LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
WE MUST TAKE ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Our planet is on fire and still our president denies climate change. On Sept.14, President Trump held a briefing on wildfires at McClellan Park in California. Natural resource Secretary Wade Crowfoot stated, "If we ignore that science and sort of put our head in the sand and think it's all about vegetation management, we're not going to succeed together protecting Californians." Trump responded, "It will start getting cooler, just you watch." He ended the exchange by stating, "I don't think science knows, actually."
Clearly, we cannot expect Trump to protect our country from the effects of climate change when he won't even acknowledge it exists. Please write to your government officials, both federal and state, and ask them to take action to stop the destruction of our country, of our planet. We must stop burning fossil fuels and stop supporting their companies. There is a misunderstanding that Pennsylvania's economy is dependent on fracking jobs when in fact we have more jobs in renewable energy than fracking.
We can join other countries and lead the way to implementing renewable energy and advancing technologies that will enable us to save this planet. For our children and grandchildren, let's get this one right.
Published October 10, 2020
FAILURE TO LEAD
200,000 Americans dead and counting. Why are we allowing this to happen? Why have we become immune to our country's men and women needlessly dying? This did not need to happen and does not need to continue. Demand that our government protect us. Stop playing politics with our lives. We must have a national strategy to prevent another Sturgis, S. Dakota. People who attended the motorcycle rally went home and infected their neighbors. Twenty percent of COVID deaths in the month of August can be traced back to this event. We know how to fight this virus. Washington must establish the policies and give us the resources to combat this enemy.
HATRED AMONG US
Of all the damage that Trump has done; from exacerbating economic inequality, to allowing pollution of our environment, to dismantling worker protection regulations, to being responsible for tens of thousands of American deaths and a worsening economy, the damage that is crushing my heart is his encouragement of hatred and violence.
Years ago, in my neighborhood, a little boy from a Christian family was full of wonder and possibilities. But today that young man is full of hate and intolerance. Because we are Democrats he feels entitled to belittle us, vandalize our property. What has Trump unleashed?
In part, our exceptionalism is our diversity of sounds, tastes and customs. We embrace all religions, ethnicity and races, we are a mosaic of this world, this is our strength. Our exceptionalism is that we stand for freedom and justice for all. A goal we are still striving to achieve.
The United States Post Office, first headed by Benjamin Franklin, was codified in our Constitution. It gave Congress the power to establish post offices and postal roads. The USPS was created to provide independent and unbiased delivery of information and resources. Privatization of this government agency would threaten this mission.
The United States Postal Service is the only government agency that is not taxpayer funded. It exists only on what income it generates. Yet it serves every single citizen, no matter where you are. It is legally bound to deliver the mail. Private companies have more opportunities to be influenced and are not motivated by a sense of pride and patriotism.
The 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act required the USPS have in reserve post-retirement health care costs up to 75 years into the future. No other government agency has this requirement. The USPS should be allowed to pay the costs of retiree health care costs on a pay-as-you-go basis as the rest of the federal government and two-thirds of private industry do. This, combined with other investment reforms, would eliminate its running deficit. Without this constriction, the USPS would be in the positive.
The citizens of the United States demand and deserve the unfettered, unbiased flow of information essential to keeping our country informed and free.
Published 8/30/2020 Tribune Review
Norwin School Board's Responsibility
Bob Wayman said you should just keep driving through a BLM protest because they're just "racist, communist thugs." Bob Wayman said we should resort to armed combat to keep Trump in office. Bob Wayman referred to Dr. Rachel Levine as an "it" because he doesn't agree with her. Bob Wayman said Covid-19 is a hoax.
Bob Wayman continues to sit on the Norwin District School Board. He is part of the decision making process for over 5,000 students to safely return to school. He is part of the decision making process for students that organized a peaceful BLM protest this summer. He is part of the decision making process for students that are LGBTQ.
The Norwin School Board says they have no grounds to remove a member unless it is for lack of attendance to board meetings. The Norwin School Board members will adhere to principles that include leading responsibility and acting ethically. The Norwin School Board has a policy that board members first be of "good moral character." The Norwin School Board is sitting idly by while Bob Wayman spews hate and lies from a position of power and influence. Shame on them.
- Brooke Rhodes
Conduit For Russian Trolls
After reading your Letters to the Editor, the first thought that crossed my mind was, the Trib is an unwitting conduit for Russian trolls. No American believes some of the sweeping, outlandish generalizations in some of those letters. No American talks that way. For example, on August 5 and 6 writers said, "The Democrats are a bunch of communists." Those writers have pulled a "Rip Van Winkle"; they just woke from a 1930's sleep. In this day and age who accuses someone of being a communist let alone 50% of Americans?
Starting on August 6, followed by 8 and 11, writers wrote that the Democrats are all thieves, liars, heathens; they want anarchy and hatred; they want to destroy America; and destroy freedom of speech.
I can not believe that Americans would write such hateful, intolerant words, would demonize their neighbors for having a different opinion. There are those who would use hatred and fear to divide us for their own selfish gain. Let us stand together, tolerant of others' opinions, religion, race and ethnicity. Together we are unbeatable.
Summited on 8/21/2020 Tribune Review
What It Means to Be a Democrat
As the 2020 election approaches, before you cast your ballot, before you place a "D" or an "R" after your name, please stop and ask yourself if you actually know what it means to be a Democrat?
Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment and bridges are better than walls.
Our core values include working to promote the following for ALL AMERICANS:
1. Protecting voting rights.
2. Ensuring health, safety and affordable healthcare.
3. Quality and affordable education.
4. Fighting for economic fairness against inequality.
5. Protecting our values, peace building, protecting democracy and safeguarding minorities including LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.
6. Combating climate change, building a clean energy economy, and securing environmental justice while creating good paying jobs.
7. Raising incomes and restoring economic security for all, not just the wealthiest Americans.
8. Supporting our troops and protecting our veterans.
9. Demonstrating principled leadership that confronts global threats and serves as a leader in the world.
10. Protecting religious freedom, women's rights, and treating ALL people with respect and dignity.
11. Responsible gun ownership.
We are NOT communists or baby killers, we won't put kids in cages, we fight for JUSTICE and EQUALITY for ALL!
George Will, A Strange Bedfellow
George Will and I do not agree on much, but I'm in complete agreement with the comments in his July 16, 2020 opinion piece, "What national decline looks like". Will states, "The nation's floundering government is now administered by a gangster regime." Our president requires absolute loyalty and aims to destroy his enemies. These are the words and actions used by thugs and criminals. President Trump's method of terminating Inspector Generals when they try to defend proper government or when he fires those who tell truth to power like Alexander Vindman and Sally Yates, reinforces fear and distrust within our government. George Will fears the nation is unable to competently combat the pandemic, which I fear as well. With over 141,000 dead, our federal government has abdicated its leadership role, which now has the rest of the world pitying us. All the while, President Trump continues to tear down anything that doesn't conclude his superiority. We all have lots to fear, but let's use logic and reasoning to come to the place where George Will and I agree.
-Mary Kay Nafaa
Flaws of Our Founders
It hurts to realize your heroes has flaws, major flaws. It really hurts.
As a society we are now finally confronting the tangled legacy of the Founding Fathers. It is a legacy summarized in one simple, yet profound contradiction-many of the men who wrote and approved of the words, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness," did not practice that in their own lives. Read Full Article