When one thinks of a racetrack or casino, the first thing that comes to mind is gambling. But the Meadows Racetrack & Casino does not hesitate to lend a helping hand....
The letter on U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy that was published in July 17’s Observer-Reporter, “Following the parade, not leading it,” could not be further from the truth.
There is no better advocate in Congress for veterans and military members than Murphy. In 2013, when the 911th Airlift Wing was threatened with closure, Murphy successfully led the charge to keep it open.
In Congress, Murphy is a strong voice for accountability from the Department of Veterans Affairs when it comes to the care for our nation’s veterans. Murphy sounded the alarm during the Legionella outbreak and brought the House Veterans Committee to Pittsburgh to fix the problem. He fought for an end to the outrageous VA bonuses, and uncovered the lengthy waiting lists in Pittsburgh for veterans to see their doctors.
In addition to being a congressman, Murphy volunteered to serve in the Navy Reserves as a lieutenant commander in the Medical Service Corps to work with our returning heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan needing care for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. It was Murphy’s legislation that required the Department of Defense and the VA to get more mental health providers caring for our returning veterans. Sen. Bob Casey has been absent when it comes to working on these issues.
As a veteran, I could not be more honored to have someone like Murphy, who fights for us, in elected office.
In reference to the Observer-Reporter’s July 19 article about the need to upgrade locks and dams in the area, I have a question: Were the nearly 16 tons of goods moved through the Elizabeth locks coal produced by Tennessee Ernie Ford?
I’m a retired teacher and very concerned about Gov. Tom Corbett’s cuts in education, especially the salary and pension reductions for teachers. But it’s my understanding that state Sen. Tim Solobay voted to increase his own pension 50 percent and also voted to raise his own pay 45 percent. When my call was put through during a telephone town hall meeting July 16 and I asked him myself, his response was to laugh at my question and dismiss my concerns.
It’s unreasonable to expect to ask educators and others to bite the bullet when legislators aren’t willing to take the first step. I want to know how we can expect to attract the brightest and best to a teaching career with this kind of policy?
“Food fight erupts in area,” your July 16 article on the feud between the Washington County Food Bank and the Great American Food Drive, was very depressing to read.
When asked, I have helped to collect food and have also volunteered at the Washington County Food Bank to distribute food to those who have hit some hard times. Until you donate some of your time and work there, you can’t comprehend how many people count on food banks and pantries.
I can’t seem to interpret the statement given by the president of the food bank’s board, Peg Wilson, when she said that in May 2013, the board unanimously voted to establish this new organization, the Great American Food Drive, and now is saying it is a rival of the Washington County Food Bank. How can this be competition for them, when both organizations are going to be raising money and acquiring food to feed the hungry?
Diana Irey Vaughan, a Washington County commissioner, is serving as the chairwoman for the Great American Food Drive. I am certain she would not be involved if this organization was questionable. All the Great American Food Drive is trying to do is get more food and feed as many people in Washington County as they can. So why all the discord? Does it really matter if the food bank gets five or 10 pallets food and the Great American Food Drive gets more or less?
It appears there is a lack of harmony among board members of the Washington County Food Bank and they should all step back and do what is right for the entire county. This could be hurting a lot of families in the future.
On June 12, the Observer-Reporter published an editorial with the headline, “Cantor defeat bad news for GOP.” Reading this collection of absurdities caused me to laugh so hard that I severely injured myself and my recovery was a long and arduous process. Finally, I feel fit enough to......
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Among other catastrophes, too much carbon in the atmosphere is acidifying the oceans at an unsustainable rate for life. “Murphycare” and the Environmental Protection Agency’s “war on coal” are headlines in U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy’s recent mailing, as Consol......
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