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Smaller government just ends up costing more

Big government may raise taxes, but it costs less; smaller government may keep taxes down, but it costs more.

When government agencies aren’t adequately funded or properly staffed, they can’t do the job for which they were created. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are just two examples.

When there is a Republican president the IRS is inadequately funder and understaffed. Fewer adults are performed with less tax collected, and the audits are done on those with lower and modest incomes, not on the wealthy.

The SEC, during the Bush II Administration, operated on a bare bones budget and was staffed by incompetent bureaucrats and political hacks. As a result, Wall Street collapsed and the stock market crashed.

Does a $700 billion bailout of Wall Street by President Bush ring a bell? This was followed by a $800 billion stimulus by President Obama. Both actions increased the national debt.

When combined, the bailout and the stimulus cost taxpayers $1.5 trillion because of a smaller government that didn’t save taxpayers one penny, but it cost a lot more dollars.

Government is a service, not a business. Successful businessmen wouldn’t consider operating a private enterprise the same way that smaller government is operated because they know that it would cost more in the long run.

David L. Faust Selinsgrove

Fuzzy bunnies require care and responsibility

Over the next few weeks, thousands of adults will be tempted to buy an Easter rabbit for a child. Unfortunately a few months from now, animal shelters will be flooded with cast-offs. The bunnies ask that anyone who is considering buying a rabbit this year to stop and learn some important facts:

Rabbits are an adult responsibility (all animals are). The are not low-maintenance starter pets.

They can live 8 to 12+ yearsand can be litter boxed trained.

They need to be seen by a rabbit knowledgeable veterinarian at least once a year and need to be spayed/neutered to improve health and behavior.

Rabbits are inquisitive, social indoor companions but do not like to be picked up and carried.

They require an ample amount of safe living space and more than three hours of exercise daily.

They need daily monitoring of food, hay and water intake and fecal and urine output. and require 24-hour access to timothy/grass hays.

Don’t give a live rabbit; give chocolate or stuffed rabbits: the kind of Easter bunnies that can’t be neglected.

A house rabbit can make a wonderful pet. So, if you are seriously considering a pet rabbit please educate yourself before bringing one into your home. Always adopt from your local humane society or rabbit rescue organization, never buy or breed, there are too many retired Easter bunnies in shelters looking for their forever homes.

To learn more visit these websites:



Lynn Yurcho


Reader questions depot’s perspective on needed cuts

The sequester legislation imposes an across-the-board five percent cut in the defense budget. Why then are the powers-that-be at Tobyhanna Army Depot claiming that they will need to cut $300 million from an $800 million budget? That is about thirty-seven percent.

Joseph Sheehan

Plains Township

Family is grateful for the wedding of a lifetime

On behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Shuman and their family, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to your paper for the wonderful article you did on Issy and Joe. As your readers may recall, Joe and Issy Shuman have quite a story! Mark from WBRE-TV 28, also did a fantastic job covering this story. We also want to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thank-you to the numerous people in the Shickshinny Benton community who helped make their 71st wedding anniversary on Feb. 1 so memorable. During the early planning stages of their anniversary party, it became quite obvious that this event was going to be unique. Work spread throughout the community and this celebration took on a life all its own! So many people have their time and talents and it is because of them that we write.

First of all, thank you to Mr. Bonham and the Bonham Nursing Center staff, from all departments, who helped transform our home into a church and reception hall. Thank you to all our residents who gathered to witness and celebrate this special occasion. Without you this celebration would not have been complete. For our volunteers (local church members; friends and family of our residents, neighbors in the community), your kindness and service was and continues to be priceless. A special thank you to Pastor Scott Lyons who officiated at the vow renewal ceremony; to our flower girl, Allena Groff; ring bearer, Nolan Bardua; organist, Eileen Scherer; and soloist and photographer, Laura Shaffer. In addition, we would like to thank Annette Commodore for the tiered wedding cake, Lena Zimmerman for the wedding sheet cake, Mike and Elizabeth Frantz for the table favors, and Bethanne Rodney for the candle lighting centerpiece.

And finally, we would like to extend our utmost gratitude to Stoney Acres in Benton, and W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloomsburg. Stoney Acres graciously donated Issy’s beautiful writs corsage, Joe’s boutonniere, and the lovely floral arrangement for their table. Upon hearing of their story, W.W. Bridal graciously provided Joe’s tuxedo for the affair. Furthermore, they invited Issy to come to their store and choose her wedding dress (they even died a pair of satin shoes to match!)

When discussion of payment arose, W.W. Bridal graciously declined, stating they were honored to be a part of this special event. The generosity extended by these two businesses is extremely rare in today’s world. Their acts of kindness go beyond words. Thank you once again to everyone who made this the “Wedding of a lifetime!”

Brenda J. Yaple and Daryl Birdsall

Bonham’s activity department Stillwater

DEP grant will improve Edwardsville recycling

In 2012, the borough of Edwardsville filed for a Department of Environmental Protection grant to improve our recycling program. We were recently notified that a grant was approved in the amount of $104,236.00. This grant award has come at a perfect time.

This year Edwardsville implemented a new recycling program called Single Stream. This system not only adds additional items to the recycling roster increasing the volume of recycling collections; it is more convenient for residents who can now mix items for same day pick up. In addition, the borough is now able to purchase a new mini-packer to replace an out-of-date recycling truck and additional recycling containers for our residents.

On behalf of all council members, I would like to thank Councilman Gary Moran, chairman of DPW; Leonard Lengel, DPW supervisor; and Charles Szalkowski, borough manager, who all worked hard on this grant application. I would encourage DEP to continue these opportunities to municipalities as grants are necessary to enable us to run quality programs within our community and help move forward into the future.

David Stochla

Edwardsville Borough Council President

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