Letters

New game commission hires to protect plants

I just had to write and let everyone know how pleased I am that the Pennsylvania Game Commission is going to be hiring so many. What a boost to the economy.

The reason?

Oh well, I’m sure that you’ve heard that they are trying to pass a law that we aren’t allowed to feed birds and animals anymore, which is the only entertainment that some shut-ins, the elderly and housebound people get.

The reason?

Oh, that’s because the birds and animals congregate underneath the bird and animal feeders, and by doing that they can spread this chronic wasting disease among themselves.

So, this brings us to the reason that the PGC will have to hire so many new people: they are going to be needed to guard the oak trees, apple trees, other fruit trees, berry bushes, etc. so that the birds and animals don’t congregate there. Just think — they are going to need enough to handle three shifts a day, seven days a week. There just won’t be any unemployed in Pennsylvania. Isn’t that wonderful?

Carol Bartholomew

Galeton

An open letter to Rep. Keller and Sen. Toomey

“I am reporting an “urgent concern” in accordance with the procedures outlined in 50 U.S.C.....

“In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.”

So begins the letter addressed to the Intelligence Community Inspector General dated August 12, 2019. The IC IG took the 14 days required by law to investigate the concerns detailed in the complaint and found them to be “credible” and “urgent.” The IG forwarded the complaint to Acting Director of National Intelligence for forwarding, as required by law, to the Intelligence committees of the Senate and the House. This didn’t happen. The concerned IG notified Rep. Schiff that a complaint had been filed.

It would take weeks rather than the seven days mandated by law, but eventually the complaint was released to the necessary committees on September 25, one day after the telephone call memo of a July 25 call between the President and President Zelensky of Ukraine, was unclassified and released.

At the heart of the complaint is this portion of the thirty-minute conversation...

Trump: “... the United States has been very very good to Ukraine. I wouldn’t say that it’s reciprocal necessarily because things are happening that are not good but the United States has been very very good to Ukraine.”...

Zelensky: “...I would also like to thank you for your great support in the area of defense. We are ready to continue to cooperate for the next steps specifically we are almost ready to buy more Javelins from the United States for defense purposes.”

Trump: (immediately after the above comment), “I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it....”

There’s more, of course, both the memo of the conversation and the lightly redacted complaint are available for easy download and reading.

At the most basic level, it is illegal for a candidate for public office to solicit or recieve damaging information regarding a political oponent from a foreign country.

This is serious. It requires serious investigation. If further evidence corroborates the information we already have, justification for articles of impeachment may be justified.

This isn’t a partisan matter. It is a matter of national security and a functioning democracy, wherever it leads and whatever the outcome.

Elizabeth Jarrard

Coudersport