The invention of the gas mask and more

Letters to the editor August 26 to September 1

Posted 8/24/21

Impressive

Dear Rev. Stuart: I met you briefly at the beginning of Riverfest in Narrowsburg. We had a very nice discussion as the festival was beginning, before the dog contest, and you handed me …

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The invention of the gas mask and more

Letters to the editor August 26 to September 1

Posted

Impressive

Dear Rev. Stuart: I met you briefly at the beginning of Riverfest in Narrowsburg. We had a very nice discussion as the festival was beginning, before the dog contest, and you handed me a complimentary copy of the River Reporter. I handed you my business card. It was a pleasure speaking to you.

Please accept my sincerest applause for the high quality of your publication. The writing and editing are excellent. However, what is equally impressive is your detailed coverage of local government matters, which are often overlooked, even in local weekly newspapers that purport to be the eyes and ears of communities and region. Reading only the July 22-28 edition taught me about the importance of many local issues among many municipalities. And the focus on individuals who make or made contributions to their communities shows how important respect and appreciation for community-mindedness are to you. (Your content related to Ms. Peck’s passing was especially heartwarming; she must have been a wonderful woman.)

The River Reporter is without a doubt the best “local” newspaper that I’ve read. I consumed if from cover to cover.

Hopefully the region appreciates the work that you do, as you and your staff are doing an amazing job.

Craig B. Neely

Emmaus, PA

Garrett A. Morgan first invented gas mask

The recent article in the River Reporter about the “History of Wintoon Estate at Time and the Valleys Museum” has data which may be questionable. It references inventor Karl Connell as having developed the first all-American gas mask used in WWI. My knowledge is that African American Garrett A. Morgan, in 1914, at the Second International Exposition of Sanitation and Safety, won the First Grand Prize Gold Medal for his invention of a smoke inhaler [gas mask]. World War I lasted from July 1914-1918.

Afi Phoebe, retired professor and historian

Narrowsburg, NY, and Jamaica

Slow down for school buses

With students returning to class, school buses are or soon will be back on the roads. Motorists, parents and children are encouraged to refresh their memories about how to share the road safely.

Pennsylvania law requires motorists stop at least 10 feet away from school buses when their red lights are flashing and their stop arm is extended. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm is withdrawn. Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.

Penalties for failure to obey school bus safety laws can result in a $250 fine, five points on a driving record and a 60-day license suspension.

Parents are reminded to ensure their children are at the bus stop early to avoid rushing. Students should stay where the bus driver can see them while boarding or exiting the bus.

Jonathan Fritz

111th Legislative District

Harrisburg, PA

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