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Letters to the Editor

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Dear Editor:

I need help in understanding something. I don't understand the thinking of the Republican Party if it is truly interested in doing what is best for our country. Under President Bush and Vice President Cheney the Party spent us into an unprecedented debt crisis, using the money to fight two wars that turned out to be the result of miscalculations at best, lies at worst. Concerning the mounting cost, we were told simply not to worry about it.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Dear Editor:

I would like to respond to the article published on August 12, 2011, titled "Contract approved for JROTC instructor."

It was reported that "…the pay Markovich is receiving is identical to what an active soldier of the same rank would receive, including a housing and subsistence allowance."

This is NOT accurate information. To set the record straight an active duty soldier of my rank, time in grade, in a danger zone such as Afghanistan would be paid $9,709 per month, tax free, reference www.Military.com.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Dear Editor:

Regarding the article on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, Truck needs "Helping Hand" in JT, I write to protest against the practice by PennDOT that permits huge trucks to route through our narrow streets and over Jim Thorpe's rickety bridge.

The display of public disregard was most obvious on Aug. 4 when traffic and commerce ground to a halt as a mammoth 34-wheeler attempted to negotiate the historically narrow lanes of Hazard Square, then turn onto the dilapidated span of the 903 bridge. Hundreds of people hours were wasted to extract the clot from the public artery.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Dear Editor:

Congratulations to our new Republican House of Representatives! They have finally done what they set out to do when they took control of the House. They destroyed our economy.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

As part of the recent adoption of the 2011-12 state budget, both members of the General Assembly and the administration felt that legislation needed to be passed to make school districts more accountable with your tax dollars.

Under Act 25 of 2011, voters must be able to vote on property tax increases above a certain state-set inflationary index specific to each school district.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Dear Editor:

Often when the media (particularly CNN) reports on providing relief to beleaguered taxpayers by reducing governmental expenditures in various economic sectors, including the health-care sector, pundits suggest that a one-dollar reduction in governmental funding will necessarily result in a one-dollar reduction in the delivery of actual services to patients.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank the Ruth Steinert SPCA in Pine Grove and a man named Rich, who owns a farm, for giving homeless cats and kittens a place to live on July 10.

If I had known about the farm first, I would have taken all the cats there and freed up some much needed space at the shelter.

A special thank you to the volunteer for her patience and waiting after business hours until I got there. I am grateful for the help I got from the people in Schuylkill County that I could not get locally.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Dear Editor:

Included in the August 1, 2011 issue of the TIMES NEWS, there was a letter to the editor by Larry Padora misleading the readers about my position on the debt. Mr. Padora is entitled to his opinion but not his own set of facts.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Dear Editor:

They said it wouldn't happen. Guess what? It did.

The U.S. credit rating went from AAA to AA-plus and may get even lower.

Once again I believe it's because our congressmen and women are out to make a name for themselves. They don`t care what happens to the middle class. If we leave it to them there won't be a middle class, just rich and poor. Then this country will really go down.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Dear Editor:

First, I'd like to say that I thoroughly enjoy the Saturday edition and look forward each week to reading the opinion articles sent in by the residents of Schuylkill and surrounding counties. It is filled with a diverse selection of letters showing that people are engaged in what is going on through out the nation and here in Pennsylvania. It also reflects upon the facts of certain issues and the misinformation that is out there.