Wood turtle

Wood turtles are almost endangered and a passion of J.T. Lantz.

Save the wood turtles

Hi, my name is J.T. I am writing about wood turtles. Please let people know they are almost endangered. You can’t catch or kill them. If you see one crossing the road, make sure no cars are coming and move it to the side it was going to. It is illegal to disturb their nests. Thank you.

J.T. Lantz

Mansfield

Editor’s note: The above letter and photo were accompanied by a note. J.T. read in the National Geographic that he could write to the newspaper to raise awareness about endangered animals. Reporter Halie Kines spoke with J.T. about turtles and his story will appear in a future edition.

Anomalies abound in nation

Have you read the lyrics to Rapper Cardi B’s song, WAP? If not, you might want to look them up on the internet. But brace yourself. It is one of the most lewd, lascivious “songs” I have ever heard. Even more horrifying, it debuted as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Yes, that’s the same Hot 100 where Celine Dion was on the list in 2000 for “That’s The Way It Is” and Lady Gaga topped the chart in 2010 with “Alejandro.” Now, I know I am getting older, and thought I had a pretty open mind, but WAP has been touted as a “sex positive” song. Not in my world, past, present or future. Watch the video and you decide.

Joe Biden, even older than me, was interviewed by Cardi B for Elle magazine. What? Why?? Does he even know who Cardi B is? (They must be related since he was called Joey B in his youth.) There are many, many more successful, smart, politically savvy women of color that could have interviewed him that don’t participate in the sexually explicit media that made her millions.

Have you seen the video from Aug. 16 where a man in Portland, Ore., under siege for 82 days as I write this, was harassed and violently kicked in the head which knocks him unconscious and hospitalizes him? Most of the major networks did not show it, but it’s all over the internet. It’s hard to watch. The known assailant has not been arrested. The anomaly of George Floyd’s death was admittedly far worse, but the idiot cops responsible are in custody and will be dealt with.

Did you see Bill Clinton, a pillar of morality, at the DNC? The man who visited Jeffrey Epstein’s private island more than once chastised the President for misbehaving in the Oval Office. Really? Who thought it would be a good idea to let him speak?

I guess I am getting too old. I get that many people, especially our youth, are frustrated and unhappy and feel things are not at all fair but for how long can this destruction of others’ property, livelihood, safety and values continue?

I fear for our country. Are violence and amoral behavior now the accepted norm? Will all this stop with the election or is this the way it’s going to be, like “The Walking Dead” without the zombies? Maybe zombies would be a good idea.

Kris Reilly

Covington

Sound bites on federal program

Just a few quotes on Social Security:

“We can never insure 100% of the population against 100% of the hazards and vicissitudes of life, but we have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age.” FDR, Aug. 14, 1935

“It’s disappointing, but it’s not a Republican problem it’s a bipartisan problem: unwillingness to address the real drivers of the debt by doing anything to adjust those programs to the demographics of America in the future.” He added that by “entitlement reform,” he was “talking about Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid.” Mitch McConnell, Oct. 16 2019

“We put those payroll contributions there so as to give the contributors a legal, moral, and political right to collect their pensions and their unemployment benefits. With those taxes in there, no damn politician can ever scrap my social security program.” FDR, 1941

“If I’m victorious on Nov. 3, I plan to forgive these taxes and make permanent cuts to the payroll tax.” “I’m going to make them all permanent.” Donald Trump at a news conference in Bedminster, N.J.

Richard Tobin

Wellsboro

President should share tax information

Why is Trump afraid of sharing his tax information, which has been the custom for every president since Roosevelt? Will it show fraud, that he is not as rich as he portends to be, hush payments for his illicit marital affairs or a deep involvement with foreign governments? It is obvious that he is hiding something from the American people. Perhaps it is nothing more than then his fear of being exposed as a liar, cheater and charlatan.

Ron Kamzelski

Wellsboro