Pay the piper

Sorry, but I totally agree with the “over and over” caller. I’m not one who monopolizes Sound Off nor am I a nitpicker or a troublemaker. Very few of my calls reach your column. I personally think you are a biased animal hater. None of my calls are inflammatory. I treat everyone as I like to be treated. To give you an example, I called Sound Off a few weeks ago if they have seen new drug advertisement on TV, Trulentra, that dissolves arterial plaque and to please reply. If this drug is now on the market it could save many lives, not to mention cancel the need for invasive surgery. Not a joke. I am one of these people. But that is not important to you. Remember, we all pay the piper sooner or later.

Keep it hid

Well, typical Southern Columbia hiding yet another disaster. This is just a shame. That school has been hiding stuff for years and everyone knows it. I, personally, pulled my child out.

Press your luck

Frog, I am another conservative caller that makes about 20 calls to Sound Off and if I am real lucky, maybe you’ll put one in the paper. Frog’s take: Well, maybe you’ll have better luck after this week.

Precious and grace

Froggy, have you seen the new 3D or 4D ultrasound pictures of a newborn baby? Sunday at church I saw one. After seeing that picture I cried. How can anyone kill these beautiful, precious, little unborn babies?

Bailout burns

A nuclear plant bailout has nothing to do with the purpose of government. I cannot see any rationale for getting involved in socializing the losses when gains stay private. TARP did not bail out the people, it bailed out the banks. Is this what government is for? To take money at gunpoint and give it to the well-connected? Harrisburg sounds like a racket run by traitors.

Cheap trick

The minimum wage is zero — exactly what you get when you lose your employer to another state or your job to a robot. Pennsylvania’s taxes and regulations are part of what pushed our jobs south. I know this is not the feel-good solution people want to hear, but if you want better starting pay you need to make your labor market attractive to employers — not scare them away with vote-buying regulations. Joe’s take: You mean a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour isn’t attractive enough?

Gas crisis

I see there is a zoning hearing in Coal Township March 19 to approve a variance for a convenience store among other things. Convenience stores have gas pumps. Who in their right mind puts gasoline in a watershed? Did DEP approve? What happens to our water if the tanks leak? Anyone remember the incident in the early ‘80s with a five-gallon spill?

Stop the nonsense

Can we please stop with the anti-Trump quotes day in and day out? Between the fake polls that writers send into the fake reports, we all can read and see the news. Quoting reports that are not true does not make it true. Stop the nonsense. Two and a half years of assaults. Face it, he is your president until he’s voted out of office. Give it a rest, we can all read and hear the news without a made-up version in Sound Off.

Stuntman Don

Trump declares a national emergency and then goes golfing in Florida. That is a good indication of how important Trump’s stunt emergency must be. The real national emergency is having a president who is an unstable, incompetent, lying con man. A president who may also be compromised by the Russian government.

Good day to be alive

Once I heard my 3-year-old granddaughter say “I like white.” I wanted to make sure why she said that and realized it was about a crayon. She laughs at jokes, will share with her little sister and is glad to just be alive. So after reading Sound Off today — bad comedy, “my Sound Off’s don’t get in,” etc. — I went to the next page, and thought, I am glad also: I’m reading the obituaries, not in them.

Listen for yourself

I’m from the political middle, so I am not coming at this with any bias. I think if people would research what Rep. Llhan Omar (D-MN) has actually said, instead of listening to the loaded characterizations of what she has allegedly said, people would have a different view of her. I disagree with her on many things, but I appreciate her drive and sincerity. I think she is getting a bum rap.

Red help

Trump’s 2020 budget does not provide any additional funding for election cybersecurity, in fact, it does not even address election security. Experts estimated that $900 billion is needed to protect the American election system from Russian cyber attacks. Why would Trump want to protect the election process? Trump is depending on the Russian government computer hackers because he cannot win re-election without Russia’s help.


It’s a shame that the borough residents are paying for legal fees associated with Mr. Lutz’s personal vendetta against some sewer authority members. Lutz is using the borough solicitor as his personal attorney. Have official votes by the council been made to support such expenses? Too bad legal fees are exempt from right to know requests. Lutz is puffing out his chest with our tax money.

Bused up

When Shamokin Area School District starts after Labor Day, not only do the students lose valuable class time to prepare for their AP exams, Keystone Tests and PSSAs, but the district wastes money. You see, the district provides busing for all the private schools in the area, therefore, wasting money by running buses for all different schedules. I hope not starting to help keep Knoebels open is worth it — wouldn’t it be nice Southern started later, since they are in Knoebels backyard.


I have a question. I am a combat-decorated veteran of Vietnam. Could somebody please explain to me what post-traumatic stress disorder is?

All new low

Sound Off has reached a new low with the comment about President Trump molesting the American flag. This thought is so, so, so inane it is heartbreaking and ridiculous!

99 problems

I am calling in regards to the problems at Shamokin Area School district. I see since the switch in administration we have not only spent tons of money, but we also have tons of problems. I think it is time that the school board wipes that administration clean. we need a new start with people that don’t have all the political ties.

New world order

The new world order media and socialist Democrats fret Trump will blow the North Korean negotiations, but he has already accomplished more than all of his predecessors put together.

Blessed be

Thank you to all the cast and crew who performed “Born for This” on Sunday evening at the Methodist Church in Aristes. It was fantastic. There is a lot of great talent in our coal region. If anyone has a chance go see it. They will be performing in the area all during Lent. God bless them and everyone this Lenten season and have a blessed and happy Easter.

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Precious and grace - So sad I hope you had a tissue in your purse to wipe away those tears and I hope you keep that purse open as well as your front door to take in these unwanted, soft-skull germ sacks because if not well then your post is hollow...

Stop the nonsense - I agree, let's all hold hands and sing Kumbaya to honor the bone spur orangutan...

All new low - Heartbreaking!!! Buttercup, this orange creamsicle would wipe his butt with the American flag if he thought it would get him re-elected...If you're heartbroken about such a little thing you should stay away from politics...

New world order - Slowly back away from the Kool-Aid container...

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