Instead of progressing forward, Avella is going backwards. I can remember when the town had six or seven grocery stores and they all thrived. Now, we just have a convenience store, which is better than nothing at all....
When I read the Observer-Reporter’s recent article, “Congressman Murphy reintroduces mental health bill,” I thought the story should have pointed out U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy’s tight connections with the pharmaceutical companies and psychiatric hospitals that are supporting his bill, Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, and will financially gain from the passage of it.
All you have to do is just look at Murphy’s own campaign donation records that list pharmaceutical corporations, hospitals and nursing home companies as his top contributors, with names like Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, Astrazeneca, Pfizer and many other pharmaceutical companies heading the list. Included also on that donation list is the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, a group representing psychiatric hospitals and residential treatment centers.
It is also interesting that Murphy, in February of this year, was a keynote speaker at the Fixing America’s Mental Health Care System meeting in Washington, D.C., that was sponsored by, you guessed it, the drug companies Lundbeck and Takeda.
What is also missing in your article in that Murphy’s bill will cut funding to community-based services that keep people out of these hospitals by requiring more drug-based treatments and longer hospital stays.
Murphy should be working to solve the mental-health needs of our local communities, not helping the bottom lines of his top funders.
There is some validity to the statement that the Confederate flag controversy is complicated, but a solution is reasonable and sensible.
The Confederate flag clearly is an artifact of a defeated government that was in rebellion against the United States. Although the Confederate government existed on North American soil, it was vanquished in a bloody and costly war. I am all for preserving our American history in every aspect – the proud, as well as the shameful – but it is clearly an inappropriate action to fly the flag of a rebellious cause on public property.
I see nothing wrong with displaying the Confederate flag at museums, sections of cemeteries containing Confederate war dead, and at events that teach American history as it really happened. Let’s consider this – how inappropriate would it be for the Nazi swastika, or the wartime Japanese flag, to fly on American public property, knowing the stories behind these flags? Captured flags of our World War II enemies are seen in museums that tell the complete story of the worst world conflict in human history. I’d wager no one would ever tolerate seeing a Nazi or Japanese flag flying on public property anywhere in the United States.
The same sentiment must apply to the Confederate flag being displayed at state capitols, public libraries, local government buildings, schools or any other public building. As I see it, a defeated enemy of the United States government must not be glorified on public property. However, personal and private expressions that use the flag must be allowed, as per our constitutional rights of free speech and expression.
The history of the Southern cause, in all aspects, should be studied and preserved. After more than 150 years, however, it’s absolutely imperative that we destroy the rebellious sentiments and racism the Confederate flag symbolizes, and relegate it to exactly where it belongs – to the fascinating history of our country.
Ronald J. Yamka
This spring and summer, we have had three days honoring our great country: Armed Forces Day; Memorial Day; and Flag Day. A fourth, Independence Day, is Saturday.
In past generations, these were important days for celebration and paying respect and honor to our country and its armed forces. People today, however, seem less interested in celebrating these days and the reasons they exist.
The armed forces do deserve respect and honor. These men and women have given up so much in lives, limbs and family life. The sad part is that these veterans have sacrificed so much in order that later generations could live just to forget.
There now appears to be a tendency to offer little respect for the United States and the “Stars and Stripes” and what they stand for in our lives. Let us hope that it does not take another big war just to make people remember.
Boyd C. Roach Jr.
Really Observer-Reporter? The U.S. Supreme Court, with great controversy, approves gay marriage. OK, but do you think that it is in good taste to post a photo of two men kissing in your paper?
I guess you see this as open season on morality. Maybe you should start wrapping your paper in brown paper for public distribution.
I’ve been fortunate to be able to call Bracken Burns a friend and follow parishioner for decades. However, his diatribe in the June 22 Observer-Reporter was deeply troubling. First of all, I’m saddened that my friend adheres to “speech codes.” This is akin to......
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Regarding the Associated Press story, “New exhibit offers different perspective on World War II,” which appeared in the June 14 edition of the Observer-Reporter, I think it is warped and fails to address the realities that confronted the United States and our allies at the......
I read with interest the letter sent by Michael J. Conti, CEO of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, in the Wednesday edition of the Observer-Reporter. I am concerned about the “facts” as he perceives them and would like to try to provide some balance on this subject....
Jack Pavella’s May 8 letter to the editor, “Democrats are socialists,” inspired me to immediately volunteer and send Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders a $50 contribution. The June 5 George Will column, “Despite what Sanders says, the old Socialist platform......
As a state employee, I am tired of the attack on my pension. I am tired of politicians blaming us for the problem, I am tired of the media not reporting the truth about it, and I am tired of local school districts using it as an excuse to raise property taxes at will....
Once again last Sunday evening, we witnessed an amazing play with Little Lake Theater’s presentation of “The Best of Everything.” As usual, the performers were exceptional, but the performance June 14 was quite different. About 10 or 15 minutes into the performance, the power......