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Letters to the Editor

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Dear Editor,

I would like to briefly reply to a recent letter called "Lansford," which appeared in the May 16 Times News. The letter had some valid points as well as some very erroneous statements.

First, the lifeguard salaries over the years was on a graduated scale based on the years of employment. However, as of the past two years, the Parks and Recreation Board no longer handles any aspects of salaries.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Dear Editor,

This is in reply to Mr. Ferguson's letter regarding our current commissioners and their failures. He is right in his observation that Carbon County needs to attract business. But when a business is interested in locating here, there are other factors that come into play.

Such as township supervisors who throw up all the roadblocks they can to deter that business from coming into their area.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Dear Editor,

Last year I contacted the commissioners' office concerning the Covered Bridge in Lower Towamensing Township. I was asked for my name and number, they would call back. Never did. Called again, same routine. Never called back.

As everyone knows, the Covered Bridge has been a target for oversized vehicles. The commissioners had the bridge fixed. The type of wooden beams that didn't stop the vehicles before were again used for the repair.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Dear Editor,

An open letter to Susan Stamper Brown, "recovering political pundit from Alaska," whose "Open letter to Obama" ran in the May 26 Times News.

Really, Ms. Stamper Brown, is that the best you can do? Obama's agenda is "socialistic," and he's not a Christian because he supports same-sex marriage? The increasing class differences are his fault? His mentors are Bill Ayers and Pastor Jeremiah Wright?

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Dear Editor,

The LA Events Committee would like to publicly thank the following people who made our Veterans' Dinner a huge success:

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Dear Editor,

As Republicans we are at a crossroads. We have a candidate and incumbents who have lost track of some of our values and are running for election and re-election.

Our current commissioners raised our taxes by 48 percent. This directly affects disabled and senior citizen property owners living on a fixed income. They are the people we are supposed to care for, and yet we have increased their burden.

We, as Republicans, have a candidate for district attorney who voted for Obama twice and supports another expansion of government called drug court.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

If you've recently had the stomach bug, the chances are that it was probably caused by the antibiotic-resistant superbug, Shigella.

Shigella sonnei is a drug-resistant bacterium that's been going around lately, and it has the CDC worried. This bug has arrived in the U.S., and may be the first of many outbreaks, which cause cramps, diarrhea and nausea.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Editor,

These are some questions every parent, teacher, guardian, and newspaper and television reporter (editor and program director) should be asking:

1. Why don't our schools teach pride in our flag and country?

2. Why don't we combat ISIS on social network?

3. Why don't we teach pride in our flag and country, parents?

4. Whey don't we teach what our flag stands for?

5. Why don't we teach what it means to be an American?

Some might say we do, but believe me, we really let it go a long time ago.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Dear Editor,

For many years a motorist traveling Mountain Road from Lehigh Gap toward Lehigh Furnace in Washington Township would pass an elderly gentleman seated on an old aluminum lawn chair in front of his neatly kept brick house.

The man would wave heartily at every motorist who passed.After a while I would look forward to waving back at the man!Recently, I noticed the man is gone and the property up for sale, and suddenly I feel saddened.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Dear Editor,

Lansford Borough Council is looking to raise lifeguard pay to $10 an hour. Where are we getting the money? As always, they will say "Yes, we have it budgeted." If other communities are paying $10, they probably have the revenue. Lansford does not.

One neighboring community pays lifeguards in managerial positions $10 an hour. Their starting rates are $7.25 an hour. If they return each season, they receive 25 cents more an hour. Why can't Lansford do something similar?