I was delighted to learn that Republican state senators Stewart Greenleaf and Mario Scavello have proposed eliminating the ludicrous exemption in the Clean Indoor Act which enables casinos to allow smoking throughout as much as 50 percent of their gambling floors, though the reasonable person knows......
While it might not be politically correct to ask the following question during this time of healing, but I think it is necessary to avoid further murders and harm to the innocent: How many young people like Alex Hribal, the stabbing suspect in last week’s incident at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, are living in so-called “perfect” suburban communities?.
Littleton, Colo., where the Columbine High School massacre took place, Newtown, Conn. and now Murrysville were considered ideal communities away from the so-called “bad” influences of the inner cities. Perhaps moving away from the inner cities to a suburban enclave is not the answer to safety and security
On March 22, Bishop David Zubik celebrated Mass at Saint Damien of Molokai Parish in Monongahela. At the end of Mass, he informed parishioners of his decision concerning the future of the parish and the reasons for it.
Like so many people, my family has a long history with St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Monongahela – baptisms, weddings and funerals. I spent the first 69 years of my life associated with this parish and had hoped to spend the next 69 years worshipping and socializing there, but it was not to be. I am thankful that we, as a Catholic community, still have a building in Monongahela to participate in Holy Mass.
As we all know, it could have been worse – no parish at all.
True, some think it is a travesty, and still others think they won. However, in the grand scheme of things, there are no winners or losers. Think about it. In Egypt, Coptic Christians are being murdered and their churches burned to the ground. Americans are in prison in Iran and North Korea for possessing Bibles. Catholics in Crimea are being arrested and their property seized. As Father Edward Litavec, of the now-defunct Saint Dominic Parish in Donora, frequently said in his homilies, “If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”
There are people in this country, under the guise of political correctness, who are trying to destroy our Judeo-Christian beliefs and the right to worship freely. We should thank God for allowing us to have a parish under the guidance of Saint Damien of Molokai.
As Christ said in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Not my will, but thy will be done.”
Louis P. Majoris
An April 6 letter to the editor regarding coal-fired power plants contains several assertions and conclusions that are either misleading or inaccurate.
The proposed Coal-Fired Electric Generation Deactivation Commission is the product of a bipartisan consensus among legislators from the coal-producing regions of Pennsylvania. These legislators are concerned – rightly so – with the numerous unintended consequences of suddenly removing coal from the nation’s energy mix, including the negative impact that such a move would have on the economy of the areas they represent.
It is naive, or perhaps disingenuous, to suggest that their efforts be directed toward creating “economic transition commissions” to prepare “to move beyond the fossil-fuel era.” As we discovered during the severe cold spells earlier this year, there simply is not enough of a reliable power supply to assure that residential, commercial and industrial needs can be met at a reasonable price, if at all.
I can assure you that the legislators in question do, indeed, care about the future of Greene County. They know that mining is the livelihood for more than 3,000 county residents, and that it supports nearly 5,000 additional jobs in the county across all other sectors of the economy.
Moreover, the fact is technology has enabled significant advances in reducing emissions of sulfur, nitrogen, particulates and even carbon.
Further advances are in sight, but will not occur if we remove coal from the energy equation.
Opposing the use of coal may be fashionable, but the opponents really have no idea of the damage that will occur in doing so, all while doing little or nothing to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases. We don’t need to choose between environmental quality and jobs. We can have both by charting a path that will enable clean coal technology to further reduce emissions within the realm of what science and technology make possible.
John Pippy is the CEO of the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance.
I had a few questions after reading the story, “Bank loan helped $10M Wolf contribution,” in the April 5 edition of the Observer-Reporter.
When and if Tom Wolf becomes Pennsylvania’s governor, will he, his two cousins and Weston Presidio Fund V toss in their own money so Pennsylvania can pay down its debt as all four did to save the Wolf Organization from declaring bankruptcy?
Tom Wolf also had to borrow part of his own $10 million campaign contribution to run for governor.
The $64 million question is, do you really want this man running Pennsylvania?
Rebecca L. Simpson
I would like to commend Washington’s mayor Brenda Davis, the city’s police department and all other law enforcement agencies for the difficult hours of work which they have put forth in the investigation of the March 31 shooting death of Ta’Naiyah Thomas....
A Thursday letter from John and Nancy Miller regarding the shooting at Fort Hood argues we have abandoned our Christian roots and should blame ourselves for these incidents because of the “evil within ourselves.” The answer proposed was to return to the God of the Bible....
On March 31, the Observer-Reporter reported that Senator Solobay wants to establish a Coal-Fired Electric Generation Deactivation Commission through Senate Bill 1273. This commission would act to investigate the closure of coal-fired power plants. This is clearly an attempt to help his pro-coal......
Trinity Area School Board members have been presented with the daunting task of providing the best education for our students while being faced with significant financial challenges. This board has worked to function as a body, with each member being informed on all items and issues through email......
The first of a three-part story in the March 19 Observer-Reporter, “Chesapeake Energy’s $5 billion shuffle,” is a Republican success story, a fossil-fuel company saving itself by reducing royalties as much as 94 percent, part of an industry-wide pattern. Dirty energy consumers......
In our world, most daily reporting centers on crime or politics. What a great change to read your Monday editorial outlining in great and accurate detail the positive impact of the three-week Collegiate Challenge in both Washington and Greene counties in support of our Habitat for Humanity mission....