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A letter to lawmakers:

Shut down station

This is a letter recently sent to state Sen. Lisa Baker and State Rep. Karen Boback:

From the time of PVR Partners Chapin Dehydration Station’s zoning hearing in March of 2011, when the Monroe Township zoning board approved the permits because they thought Gov. Tom Corbett’s Act 13 would prevent them from not approving the permit, to today’s third accidental blow off in nine months, leaving the residents with a terrible taste in their mouths and dizziness, this gas processing facility has been one big mistake.

After 9 months, PVR Partners, the owners of the facility, still hasn’t given the residents a safety plan. From my understanding, one was supposed to be in place before the station went on line.

From Tom Corbett on down, nobody had the common sense to see that such an industrial facility has no business existing next to where people live, children play, and animals graze.

As a citizen of Pennsylvania, I demand that you, Sen. Lisa Baker and State Rep. Karen Boback do whatever it takes to shut down the Chapin Dehydration Station permanently, so that the residents can go back to living a peaceful life in the country, free from worry that the station will blow up, or that they will suffer serious health problems from breathing the harmful emissions.

This was built in a residential area on your watch. Our legislators are supposed to work for us, and it is up to us to demand that they do, or they will no longer be able to hold such an office of public trust.

Twenty or more families are looking to you to protect them from one “Green Monster” as they call it, on Route 309 on the Luzerne County border. It shouldn’t be hard to see what is the right thing to do.

Scott Cannon


Rethink dress code

for GNA students

I am writing in regard to the possible change in Nanticoke Area’s school dress code.

I do feel it is wise to rethink the dress code. Uniforms do help to curb the incidence of children being teased because of how they are dressed however not every child has been able to wear a uniform because many parents in Nanticoke find it difficult to buy uniforms for their children.

If the code were changed to ban hoodies, short skirts or shorts and boy’s underwear from being displayed because of their drooping pants that would most likely appease everyone.

The other issue I see with a change in dress code is it needs to be decided and shared with the public well in advance of the start of the school year. Sometimes parents buy clothes a little at a time or when there is a sale.

Hop to it decision-makers; get the ball rolling on this and make it known in a timely fashion!

Rita Rasmus


Discontinue prayer

at public meetings

On June 13, 2013, I addressed Wilkes-Barre City Council objecting to government-led prayer and urging council to remove prayer from government meetings. I detailed why I object to governmental prayer in a follow-up written piece now available on justinvacula.com, was since featured in local media and was most recently backed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) who joined me in my dispute with Wilkes-Barre City Council.

FFRF’s three-page letter argues that government prayers are exclusionary, unnecessary, inappropriate and divisive while noting that council members may pray on their own time rather than during public meetings in which they lend power and prestige to religion in a governmental endorsement which excludes 19% of a nonreligious American population.

FFRF also states that “[t]he state of the law regarding the constitutionality of government-sponsored prayers is unstable,” affirms the secular character and founding of the United States, and notes Jesus’ exaltation — during his Sermon on the Mount address — “do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. … when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your father who is unseen” (Matthew 6:5-6).

The letter’s final paragraph reads, “The solution is simple: discontinue official, government prayers at your meetings. We urge you to concentrate on civil matters and leave religion to the private conscience of each individual. If government meetings must show reverence, let it be for our secular and godless Constitution, which enshrines the greatest American invention — the separation of state and church.”

I will once again address council in its next open meeting including public comment on July 11, 2013. I hope to see local residents at this meeting and encourage them, like me, to prepare five-minute remarks addressing council whether they defiantly continue prayer or remove it from the sessions.

Justin Vacula


Hypnotherapist wants

to help smokers quit

I am a certified hypnotherapist and practice at the Holistic Health Center in Tunkhannock. I am writing you to inform people that hypnosis is a proven effective method to quit smoking.

There are many people out there who feel trapped, or feel that they will never be able to kick the habit. I want to give those people some hope. There is a method to quit and its been around for hundreds of years.

Anyone can be hypnotized. In fact we are hypnotized every day without even knowing it. Just take a look at those TV commercials. They are the modern form of hypnosis. For those of you who are scared of hypnosis, I just want to let you know that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. I don’t control your mind .n fact you are in control all the time. I cannot make you do anything you don’t want to do. Thank you and I hope I can help some people who think that there is no way out of the habit.

Ronald Dean


Writer: Suit prompted

debit card action

Do Albert and Carol Mueller and their daughter Christina think the people living here in NEPA are stupid and believe that their sudden offer to pay their employees with a paper check or direct deposit had nothing to do with the lawsuit filed?

People, honest, we are not really that stupid to believe your story. The Muellers admit they have about 700 employees. If all of these employees were receiving a debit card as a paycheck, JP Morgan Chase was making out pretty good.

What was JP Morgan’s connection to the Muellers? I am sure the lawsuit will bring this information out in the public.

A primer on how

body’s blood pumps

It recently occurred to me that the amount of oxygen that is left in the blood decreases as it travels from the point where the blood is oxygenated (in the lungs) to more distant parts of the body. The farther away a part of the body is from the more highly oxygenated blood supply the less oxygen will be available for this part of the body.

Those tissues that are closer to the heart where the highly oxygenated blood is pumped to the rest of the body would have an easier time to get a full supply of oxygenated blood to meet its needs. And those tissues farther from this oxygenated blood supply would have a harder time to get its full share of this oxygenated blood. This would also be true for the brain and it’s circulatory system. It is also well known that when a person exercises, blood is diverted from different parts of the body to the muscles involved in the exercise.

This would also have a bearing on the amount of oxygen that a tissue normally recieves. And all of this could have an effect on how an organ or body tissue works.

Jacob Corney


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