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Letters to the Editor

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dear editor,

My wife and I grew up in this area, graduated from high school in Lehighton and had our four children have successful educations and careers as a result of their education.

As a teacher, counselor, coach and administrator I served the district for 33 years from 1956-1988, and have remained close to the district for the 26 years that I have been retired.

This district and community are dear to me and I serve the community in many ways, in church, veterans organizations, as a hospital volunteer, and other organizations as well.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dear Editor,

Regarding a recent Times News front-page headline, why should Carbon County "judges discuss strategies to keep people out of jail" when they already have the best one going it's called "continuation," especially when it happens seven to eight times in a row as it has in my case.

As the victim, I am appalled that over a year later the defendant still has not paid his dues nor served his time.

To paraphrase an old song, "where have all the justices gone ... long time passing ..."

Allen Albertson

Jim Thorpe

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dear editor,

I read your article in the April 16 issue relating to the Harmony Scholars.

Richard Davidyock must be applauded for the many years he served as director of the Harmony Scholars, but he was not the creator.

Harmony Scholars was created by Mr. Edgar Miller and performed for the first time during 1954 by the Summit Hill High School Graduating Class of 1954.

The above being said, I wish to thank all those who are participating and hope the program continues for many years.

Harry Miller

Class of 1954,Summit Hill High School

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dear editor,

Jim Zbick's column on Harry Reid lying to the American people, touche!

What is his take on the lying to the people by the Bush administration as to WMDs that didn't exist?

That prevarication has caused the deaths of over 5,000 Americans, countless thousands mutilated and families destroyed. I look forward to his response.

Jim Sweeney

Tamaqua

Friday, April 24, 2015

Dear Editor:

Every day as we go about our normal lives, we encounter heroes.

During the weekend of April 18-19, a number of heroes were in our midst as hundreds of firefighters paid and volunteer alike answered the call to duty and courageously fought a massive wildfire on Blue Mountain in Lehigh and Carbon counties, which consumed more than 400 acres.

According to initial reports, firefighters from Lehigh, Carbon and Schuylkill counties, as well as those from the Harrisburg, Chester, Lancaster and Montgomery County areas fought the blaze all weekend long.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dear editor,

It's been a while since the taxpayers of the Palmerton school district had to put the school board in its place.

At that time, they were trying to push a new school past us, hoping we wouldn't notice. Most of the reasons, such as a growing population, were bogus. It was one of those, "We need to pass it before we see what's in it."

I am sorry, but the reason that "it's for the kids" isn't good enough. All of us, including the kids, have to live within our means.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dear editor,

Hundreds of acres of prime forest have been sacrificed along Route 903 in Carbon County for the so-called "903 interchange project." Supposedly this project is intended to "shorten the commute" and "ease congestion on local roads."

As a longtime resident of the area I have seldom seen more than a handful of cars at any time of the day or night on any of the local roads along this corridor. Where is the "congestion"?

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dear editor,

Another cellphone tower has just been approved for our area, adding to the more than two dozen towers already in place within a 12-mile radius of Jim Thorpe. (And those are just the ones registered with the FCC.)

The new tower will be installed in the Mount Pocahontas development near Meckesville Road and Route 534 in Penn Forest Township.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dear editor:

In our community, virtually everyone is or knows a victim or survivor of crime.

Crime is not "somebody else's problem" but, rather, a collective challenge that has often devastating effects on people, families, neighborhoods, schools, businesses and our community as a whole. During 2015 National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 19 to 25 we can embrace this special week's theme that "engages communities and empowers victims" right here in Carbon County, Pennsylvania.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dear Editor,

I am confused with how the Carbon County commissioners prioritize projects when spending taxpayer money.

As recently reported in the Times News, more than $1.54 MILLION dollars was "invested" on the Packerton Yards project without creating one new job, and now they are insisting on spending over $3.1 MILLION dollars to build a pedestrian bridge to gain access to some historic trail.

Yes, I understand there is a grant that will help to pay for this project, but grants are still taxpayer money and should be used for more important projects.