Kudos to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane for standing her ground against Gov. Tom Corbett and his attempt to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery. Any Pennsylvania legislator who votes in favor of this should be investigated. To vote for this could only be self-serving....
I read with some interest the letter to the editor from Philadelphia politician and gubernatorial candidate Allyson Schwartz, which appeared in the Dec. 8 edition of the Observer-Reporter. When I see a politician from the Democratic Party start to try to woo the sportsmen of Western Pennsylvania, my suspicions start to rise.
A quick search of Schwartz’s website reveals a typical ploy of most left-of-center politicians: Throw out an idea, and hope no one looks at your record. I did look at that record, and she votes in lockstep with the left’s constant attack on gun rights. Every bill that would seek to chip away at the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Section 21 of the Pennsylvania Constitution has received her endorsement.
Sportsmen, beware of a “friend” who wants to limit your firearms. You may be hunting on Sundays with a rock and a slingshot.
On Dec. 7, I attended the Waynesburg Christmas Parade. Shortly after the American flag passed by, I was tapped on the shoulder by one of the gentlemen carrying the flag. He proceeded to thank me for removing my hat and standing at attention as the colors passed by. He also said that along the entire parade route, there was only one other man who showed the American flag the respect that it deserves.
This praise made me feel good. However, I was appalled at the fact that of all the men and boys at that parade, only two of us appeared to know that when the U.S. flag passes by, you should remove your hat, place it over your heart and stand quietly until it passes by.
As a nation, have we fallen so far that we no longer teach our children how and when to show our flag respect? Did all the men and women who gave their lives defending our flag die for nothing? If we as a nation no longer recognize and respect the flag, why should we expect anyone in the rest of the world to respect it or us?
With regards to your Dec. 10 editorial, “Teacher performance should count in layoffs,” I think it would be a wonderful idea if we apply it as a means for job evaluations universally.
For example, if a newspaper is losing subscribers, perhaps the publisher or editor should be dismissed, instead of laying off writers. If there is no decrease in crime, the police chief should be fired. It appears that layoff policies based on seniority are bad when used for teachers. But in others areas, it is not?
How many times have you seen the big boss fired, or even managers? Seniority is the best and only fair way to evaluate any teacher. It the only way to eliminate subjectivity, a quality that, sadly, is not eliminated in other job dismissals.
Robert J. Pohl
I totally disagree with Jaret Romano’s take on the minimum wage, which he expressed in a letter in the Dec. 8 edition of the Observer-Reporter.
Romano asks if raising the minimum wage will boost our standard of living. I believe the answer is yes, and it will greatly help those who need it the most, minimum-wage earners. He is also certain that by raising the minimum wage – which, history tells us, will go up only a dollar or two – will result in decreased production of automobiles.
I ask: How many minimum-wage earners can afford a new car?
Romano also fears less gas would be sold. I welcome that scenario, because history and the law of supply and demand dictate that when there is an overabundance of a product, lower prices occur. Besides that, I shed no tears for Exxon’s loss. He also suggests that low-wage earners should be happy and embrace their poverty because prices would rise if they got a raise. I counter that a boost in the minimum wage, more disposable income would become available, and our economy would benefit, as well as the worker’s lifestyle. It’s a win-win situation for all.
Furthermore, Romano thinks if there is an increase in the minimum wage, McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants would shutter their doors. Where would they go? Ethiopia? He also believes fast food industries were meant to give young workers a chance to build their skills for the future. But the fast food industry is built on the premise of maximum profit while paying a minimum wage.
Romano lives in McDonald, which has a median income of $44,500 per year. That is almost three times what someone working 40 hours per week and earning the minimum wage would bring home. He should think about that while sipping tea and listening to Rush Limbaugh.
The presenter at the Town Hall South lecture series, Zanny Minton Beddoes, gave an over-the-moon talk Dec. 3. As an editor for The Economist, she took her audience around the world, in explaining the state and interconnectivity of the international economy. Being British and working for a British......
Canonsburg should not sell its wastewater treatment system to Pennsylvania American Water. The Observer-Reporter recently reported that the borough solicitor has been meeting with the company about privatizing the Canonsburg-Houston Joint Authority. Selling the utility would be a terrible deal for......
Hunting has long been an important part of Pennsylvania’s great heritage, and as governor, I will respect hunters’ Second Amendment rights and work to provide safe, ready access to hunting in Pennsylvania. With deer-hunting season underway, I have a two-point proposal to enhance our......
Progressives never fail to get their causation backwards. Labor unions and union advocates staged protests Thursday, demanding an increase in wages to $15 per hour. President Obama has stated that he would support an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, while Sen. Harry Reid has......
I read with amusement the letters of those appalled that stores opened early for shopping on Thanksgiving Day. I, too, spend that day with family. But if I or anyone else needed medical attention or wanted to include in our family day a member who was hospitalized, they would not be appalled to see......