Letters

Voters have selected candidates

After the May 24 primary, Roger Bunn announced his write-in campaign after Republican voters selected two other candidates for the fall ballot. Adding his name as the fifth choice for county commissioner simply returns voters choice back to May 2019 ballot.

In May 2011, Republican voters selected Erick Coolidge and Mark Hamilton and Democratic voters selected Sue Vogler and T. James Davis to be on the November ballot. Write-in candidate Roger Bunn as fifth choice eliminated Sue Vogler and T. James Davis in the General Election.

In May 2015 primary, voters selected Republican Erick Coolidge and Roger Bunn and Democratic voters selected Joseph Druetto. Again Mark Hamilton did a write-in campaign and eliminated Joseph Druetto.

In 2019 for the office of Tioga County commissioner, Roger Bunn announced his name as the fifth choice after the May 24 primary. Erick Coolidge, Mark Hamilton, Ann Marie Nesek and Carolyn Ruth were selected by voters to be on the Nov. 5 ballot.

In the American Dictionary, the first definition of gerrymandering is “to machinate or alter to one’s advantage.” The second definition of gerrymandering is “Noun. An act, process or instance can be defined as gerrymandering to give unfair advantage to the party in election.”

Given the history of voting for Tioga County commissioner, is a write-in campaign being utilized by one political party to alter choices in the General Election?

Given the previous history for county commissioner, adding a fifth name serves to delete two other candidates. If voters choice were honored without a write-in candidate, then one candidate out of four would be eliminated in the November General Election.

You, as voters of all political parties, in November will make the decision through voting whether to endorse voters’ choices from May or to alter voters choices by supporting a write-in candidate.

Ruth H. Kovich

Mechanicsburg

Proposed increase is too high

Please deny Wellsboro Electric Co. their proposed rate increase of 16.1% for these reasons:

It is excessive for the average family who must bear almost yearly increases in property taxes, food, medicine and other fees. In addition, many families in Wellsboro live on fixed incomes with no hope of a salary increase yet WEC wants 16.1% more.

Our income keeps shrinking and 16.1% forces many to choose between food, medicine or pay the light bill. The WEC board of directors with their generous salaries cannot relate to the average consumer in Wellsboro.

A more reasonable increase of 5 or 6% still provides adequate reserves per the 2019 financial report. Their distribution only net income was $826,831. Net income before taxes was $1,146,475. Income tax expense was $308,928, leaving a net operating income of $837,547.

They do not require a 16.1% increase. Please deny this increase and vote your objections to PA PUC before Aug. 30.

Jean Dragovich

Wellsboro

Free parking would support downtown

What does Denton, Texas, Corning, N.Y., Mansfield and Vicksburg, Miss. know that Wellsboro doesn’t?

If you want people to shop and dine locally, you don’t have parking meters in your business district. How many businesses have closed on Main Street in just the last five years? You think parking meters have anything to do with that? Or could it be the overzealous meter maid guy? The merchants I have spoken with hate the meters.

Yes, like many of you I got one of those $10 thank you for shopping in Wellsboro notes (ticket) on my windshield. It really excited me to want to come back. Apparently the borough council is more interested in those quarters than having a viable business district.

Yet once a year they do want us to shop and dine in Wellsboro during the holiday season. This is when the put bags over the meters. Buy why not year around? Why not try an experiment and leave those bags on the meters for six months after the holiday season until the end of June? See if this helps the merchants with more business.

Maybe it’s time to remove the meters out of town altogether or at least put a bag over the head of the overzealous meter maid guy.

Richard J. Shire

Middlebury Center

Healthcare should be available to all

I’m glad that Dr. Singleton is doing so well but not everyone else is. She objects to the government taking 15% of her paycheck that she could save and leave to her children.

Most people, at least those who don’t have an M.D. behind their name, would waste that money on food and shoes for their kids. If your pension plan got wiped out when your company moved to China or you watched your 401K go in the dumpster in 2007 you know the “hazards and vicissitudes” that Roosevelt talked about.

As for Medicare, I love it, but, while nothing is free, we pay less in a year for Medicare and a Medigap policy with drug coverage than a couple of months of BC/BS would cost and without the high copays I’m not a bad knee away from bankruptcy.

She was right about one thing. We didn’t know what the insurance companies were going to do, but the people who lost coverage weren’t screwed by Obama. They were screwed by the insurance companies and the Republicans in Congress. Bills to fix the problems with the Affordable Care Act languished on the desk of Moscow Mitch along with the bills to protect our election.

Like it or not, electronic health records are here to stay. If your doctor isn’t tracking you on a computer, find a new one.

If healthcare isn’t a right, we need to hire someone to clean up the bodies that will pile up outside the Emergency Room.

It must be great to be rich enough to govern your own life, but I’m familiar with what doctors make, and Dr. Singleton’s monthly paycheck is probably more than many people in my county make in a year. Her advice would only work for the people who can afford it.

Richard Tobin

Wellsboro