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Letters to the Editor

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.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dear Editor,

A man in Tamaqua asked me for 40 cents before I went into the pharmacy. I was really shocked. He didn't ask me for a job. He asked me for money. "Give them a hand up and not a handout." Don't give beggars money because they might be on drugs. Donate to the rescue mission. There are homeless people in Tamaqua but no homeless shelter around here.

A woman in a different part of America has to beg for food! Some people want to make begging illegal. They want people to starve and die. They don't care about people. The community doesn't care.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Dear Editor,

Firefighters from several companies, rescue personnel and medics gave it their all Wednesday afternoon Aug. 13 in a heroic effort to save the life of a toddler who was struck by a car along Mountain Road in Washington Township.

Volunteers in a rural setting have their backs against the wall as soon as the tones go off.

Most have to travel a distance just to reach the station, get the doors up and the equipment started.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

To the Editor,

1. You shoot a deer, the deer runs to me and I kill it, it's mine. I'm not talking about a deer that is flopping around on the ground, but one that is standing.

2. When you come in to the woods in the dark and you see a flashlight flashing, that means someone beat you to it. Turn around and retrace your steps.

3. When you come into the woods during the day and you see orange, I beat you to it. Turn around and retrace your steps.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Editor, Times News

On Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, the Lehighton School Board President Gloria Bowman and Superintendent Jonathan Cleaver used methods you would see in a communist state to silence Carbon County Independent Gazette contributor Dave Bradley and others who oppose their plan to take away our homes for nonpayment of school taxes.

Our school district is made up of 70 percent senior citizens who would lose their homes if this plan is approved to build a new elementary center instead of fixing up the schools we now have on a priority basis.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mr. Zbick:

The compensation of Administrator Sharon Helman tells you all you need to know about the VA. The only thing that matters is the high salary and the pension.

Doesn't matter how many bills you pass, who runs the VA, how much money you put into it, how many new doctors you hire, in 10 years it will be the same.

Only way to fix it is to privatize the VA.

They will never be capable of running or fixing it.

If you had a big-time medical problem, would you go to the VA?

I will take my chances at the Lehigh Valley hospital.