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Letters to the Editor

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Dear Editor:

The board of directors, musicians, patrons, and friends of the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble (GCE), Schuylkill County's resident piano quartet, extend their heartfelt condolences on the untimely passing of Joe Plasko.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Dear Editor:

I have to agree with Robert "Ski" Sieputowski's recent comment about today's music.

Recently, as my husband and I sat down for a nice candlelit dinner, I asked him to put something nice on the stereo. To my surprise he put on a "Marilyn Manson" CD. Grrrrr!

Enough said.

Barb "Wink" Scott

Summit Hill

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Dear Editor:

The recent and untimely passing of TIMES NEWS reporter, Joe Plasko, prompted the writing of this letter. Joe covered the high school basketball games I was fortunate enough to coach during my tenure in the TIMES NEWS coverage area at Tamaqua and Lehighton area high schools.

Throughout that long relationship we became friends.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Dear Editor:

Today our school learned many necessary grants will be eliminated thanks to our new governor's proposed cuts. One grant would have paid for our successful After the Bell reading program, which assists young, struggling readers and has improved PSSA scores.

We need quality educators to help our students grow up with intelligence, confidence and heart – things they need to help enhance our communities and elsewhere. Gov. Corbett's cuts, however, are an embarrassment to our profession's future.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Dear Editor:

My parents starved during the Great Depression. There was no welfare back then. No Americans are starving today. Things have improved.

Nobody will hire the disabled people who suffer in poverty on welfare. Animals are treated better than welfare victims. Nobody helps them.

The welfare people are really poor. It is just one step above homelessness. The welfare people don't want to be on welfare. They don't give them enough money. They give them benefits, not money. The welfare victims are powerless and voiceless. There aren't any lawyers for them.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Dear Editor:

During the Borough Council meeting March 10, 2011, Memorial Hall, Jim Thorpe, I made comment on the Tax Aide preparation regarding a site change from Memorial Hall to Penn Forest Township. The problem surfaced when a resident questioned why Memorial Hall was not being used for tax preparation this year? The response given provided by the charge AARP Official when at Penn Forest Wednesday, March 2.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Dear Editor

I ride around Pennsylvania doing what i have to do.

I also go to Parades and functions.

It puzzles me that guys and girls like myself put on our country's uniform and did what had to be done.

Whenever I go to a ceremony or a parade I see people who don't respect the flag or the National Anthem.

Some remain seated. Hats are not removed, Some are too busy eating, drinking or talking.

Or I see flags that should have been replaced long ago. Some are faded or even torn.

Don't these people know they are disrespecting our flag and country?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Dear Editor:

I had read recently that approximately 75 percent of all major highway accidents involve large trucks, and the main cause of these accidents are from speeding, or going too fast for road conditions. This is a statistic that must be considered a top priority for safety concerns with the Department of Transportation throughout this country, right now. Whatever happened to the law for large, heavy load trucks to only be allowed to be traveling in the right lane, and with passing another vehicle only if necessary?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Dear Editor:

Sen. Argall has taken positions on dozens of issues in his 27-year career. Oftentimes we agree, sometimes we disagree. When the disagreement centers on the very foundation of our representative democracy, I am obliged to speak up.

Specifically, Sen. Argall advocates reducing the number of senators and representatives in the General Assembly. Yes, Pennsylvania's Legislature is one of the most expensive and corrupt in the country.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Dear Editor:

As the Director of Veteran Affairs in Carbon County, part of my job is to make sure the graves of our deceased Veterans are marked with a flag and flag holder. Every year our office replaces those that have broken for whatever reason and those that are stolen.

To that end, it was recently brought to my attention by veteran Ted Dacey, the caretaker of St. Mary's Byzantine cemetery in Nesquehoning, that 61 holders had been stolen from both St. Mary's and St. Johns Russian Orthodox cemeteries.