We need to come together as a community to support animal shelters and volunteers who work long hours caring for an overwhelming number of homeless animals. Otherwise, those animals would be running in the streets, starving or getting hit by vehicles....
I wish the state attorney general’s office and Visiting Judge Daniel Howsare would take the time to view the Facebook page of former Judge Paul Pozonsky before he is sentenced in July. He and his wife posted numerous photos of the wonderful time they were having in Alaska, toasting with champagne “to those who wish they were us.”
Years of drug addiction, a private inventory of drugs and leaving Washington County with $200,000 that he withdrew from his pension plan. This is not taking into account the pension Pozonsky can still take with him and withdraw $8,000 per month from for the rest of his life, or the fact he can still practice law or even run for judge.
Pozonsky took drug evidence – we will never know the actual street value – and then signed an affidavit that he destroyed it. How long was this going on while he sat in judgment of other drug offenders?
It appears we have two standards for the application of justice – one for the rich and powerful, another for the little guy. Others have been given harsher sentences for doing a lot less. Addiction is not an explanation or an excuse. It appears power corrupts when it’s in the wrong hands.
Maybe we need to test all our elected officials for drugs so this does not happen again.
Kurowski is a Washington attorney.
I am writing in response to your editorial in Sunday’s paper, “Netanyahu’s victory bad news for two-state solution”.
Not only are you promoting the mainstream media’s myths and hogwash about Israel and its right to defend itself in order to survive, but also spreading anti-Semitism, which is destructively rampant in the world today.
There is no legitimate reason for dividing Israel. It became a nation 2,000 years before the rise of Islam and has had a continual presence in the Holy Land for centuries. God gave the land to Abraham and his descendants when he told him to leave his homeland and go “to the land that I will show you.”
You failed to mention the barrage of over 4,000 missiles that have been fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip. You also didn’t point out the rockets and weaponry being hidden in schools and hospitals, using children as human shields for propaganda purposes when there are unfortunate Palestinian deaths. And what about the use of money meant to aid the Palestinian people being used instead to build tunnels to infiltrate Israel to bring harm to its people?
The Bible says “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse.” Don’t be counted among the group that is cursed.
I am unable to control the outrage I feel after reading the March 17 letter by John Manning about labor unions.
It seems many workers take for granted what they now consider to be rights: Child labor laws; a fair wage; 40-hour work weeks; paid sick days; paid health benefits; paid vacations; and more. Because people alive now were not subject to the inequities endured by our forefathers, we forget about the deplorable working conditions, unfair labor practices and the sweatshops that existed prior to the labor union movement.
I beseech you to look beyond the term “right to work” and see the true definition is “right not to work.” Remember, union rights are civil rights.
Patrina is the treasurer of Local 2106 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
The Independence Township Supervisors are planning to build a park in Avella at a cost of more than $3 million.
Independence Township is already surrounded by three existing recreational parks. Beautiful Cross Creek Lake Park has two entrances, one from Route 50 and the other from Route 844, which makes access easy and convenient. To the west is Brooke Hills Park, located on Route 27, which is the continuation of Route 844 into West Virginia. It’s a neat park for swimming, playing golf, picnics and even has a theater adjacent to the park. Additionally, a short distance to the north is the Cross Creek Township Park. All of these are just minutes from Avella. Independence Township doesn’t need another park, particularly one that costs more than $3 million.
Even if the park were a good idea, where will the funds come from to complete and maintain it? In a recent edition of the township newsletter, the supervisors announced they had been awarded a $76,800 grant by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for development of the park. They further stated “along with donated matching funds of $76,800 given by private individuals” they now have $153,600 for Phase I.
When questioned at the recent township meeting about who these generous “private individuals” were, they admitted that the statement was a “mistake” since they had actually collected much less – $15,000 in cash and a promise of $35,000 in “in kind services.” A mistake or a deliberate attempt to mislead the public? They then admitted that the shortfall in donations from “private individuals” would in fact come from township funds.
Independence Township, like so many small communities, is struggling to survive. Yes, it’s true that this current board has received nearly $1.5 million in gas impact fees to date. Roads need to be paved and maintained. Many properties are in disrepair, several buildings in the downtown area should be either renovated or demolished, and on and on. Isn’t there a better way to spend this windfall?
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