I am writing in response to the Dec. 7 letter from Rich Walker who suggested reducing the number of deer in Washington Cemetery through live trapping or hunting....
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and I believe that there is credence to that expression. But I must take exception to the photograph displayed on the front of the Tuesday edition of the Observer-Reporter.
A narrative describing the horrible automobile accident in Greene County might have contained less than 1,000 words. The inclusion of such an awful image was not necessary for readers to imagine what indeed really did happen.
Douglas T. Corwin Jr.
I have never heard so much whining since the day I announced I was filing for a divorce.
Referring to state Rep. Jesse White and state Sen. Tim Solobay, both of whom were defeated at the polls last month, Washington & Jefferson College professor Joseph DiSarro said it correctly: “Neither candidate viewed the results as the will of the people.”
One-hundred percent of Washington County’s registered voters hopefully woke up on Election Day in November, and if only around 40 percent decided to go to the polls, that was also the “will” of the other 60 percent of the electorate that did not go.
I do vividly recall that neither Solobay nor White ever had 100 percent of the electorate vote for them in previous elections. I also recall that Solobay never publicly complained about, nor appeared to have a problem with, sitting on a corporate jet plane while being flown to a Super Bowl game in Texas. He also did not complain about taking campaign contributions from the wealthy people he is now whining about.
DiSarro also stated, “To continue campaigning after the voters have spoken is a mistake, and it’s bad form.”
As my father always said, “If something does not go your way, you only have yourself to blame.”
Rebecca L. Simpson
Well, Congress has approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill. There is money for everybody ... I mean the powerful ... in it.
The amendment to roll back parts of the Dodd-Frank provision that places limits on big banks will lead to more too-big-to-fail bailouts using our tax dollars. There is an amendment to let more money go into campaigns, especially by big-money donors. The worst provision would allow employers to cut pensions by up to 30 percent.
Also, there is an amendment about some grouse in some western states not being put on the endangered-species list. What does that have to do with spending, you ask? Well, it has to do with drilling for more oil and gas and removing timber. There is also money for immigration in this bill – not that I am against it or for it – but this is too big of an issue to be used in this way.
Although many people will be hurt by this bill, we deserve it. By not voting or voting incorrectly, we deserve everything that is happening to us.
Denny E. Cregut
“Dereliction of duty” and “a pox on both their houses” are the phrases that come to mind in reviewing the most recent actions of Congress.
Once again, our “leaders” brought us to the brink of a government shutdown as another short-term spending plan was about to expire, the members scrambling to put into place another 11th-hour agreement so that they can begin their lengthy holiday recess.
There was no possibility that a clean spending blueprint would be proposed. Rather, we found shenanigans, an unwillingness to fund the Department of Homeland Security for more than a few months, and special interest poison pills inserted into the legislation that are unrelated to the matter at hand, but provisions which a sufficient number of Democrats were willing to accept.
This latest caper ensures that there is no hope for the House and Senate to emerge from their widespread unpopularity with the American people anytime soon, but why should they care? We re-elect them, and, for the most part, we have the bizarre notion that our own representative and senators are jolly good fellows, that it is the other guy (and gal), those who represent different districts and states, who are the “bums.”
The Founding Fathers would surely weep if they were able to witness what has happened to their once-great country, for which, in their era, there was so much promise.
Oren M. Spiegler
Upper Saint Clair
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