Saturday, February 28, 2015
     

Letters to the Editor

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dear editor,

A heartfelt salute to attorney Adam Weaver and all the volunteers who helped stage Wills for Heroes at the Hilltop Community Center.

I am certain that all of these volunteers could have spent some quality time with their family or friends on that cold and snowy Saturday. So to all of those family members, thank you, too, for your sharing and dedication to community.

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Zenko

Lehighton

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dear Editor,

Carbon county residents are turning out in predictable numbers to oppose the gas pipeline. The fact is, they should embrace it and most other diverse industries that want to come here. Why, because your children, and grandchildren, will need the economic diversity or they will have to leave the area.

Business as usual in Carbon County is a losing proposition for the next generation. There wasn't much construction in Carbon County when things were good in 2008 and a few years prior.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dear Editor:

Because the PennEast pipeline is so important both to the residents and local governments in Carbon County, it is vital that the staffers from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission listen carefully to our concerns and comments.

I thought that would happen at the "scoping" hearing at Penn's Peak on Feb. 11. Instead, speakers were given three minutes to present their case, and the FERC staffers seemed more interested in timing the speakers than in listening to our testimony.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dear Editor,

The hearings held by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding the PennEast pipeline did not serve the purpose of informing the NEPA process as required. We residents do not have current siting proposals, mapping and accurate information.

That said, I trust that FERC will fulfill its mandate to act as a fair and transparent, disinterested third party in considering the overwhelming evidence that this project is an environmental hazard, a waste of resources, promotes unsustainable technology and provides no mitigating benefits to local residents.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dear Editor,

The damage caused by the construction and maintenance of the PennEast pipeline will have serious financial consequences for those who work in the outdoor industry.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dear Editor,

On Feb. 14 Chris Parker reported a story in the Times News (online) concerning the recent DPW findings concerning the violations at a local senior facility called Victorian Manor, which is located in Lehighton. While I appreciate Ms. Parker's reporting, I believe the story does not give a full portrait of the incredible work being done at the Manor.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dear Editor:

This Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus' 40 days of fasting in the desert before launching his ministry.

But meat-free Lent is much more than a symbol of religious devotion to Christ.

It helps reduce the risk of chronic disease, environmental degradation and animal abuse.

Dozens of medical reports have linked consumption of animal products with elevated risk of heart failure, stroke, cancer, and other killer diseases.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Dear Editor,

As a Palmerton resident of over 40 years and a former member of borough council, I have long been a "cheerleader" for our odd/even snow plowing program and how well it works. I have therefore been interested in following the program Lehighton is considering.

Palmerton's program includes a convenient time of 7 to 8 p.m. to move cars from one side of the street to the opposite side. For snowplowing purposes, at 7 p.m. the date becomes the next day's date for odd/even parking. That means that for one hour a day, our plows are not plowing residential streets.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Dear Editor,

The other day while enjoying a cup of tea at the lunchroom, a stranger sat next to me and asked where the Lehighton Hospital was.

"Funny you should ask," I replied.

He looked at me rather quizzically and said, "What's so funny about that?"

I continued, "There is no more Lehighton hospital. There is a building there that the locals built many years ago with blood, sweat and tears, but no "Lehighton Hospital."

He said, "You act sort of irritated about this subject!"

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Dear Editor,

Recently there has been talk about the Lehighton Legion selling the Mr. (Franz) Kline painting.

As a dues-paying legionnaire since 1978, I have never been asked what I think. Something of this importance should be brought to a special vote by all members.

Some questions I have are:

Who will audit moneys like an outside auditor?

Will the bid process include special help for vets?

Let's lay all the cards on table and see what happens.

Stewart Alboucq

Lehighton