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A Lot of Work to be Done!

It’s great to see the bridge over Loyalsock Creek that connects Montoursville and Loyalsock is getting a makeover. Over 14,000 vehicles cross the bridge on a daily basis. That’s a pretty amazing amount of traffic crossing the old three-span truss bridge that was originally built in 1931.

It was definitely due for some structural repair. Pennsylvania winters and the use of salt on the highways have definitely taken their toll on the old green bridge. I guess we should probably also add in the flood waters that come crashing down the Loyalsock. I believe the last time there was significant work done to the structure was in the mid-90s.

The bridge has become the symbol of the Loyalsock versus Montoursville rivalry, which is one of the best in Pennsylvania high school sports. The annual fall football classic is now known as the “Battle of the Bridge”— as are pretty much all the other athletic matchups between the two schools. The winning school of the rivalry football game gets to decorate the bridge in their school colors and receive the “Battle of the Bridge Trophy.”

It has been interesting to watch the progress of the bridge repair. Upon its completion, the bridge will no longer be painted green. In honoring the Montoursville/Loyalsock rivalry, the new paint scheme will have half the bridge being painted Loyalsock maroon and the other half Montoursville blue. Eastbound traffic heading into the borough will travel on the blue portion; westbound traffic entering the township, of course, will be on the maroon portion.

Another great idea in regards to the project is that each school will be provided 100 magnetic logos. These are to replace the use of the ribbons to celebrate the victor. Often these ribbons are cut off by the opposing school and end up floating down the Sock.

It’s great to see PennDOT and County officials getting behind the communities and the “Battle of the Bridge.” (There will also be Lancer and Warrior logos painted on the appropriate sides.) I can’t wait to see it upon completion!

I guess we should move on from my “Fake News.” Please don’t call PennDOT or the County Commissioners. I had several folks tell me they missed our Webb Weekly April Fool this year. I held off due to tragic events that had occurred in our Nation at that time. Well what can I say, I missed it too! Laughter truly is the best medicine.

I promised last week to get back to former FBI Director James Comey, Syria and the lawsuit brought forth by the Democrats alleging Mr. Trump’s campaign, Russia, and WikiLeaks interfered with the 2016 Presidential Election. If you recall I got sidetracked last week on our 2nd Amendment rights.

Former FBI director James Comey held one of the most prestigious and respected positions in American law enforcement. You’ll never convince me he didn’t use the media as his ax to grind with President Trump to promote and sell his book. Talking about free advertising!

Mr. Rudolph Giuliani feels Mr. Comey broke several laws during, and after, his tenure. I don’t know about all that. I do believe he did not honor the ethical and moral responsibilities of his former position.

As I’ve stated before, President Obama should have fired him. I believe he did affect the 2016 election in a negative way for both parties, and the best thing our Nation could do is put it in the past. To waste Republican and Democrat time having Judiciary hearings just takes focus away from all the things that need to be done in our Country. At the end of the day, Mr. Comey just needs to fade to black. The best thing that can happen is both Democrats and Republicans move forward.

As far as Syria, there will always be an evil, tyrannical individual leading some nation down the wrong path. How anybody could commit such heinous acts against fellow humanity let alone his own people, tells you all you need to know.

However, I don’t believe just firing cruise missiles into any country is the answer. This has never worked for our Country; it has only created bigger problems down the road. Before we ever fire the first missile, we need to have a detailed plan of how we’re going to deal with said problem. There has been overwhelming violence in Syria for thousands of years. It will take one heck of a continued commitment, and more than a few airstrikes to secure Syria. And that’s if their people want to be secured?

The other side of this, which I have a problem with, is the collateral damage. How many innocent lives were lost of people just being in the wrong place at the wrong time? Evil dictators like Bashar al-Assad often use women and children as human shields around their weapon-producing and storage facilities in an attempt to deter an attack.

Do I think we should help other nations around the world from their demons within? Absolutely. But there has to be a better plan. With all that’s going on right now here at home, I also believe we need to focus from our Country out.

Last but not least, is the DNC’s multi-million dollar lawsuit against the Trump Campaign, WikiLeaks, and Mr. Vladimir Putin’s nation. Are you kidding me? How can you sue Russia?

I’m surprised they didn’t throw in Bigfoot, Lex Luthor, and The Boogeyman.

How about this? We move past the 2016 Presidential Election. It’s over; the results are not going to change. Why don’t both Democrats and Republicans go to work for “We the People” solving problems?

If the American people don’t like President Trump, or what happened in the past, they will speak their mind come next election time. But there’s too much work that needs to be done before then to secure and protect our future. President Barack Obama had an opportunity, and he won reelection. We should extend the same opportunity to President Trump. “We the People” will speak!

God Bless America.

Jim Webb

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