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Letters to the Editor

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Dear Editor:

So few of you attend the Jim Thorpe School Board meetings that Board members who try to keep taxes low have no backup against those members who endorse "raising taxes."

Several months ago the Superintendent and Business Manager took a pay increase freeze voluntarily for this coming year. Then a few weeks later they put in for an extension to their contracts. I said NO. A volunteer does not get paid in any way.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Dear Editor:

Senator Toomey's recent open house at Penn's Peak.

I was there. I noticed that there were both supporters and non-supporters in attendance. Mostly supporters of Sen. Toomey.

During his opening comments he related to his family's recent outing on the beautiful Lehigh River.

Unfortunately Sen. Toomey was too young to remember the river when it was loaded with Acid mine water, coal dirt and sewage. I do. As a kid growing up in Lehighton we were never allowed to go into the water for our safety sake.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Dear Editor:

On Behalf of Brady Yurista and the entire Yurista and Smith Families, we would like to extend our sincerest thanks and gratitude to Father Francis P. Shoenauer, St Fancis of Assisi Parish, and surrounding churches, and the entire Panther Valley Community. The time and effort put into the Benefit for Brady Fund Raiser held at St Francis of Assisi Church Hall, was truly amazing and will always be remembered and appreciated.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Dear Editor,

On the night of Dec. 9, 2009, my home burned to the ground and I lost everything I ever owned in my life. God held me in His hands that night while a bright light circled my therapy dog (Molly) and me. God does exist. I wanted to die but realized God was in control. It was His will and provisions of strength and endurance for me to survive this near death experience.

Heroes come in many shapes and forms. To me a hero is someone who attempts to help someone or something get out of harms way. There were many heroes the night of the fire.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Dear Editor:

I am a resident of Lansford and a member of borough council. I pointed out last year about the problems with the finances with this borough.

It seems to me that a park bench is more important to the other members of council than the financial problems. The park bench is being utilized now, how many times do you see people filling the benches in the park?

Saturday, September 3, 2011
Voters must have a voice in property tax debate

By SEN DAVID G. ARGALL

Special to The TIMES NEWS

During dozens of town hall meetings throughout the six counties which I represent, including a well-attended session in Lehighton on August 11, the unfair property tax burden is one of the biggest concerns expressed by my constituents.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Dear Editor:

Read it and weep: Jobs - Jobs - Jobs - gone forever. What right to work? I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand, that the world owes no man a living, but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.

We frequently see the respectful attentions of the world more strongly toward the rich and the great, than toward the wise and the virtuous. We see frequently the vices and the follies of the powerful much less than the poverty and weakness of the innocent.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Dear Editor:

Tamaqua's Dilemma – Wildcats! We read about them. It's a "hot topic" in Tamaqua neighborhoods. Who are they and how did they occur?

The descriptive term wildcat (illegal sewage discharge) became known to us in the Alfred Benesch Engineering report submitted to the Tamaqua Borough on May 9, 2011, after the firm was contracted to inspect sewage discharges into the Wabash and Panther Creeks within the Borough of Tamaqua. The inspection revealed 56 active or once active "wildcat" sewer connections on residential, commercial and public properties.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Have you noticed as we get older some of the following?

The steps are getting steeper. The groceries are getting heavier and the clerk puts all the cans in one bag along with the detergent that leaks on the rug. Everyone I talk to has had a knee replacement surgery. Including me!

It's like buying a green car and now everyone has one of that color.

Yesterday I walked from one end of Giant to the other and was dumb founded how long the trip was. Yes, only to find out that I was in Walmart.

Not only that I cannot reach the top or bottom shelf.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Dear Editor:

As a Luzerne County native, I have been an unwilling participant and active critic of the Luzerne County Judicial System for over 30 years. I believe with all of my being that this scandal is "NOT" a Juvenile Judicial System issue at all. I believe this is a Judicial "Oversight issue" that just happened to raise its ugly head in Juvenile Court.