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Letters to the Editor

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.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dear Editor,

The Carbon County Commissioners are now planning to sell the Packerton Yards.

Let's get this straight … the commissioners used $350,000 of taxpayer money to purchase this property 11 years ago; used $67,000 of taxpayer money to demolish a building; and used millions of taxpayer money to pay engineers, surveyors and lawyers to create development plans for an industrial park, for railroad access, for Pennsylvania Department of Transportation highway access and to sue Mahoning Township.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dear Editor,

Last month the PennEast Pipeline Company of Wyomissing announced plans to construct a 100-mile natural gas pipeline to carry Marcellus Shale gas from Luzerne County underneath the Delaware River into Hunterdon and Mercer counties in New Jersey.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Dear Editor,

I can remember the days when roads were paved, bridges were beautiful, salaries were high and a whole family received medical insurance by the main breadwinner, and there were no deductibles. I remember when moms could stay home with their children and kids didn't have to pay to participate in sports.

I remember when Catholic School education was free if you were a member of their church. I remember when everyone who worked received a pension. I remember when you didn't have to spend $100 on school supplies at the beginning of each year.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dear Editor

I would like to comment on an article I read in your paper dated Aug. 18, regarding the Lehighton School Board's attempt to acquire another grant based on the number of children on the school lunch programs.

Per the article there are currently enrolled 44 percent of children in the middle school and 32.7 percent in the high school that meet the guidelines for the state's free or reduced lunch program. Under the National School Lunch Act, free meals are provided for students from families with income below 130 percent of the federal poverty level.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

I'm disappointed with the Panther Valley Elementary School. It's sad that there are very few men who have the same amount of training as women teachers, who cannot find jobs.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dear Editor

In regard to the police department in Franklin Township, a resident has said he moved into the township because the township has a great police department.

I'd like to know where he came from, because I do not think he moved here only because of the police department. I believe he moved here to get away from the crime in the city or the suburbs. Unfortunately the crime in the city is also moving into the area.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dear Editor,

I would like to challenge your readers a little bit.

How far back did all this start? I'm talking about the phrase we hear every day in the marketplace, on the street and in the restaurant. It is: "Hi, guys!"

My wife and I are in our 70s, and whenever we enter a restaurant (the only luxury we will enjoy) the servers come over and say, "Hi, guys!"

My wife looks at me and says, "When did I turn into a guy?"

Did all this happen in the '40s, when women stopped wearing dresses and started wearing slacks?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Is there any wonder there have been so many jokes made about the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation over the years, until you drive on the roads in Pennsylvania, then you realize why.