2017-07-22 / Viewpoints


Float Your Boat

Dear editor:

As you have reported, the upper Allegheny River has been voted the 2017 Pennsylvania “River of the Year” in a statewide competition sponsored by the Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pa. Organization for Watersheds and Rivers.

To celebrate, our Upper Allegheny Watershed Assn. (UAWA) is sponsoring a fun opportunity to make Pennsylvania even more beautiful on Wednesday, July 26. We’ll be floating along a six-mile stretch from Burtville to Port Allegany and picking up litter and junk on the way. Rain date is Friday, July 28.

Participants should bring their canoe or kayak, paddles, life jackets, gloves, water shoes (not flip-flops) and sunscreen. Water will be provided. All are welcome to participate. Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Volunteers will be required to sign a waiver at registration.

We’ll begin staging watercraft and vehicles at 8 am at the Kim Hill Road Bridge in Burtville for a 9 am start. Recovery will be at Moose Park in Port Allegany

For more information, feel free to contact me at 814-544-7365.

Frank Weeks, UAWA

Penalizing Seniors

Dear editor:

Senate Bill 76, the Property Tax Independence Act, is navigating its way through the halls in Harrisburg. Hopefully, it will eliminate discriminatory school property taxes for Pennsylvanians.

While these unfair taxes penalize property owners of all ages, they are most devastating to the elderly, most of whom live mainly on Social Security.

Individuals 65 and over should not be forced to set aside a significant portion of their monthly check to satisfy a school property tax obligation. When there is “too much month left at the end of the money,” food and medications get sacrificed.

It that isn’t bad enough, sometimes their only solution is to sell their home and face the very real problem of finding safe, affordable housing.

Whether SB 76 becomes a law or not, common decency dictates that the most vulnerable among us -- the elderly -- should be exempt from this prohibitive tax burden.

A government is not allowed to violate property rights of its citizens, but in far too many cases that’s exactly what such a tax does.

Susan F. Yankovich


Dear editor:

Our department has received several reports of residents being scammed.

The person will impersonate a military member overseas. Often, the scammer will hack a Facebook page, stealing photos and personal information. He will then message the victim either by Facebook or via text message, impersonating the service member and asking for money.

Most Americans respect our service members and want to help them. The scammers know this and use it against victims they feel they can easily trick.

Once they have you hooked they will continue to ask for money, sometimes by using threatening means, especially if you know you are being scammed.

Do not fall for this. Contact the police as soon as you believe you’re being scammed.

If someone asks you to send money and you do not know the person, do not do it. These schemes often originate overseas, which makes it difficult to track down and prosecute the scammers.

Emporium Borough Police Dept.

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