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Letters to the Editor

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Dear Editor,

Let it snow! If we don't hear these three words for another decade, it won't be any too soon. Holy Jupiter! (also called Jove). In ancient Rome, he was considered God of the heavens and weather. In modern society, if Jupiter was still in power, we'd wonder what's his problem? The snowflakes won't quit! It's an ultra-stubborn, hellish winter!

Everyone I talk to has had their appetite soured against snow and frigid weather. No wonder birds fly south for winter; they're smarter than people.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Dear Editor,

The recent budget proposed by Gov. Wolf is a bad budget a very, very bad budget.

According to the Commonwealth Foundation, this massive tax-and-spend plan will increase spending by over $2.5 billion (with a b) and will increase taxes for a family of four by over $1,400 per year in additional taxes!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Dear editor,

When I ran for office three years ago, I promised taxpayers I would save them money. I see my role as asking tough questions and making tough choices for the taxpayer. As a member of the Summit Hill Borough Council, I've significantly reduced debt for the borough and cut taxes two years in a row. Summit Hill was the only borough to cut taxes twice.

When I am casting a vote, I always ask myself, "Will this benefit the taxpayers and property owners who elected me?"

I will continue to use that standard.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Dear Editor,

Bullying didn't develop overnight, nor does it pertain exclusively to kids in school and in cyberspace over the Internet; the problems associated with it are on a much deeper level.

The fact is that our moral character has been lost. It slowly but steadily disappeared throughout the decades in America, and aggressive behavior has become the debris that society is left to deal with.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Has anyone seen the commercial supposedly shown on "Saturday Night Live" recently about a father parting with his daughter as she leaves to join ISIS?

It seems that "Saturday Night Live" is encouraging our young people, especially our young girls, to join ISIS, our most treacherous enemy!

I don't watch "Saturday Night Live," don't think I ever did, but, the Fox News channel showed the commercial, supposedly done by "Saturday Night Live" to make fun of a Toyota commercial of a father parting with his daughter as she left to join OUR military.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dear editor,

A heartfelt salute to attorney Adam Weaver and all the volunteers who helped stage Wills for Heroes at the Hilltop Community Center.

I am certain that all of these volunteers could have spent some quality time with their family or friends on that cold and snowy Saturday. So to all of those family members, thank you, too, for your sharing and dedication to community.

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Zenko

Lehighton

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dear Editor,

Carbon county residents are turning out in predictable numbers to oppose the gas pipeline. The fact is, they should embrace it and most other diverse industries that want to come here. Why, because your children, and grandchildren, will need the economic diversity or they will have to leave the area.

Business as usual in Carbon County is a losing proposition for the next generation. There wasn't much construction in Carbon County when things were good in 2008 and a few years prior.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dear Editor:

Because the PennEast pipeline is so important both to the residents and local governments in Carbon County, it is vital that the staffers from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission listen carefully to our concerns and comments.

I thought that would happen at the "scoping" hearing at Penn's Peak on Feb. 11. Instead, speakers were given three minutes to present their case, and the FERC staffers seemed more interested in timing the speakers than in listening to our testimony.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dear Editor,

The hearings held by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding the PennEast pipeline did not serve the purpose of informing the NEPA process as required. We residents do not have current siting proposals, mapping and accurate information.

That said, I trust that FERC will fulfill its mandate to act as a fair and transparent, disinterested third party in considering the overwhelming evidence that this project is an environmental hazard, a waste of resources, promotes unsustainable technology and provides no mitigating benefits to local residents.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dear Editor,

The damage caused by the construction and maintenance of the PennEast pipeline will have serious financial consequences for those who work in the outdoor industry.