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Letters to the Editor

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Dear Editor,

With Veterans day around the corner, I want to acknowledge, no, deeply thank all veterans living and deceased.

Without them, only God knows how different life on this earth would be today and since the wars in which they served.

My Dad was a WWII vet and Mom a Civil Defense warden. Many uncles and cousins have proudly served. Several paid the ultimate cost of freedom.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Dear Editor,

I am writing because there are stores that are giving employees time off without pay for selling cigarettes to people who are old enough to buy but under 30 and not carding them. I call that entrapment.

When a man has a beard, that proves that the guy is not under age. These stores give time off to people that live paycheck to paycheck. How rotten are these companies?

People have enough troubles in life, and then they do this to their employees.

How can they penalize a person for selling cigarettes to a person of age?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Dear Editor,

The Streetscape Grant has given Lansford's Business District a chance at revitalization, but council's shortsighted decision to keep parking meters will adversely impact that chance.

Council wants to keep vehicles moving, but most parking spots are empty. Meters make it less attractive to do business in Lansford. We need to attract people, not repel them.

A doctor's patient shouldn't have to fear getting a ticket because the doctor is running late. Someone in town shouldn't have to hurry out to avoid a ticket.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Dear Editor,

Pass House and Senate Bill 76 now to eliminate school taxes.

There is currently legislation being considered in Pennsylvania that, if passed, would completely eliminate the school property tax on homes, farms and businesses. House Bill 76 proposes an increase in state sales taxes from 6 percent to 7 percent, which it is estimated will add up to 4.5 billion dollars a year for our school districts.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Dear Editor,

Lehighton Area School Board wants to build, build, build with little or no regard to those who must foot the bill. Based on reports, 47 percent of students in the district receive either reduced or free lunches. How can people living in poverty afford a $50 million mortgage? They can't!

Concerns aired at school board meetings about the taxpayers' ability to pay appear to fall on deaf ears.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dear Editor,

I am a member of the Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy, and the Audubon Society.

Fortunately, we do have a candidate who really is an environmentalist. Her name is Patti Borger.

Sincerely,

Roy Christman

Lehighton

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dear Editor,

There's a parade Nov. 9.

When I was growing up we'd have competitions to see who would be in the parades no matter which one (Veterans Day Memorial Day or any other parade). Our parents would make sure we got there.

Schools used to be proud to be in parades. People used to crowd the sidewalk and put their kids on their shoulders so they could see.

Veterans used to be proud to join veteran organizations. There they could get together with others who had similar exploits and talk to someone who has been there and done that.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dear Editor,

It's been almost five months since a fire at a vacant house at 336 W. Snyder Ave. in Lansford. Till this day nothing has been done to the house. I'm sure the borough of Lansford has an ordinance to have this house either fixed up or torn down. What's taking them so long? If there is an ordinance, where is the borough code officer? I look at this property almost every day.

I would also like to know what the cause of the fire was. They say it is under investigation by a state police fire marshal. I would also like to know when the investigation is over.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dear Editor,

As someone once asked: How do you know when a politician is lying? Answer: When his lips are moving. Unfortunately, this continues to become less of a joke and more of an accepted reality.

Another election is coming up and your vote is important! Do not vote for liars. You may think that just because a candidate represents your favorite party that his or her lies do not matter and you are OK with this as a method to reach the party's goals.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

To the Panther Valley Community,

On behalf of all the Marines and Sailors onboard USS Bataan (LHD 5), I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support. We've received numerous care packages, cookies and letters from the community and they have surely been a morale booster on our 9-month deployment!

A special thanks to Andrea Genits Davis, who spearheaded the mission. She has been a friend of mine for 30 years and is also an Air Force veteran, so she knows how much this support means to service members so far away from home. Her kindness and energy is relentless.