standing American tradition of a peaceful transfer of power. Over much of human history, ...

The Ultimate Battleground State

The election is here and the media pundits have spent sleepless nights analyzing the poll data. Most everyone is predicting that Pennsylvania will be the ultimate battleground and will decide the final outcome of this election. Pennsylvania is called the keystone state for a reason. It is ...

Library

I see that the James V. Brown Library is in trouble again. I think that if everyone gave $5 or even $1 every time they brought their books back, there would be enough money to support the library. I used to do that in the small town library I used. It isn’t much, but every bit counts. The ...

Panic/Heart

Panic: COVID-19. Truth would have caused this country the greatest panic ever. Look how the shelves were emptied of paper, sanitaries, all wipes, etc. Panic is a word no one likes to hear. Greed would take over (yes greed) — grocery store shelves empty of everything, bank withdrawals, ...

Football thoughts

The Tennessee Titans football team, formerly the Houston Oilers, is contaminated with COVID-19. Their football schedule should be canceled and the entire team and staff quarantined at least until the NFL completes its investigation. It will also save them a beating if they ended up playing the ...

One of many freedoms

Since this is an election year and I have always voted because it is one of many freedoms that we Americans have because we are citizens of this country. I am 88 years old and a Korean War Veteran. I have lived a good life as a bachelor and I had two brothers and three sisters. And one of the ...

It’s all cyclical

In reference to the Oct. 17 letter, “Make Your Vote a Climate Vote,” all climate change is cyclical. The world has been this warm, or even warmer in the past. The reason it’s warmer now than a few years ago, is because the oceans are warm. It is simply the cycle of nature. The oceans are ...

School taxes

I believe fixing school tax is pretty simple. I wouldn’t mind paying real estate taxes for the “Three Rs.” So, anything like building Olympic/NFL-class stadiums, pools, etc., paying thousands a year for part-time coaches for every sport known to mankind, etc., I don’t believe was the ...