It was with amazement that I read about our history during the 1920s. Bill Bryson’s new book, “One Summer America, 1927” is a fascinating look at who we were as a people and what was important to us....
On Sunday, I went to the gym for workout and swim.
Upon entering the pool area, only a young boy taking a swimming lesson was in one of the lanes. His parents sat at the side of the pool. Neither of them looked up toward their son. Not once!
Something more “important” had them transfixed. Their eyes were glued to their smart phones. They didn’t even converse with each other, never taking their eyes from their phones.
I began my swim, and after I was done I again looked across to where the parents were sitting. Their child was still in the water with his instructor, and his parents were still staring at their phones.
Well, at least they brought him.
I found the headline, “Transportation plan to impact area,” in Friday’s newspaper to be interesting.
State Sen. Tim Solobay says Pennsylvania invests hundreds of millions of dollars in Washington and Greene counties for road construction. Great, our hard-earned tax dollars at work, right?
But wait – why are the newly constructed roads and highways so bumpy?
Why spend hundreds of millions of dollars building new roads if the roads are so bumpy when the construction is completed? By what standards are our roads inspected? Every section of new road construction has the same awful surface undulations. No matter if I’m on the Pennsylvania Turnpike or local roads, the new pavement surface is terribly substandard.
I think the most obvious reason why the new roads are so bumpy is the “Fred Flintstone” heavy construction rollers they use to seal the hot blacktop. Isn’t there a better way to seal the roads? Why do we continue to use such old technology? Isn’t there a way to seal the final road surface in a way that it presents a smooth surface for all of us to drive on? Now wouldn’t that be a satisfying experience after waiting in traffic for delays, orange construction cones on almost every road, countless detours, and all of the other inconveniences we have to endure, that when they cut the yellow ribbon and release us onto newly constructed roads, we enjoy the satisfying experience of driving on a smooth surface. Is it really too much to ask?
I live on a small farm. Unfortunately, a township road runs through my farm, making it necessary for me to be on the road at feeding time and during hay season. The speed limit is 35 mph and signs alerting drivers to horses are posted on each side of my property.
I don’t understand how some people appear to be intelligent enough to give the government and politicians hell, and not smart enough to give their neighbors a little bit of respect and slow down.
K. Burdell Brock
In a answer to Pam Morosky’s letter, which appeared in the Aug. 6 edition of the Observer-Reporter, she is correct – America is the world’s garbage dump, if you consider people as garbage.
We have always been the garbage dump of the world, and may we always be so. People have always wanted to come here, not for freebies or handouts, but for the chance to have a better life, to live in freedom and to work toward becoming an American. Despite our problems, we are still the best place to live on the face of this planet. Except for our native Americans, we are all illegal immigrants. My grandparents were the garbage of Europe.
Do we have an immigration problem? Yes, we do. But spouting venom and pointing fingers won’t solve it. Perhaps a bit of compassion, a touch of kindness, a trace of love for our fellow man might help. America was once known for these virtues.
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The Middle East is in chaos and President Obama has offered to be the broker in getting both sides to call a truce. He can’t even get things done in America. He has let illegal immigrants overrun our country, and instead of sending them home, he blames the Republicans for not giving him the......