I disagree with your Sept. 14 editorial, “Allegheny Co. Council deserving of praise.” The reason for the formation of this council was to check the power of the county executive, not to act as a rubber stamp. The Democratic council members were encouraged by the county executive to......
On Sept. 14, the Observer-Reporter printed a letter from Patricia Stritzinger, who said she wanted to adopt kittens from Petsmart, but she was turned down because they would be farm cats and be outside.
We went to Petsmart a few years ago to find a kitten and the fee was $80. We knew there would be paperwork, but I was shocked at the personal questions that were asked. We took another route and got two kittens after responding to a newspaper ad. The kittens are now happy, healthy and spoiled cats.
We are sitting on a sea of natural gas, or so we are told.
Let’s use that gas, oil, and renewable energy to completely disengage from the Middle East. While the people of the region are human beings like the rest of us, their leaders are despicable. Each country is only concerned about its own sphere of influence and nothing else. The various sheiks and potentates are concerned about the next buffet and little else.
Immediately draw all troops out of the region. Shut off funding to the entire region, including Israel. There is too much sectarian violence, not to mention the fact that the area is tribal and clannish. Our time there is wasted, as there is no possibility of victory. Too many American soldiers have been injured or killed for oil. We know that our purported friends are financing radical groups. Why do we deal with them? It is morally reprehensible to fight a particular group, when our alleged friends finance them.
Again, it is all about oil.
It is time for our deluded leaders to wake up and free us from this quagmire. The money we wasted in Iraq and Afghanistan alone could have completely rebuilt America’s infrastructure. The homeland is in decay and Washington, D.C. wants to refight the Crusades. Enough is enough.
Lawrence J. Nader
I am motivated to write because of an offensive campaign ad I received in the mail this week. It depicted Tim Solobay with cash stuffed in his shirt pocket. The ad goes on to say that Solobay has been a public servant for nearly two decades, and in that time he has voted himself pay increases totaling over 45 percent and a pension of $40,000 per year.
If we take that 45 percent and divide it by 20 years in office, that averages out to a little more than 2 percent per year. The cost of living during the same period increased on average by approximately 4 percent per year. I work in human resources, so I know that most employers in Pennsylvania gave salary increases in line with the cost of living during the same period. Solobay should not be criticized for increasing his salary at half the average rate.
If we want bright and dedicated public servants working for the state, then we need to pay a competitive salary and benefits. I have no issue with Solobay voting for fair pay.
On the other hand, I take great issue with shadowy PACs sending misleading fliers to the public. I looked closely at the flier to see who sent it. It was very hard to find. Hidden in one of the corners with the tiniest of type were the words, “Paid for by Reform PA PAC.” I wonder if this PAC tried to dodge accountability because they were embarrassed by their flier.
Domestic violence has gained national attention thanks to a videotape showing professional football player Ray Rice hitting his soon-to-be wife Janay Palmer in February.
The media has rightly covered this story, illuminating how domestic violence, long with us, has remained in the shadows as most of those abused rarely come forward. Since the revelation of the assault, we are hearing from all quarters that domestic violence must be taken more seriously.
One element of the discussion I have not heard is why this happens. Why, when women have gained so much, do so many find themselves victims to such abuses? The “why” is never asked, or answered.
Perhaps, its time to address what could be a contributing factor: the cultural degradation within the music industry.
Going back three decades, music took another shift as tastes changed. But, unlike shifts from rock to Motown to disco, this shift included a hard, nasty and demeaning element, with lyrics devoid of an uplifting message. Too often, lyrics presented women as nothing more than chattel, to be used for whatever benefit a male would desire.
Those who criticized such “music” were themselves criticized for daring to even bring this up. So, the critics shut up and the music industry continued to make billions as young people clamored for more, with little regard for the lyrics.
Maybe its time for critics to speak up once again.
In August, the Observer-Reporter reported about a Consol Energy-sponsored service project at Ryerson Station State Park for Waynesburg University students. Consol boasted about the importance of environmental management and practicing responsible use of the land, water, and air in their operational......
As season ticket holders, my husband and I are faithful followers of the Washington Wild Things. This year, they’ve had an exceptionally gifted team. For most of the year, they were in either first or second place in their division. Win or lose, they have maintained a never-give-up attitude......
My husband and I own and live on a working farm. We currently have about 60 head of beef cattle among various other farm animals. This summer I was in need of a few kittens to replace older ones who have died. I made three trips to the Washington Area Humane Society and was told on all three trips......
Public libraries promote the general welfare by serving as cornerstones of community enlightenment. Regrettably, in Greene County, omnipresent philistines, smugly conventional and lacking in culture, look upon public libraries as a senseless waste of tax dollars and resources....
George Block’s column on Aug. 31 was misleading regarding Sunday hunting in West Virginia....