A mandatory casino theft was fine tossed out last week by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
I want to compliment Bill DiFabio on the excellent article he wrote for the Aug. 17 edition of the newspaper about former Washington High School football star Norris Vactor.
I had Vactor in a chemistry class at Washington High School and I can attest to the fact that he was more than an athlete. He was a very bright student who worked hard at succeeding, and when I learned of the injury that ended his athletic career, I was saddened as most people who knew him were.
At a high school reunion, I had an opportunity to speak with Vactor and was glad to hear that he had a successful career in computer science and that he is back living in Washington. I also kept score for the basketball team when Vactor’s brother, Frank, played. If there had been three-pointers in those days, Washington High School would have been in the playoffs.
I never met their mother, but all that I heard about her caused me to have great respect for her. Parents today could take a lesson from her in rearing sons.
When I read the the Associated Press article, “More schools mixing beer, football” in the Saturday newspaper, I thought of the Prohibition era. Happily, Americans realized the government cannot legislate the drinking habits of its citizens. Prohibition lasted only 13 years. I wonder how long it will take the Pennsylvania Legislature to lose its Carrie Nation-like attitude and follow the enlightened laws of some states and allow the recreational use of marijuana.
The article stated two reasons for allowing the drinking of beer at college football games: Cash-strapped athletic departments; and getting fans to the game, rather than sitting in front of their television sets or at sports bars. Is any state more cash-strapped than Pennsylvania? Colorado reported an income of $4.7 million for June from its marijuana sales tax.
It’s too bad the Steelers’ Levon Bell and Legarrette Blount did not drive in Colorado or Washington State.
Robert J. Pohl
Anyone can go to an estate auction and purchase automatic or semi-automatic rifles and shotguns without a background check being done.
This means any felon or crazy person can purchase these weapons without a record of the sale. This seems not to be a problem in Pennsylvania.
I have sent email messages to all of the representatives in this state and 85 percent of them sent messages back stating, “This is not my district.” But they represent the commonwealth. Therefore, whether it is their district or not, it still has to do with the gun laws in this state. We the people need to take a stand against the people we vote into office. They are there to ensure our laws are up to date, that the safety of our community, our schools, and public areas are their number one priority, not the corporations that contribute to their campaigns. We are the ones who put them in office, so they should have enough respect for voters to answer our concerns.
In the letter about speeding by K. Burdell Brock that appeared in the Sunday newspaper, I completely understand where he is coming from. I was raised in Spraggs, so I know how those roads are – they are narrow, and two cars cannot fit on those roads.
We have the same problem here in Washington. I live in the middle of the city. The streets have cars parked on one side of them, which sometimes makes it difficult to see at certain intersections. And sometimes two cars cannot pass one another other because of potholes leftover from the winter. There are speeders who go through stop signs without a care.
I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment that Brock expressed: “I don’t understand how some people appear to be intelligent enough to give the government and politicians hell, and not smart enough to give their neighbors a little bit of respect and slow down.”
It’s very sad to hear about how overcrowded the Greene County Humane Society is. I know many of the volunteers and they are great and the animals they care for would make wonderful companions. I also know they don’t close their doors to anyone wanting to dump off unwanted animals, so......
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Pennsylvania is fortunate to be one of the nation’s leaders in energy production, and with this standing comes hundreds of thousands of jobs that support families and communities throughout the state. Unfortunately, an overly aggressive Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.,......