Friday, April 24, 2015
     

Letters to the Editor

Friday, April 24, 2015

Dear Editor:

Every day as we go about our normal lives, we encounter heroes.

During the weekend of April 18-19, a number of heroes were in our midst as hundreds of firefighters paid and volunteer alike answered the call to duty and courageously fought a massive wildfire on Blue Mountain in Lehigh and Carbon counties, which consumed more than 400 acres.

According to initial reports, firefighters from Lehigh, Carbon and Schuylkill counties, as well as those from the Harrisburg, Chester, Lancaster and Montgomery County areas fought the blaze all weekend long.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dear editor,

It's been a while since the taxpayers of the Palmerton school district had to put the school board in its place.

At that time, they were trying to push a new school past us, hoping we wouldn't notice. Most of the reasons, such as a growing population, were bogus. It was one of those, "We need to pass it before we see what's in it."

I am sorry, but the reason that "it's for the kids" isn't good enough. All of us, including the kids, have to live within our means.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dear editor,

Hundreds of acres of prime forest have been sacrificed along Route 903 in Carbon County for the so-called "903 interchange project." Supposedly this project is intended to "shorten the commute" and "ease congestion on local roads."

As a longtime resident of the area I have seldom seen more than a handful of cars at any time of the day or night on any of the local roads along this corridor. Where is the "congestion"?

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dear editor,

Another cellphone tower has just been approved for our area, adding to the more than two dozen towers already in place within a 12-mile radius of Jim Thorpe. (And those are just the ones registered with the FCC.)

The new tower will be installed in the Mount Pocahontas development near Meckesville Road and Route 534 in Penn Forest Township.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dear editor:

In our community, virtually everyone is or knows a victim or survivor of crime.

Crime is not "somebody else's problem" but, rather, a collective challenge that has often devastating effects on people, families, neighborhoods, schools, businesses and our community as a whole. During 2015 National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 19 to 25 we can embrace this special week's theme that "engages communities and empowers victims" right here in Carbon County, Pennsylvania.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dear Editor,

I am confused with how the Carbon County commissioners prioritize projects when spending taxpayer money.

As recently reported in the Times News, more than $1.54 MILLION dollars was "invested" on the Packerton Yards project without creating one new job, and now they are insisting on spending over $3.1 MILLION dollars to build a pedestrian bridge to gain access to some historic trail.

Yes, I understand there is a grant that will help to pay for this project, but grants are still taxpayer money and should be used for more important projects.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

To the Editor,

I am neither Republican or Democratic. I am Independent.

I don't believe Hillary can win in 2016. I think Democrats need a better candidate. I think Ringling Bros. Circus is looking for clowns. I'd like to suggest Ted Cruz (close Gov.) and Rand Paul (too much like father) and Donald Trump, the biggest clown of them all.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

To the Editor,

If you noticed the increase in your electric bill, then you need the truth. I learned the truth from one of my favorite sources of information the Schwarz Report.

This is taken from an article that was published in the Wall Street Journal on March 5, by Richard S. Lindzen. He is a professor emeritus of atmospheric sciences at MIT and a distinguished senior fellow of the Cato Institute.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

To the Editor,

Headline: Pilot flies jet into mountain, may have mental problem:

Recently a pilot flew his jet into the side of a mountain. An investigation proves he wanted to commit suicide. The pilot gets the blame, rightly so. But, I feel that the airline should be sued, the manufacturer of the plane should be sued because they should have known that he would fly the plane into the mountain. Also, I feel that all pilots from now on should have to take a psychological exam before getting on a plane to pilot it.

Argument sounds kind of stupid, doesn't it?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

To the Editor,

I've often thought back to Nancy Reagan's motto to drugs: "Just say no."