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Opinion

Invasion of the U.S. Capitol

Letters

I look at a problem as it is the center of a box. A box has six sides. One side is the easy one to look at: “Trump.” It is true to state he did talk to his supporters. That is it; he talked to these supporters; the choice was theirs to go to the Capitol. Did he lead them to the Capitol? No. ...

What would Ben Franklin do?

Opinion

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, will mark Benjamin Franklin’s birthday anniversary, 315 years ago. Last week’s insurrection at the Capitol reminded me of Franklin’s actions in January 1764, when he led a delegation to meet armed insurgents marching to Philadelphia. The so-called Paxton Boys were ...

Delayed project predictable, given ongoing pandemic

Editorials

Cracked pavements. Bricks exposed beneath the street surface. Deep ruts that are the result of buried trolley car ties from a century ago. Some of that may be corrected, at least temporarily, when about a mile of Third Street between Mulberry Street and Seventh Avenue is resurfaced this ...

Were Keller and Thompson legally elected?

Letters

In early January, eight GOP members of Congress from Pennsylvania, including Fred Keller and G. T. Thompson announced they would “vote against the certification of Pennsylvania’s electors on Jan. 6.” They did not just challenge the Biden win. They threw the entire statewide election ...

Money

Letters

In times of crisis, everyone needs money to get by. But I know that our County Commissioners as well as many county workers make more money than the average worker does. I would like to suggest that a spending moratorium on all county workers (new hires, directors, commissioners, etc.) be put ...

A letter to Fred Keller and the rest of us

Letters

Last night (Jan. 4), Fred Keller, my representative to the House of Representatives, explained that he intends to challenge the electoral votes from Pennsylvania in the Jan. 6 certification vote of the electoral college results, not because they are based on election fraud (a claim made by ...

I lost a good friend the other day

Letters

I lost a good friend the other day, not from COVID or old age but from politics. We had been friends for over 30 years. We had fun with other friends, suffered together when sickness or injury invaded our lives, hunted, fished and helped one another when it was called for. During a phone ...

Sen. Yaw’s assault on doctor/patient privilege

Letters

Sen. Yaw plans to reintroduce SB 112 in 2021. I have a few concerns with this proposed legislation. As he has articulated in previous newsletters/press releases, he is a lawyer. This bill, sponsored by a lawyer, infringes on the doctor/patient relationship by imposing a seven-day limit on ...

Eliminating per capita taxes

Letters

Congratulations to the supervisors of Adams Township, to the borough council members in Beavertown and Selinsgrove and to the Snyder County Commissioners for having the good sense to eliminate per capita taxes as a revenue source in their 2021 budgets. Per capita and earned income taxation on ...

United States of America

Letters

United States of America United States of America. This is the country I live in. I do not know who really was there at the Capitol today and doing the awful things. I do not know who instigated them to do this. I will not agree with people trying to split the people down the middle. We do not ...

Education boss faces big test once confirmed

Editorials

Miguel Cardona, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to become secretary of education, would have a full plate even without COVID-19. But the epidemic has been an education catastrophe, and dealing with the fallout from it simply must be Cardona’s top priority, assuming he is confirmed by the ...

Where are we headed?

Letters

My mind is still reeling over the events of Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, when an insurrection was mounted against our government, instigated by a sitting President of the United States in an attempt to overturn the results of an election, the results of which he would not accept. The sights of that ...

Lincoln’s first inaugural

Letters

Lincoln’s first inaugural is overshadowed by his second, but there is a phrase in his first that has relevance today. “The Union is perpetually confirmed by the history of the Union itself.” Take heart friends. The Republic is strong, and stronger than any secular institution in human ...

Attack on our nation’s Capitol

Letters

As the country and eyes of the world all watched in disbelief, the attack on our nations’ Capitol on Wednesday Jan. 6 incited by President Trump is beyond disturbing . Inauguration Day will be the day for most Americans to breathe out a sigh of relief for an opportunity to unite ...

Legislative stupidity

Letters

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller put out a statement on Jan. 7 saying the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was “shameful, completely unacceptable and un-American.” Doesn’t he realize that what he and other Republican legislators have been doing, in their efforts to invalidate the votes of ...

State lawmakers have work cut out with next budget

Editorials

Perhaps the most desired element of life of the past year has been a return to normalcy. We’ve heard it from just about everyone by now. So we look to our state leaders to guide us through to the other side. The year ahead will be critical — we must rebuild our economy. As the new ...

Outrage

Letters

I am going to try to identify it, so that we may attempt to solve the problem it is causing in our society. First of all, it is a weakness, not a strength or virtue. It is an emotion to overcome another or an event and not to accept it, which takes some mental strength. What is ironic about ...

To die in committee, again?

Letters

In 2014, I remember reading about the Flint, Michigan, lead-contaminated water debacle and thinking how that would never happen here in Pennsylvania because our local/state officials “have our backs.” Our legislators, I argued, would never allow their constituents, especially children, to ...

Biden’s Climate Czar Kerry: A Joke

Letters

Biden’s naming of John Kerry as his climate-change envoy is a sick joke. Anyone who follows national/international issues and politics knows Kerry’s past is replete with lies and failures too numerous to list here. His disastrous Iran nuclear deal, for example, was one of the very worst ...

Most important positions to be settled this year

Editorials

Anyone care to talk about elections? No, we’re not talking about the national debate. We’re talking about something far more local — opportunities for community service through public office at the local level. These are among our most important elected positions. Those elected ...