I agree with Dee Donaldson’s Thursday letter expressing disappointment with former state Sen. Tim Solobay’s appointment as the state fire commissioner....
Anyone who is interested in running for a political office who is already serving as an elected official in another capacity should be required to resign that position.
And any person who runs for two positions at the same time will not get my vote. If they are elected to both offices, it will create a situation where taxpayers have to pick up the cost of another election.
Here we go again. Gov. Tom Wolf is going to play the same old Democratic Party game.
Former state Sen. Tim Solobay was voted out of office, so Wolf names him the state’s fire commissioner at a salary of $116,265. Then Wolf stabs the people of Pennsylvania in the back by hiring a man from Maryland to be the new state police commissioner.
Don’t we have any trustworthy Pennsylvanians? And what’s wrong with getting the job by going up through the ranks?
It was a good cartoon by Tim Hartman on the long shadow cast by the Jerry Sandusky scandal that appeared in the Jan. 20 newspaper.
It immediately reminded me of the Catholic Church. The shadow would be much, much, much longer, with caricatures of the popes whose reigns covered the span of decades of abuses by not only the pedophile priests, but also the heinous cover-ups of these criminal activities by the Catholic hierarchy.
Oh, but we can’t tell the truth about the Catholic Church, which is exactly why the abuses went on for so long. Freedom of speech is discouraged when it applies to unholy religious activities because it offends the Church, as shown by the Charlie Hebdo terrorist incident and the current pope’s comments afterward.
Religious criminal activities are untouchable – but apparently innocent children are not.
I read with disgust the Jan. 20 letter from Bob Sabot about the decision by Washington County Common Pleas Judge Valarie Costanzo not to accept the plea agreement of Joshua Rush, a Washington police officer. What does Sabot feel would be a fair and just punishment?
In August, we were singing Rush’s praises for a job well done in the apprehension of two men accused of stealing tools in Canton Township. We also put in countless hours and tireless work with the Washington Country Drug Task Force. Rush sacrificed his safety to ensure ours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Upon his return, Rush remained in the reserves and could often be seen coaching his daughter’s soccer games before heading to the base for the weekend. Let us remember all these things about Rush, for it is not one thing that makes up the man.
Rush made a mistake when he allegedly tipped off a prostitute about an impending sting. No blood was shed, no lives were lost and no bodily injury occurred. What did occur was this: a career was lost; friendships faded; relationships were broken; and a young family was cast into the public eye to be scrutinized and judged. Had the plea bargain been accepted, I find it difficult to believe that Rush would have gotten away with a slap on the wrist. The punishment that Rush endures expands far beyond what you will ever read in the newspaper.
It is the written word of our ultimate judge that teaches us how to treat others: Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”
I enjoyed the insightful Jan. 18 article on the Civil Rights Movement in Washington and Southwestern Pennsylvania more generally. I was somewhere in the photo that was published of the demonstration in Washington and still recall composing our letters and marching down Main Street. I also recall......
After reading the letter by Carla Miller published Jan. 15 about what she described as poor sportsmanship displayed by Trinity High School students, parents and administrators at a basketball game against McGuffey High School, I was appalled. I am a senior at Trinity and was a member of the student......
The Senator John Heinz History Center recently ended an exhibit of numerous items from steamboat Arabia. It sank on the lower Missouri River in 1856. A group found it in a cornfield – the river meandered – and it was excavated. They opened a museum in Kansas City dedicated to it in......
I had the displeasure of being at the boys varsity basketball game between Trinity and McGuffey high schools Tuesday and was appalled by the lack of sportsmanship projected by Trinity’s student spectators, parents, the referees that the school district hired for that particular game, the......