Friday, October 24, 2014

Letters to the Editor

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Dear Editor:

In regards to the snow plowing and salting of the Summit Hill - Lansford Route 902 hill. I think in an emergency the borough of Summit Hill street department should do the plowing and salting of this road.

As to an emergency such as an ambulance call or a fire call, where someone's life is at risk, I think you cannot put a price tag on someone's life.

Thank you,

Robert Benek


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Dear Editor:

I was reading the "Warmest Regards" column by Patti Mihalik from Saturday, Dec. 28. about kindness and it brought to mind some things.

My husband, Richard, is a resident at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehab Center. I try to visit each day and also volunteer with the residents on special event days such as: bingo, entertainment, or celebrations as: everyone's birthday for each month, Veterans' Day, Christmas celebrations, and New Year's Eve, and church services.

I give MVN&RC much earned thanks for providing all these special events for the residents.

Saturday, January 11, 2014


On December 20th while visiting the Hometown Nursing and Rehab Center, I lost a very sentimental necklace which I received years ago from my late brother.

Several staff members took the time to help me look for the necklace, but we were unable to find it. I later retraced all my steps from throughout the day thinking I had to find it, but it wasn't found.

Once the word got out, several co-workers of mine also took time to search for my necklace at work for days after it was lost. I was deeply heartbroken with the loss since the necklace meant so much to me.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Dear Editor,

I'd like to thank the TIMES NEWS for holding their open house on the evening of Tuesday, 17 December 2013 - snow or not!

I saw that the building was modern and very clean, and the staff very informative and friendly.

You asked for Christmas stories.

One of my more memorable Christmas times was while I was in the Navy. My ship,the destroyer USS Strong DD-758, was patrolling off the coast of North Vietnam, December 1967.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Dear Editor,

I would like to take this time to remind the people of Lansford that we have some very wonderful people and organizations in our town. I would like to say thank you to a few of our friends who made the 2013 Lansford Townhouses Christmas Party a huge success.

Thank you to the American Fire Company No. 1 for delivering Santa to our door.

Thank you to the Lansford Alive Committee for providing a wonderful Santa.

Thank you to Marie Ondrus who coordinated our Santa visit and delivered some delicious treats for our party.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Dear Editor:

A week before Christmas my daughter and I wrapped up the second annual Socks for Seniors project where we collected socks and a variety of items from 16 area business locations which were presented to the local nursing and rehabilitation facilities and distributed as Christmas gifts.

Since many of the residents may have no family or visitors, this ensures that everyone receives something for Christmas and no one is forgotten.

The TIMES NEWS, Channel 13 and radio coverage assisted in informing the public and the rest was up to you.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Dear Editor,

A letter certainly can't contain all of one's sentiments, but as the restoration of the damage done to our church is now close to completion, I wanted to share with you some feelings and thoughts as I look back to that day…Overwhelmed!

It was the first of many emotions experienced as I made my way through the church that Wednesday morning, witnessing what had been done to it.

Monday, December 23, 2013


Subject: HB 1608 & SB1121

The proposed HB1608, by Rep. Warren Kampf, would eliminate traditional telephone service. Sadly legislators who propose these bills do not listen to what people have to say on how they would be affected.

There were many seniors like me calling and expressing concerns with examples of how they would be affected. [The bill would allow phone companies to eliminate land line service.]

Somehow when things like this happen it's not for the well-being of people but for the well-being of companies and legislators.

Monday, December 23, 2013


Has your medical insurance company invited themselves into your house yet?

From seniors on Medicare to those insured by other means, strangers want entry into your home to evaluate your health.

Isn'tthat the reason we go to our primary physician 2-4 times a year? Is there some nefarious reasoning behind this practice, or does this fall under Obamacare?

Why hasn't the media reported on this yet?

We do have Meals on Wheels, Hospice, house cleaners, etc; all by our invitation.

Monday, December 23, 2013

He once had a job - went to work every day

but now unemployed, he's here to stay.

He lost his job through no fault of his own

his wife and kids - his car and his home.

Some people in China are happy today

for they got his job when the plant moved away.

Out on the street - the unemployed man

looking for work as best he can.

Small businesses hire mostly family and friend,

large companies have waiting lists with no end.

Sometimes he's too young or often too old

they want him to work in extreme heat or cold.