Sound Off: Thursday, January 17, 2013
On the corner
I am calling about all the garbage that is piled up at the northwest corner of Washington and Sunbury streets. That has been piled up since before Thanksgiving. It is a constant thing with that particular building and that particular landlord. They don't take care of their property and get rid of their garbage.
Coach Zimmerman says he is trying to get the right combination for his basketball team when he has one of his better players coming off the bench. I don't know what that tells you.
Get new cards
Welfare recipients, you need to get new cards because the cashiers are sick of putting your numbers in and coming in with broken cards in three pieces. Get a life, get a job or get new cards. This is ridiculous. If we can't see the numbers, we are not going to take them anymore. That is store policy. That is the management's say.
The new SECV building is nice, but it kind of seems pointless since some of the local banks do most of their work by accepting and processing cable bill payments.
The people of Pennsylvania have lost their minds. We allow the governor to sell off the Lottery. So now a share of the profits will be given to a British firm so they can manage the lottery, which we used to do with Pennsylvania workers. We also outsource jobs to a company that will lower wages and skim off any real benefits to the senior citizens of this state. As for me, not one more Lottery ticket as long as the British run the thing. Whatever happened to the Spirit of 1776? Can we manage to own and operate anything in this country anymore?
Regarding the newspaper's district court report for Jan. 14: How does an individual acquire forms to forge six prescriptions and acquire 1,175 Oxycodone pills - 196 pills per prescription? Wouldn't a pharmacy raise a "red flag" for this amount of controlled medication? How was payment made to the pharmacy? Wouldn't the pharmacy contact the issuing doctor to authorize this script? Something is wrong with this scenario.
A few years ago, our city treasurer informed the public through a sensational article in The News-Item that the city would be broke several months before the end of that year. It didn't happen, and it hasn't happened since then. Whether she was misinformed or her figures were off, I'm not sure. I would think that the public would expect more accurate accounting from a public official elected to collect and watch over the city's finances. Also, aren't the city workers part of a union, and wouldn't any raises be tied to a union contract?
Sound of music
Mike, thanks for your fine article and photos of the District 8 Orchestra presentation last Saturday. It is a breath of fresh air to see talented young people in a pursuit other than sports for a change. What a great performance, and the auditorium at SAHS has first-rate acoustics that were ideal for the long-gone Community Concert series. The best part is that these kids (if they continue their interest) will be able to enjoy music long after their ability to compete in team sports has passed them by. Frog's take: Thank you, caller, and you make a good point. Playing music is something that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
At it again
Well, I see Obama is at it again. This time the debt limit fight will impair the elderly's checks. Every time he wants something, he says it is going to help the elderly, the poor, women, children or whatever the case may be. In fact. all he wants to do is spend wildly and eventually spend us right into oblivion.
Yabba dabba do, Ranshaw, Brady and Johnson City. The zoo is the old Brady "hosey" or the hunting camp. I am a graduate of St. Anthony's School. I am so sad to see how bad it looks. Good memories of the school and the church.
Bent for ban
Obama is so hell-bent on taking away everybody's guns and performing an executive action to take care of everything immediately. Why doesn't he do an executive action and get some jobs in the area and cut down on the deficit? That is what I like to know.
I would like to comment on Saturday's PMEA District 8 Orchestra Festival. It was an amazing performance by the very young musicians. They acted and performed like professionals. The conductor and his arrangement of "Amazing Grace" was thrilling. Thanks to Mrs. Degaetano and her staff for their hard work and dedication in hosting this festival.