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Letters to the Editor

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I challenge Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, teachers, parents and the future of this state (the students).

We declared our INDEPENDENCE in Philadelphia.

The Liberty Bell is in Philadelphia. The USS Independence CVA 62, whose logo is the Liberty Bell.

This ship belongs in Philadelphia as a museum.

My challenge goes to everyone to write your congressmen, state representatives and the governor at the:

Office of the Governor

Commonwealth of

Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA 17120

Robert (Ski) Siesputowski

Summit Hill

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dear Editor,

In regards to the article in the paper about Lehighton mulls full-time at CCTI, I was a student at the CCATS at the school in JimThorpe over 35 years ago.

As to the students from Lehighton and Weatherly school districts losing quality educational time, I also was a half-day student at the school. It did not affect my education, because I graduated top student from masonry class in 1976.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

There comes a time in someone's life when you need to stand up for what you believe is right no matter what the consequences. That's exactly the moment I had at the Sept. 8 Slatington Borough meeting.

My wife and I with other taxpayers are regular attendees of borough meetings because of what we observed at our first meeting 5 1/2 years ago.

This is not the first time they tried to interrupt on my five minutes of speaking time. This is a practice they abuse many times on many taxpayers of the borough. The biggest offenders of this poor behavior are Reed, Neff and Rinker.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Back in February or March in the Scranton area, a young 10- or 12-year-old boy was shoveling snow in front of his home. A vehicle drove by and stopped. The stranger, a male, asked the youngster if he wanted to go for a ride.

When the boy refused, the interloper grabbed his arm, pulling him inside the vehicle. The kid wasn't stupid; he had the good sense to realize he was being abducted by a fiend and he would have ended up in harm's way.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dear Editor,

Regarding the Sept. 20th article "Should teachers carry guns?" I agree safety is a primary concern in schools.

Children learn best when they feel safe, but I agree most with JimThorpe's Police Chief Joseph Schatz that "the best solution is to have a school resource officer on duty." Let the teachers concentrate on the instructional program, and let professionals trained in arms protect our children.

I am familiar with the issues of school safety, having served as a school principal for 13 years in Philadelphia.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Over the years I have written many letters to the editor and I have enjoyed trying to put my thoughts to pen. However, nothing more deserves congratulations than the staff of nurses and aides at the critical care unit of Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital.

I recently had undergone L4 L5 back surgery to rectify pinched nerves in my vertebrae. To tell you the truth, I was scared beyond belief. Everyone says stay away from your back with surgery.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

When you've been to your doctor so often

That you've read all the magazines

Try to schedule your next appointment

With the latest invasion of teens.

This invasion is nothing to worry about

No matter how crowded it seems

As these eager young warriors file in and out

They're here not to join gangs but teams.

They're here to get doctor's approval

To take part in sports at their school

But they first have to take care of studies

And then comes the court, field or pool.

How depressing to pick up a paper

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dear Readers,

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Sen. David Argall for voting in favor of SB1182: An act providing for the medical use of cannabis in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This opportunity does not come along often: to show compassion for the ill, sick and dying. I know that the senator has expressed concern on this type of legislation when I started writing to him over 15 years ago on marijuana issues. Times have changed, and so have the status quo views on marijuana by career politicians.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dear Editor,

On Aug. 5, the Tamaqua Salvation Army took part in Tamaqua's National Night Out Celebration with a Kidz Karnival. The response we received was amazing, enabling us to reach our goal, thanks in large part to a local business.

Silberline Manufacturing Company of Hometown matched dollar for dollar the Kidz Karnival ticket sales and donations up to $10,000.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dear Editor,

The last half billion years, there have been five major mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth is suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us.