Letters to the editor

June 28, 2012

The Pennsylvania voter’s ID controversy is getting more ironic by the day. The conservative establishment who thought up this affront to our most basic of liberties must now explain the economic burden of this unfunded new legislation. Not only is the cost born by county taxpayers, it is significant.

An action filed in Allegheny County, not by representatives of the elderly, poor, or minorities, was brought by the fiscal watchdog, the county controller. It turns out that the unfunded mandate for the state’s new voter ID law will cost Pennsylvania’s local governments about $11 million to implement. New procedures must be drawn up, poll workers must be trained and those impossible-to-comprehend provisional ballots brought out of the dusty closets.

Only the most jaded of conservatives could justify this additional financial burden on the counties when education and social services are being slashed to the bone. No sane elected official can possibly believe that protecting our citizens from phantom voter fraud is more pressing than education, mental health or the environment.

I am waiting to see how the Corbett gang and its followers will philosophically explain deregulating our air, water, and ground resources to save money on the one hand while regulating our poorest citizen’s right to vote and mandating local government to spend taxpayer dollars on the other.

Gary StoutEast Washington

Another reason for contempt

The latest black eye for the Pennsylvania General Assembly is inflicted through the stunning news convicted serial child rapist and beast Jerry Sandusky will be able to continue drawing a $59,000 annual state pension as he serves what is certain to be a life sentence.

Our “full time” state representatives and senators whose starting salaries are in excess of $80,000 have the time to enact a “Year of the Bible” resolution, to designate “Pennsylvania Restaurant Week,” and to kill the elusive dream of property tax reform for beleaguered state homeowners, but the matter of criminal predators drawing fat public pensions was not on their list of priorities.

I do not seek to diminish the seriousness of the public integrity crimes of which former State Senator Jane Orie was recently convicted, but I wonder whether our legislators can explain to me why she is required under state law to forfeit her pension while the individual who forever shattered the lives of innocent young boys through pervasive and horrific criminal sexual assaults is not.

I sense the hue and cry of “throw the bums out” intensifying. Additional fuel has been added to the fire for thoughtful and intelligent Pennsylvanians who justifiably harbor contempt for their state government.

Oren SpieglerUpper St. Clair

Takes a market to help a friend

On Thursday, June 21, my friend George Nixon and I attended the Main Street Farmers’ Market.

We wandered up and down, and purchased a few items, one of which was the 9-11 firemans’ memorial statue.

On our way to our car, we started up the driveway located at the far end of the street, where I was in front of him. I heard a commotion and turned to find him on the ground, unable to catch himself, our peaches rolling down the driveway.

From there, a multitude of help came to his aid.

The firefighters administered to his bleeding wounds. These were caring and capable young men.

The Ice Ball man rushed over with cold water.

A gentleman named Ken supplied tissues to stop the blood flow.

The lady who had the booth near my friend’s mishap gave him her chair to sit down and collect his thoughts and to be cared for.

Another gentleman collected our peaches and restored them to their bag.

When they deemed him able to walk, the firemen and EMS escorted him to our car, seated him and made sure he was lucid and able to go home.

Thank you, all of you! I don’t remember names, but I’ll not forget you and what you did for my friend.

Evelyn KramzerWashington

5-hour parade? Thanks, but no

I am writing in reference to those of you who have tried in the last three weeks to enter the 4th of July parade in Canonsburg and were told it was closed.

I know you think about the 4th this time of the year, but there is a small group of people who start in January to plan for that day. Count the number of staff shirts on that day and you will be amazed this small group can put on such a large celebration.

This is the 50th-year celebration, and because of the amount of interest this year, they had to close the parade. No one wants to sit through a five-hour parade.

Don’t wait next year until June to say you would like to be in the parade.

This comittee does not deserve the treatment they have been getting, Stop the name-calling and hang-ups, it doesn’t help.They work hard and the only reward they get is when you turn out to support their effort and say thanks for a good job.

Rose ZemencikCanonsburg



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