There are sure to be critics of Coal Township's noble gesture in which it agreed to buy road salt to help see its cash-strapped neighbor Shamokin through the winter. As commissioner Chairman Craig Fetterman said, the loan was a matter of safety - and not just for folks in Shamokin . Those from the township and elsewhere - including police, firefighters and Shamokin Area School District buses - travel state highways and streets through the city. They can't get to where they're going without traversing Shamokin . - - - So Shamokinites may be a bit embarrassed and Coal Township taxpayers a bit uncomfortable with the loan. But far more important than any parochial hard feelings is the fact that Shamokin remains in such dire straits it can't afford a road salt purchase of a few thousand dollars, at the most. It's indicative of just how difficult things are at this moment as city officials await approval of a loan to pay outstanding bills. It suggests, too, that while council's earlier plan to furlough a street department worker and two full-time city policemen has reversed course, such difficult decisions could rear their heads again down the road. Citizens should be prepared. Think of it this way: If the city can't afford road salt, how's it going to meet its growing obligation for pension and health care payments? - - - As for the loan, Coal Township commissioners are to be commended. They came to the aid of a neighbor just as any of us would. And as troubling as Shamokin's financial standing is, we can't imagine a scenario where this gesture of goodwill would not be repaid.
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