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It’s time to stop decline of Pennsylvania education

When I see what is happening in Harrisburg, I’m worried my grandchildren won’t be as fortunate as my children. Like many people, I taught my kids the value of hard work and honesty.

They went to public school, got a good education and I’m proud of the working adults they have become.

Since Governor Corbett has been in office, my grandkids are living in a much different Pennsylvania. Funding for our schools has been slashed by a billion dollars, which has forced property taxes to go up across the state. His risky plan to sell the state liquor stores is not a smart long-term solution.

Our schools would still be drastically underfunded because of his cuts. It doesn’t provide ongoing funding and thousands of store workers would lose the jobs they need to support their families.

There are better ways. The governor should stand up to large corporations by making them pay their fair share of taxes. Closing the Delaware tax loophole and ending the special tax breaks would gain more than $1 billion every year! Taxpayers like me pay their taxes, so should these companies. Our grandkids and future generations are depending on us to get it right.

Bob Calpin

West Pittston

State needs an update in pet registration

If you go to www.licenseyourdogPa.com almost all Pa. counties let you purchase your dog license online. I know its the 21st century, but in Luzerne County you cannot.

I am not condemning the counties’ practice, but just about everything is now being done online.

It would be very practical to purchase our dog licenses online in Luzerne County. I’m asking if we can get this 21st century practice.

Tom Yancy

Forty Fort

Writer takes issue with article on Pope Francis

While I am grateful for your coverage of the conclave and the election of Pope Francis, I was disappointed by the bias and inaccuracies in the AP story printed on March 15.

In an attempt to highlight the differences between Pope Francis and his predecessor, Nicole Winfield wrote that papal liturgy under Pope Benedict XVI was more traditional.

That is “heavy on the Gregorian chant, Latin and the silk brocaded vestments of the Pre-Vatican II church.”

Her statement implies that the second Vatican council brought about a great rupture with the past. Pope Benedict and other church leaders have rejected this interpretation.

In fact, if one were to read the documents of the council, one would discover that is actually called for a greater use of Gregorian chant – even in smaller churches and chapels, and retained Latin as the language of the liturgy.

More troubling, however, was the implication that, by favoring the “trappings of the papacy,” Benedict was somewhat less humble than his successor.

It actually takes a great deal of humility to submit to tradition in music, language and vesture.

When one strips away those elements, the temptation to personalize the Mass becomes even greater.

Whereas humble submission to tradition hides one’s personality in order to allow Christ to shine more brightly, rejection of tradition amplifies one’s personality, allowing it to overshadow the mystery being celebrated. It would behoove us to follow the example of John the Baptist, who said, “He (Christ) must increase, I must decrease.”

Raphael Micca


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