Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Letters to the Editor

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Times News is accepting campaign letters to be published next Saturday, Oct. 25.

Letters must be signed and contain no more than 250 words.

Authors may endorse candidates, but must refrain from accusatory or libelous comments.

Letters may be submitted via email on our website or by emailing, or on paper at Times News, Box 239, Lehighton, PA 18235.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

When you take your baby

For a walk around town,

Talk to your baby

Be sure to put that cellphone down.

Discuss reality, hopes and dreams.

Ask questions and allow your child to answer.

If she's a toddler, read the street signs to her

As you pass them by.

Brains develop quickly in the early years.

You are your baby's parent

You have that responsibility to developand nurture her intelligence.

Don't be selfish by texting or talking on the phone.

This walk is you and your baby's time to be alone.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dear Editor,

An article in the Oct. 9 edition predicted that the price of natural gas will go down.

It may, but not for long if Tom Wolf is elected governor and he is able to convince the state Legislature to pass an extraction tax on Pennsylvania natural gas he is suggesting.

Everyone knows corporations cannot absorb higher taxes. All costs of doing business must be passed on to the consumers or they could go bankrupt. The increased price of natural gas will not affect only those homeowners and businesses that heat with it, but all users of natural gas.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dear Editor:

On behalf of Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School, which serves students from Lehighton Area School District, I must correct Superintendent Jonathan Cleaver's misleading statement that cyber charter schools are not tuition-free schools ("Cyber tuition law taxes area budgets," Oct. 10).

Cyber charter schools such as PA Virtual receive a per-pupil allocation of public funds, often 30 percent less than a traditional public school after deductions are made by sending districts. Money paid toward cyber charter schools is money applied toward the education of children.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

To the Editor,

The article about climate change, written by Ellen Powell, published in the Times News on Sept. 29, proves how ignorant and arrogant the "climate changers" really are.

Global Warming/Climate Change/Climate Disruption is one of the greatest "political" frauds of all time. Scientists in the U.K. admitted they "fixed" the data to get the "desired" results. This proves that climate change is all about politics and has nothing to do with science.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dear Editor,

U.S., state and municipal health authorities are working overtime and spending millions of dollars to stem the spread of Ebola, which has killed just one person here.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Dear Editor,

I don't want to use the word "fan," so I'll use "reader."

One of your "readers" who always thanks me for my letters told me the other day it is time again to hear from "the old agitator!"

Well, I don't mean to be an agitator, but as I drove around these past three weeks, I encountered quite a few bumps in our highways.

PennDOT leads the way, and is followed closely by East Penn Township.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Dear Editor,

As I drive up North Walnut Street, I feel I am in Epcot of Disney World as they are filming a war movie. Next, we pass the castle at 125 S. Walnut St. Housed inside we have code enforcement, who should be hired by Burger King to park cars or clean restrooms.

Speaking of restrooms, does everyone know how bad the sewer plant really is? Chairman Streets of the sewer committee does not have a five-year plan to restore the ailing plant. In fact, he does not even have a five-day plan!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Dear Editor,

There are about 4,700 Pennsylvania state troopers and I know about six of them.

Nearly 12.7 million people live in our commonwealth, so that is one trooper for every 2,700 residents. How many of them do you know?

Cpl. Bryon Dickson, I did not know you, never shook your hand and never said thank you. You didn't know me, either.

You put on an immaculate uniform, made sure your shoes were tied, cleaned and polished, your firearm was in working order, your hair was cut to specs and you went to work for me.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Dear Editor,

Some scientists warn that we could be headed for another "little ice age" because of how strangely calm the sun has been in recent years.

The sun goes through cycles that last about 11 years, marked by the coming and going of sunspots on its surface. At the peak of sunspot activity, (solar maximum) the sun has a lot of sunspots and it slowly unleashes solar flares and coronal mass projections.