Wilkes-Barre Mayer Kuren, quit being a baby
Insulting and putting down the Times Leader newspaper is low and shallow. Did you ever hear of Freedom of Speech, or Freedom of the Press? Your article is about me, not the newspaper. Your comments go north, south, east and west.
Your words, Mayor Kuren, are unfounded and totally garbled at best. I believe, in my opinion, the Times Leader, the state auditor general and the FBI should come in and do a full investigation into the Wilkes-Barre Township administration and the Wilkes-Barre Township Volunteer Fire Company, a full and complete investigation.
Listen, Mayor Kuren, you are not a veteran so do not associate your name with real veterans like myself who has served and fought for my town, state, and country, proudly., being a political bum that you are, leave my family out of your personal attack against me as a private citizen, or you may end up in court. You and your cronies are scared and running amuck.
Mayor Kuren, basketball is seasonal, senior citizens in council chambers. What a disgrace, no library, no swimming pool, no nothing, due to your lack of communication or foresight to better good and future of Wilkes-Barre Township. All you have are bobble heads and “yes” people, but you are being observed and monitored now, aren’t you?
Wilkes-Barre Township road crew, you are being scorned by Mayor Kuren. Police and administration do more work than you guys. You guys are being insulted. When a mayor like Kuren attacks a private citizen, tax payer, and property owner, such as me, he lacks common sense. Times Leader, keep up the great work and freedom of the press.
Austerity measures should be trickling up
I would like to know why we are the people who are constantly accepting the judgment of the house and senate with all their means of putting off a vote on a specific item. Three quarters of time they are not in their seats to vote. What kind of government do we have that is not available for a vote! This supposed government is not worth the salary, plus, all the things that they get for doing nothing for the people.
I have a suggestion to solve the problem. Only 0.5 percent of the Senate may be absent each day. Only 0.1 percent of the House may be absent each day from their seat. Senators and congress men and women must pay for their transportation; no private cars. They pay for their gas, oil, and all repairs. They also pay for all their meals, where ever they are. No freebies. It’s about time they are treated exactly like “we the public,” no frills, anywhere, anytime. Unless, we get lucky, and that is not about to happen with this government.
Let science, not lobbying, be guide to school menus
The article “County lags in health rankings” that published on March 20, 2013 highlighted where Luzerne County ranked in comparison to its neighbors and the rest of the state in terms of health. Amid all of the numbers, I was struck most by the 30 percent obesity rate.
As a retired general and member of Mission: Readiness, I’m concerned about obesity for national security reasons. It’s the leading medical dis-qualifier for military service, with 1 in 4 young Americans—almost 6 million 17 to 24 year olds—too overweight to join the military. Our nation’s security relies on having military members who are fit to serve.
Fortunately, there is something we can do. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is in the process of updating guidelines for what types of foods are sold in schools’ vending machines and a la carte lines. Updated guidelines that reflect the latest nutrition science will ensure that children have access to healthier foods. Unfortunately, previous efforts to update standards for healthier foods were compromised by food industry lobbyists. As a result, schools around the nation can now count the tomato sauce on a slice of pizza as a serving of vegetables.
Strong science-based guidelines would be a big step toward reducing the 400 billion calories that students consume in junk food every year in school. With 33 percent of U.S. children already at risk to become overweight or obese and 25 percent of children ages five to 10 already exhibiting early warning signs for heart disease, we need to keep these guidelines free of food industry interference. If nothing else, the food and beverage industry needs to join parents and their children, schools and government in the war on obesity. Our children deserve nothing less.
Norman R. Seip
Lieutenant General (retired), U.S. Air Force
Predicting where U.S. natural gas will go
The natural gas extraction industry is anxious to export America’s natural gas to foreign countries, according to industry trade journals. The price of natural gas in the US is about $4 while the price in Asia is close to $18. This is a market opportunity which the natural gas industry can’t take advantage of yet - but will very soon.
While there is currently only one terminal from which to process and export liquefied natural gas (LNG), applications for 18 other terminals have been filed with the Department of Energy. Before long, there will be lots of natural gas export terminals to process lots of American natural gas bound for lots of foreign countries. So much for the gas industry claims of a hundred years of independence from foreign sources of energy.
According to the US Energy Information Administration, American consumers will see an increase in natural gas and electricity costs as the natural gas is exported. So much for the gas industry claims of low energy prices for Americans. The Sierra Club, in a letter to the Department of Energy, stated that exporting natural gas would not benefit the American taxpayer but would benefit a “small minority of wealthy corporations that will own natural gas resources or LNG export infrastructure.” So much for the natural gas boom being good for Americans.
So, the natural gas industry is extracting huge amounts of natural gas from America that will be sold on the global market to the highest bidder. Americans will see their energy costs increase while the amount of domestically available energy resources will decrease. Is this a strategic, responsible, forward thinking energy policy?
Setting the record on Sen. Casey’s position
Last week, a letter to the editor questioned Senator Casey’s decision to support same sex-marriage in the context of his Catholicism. As a public official who is a Roman Catholic, Senator Casey understands that the Catholic Church strongly opposes same-sex marriage. He has said that he respects the Church’s position on this and many other issues. He has also said, on numerous occasions, that he commends the good work done by the Church on behalf of “the least, the last, and the lost,” especially the poor.
He has been very clear in his 16 years as an elected official that his Catholic faith has always informed and inspired him, but it does not specifically dictate how he votes on matters of public policy as a representative of 12.8 million Pennsylvanians of many faiths. Senator Casey has emphasized that he is supporting same-sex marriage as a secular institution. He firmly believes that neither the Catholic Church, nor any other denomination, should be required to confer religious or sacramental approval contrary to the tenets of its faith.
As he has done throughout his career, Senator Casey will continue to defend the religious freedom of all faiths, including the Catholic Church.
Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA)