2018-01-13 / Viewpoints

Correspondence

Elk lives matter

Dear editor:

Regarding the story in the Nov. 3 edition (‘Nuisance’ Elk Euthanized; area residents upset), my neighbors and I asked why Game Warden Wayne Hunt shot and killed the elk that was hanging out at the upper end of Old West Creek Road.

Bryan Burhans, executive director of Pa. Game Commission, offered this explanation:

Hunt said an area resident complained that the animal was causing property damage and being a nuisance. He investigated and was able to haze the animal away from the property.

The following day, Hunt discovered that the elk had returned, so he again attempted to haze it from the area. He called state police to assist and, after not being able to get the elk to relocate, he euthanized it.

Hunt stated that he learned the elk has been hanging around that area for four weeks. He stated that the elk clearly had become habituated, which is commonly the case when wild animals have found a consistent source of food, particularly when humans are feeding the animals.

Who is he accusing of feeding that elk? It was a regular visitor to three properties for close to two years and we can assure you that none of those property owners were feeding it.

Why was the elk meat given to someone who works for the state and lives in Potter County? Why wasn’t the meat donated to someone in Cameron County who was in need?

Why wasn’t the elk relocated across the street where it elk had lived for the past couple years? Why did the warden tell the complainants the elk was relocated to a safer place?

Why didn’t Hunt submit an article to the local papers explaining his actions, as he did to the Williamsport Sun-Gazette when he killed a large bull elk that was injured while fighting?

Why wasn’t the property owner who was supposedly feeding the elk fined or even approached?

It is our opinion that Warden Hunt was in the wrong.

Misty Travis
Emporium

Joy-filled day

Dear editor:

There was a whole lot of joy-filled jolly, hustle and bustle this year on Christmas Day at Aroma Café.

The grassroots ministry of Friends Serving Friends once again provided a free Christmas dinner to anyone who came through the doors wanting to enjoy a warm and friendly atmosphere and a hot homemade meal while listening to local talent performing holiday music.

More than 300 meals were served to individuals from Cameron County, with leftovers providing additional meals. This annual endeavor is made possible by the more than 100 volunteers who step up and step out on Christmas Day to prepare, serve and deliver meals.

Thank you to all the generous, anonymous donors. Special thanks go out to local businesses Embassy Powdered Metals and Shurfine Market for their generosity. A heartfelt thank you also goes out to the churches who participated in this gift of love to our community.

The Friends Serving Friends vision reflects the giving heart of Cameron County. We wish everyone a very blessed new year.

Beth Ann Overly
Emporium

Complete sham

Dear editor:

Your editorial by Alan Cummings (“Tax Reform: We See Through It”) hit the nail on the head.

This billionaire bailout bill that was passed by Republicans in Congress and signed by President Trump is a complete sham. It adds trillions to the debt, provides tax cuts for private jets and golf course owners, but will be paid for by schemes such as gutting Medicare, CHIP and Medicaid.

Only 20 percent of Americans will benefit and 80 percent of the tax grab immediately goes to the top 1 percent of income tax filers.

Here are some of the numbers: $100,000 is the minimum income to benefit. Many people earning less than $75,000 in income will face a tax hike over 10 years.

Most people earning less than $30,000 will see a tax hike immediately. The average tax cut for folks with incomes of more than $100,000 will be $5,700. The average tax cut for folks with income under $75,000, which expires in less than 10 years, is $130.

Some 90 percent of the tax cuts will go to the wealthiest Americans and multinational corporations.

The negative consequences of this political sham will hit hardest on today’s underprivileged and middle-class families and the costs will be borne by our children and grandchildren.

James Luby
Scranton

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