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Letters to the Editor

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dear Editor,

The vaudevillian comic duo Olsen and Johnson had a skit that goes like this: Hitler, when asked about Germany's invasion of the neighboring countries and his role in wanting peace said, "I want piece, a piece of Poland, a piece of Austria!"

Sadly, history may be repeating itself. What part of Eastern Europe will be next on Putin's agenda? Are we going to be an ostrich again and rationalize that Putin is not a dictator? A former KBG agent who undoubtedly misses the hey-day of the USSR political power and surrounds himself with "yes" men.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

To the Editor,

How come no one is watching Cuba?

There is a Russian warship there. Only a few miles from the U.S. Also #1 Rand Paul Palin and Cruz, aside from reading children's books, they have no other talent! Remind me of Moe, Larry and Curly!

As for Congress, they stood as one for an Army hero at the State of the Union. Why can't they stand as one and get the country's business done?

Robert (Ski) Siesputowski

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dear Editor,

Being a resident, taxpayer and former school student in the Lehighton Area School District (even before it had this name) since 1944 (I'm also a U.S. Army veteran from the time of the Vietnam War, and my service as a defender of freedom on the Berlin Wall in Germany), and now a senior citizen, I'm deeply concerned about our school district's building/renovation plans.

With the evidence that has been made to the school board and the administration, there is no reason to go forward with building a huge new elementary center.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dear Editor,

I am tired of renting my home from the school district, and every year the rent goes up and up.

Now just because Jerry Jones builds a new football stadium in Texas, we need one for the kids. High school kids can play in the current field.

It's high school, it is not for profit. Leave my rent payments alone. We do not need new schools every 10 years.

Leave my rent payments alone. Stop paying consultant fees to developers for lobbying money with my rent payments.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dear Editor,

The drug epidemic in Carbon County must be addressed. All the signs of a drug epidemic are alive and well in Carbon County: deaths, suicides, drug arrests, traffic accidents, unemployment, drug-related crimes, blatant drug deals, prison overcrowding, the rise of single or sole parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, etc.

All you need to do is pick up a paper, watch the news or take a walk through any town and you will see the effects of drug abuse.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dear Editor,

It seems to me that over the years, many of the people on the Lehighton School Board have "illusions of grandeur" for themselves rather than for the good of the students and the community.

Just a few months ago, all they were excited about was the grand sports complex they want to build.

As I told them at one of the meetings, the future will be cyberschool. We'll need one building for the poor children who have no access to computers and this "wonderful" technology being carried around in everyone's hands.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dear Editor,

Several months ago during a rainy day with nothing to do, I found a game of softball being played by a local girls' team. I was in awe at the skill and agility of the pitching and batting of the game. I had a plethora of thoughts running through my mind as I watched the game. Who invented the game, when and how popular is the sport.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dear Times News Editor,

I took the survey on the Lehighton School District website in reference to their proposed building plans.

I felt the survey was bogus because it did not allow me to express my opinion. It is made up of leading questions which are designed to produce the result that the board wants: permission for unrestricted spending of tax dollars that they haven't even taken from us yet.

They will try to justify their plans based upon "safety" and "equality," but I question the validity of those arguments.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Dear Editor,

It has been at least 10 years, but I can still fondly remember the soft, tender music that flowed from the bow and fingers of the violin as played by Stanley J. Costello, as he would play for customers and friends for their anniversaries and birthdays in his restaurant in Coaldale.

Stanley would host the annual meeting of the Keystone String Band board of directors banquet and would play on our float in parades and sit down concerts.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Dear Editor:

I can't believe there is even a discussion about this, the obvious choice is to renovate the existing schools.

The reason people live in Lehighton is because they like the small town atmosphere and the safety from the bigger schools like Allentown.

So having separate schools and not jamming them together into one is what draws people to this area, otherwise they would choose to live in the bigger school districts.

Thank goodness for Rocky Ahner and the handful of people on the school board that are thinking about the taxpayers.