Another opinion expressed on COVID-19

I know we have heard so many opinions on COVID-19 that you probably are tired of hearing about it. But I thought I would offer my two cents worth.

This horrible virus has been wrecking havoc all over the world as well as in my country, the United States of America. Most of the citizens do the polite and honorable thing when going outdoors by wearing a mask and keeping a minimum of six feet distance from others.

Of course there are those who have no manners and do not follow the rules. When you or I see people who seem to not care for others, then we stay away or cross the street.

I do not know if they will get the message, but they should ask themselves, “What did I do or what is wrong with me?”

Selfish people either are ignorant or do not care. They couldn’t care less about the rules of this wonderful God fearing nation. I ask myself, “Where did selfish people get such a hateful attitude?”

After all, by the grace of God we were given the greatest gift of our lives, being born in this free loving of others nation.

God bless America and its citizens.

Ida Temple


STSD tax increase not appropriate

I was shocked (and yet not really) to read that the Southern Tioga School District board of directors intends to raise taxes for Tioga County property owners by 2% in their 2020-21 budget. I find this action callous, heartless and totally inappropriate in this difficult time for so many who are losing their jobs and finding it hard to make ends meet as it is. It was just announced that Tioga County school districts are getting a huge grant from the feds for COVID-19 relief. STSD is getting more than $330,000. The district also have a lot of money in their fund balance. I don’t believe they should be balancing their budget on the backs of already hard hit taxpayers, many of whom are elderly and live on a fixed income. There was hardly a school year this year, and who knows if they will even have one next year at this point. Parents are struggling trying to teach their kids what teachers normally teach them, while some are trying to work from home, or others lost their jobs because they had to stay home with the kids who are normally in school. Granted, teachers are doing their best to teach online, but it is not the same as face to face teaching and learning and not everyone in Tioga County has an Internet connection or even a computer. If they go ahead and pass this tax increase at the June meeting, I am thinking the only way to put the brakes on future tax increases is to vote for taxpayer friendly representatives who will fairly consider other means of raising revenue. If you want to let the board know how you feel, contact them and tell them. They work for the taxpayers, not the other way around, but it sure doesn’t seem that way, does it?

Thank you,

Cheryl A. Clarke