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Letters to the Editor

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.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Dear Editor:

I write to you today to express my disgust with the School Districts in general in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It pains me to see some of the employees of the school districts making upwards of $100,000 per year but not actually WORKING an entire year.

Most employed by school districts work a mere 180 days or so and yet demand, with their bullying via unions, to get paid for 365 days. UNACCEPTABLE. FIRE them. You do not do the job, you lose the job. End of discussion.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Dear Editor:

Everyone has heard that there are approximately 70 homes apartments and businesses that are not hooked-up to the Tamaqua borough sewer lines. People have paid sewer bills for the past 50 years thinking they were.

Services were not received, sewage was not treated, it merely flowed through two natural waterways - the Panther Creek and the Wabash Creek until it reached the Schuylkill River.