Dear Editor:

One month ago, Sept. 18, 2010, an article appeared in your OP-ED section titled "Strong opposition to sludge dumping." The article was composed by Rep. Jerry Knowles, 124th legislative district.

In the article, Rep. Knowles expressed dismay and disappointment with a letter by a Mr. John Schickram, who questioned his lack of expedient response to this environmental threat to the citizens of Schuylkill Township.

Rep. Knowles then proceeded to document his action plan, which consisted of letters to Gov. Ed "Dump it Here" Rendell, several state agencies, including the DEP, local municipal leaders, the sludge dumpers' consultants and the mining company in which he expressed his strong opposition.

Well done, Rep. Knowles. The letters are out. Is that it? Why wasn't the attorney general Tom Corbett included in your protest letter campaign? After all, he is responsible for enforcing the ACRE bill that threatens lawsuits against any state municipality that enacts ordinances regulating sludge dumping. In your letter, you accused Mr. Schickram of politicizing a serious health issue. By not including A.G. Corbett, aren't you?

Also, why weren't these important environmental issues even addressed during your recent "debate" sponsored by the Schuylkill County Chamber of Commerce? You know, the "debate" that didn't include all of the candidates for office. That one. Was "fixing" the unemployment benefit compensation system to detect those recipients "who are not working hard enough to find jobs" while receiving subsistent allowances more important to you?

Say it ain't so, Jerry! Say it ain't so!

Sincerely,

L.J. Dubetsky

Tamaqua