2017-04-21 / Sound Off

Sound Off, April 21, 2017

People over profits

If it is true that marijuana legalization reduces the number of opioid deaths, and the incidents of opioid addiction in the areas where it has been tried, why aren’t we looking at it more seriously? Yes, it deals a punishing blow to the pharmaceutical industry and reduces their profits, but shouldn’t we be thinking people more than profits?

A reminder

The United Airline fiasco (ticketed customer being dragged off plane) reminds me of the Rosa Parks era. Society has really progressed in the last several decades! Yeah right!! Black, white, yellow or green, human lives do matter? Again yeah right!! The only thing that matters is the greed for money.

Pennsylvania minimum wage

I’m heartened to see that so many people in Bradford County are content with the economic conditions in the county and across the state. How else would you explain that over half the respondents in the latest reader’s poll are opposed to raising the state’s minimum wage?

Where’s it going?

Has a commander-in-chief of U.S. forces ever lost an entire fleet before? I mean the whole enchilada Armada?

Where are Trump’s tax returns?

During a recent Trump stop, a heckler from the audience hollered, “Hey Trump, where are you hiding your tax returns?” The Donald politely responded, “I’ve found a very secure place that I’m certain they won’t be found.” The insistent heckler then shouted, “And just where is that, dummy?” The Donald smiled and said, “They are underneath Obama’s college records, his passport application, his immigration status as a student, his funding sources to pay for his college, and his Selective Service registration. What’s your next question?”

Gimme a break

Today (Tuesday) was tax day and most people who work had to pay to the Internal Revenue Service. But our president wants to revise the tax code and give the greatest breaks to the 1 percent. Just how many of those people do you know in Bradford and surrounding counties? The middle and lower income people are struggling every day. And to top it off, if you receive Social Security you have to pay income tax on it. That would help every person in America if it was eliminated. Call your Congress rep or senator.

Cost concerns

When President Trump was a private citizen, he complained about Obama’s vacations and golfing forays. During former President Obama’s eight years in the White House, the cost to our government was $98 million for his vacations, etc. In 13 weeks, Trump has gone to his golf course in Florida seven weekends. This costs our taxpayers an additional $3 million a weekend. He has therefore cost the taxpayer an additional $21 million in three months. I thought Republicans wanted cheaper government.

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