Saturday, November 28, 2015

Letters to the Editor

Saturday, May 9, 2015

This morning is lovely,

All's right with the world,

A soft breeze is blowing

The flag is unfurled.

The feeders are flowing

With seeds for birds' snacks

We're enjoying the morning

But stop in our tracks.

Just what do we see,

As we're checking around

But bird droppings and feathers

Right there on the ground.

Now the seed in the feeders

Hangs high in the air

And you birds should be safe

When you snack or perch there.

But a warning to birds

Lest you have a "Death Wish"

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Dear Editor,

Individuals and businesses who want to opt out of giving consent or providing services for same-sex "marriage" often base their refusal on several premises: religious freedom, freedom of speech or individual freedoms.

Such claims, while valid, are doomed to fail, because the center of the debate is no longer in the realm of upholding civil liberties. Rather, it has touched upon the sensitive issue of morality and sin.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Dear Editor,

I know May 1 is celebrated under different names and in many countries.

However, like many other people I didn't know it is Loyalty Day in the United States.

I learned something new today. Such as the president is to make a proclamation that all flags are to be flown and that schools are to have a program on the country and the flag as should military and veteran organizations.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Dear Editor,

I support Tom Gerhard and Wayne Nothstein for county commissioners because:

1. They are working with Mr. O'Gurek to make the county government work better, a team approach.

2. They are improving county properties with energy-efficient lighting systems.

3. They saved the animal shelter.

4. They built a new firing range to train law enforcement officers.

5. Both candidates declined a pay raise in 2013.

Friday, May 8, 2015

To the Editor,

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." That best describes my feelings on the re-election of Wayne Nothstein and Tom Gerhard as county commissioners in Carbon County.

Even before my election to represent the people of Summit Hill, I had the opportunity to work with both men on a number of occasions.

Wayne and Tom have done an exemplary job in carrying out their duties in leading county government. No matter how difficult or popular a decision, they always do what is best for Carbon County.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

I am writing this letter to the editor to support the re-election of Larry Stern, Wayne Wentz and Andy Yenser to the Lehighton Area School Board.

I know these men to be honest, caring and conscientious individuals who put a lot of time and effort into their responsibility as board members.

They will continue to work for progress in this community.

I am also giving my vote to Justin Wehr, who has two young daughters in school and desires the best education and resources for them.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Dear Editor:

Our dedicated board of volunteer directors have been working tirelessly to restore and return the GAR Cemetery in Summit Hill back to a presentable condition. We are proud that for the most part we have accomplished our goal thanks to the donations of many area and out-of-area supporters, and we thank you.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The primary election is May 19 and the Times News will accept candidate support letters through May 8.

Letters will be published in our daily and Saturday opinion pages by Tuesday, May 12.

Letters should focus on the qualifications of the candidate, rather than tear down the opponent.

Letters should be no more than 300 words and be signed by the author. The writer's name, address and phone number should be included for our files.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Dear Editor,

I am writing in support of Dan Blazosky for Carbon County Coroner. We all realize qualifications are important.

Dan being the owner of and working for funeral homes throughout the county and having a degree from MonmouthUniversity in business management ensures that he is capable of running the coroner's office.

However, as important, if not more important, Dan has a genuine compassion for people that comes naturally, which would qualify for aneffective coroner.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Dear Editor,

I would like to make observations about the commissioners race in Carbon County. A lot of hearsay is out there.

First, the current commissioners are being faulted for running as a three-man team. After the last race when the state Republican Party targeted Mr. O'Gurek's credibility, it made for a rough working atmosphere for these three men. A Republican judge ruled in favor of appointing O'Gurek to fill the third commissioner slot. There was nothing illegal.