Sunday, February 1, 2015

Letters to the Editor

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Thank you to all our local, caring veterans. Thank you for the fine Pearl Harbor Day service in Lehighton on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, that terribly infamous day! Thank you, Mr. Ron Gower, for your fine article of history lessons, in tonight's Times News, Page 10.

I've been attending the Pearl Harbor services for a few years now, sorry to say I missed them in prior years, and I don't know why. I do know there are fewer and fewer people attending, and usually not young people.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dear Editor,

Lansford Borough council has passed a tentative budget.

It sounds nice, but it is bogus.

Two properties were removed from the no-tax list and are now to be taxed. The value of these properties are around $275,000. Will they be collected? I doubt it.

This year in 2014 to date only around $700,000 was taken in, but next year they expect $900,000 unreal.

By July we will be broke.

On top of that three members of council wanted to raise the sewage transmission rates.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

In the Dec. 10 issue of the Times News about Blue Mountain Zendo, some neighbors stated that it had nothing to do with religion.

Let's go back to the statement to the West Penn zoning officer dated July 31 that "Blue Mountain Zendo, 44 Deere Lane cannot put a business, place of worship on a deeded private lane. A Buddhist temple is not allowed here. They have members that with constant traffic are hurting our drive."

I have researched my deed and a family members' deed dated July 1, 1971. Nothing in the deeds support that statement.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

This letter is in response to the ongoing, ridiculous drama and related articles concerning the Blue Mountain Zendo on Deere Lane in West Penn Township.

It is not my intent to perpetuate the issue or add to the drama, but instead just to add another perspective from someone who lives on Deere Lane that is not included in any of the articles.

The articles, in my opinion, are lacking in counterpoints or thoroughness, and some of the wording leads to biased conclusions.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the tenants and management of Lansford Townhouses, I would like to thank the American Fire Company No. 1 and Lansford Alive for delivering a delightful Santa on Dec. 13 for the Lansford Townhouses' annual Christmas party.

Santa is an amazing man! The tenants are very grateful for the fantastic opportunity their children were able to experience with a kind and patient Santa.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Dear Editor,

For the 200th celebration I photographed North Walnut Street so in 50 years everyone can see what a historical theme park looked like.

Then I went to Old Kern's Lumber Yard on Cherry Street and recorded video of the Magic Kingdom Headquarters with all the dilapidated and abandoned vehicles not in motion! This part of the Kingdom is owned by Councilman Reed. The hours of operation are not posted. This ride has been closed for years.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Dear Editor,

The Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson is starting to calm down.

I agree there should be outrage at any young person getting shot, whether he or she lives or dies. No kid should get into anything that puts his life on the line.

However, messing with the Thanksgiving parade is stupid. This is something kids enjoy. Burning cars and businesses and looting again, that's stupid. People pay for these things; people need jobs. All these idiots are doing is running their mouth and hurting other people. There has to be a better way.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Dear Editor,

A number of people have said the proposed PennEast pipeline through Carbon County represents progress, and "you can't stop progress."

I am reminded of a statement by Russell Baker: "Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things."


Roy Christman,

Towamensing Township

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Dear Editor,

The choices we make in life have consequences. Michael Brown made some bad choices, beginning with stealing cigars and roughing up the owner. Then when the cop asked him to get on the sidewalk instead of being in the middle of the street, he decides to attack the cop.

These were two bad choices he made that resulted in losing his life. Businesses were looted and burned and the poor policeman doesn't have a job to support his family.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving is an occasion when we gather with our families for festive meals. It's also a time when many of us donate to help the less fortunate celebrate with their families.

This holiday binds us all together: At least once a year, you should be able to sit around a table with your loved ones, enjoying turkey and mashed potatoes. If a bit of charity is needed to extend this joy to everyone, then many of us are glad to pitch in.

But how about the other 364 days of the year? What do the hungry do then?