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Letters to the Editor

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Dear Editor:

Perhaps one of the reasons we have gridlock in Washington is that Congress tries to cover too much in a single monstrous piece of legislation. Many bills contain worthwhile provisions on which bipartisan agreement could easily be reached, but the final bill often also includes many very partisan and "pork barrel" add-ons which are then traded behind closed doors. The end result is a bill that few legislators understand or have even read, or a bill that fails passage or is vetoed because one item in an otherwise positive piece of legislation is deemed unacceptable.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Dear Editor:

Supporters of Republican State Rep. Doyle Heffley and Governor Tom Corbett are lauding the fact that the state budget was passed on-time for the first time in nine years. However, this "on-time" budget is crippling the middle class in Carbon County.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Dear Editor:

I would like to respond to the letter from Harold James on Aug. 13, 2011.

He must be living on another planet.

A short time ago, the Senate, House, and Obama had complete control of this country and drove it into the worst shape it has ever been.

As for the House in Harrisburg, the Republicans just had a meeting in Lehighton on Aug. 11 to abolish property taxes. What did the Democrats do?

When the Republicans take over the Senate and the presidency you will see jobs, give them time.

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.