Waynesburg University was in such a big hurry to tear down the former Peoples National Bank Building on High Street in Waynesburg, so they should clean up the horrific mess that’s left. Or perhaps decorate it for Rain Day....
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 address some of the editorial’s moronic notions.
It said, “Sen. John McCain remarked that the Republican Party will again lose the presidency, no matter who they nominate in 2016, if they block immigration reform. If McCain’s prediction is correct, we can probably safely tune out the chatter of the next two years and calmly await the arrival of President Hillary Clinton.”
To show how wrong McCain is, on July 1, a throng of protestors turned away three busloads of illegal immigrants in the tiny town of Murrieta, Calif., according to The Christian Science Monitor. The anti-illegal immigration backlash has become so strong along border towns in Texas, California and Arizona that the border patrol is now refusing to give details about the whereabouts of the buses or future movements.
The editorial also said, “The voters in Tuesday’s GOP primary in (Eric) Cantor’s Virginia district moved quickly to extinguish this small glimmer of compassion or balance. (David) Brat’s supporters, and other tea party adherents, will brook no accommodation. They want to deport 11 million people, among other things, regardless of the practicalities involved or the cost.”
Don’t kid yourselves. This notion isn’t limited to the tea party. People all across the South are seeing with their own eyes that amnesty doesn’t work. They are angry that illegals break the law to get into the country and are rewarded with taxpayer-funded perks. Some of the most outspoken critics are those whose families came here legally. This issue has reached flashpoint status. Voters are grossly fed up and only the half-wits in Congress and the media refuse to see it for what it is.
In truth, the tea party is not a collection of dimwitted rednecks or racists or extremists or Satan or whatever lie it is that the left is trying to get the public to swallow. The tea party is simply a collection of libertarians who are strict adherents to the Constitution, which is a centrist document that is currently being ignored by both major political parties. If necessary, the tea party can become the political version of the Marine Corps by holding political feet to the fire. I invite all who are reading this publication to attend a tea party rally or monthly meeting, locally – yes, even the editorial staff of the Observer-Reporter. You will find conservative Democrats, Republicans, independents, white, black, yellow, whatever. You’ll also find, for the most part, a thoughtful exchange among people who harbor a deep and abiding love of country.
John A. Quayle
Two and one-half years ago, I was elected to borough council after living in East Washington for 22 years in the hope of making positive changes, many of which I feel I accomplished. Those included the updating of Memorial Park, sidewalk repair, new trees and some updated ordinances, including a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance ordinance to provide tax relief for home improvements.
I also made efforts to ensure the community continues to have a police department.
However, I found myself in an untenable situation. The tone of borough meetings had become personal, with name-calling and allegations of contributing to people’s health conditions. Email messages questioned our concern for community safety. The environment at the borough office became hostile. Due to this, our previous secretary resigned, our tax collector moved her operations to her home and I heard multiple complaints from several employees and volunteers who are now not as willing to give of their time. There was a reluctance on the part of council members to work together for compromise. Members were voting on issues but not reviewing the material, then proclaiming that they did not realize what they were voting for.
My major concern, however, was there had been recent activities which I did not believe were legally permitted. An executive meeting was called not following proper protocol, nor was it scheduled through the council president. I know that I, as well as others, was not contacted about availability, once again as per protocol. A youth group was employed to mow a borough field without council approval, which I felt was a massive liability issue, not to mention that the order was given by the mayor, who has absolutely no authority in these matters.
I did not want to be guilty by association.
When my son was young, I always told him that if his friends were doing something that he thought was wrong, then he should inform them and remove himself from the situation. In essence, I believe what they were doing was wrong and I removed myself from the situation.
I apologize to the residents who voted for me. I hope you understand why I was unable to complete my term.
In the wake of the number of children left in cars this summer, here’s a suggestion: When you strap a child in that car seat, take off your left shoe and place it in the back seat.
We all drive with our right foot, and I am sure that you will not leave your vehicle without your shoe or your child.
I took serious exception to the July 13 letter to the editor from Rebecca Simpson which implied that Tom Wolf’s service in the Peace Corps was somehow less patriotic than joining the military to fight in Vietnam.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy created the Peace Corps to encourage young people to serve their country in a new and different way. His goal was to promote peace and enhance the image of America by directly helping the less fortunate and underdeveloped nations of this world.
At age 19, Tom Wolf answered that call to service . He was stationed in India where he worked in the agricultural sector of a village. His task was to show the people living there how to increase their rice crop production. Since its creation, the Peace Corps has done much to improve how people in distant lands see us. Many young Americans have heeded JFK’s call through the years. Even older Americans, like Lillian Carter, President Jimmy Carter’s mother, also spent time with the Peace Corps in India.
The politics of smear helps no one. I suggest that Simpson get the facts straight before attacking a good and decent man. To equate service in the Peace Corps with draft dodging is a despicable and outrageous assertion.
Carl A. Haberl
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