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Letters to the Editor

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Editor:

The title above sounds like a rock band. I wonder why no band ever chose to call themselves that name.

I was so curious about the pitch of the Cicadas' sound that I got out my portable keyboard and found the sound was our E note.

After reading an article in the TIMES NEWS edition on Saturday June 22, 2013 "Linda's Letters" – it said that Cicadas are tasty. I was thinking about contacting Paula Deen on the Food Network.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Dear Editor,

The old adage states you don't fix something that isn't broke. The Pennsylvania Legislature has violated this wise advice by taking unconstitutional action that threatens the integrity of the Commonwealth's judicial system.

Since 1868 the elected representatives of the office of Jury Commissioner have made sure that the jury selection process in Pennsylvania has been fair and that plaintiffs and defendants in civil and criminal cases have had an impartial jury.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Dear Editor:

I am taking this opportunity to respond to the lead article on the front page of last Friday's issue of the TIMES NEWS. That article indicates that the present appointed District Attorney of Schuylkill County, Karen Byrnes Noon, intends to have the court remove me from my present position as councilman here in Coaldale.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Dear Editor:

The Affordable Care Act, or ACA, which is commonly referred to as Health Care Reform, was signed into law by President Obama in March 2010. And one year ago, on June 28, 2012, the United States Supreme Court issued its landmark decision upholding the ACA provision that requires the purchase of health insurance, thus allowing all provisions of Health Care Reform to move forward as scheduled.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Dear Editor,

As an owner of two pit bulls (both of which were scheduled to be euthanized due to aggressiveness) I can truthfully say I am more concerned for our younger generation living in todays ignorant society than I am of ANY child coming into contact with either of my pit bulls.

In the three years I have owned them, I have yet to see what would justify euthanizing them. These two pit bulls have stolen my heart and have awakened me to some issues our society fails to recognize.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Letter to the Editor:

Why am I always the one who complains?

This is a phrase I hear so often when discussing things among friends. I say that to say this: where are all the smiles and kindly gestures of long ago? When have we gotten away from these?

I notice the lack of the above at our local restaurants and eateries in the area. Perhaps I should exclude the nationwide chains because they are programmed to give the customer an artificial smile.

I'm talking about the 'Hey, good to see you;' 'How are you?,' 'You look great today!'

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Dear Editor,

I'd like to respond with another anecdote to the recent letter titled, "As It Should Be But Is Not,"

Recently, I, and some others (none of us so young anymore) were moving a friend to a new apartment in town. We had filled the truck after a long morning of carrying things from the old place and were then standing in front of the new apartment building anticipating how long it would take us to carry it all up to the third floor.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

While Harvey was a good solider, he didn't march all that well and consequently at parade time he was positioned in the rear of the platoon.

His problem was, that as a youth, he was used to crossing cornfields two rows at a time and that didn't blend in with the military's ideal of a 40 inch step. On one particular parade day Harvey's mom was standing by the reviewing stand near the big brass and as Harvey's unit "passed in review" she proudly exclaimed in a loud voice "Just look at that, everybody's out-of-step but my Harvey."

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Dear Editor:

There was a time when Americans honored their Flag.

There was a time when we taught our young about their Flag and how to honor it in our schools.

The Flag Flies over government buildings, in cemeteries and places of honor. We put Flags at graves of Veterans. We pledge to it and we salute it.

We are born under it, some of us go to the service under it, some of us are buried under it.

Some of us are proud of it.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Dear Editor,

Republican hypocrisy constantly stuns me.

1) NSA spying: PRISM began under Bush, who also rammed down our throats the PATRIOT Act, specifically to legalize such NSA actions, but only now the GOP hates Obama for spying on us?

2) AP phone hacking: since when do Republicans object to finding leaks of secrets?

3) IRS investigations: politics aside, doesn't any group named "Taxed Enough Already" trying to set up tax shelters deserve investigation?

Stop witch-hunting, GOP. It failed under Clinton, and it will fail now.