Sound Off: Friday, March 1, 2013
Keep it intact
During the Senate Appropriations Committee meeting yesterday, LCB officials reported their agency contributed $530 million to the state Treasury, up from $513 million the previous year. Modernization of more existing stores is being planned, which will continue to increase sales and revenue. All this being done while employing more than 3,000 people with decent-paying jobs and benefits. With these facts, the current system should remain intact.
Today's Bizzaro (Feb. 26) is more than enough testament that it's gotta go. Tasteless with absolutely no redeeming value. Frog's take: Please, that is the funniest thing on the comics page. That and The Phantom.
The Shamokin Housing Authority claims to have a problem with the fire response and sprinkler system at Center City Apartments, yet they intend to stick all the smokers there? Just saying.
On Tuesday evening, the Lititz Borough Council approved the transfer of a liquor license to the Weis supermarket in that community. LCB review and approval is now required. If all requirements are satisfied, they will likely be selling beer by the end of the year. In my opinion, this is just the beginning of big businesses hurting small, local companies and their employees.
No time saved
There is no reason that Life Flight should be flying to Shamokin hospital from Danville. There is no time saved doing this. It is quicker to put the person in an AREA ambulance and transport by ground. Oh, and it saves a lot of money also.
Peace of mind
A few people have recently whined about the $750 to $800 ambulance charges. A suggestion to those folks and others who would like to avoid an unexpected expense like that is to join your local ambulance service. For $50 or less, you'll have those costs cover and maybe even peace of mind.
Fortress of solitude
Gilligbauer is in the news again. The city should go inside his building and see what dangerous and deplorable condition it is in. One of these days there will be an explosion from the contents of the building.
$1.5 million awarded to build the ATV park for adults to race around, wasting fuel, polluting the air with exhaust fumes and leaving their garbage for others to pick up. What a shame when that money could be put to better use, not only in this county, but in other counties also. Frog's take: That's true. So we should shut down every professional sports team that criss-crosses the country in jets, too? Can't there be any entertainment? As for the trash, right, we wouldn't want to ruin the pristine conditions "out the mountain!"
Off the streets
I saw a drug bust go down last night and I want to say something: Thank you. You guys are overworked and underpaid. Thank you for getting the scum out of my community. Frog's take: Nothing like a bust in the Walmart parking lot.
Why is it that people get fined for having junk on their porches and on their pavement when Mr. Gilligbauer gets away without getting anything? Frog's take: The case isn't settled, but the city does have him in court, so it's not like they aren't trying.
Our Gov. Tom Corbett, the man who I voted for, shows no common sense for the Lottery. $1.2 million for the state to try that plan? This cost could have gone toward highways and bridges where it's needed. This cost and deal should have been approved by the legislators. This looks like a one-way street to me. Frog's take: Which is why the attorney general has put it on hold.