Don't just read the headline

EDITOR: An article headline from the AP, Sept. 7, 2012:

US economy adds 96K jobs, rate falls to 8.1 pct.

Sounds positive, doesn't it? Especially the unemployment rate drop. But if you read the article, it's far from positive "WASHINGTON (AP) - US employers added 96,000 jobs last month, a weak figure that could slow the momentum President Barack Obama hoped to gain from his speech Thursday night to the Democratic National Convention.

The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in July. But that was only because more people gave up looking for jobs. People who are out of work are counted as unemployed only if they're looking for a job."

(Can anyone explain why this is the case? They are still employed!)

The government also said Friday that 41,000 fewer jobs were created in July and June than first estimated. The economy has added just 139,000 jobs a month since the start of the year, below 2011s average of 153,000.

"Friday's report was discouraging throughout. Hourly pay fell, manufacturers cut the most jobs in two years and the number of people in the work force dropped to its lowest level in 31 years.

"All told, the proportion of the population that is either working or looking for work fell to 63.5 percent. That's the lowest level in 31 years for the labor force participation rate.

My comments ... This president wasn't dealt a good hand when he entered office (but had to realize that), but he has played that hand poorly. I feel much of that is due to his priorities being elsewhere and not fully realizing that continued job losses create significant issues for this nation (huge deficits and credit downgrade), government (reduced tax revenues to conduct its business), and families (economic uncertainty). The man in charge has to get priorities right and - if he doesn't - has to be replaced. Plus, he has to take responsibility for his "results" rather than blaming everyone else for the short-comings! Not much of that happens in Washington, either.

Wouldn't it be entertaining if all politicians were honest and candid in their speeches? But, I assume, they wouldn't be politicians if they were. Alas.

Ted Rieth


Freedom is not free

EDITOR: The Congress by Senate joint Resolution 115 of June 23, 1936 (49Stat.1985 as amended) has designated the last Sunday in September as "Gold Star Mother's Day"

I hope people remembered what this day stands for. To think about the Gold Star Mothers and families as their loss is the loss of all Americans Take time to light a luminary and if not aware of this date put in on calendar for next year to light a luminary to show Gold Star Mothers do not stand alone.

We honor and remember, as well as paying tribute to the ultimate sacrifice of these mothers' and families' heros.

Remember: Freedom is not free.

Proud Navy mother of passed MASN Brian VanFleet USN

Sharon VanFleet



EDITOR: I would like to take this opportunity to praise and thank the borough workers who take such good care of the River walkway along Merrill Parkway. I walk this path most mornings and frequently encounter the men working there. They cut the grass, trim and other wise keep the whole length (both sides of the road) orderly and clean. Whenever you pass them they turn off the machines or otherwise make sure that no debris gets near the walker. They are always pleasant and polite. Kudos to all the workers!

I think that this pathway is the best investment the Towanda Borough has ever made and if the few people who do not pick up after their dogs would do so, it would be perfect!

Barbara Krauss