Friday, October 31, 2014

Letters to the Editor

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dear Editor,

Regarding the Sept. 20th article "Should teachers carry guns?" I agree safety is a primary concern in schools.

Children learn best when they feel safe, but I agree most with JimThorpe's Police Chief Joseph Schatz that "the best solution is to have a school resource officer on duty." Let the teachers concentrate on the instructional program, and let professionals trained in arms protect our children.

I am familiar with the issues of school safety, having served as a school principal for 13 years in Philadelphia.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Over the years I have written many letters to the editor and I have enjoyed trying to put my thoughts to pen. However, nothing more deserves congratulations than the staff of nurses and aides at the critical care unit of Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital.

I recently had undergone L4 L5 back surgery to rectify pinched nerves in my vertebrae. To tell you the truth, I was scared beyond belief. Everyone says stay away from your back with surgery.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

When you've been to your doctor so often

That you've read all the magazines

Try to schedule your next appointment

With the latest invasion of teens.

This invasion is nothing to worry about

No matter how crowded it seems

As these eager young warriors file in and out

They're here not to join gangs but teams.

They're here to get doctor's approval

To take part in sports at their school

But they first have to take care of studies

And then comes the court, field or pool.

How depressing to pick up a paper

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dear Readers,

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Sen. David Argall for voting in favor of SB1182: An act providing for the medical use of cannabis in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This opportunity does not come along often: to show compassion for the ill, sick and dying. I know that the senator has expressed concern on this type of legislation when I started writing to him over 15 years ago on marijuana issues. Times have changed, and so have the status quo views on marijuana by career politicians.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dear Editor,

On Aug. 5, the Tamaqua Salvation Army took part in Tamaqua's National Night Out Celebration with a Kidz Karnival. The response we received was amazing, enabling us to reach our goal, thanks in large part to a local business.

Silberline Manufacturing Company of Hometown matched dollar for dollar the Kidz Karnival ticket sales and donations up to $10,000.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dear Editor,

The last half billion years, there have been five major mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth is suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dear Editor,

The Carbon County Commissioners are now planning to sell the Packerton Yards.

Let's get this straight … the commissioners used $350,000 of taxpayer money to purchase this property 11 years ago; used $67,000 of taxpayer money to demolish a building; and used millions of taxpayer money to pay engineers, surveyors and lawyers to create development plans for an industrial park, for railroad access, for Pennsylvania Department of Transportation highway access and to sue Mahoning Township.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dear Editor,

Last month the PennEast Pipeline Company of Wyomissing announced plans to construct a 100-mile natural gas pipeline to carry Marcellus Shale gas from Luzerne County underneath the Delaware River into Hunterdon and Mercer counties in New Jersey.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Dear Editor,

I can remember the days when roads were paved, bridges were beautiful, salaries were high and a whole family received medical insurance by the main breadwinner, and there were no deductibles. I remember when moms could stay home with their children and kids didn't have to pay to participate in sports.

I remember when Catholic School education was free if you were a member of their church. I remember when everyone who worked received a pension. I remember when you didn't have to spend $100 on school supplies at the beginning of each year.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dear Editor

I would like to comment on an article I read in your paper dated Aug. 18, regarding the Lehighton School Board's attempt to acquire another grant based on the number of children on the school lunch programs.

Per the article there are currently enrolled 44 percent of children in the middle school and 32.7 percent in the high school that meet the guidelines for the state's free or reduced lunch program. Under the National School Lunch Act, free meals are provided for students from families with income below 130 percent of the federal poverty level.