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Letters to the Editor

Friday, July 3, 2015

The right to bear arms has been regulated into a privilege granted by government by political scrutiny and attack.

As a believer in the rule of law, I find the language of the laws that govern my right encumbering. If I have a right to life, then I have the right to protect my life.

When I am confronted by someone or something that threatens my life, I am the first responder. The police and government agencies are, at best, second responders to violent crime.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Dear Editor,

I do not understand why it is taking so long to remove the Confederate flag from South Carolina's state capitol. The flag represents one thing only: slavery.

This is not what I think or believe, it's a fact. If there was no slavery, no Civil War, which means no Confederate flag. Pretty simple, right?

Some southerners claim it is their heritage. Really? Your heritage is to enslave, beat and hang black people from trees?

What scares me is what are these southerners who claim the Confederate flag is their heritage teaching their children?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Dear Editor,

I really appreciated the letter to the editor on Saturday, May 20, by Fritz Williams. He spoke so eloquently and expressed my thoughts better than I. Thanks for saying what I too feel is right.

Nancy Markley

Lehighton

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Dear Editor,

"I WILL BUILD A WALL" A quote from presidential candidate Donald Trump.

He said he would have Mexico pay for this wall.

Does Congress have any say?

What is the distance between points of boundary of this wall? One thousand miles?

Could this wall be steel? Could one burn a hole through? Perhaps it will be a concrete wall. Will it be a formed and poured structure with rebar? Would there be inspections of the cement? Air entrainment, a slump test?

Could this wall be a preformed interlocking type of structure?

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Dear editor,

What's going on in Iraq?

We get rid of a dictator for them and they screw up.

When will they stop fighting among themselves and become one nation?

We train them and have guys in their uniforms kill Americans.

We give them the means to defend themselves. They outnumber the enemy. They run away, leaving the equipment and weapons for the enemy.

What do we do? We give them more and we just talk about what should be done.

How stupid is this? Sooner or later we're going to have to fight. Let's hope it's over there, not here.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Dear Editor,

Maybe it's because I'm getting old, but a lot of what's happening today really troubles me.

Not only are we going through an unending battle for political and economic control of this country, it's being conducted in the form of partisan tirades that seem to me incredibly mean-spirited and irrational. But what troubles me most of all is the fact that a lot of the rhetoric promotes beliefs and values I don't share, and because I don't, define me as immoral.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Dear Editor and "We the People" of Carbon County,

With Gov. Tom Wolf advocating possibly the elimination of property tax as a way of funding our public schools in Pennsylvania, probably a dollar amount per student will be distributed by our Pennsylvania Department of Education to school districts.

School directors of our Carbon County school districts cannot nor should not wait to respond to the new way to fund our public schools.

Former Gov. Ed Rendell wanted to merge the present 500 state school districts to around 200 school districts.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Dear Editor,

I'm writing about the dog situation. People walk their dogs all over town, on pavements, streets and private property, but they don't clean up after them.

You are responsible for your dog! Clean up!

The residents should not have to clean up their sidewalks or yards. A lot of people don't have dogs.

If you don't want to clean up after your dog, maybe you should not have one. Stay off private property.

The other topic is litter and garbage all over the place. Put your litter in cans. People have them all over. Use them.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Dear Editor,

In regards to the joint meeting with the Coaldale-Lansford-Summit Hill Sewer Authority, Coaldale, Lansford and Summit Hill boroughs to discuss the "Sanitary Corrective Action Plans."

How much is this going to cost each borough business and homeowner? Do you know that each of the boroughs gets back from the sewer authority 2 percent of the bill, which is not that much.

But it is something that the borough should have been putting in a sewer account. Instead they put it in the general account to balance the budget.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Dear Editor,

Why do they always hold the Memorial Parade in Summit Hill every year? What about Lansford or Coaldale some year? Some people have never seen the parade.

Stephen J. Herbert

Lansford