to save nation
Regarding M. Sivilich’s letter to the editor (“Resist Tea Party before harm done,” Oct. 22) : Obviously you have not been listening and you have no idea what the Tea Party is about or who we are.
We are all around you: average Americans (not funded by the Koch brothers) who are sick of liberal intrusion on the values we hold dear, like a hard work ethic, morality and privacy. We are tired of paying money to a bloated government that redistributes it to millions who don’t want to get up and work every day. We want leaders who enforce the laws already in place, such as boarder security, which this administration has destroyed. We would like newcomers to our nation to come here legally so we know who is here and why and to be sure they have an allegiance to this country and not parade the flag of foreign nations around our capital mall.
We are proud of leaders such as Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul who ran on certain principles and went to Washington and actually spoke up and fought for the very things for which they campaigned. We want less government in our lives so we can make our own choices about our health care, our business, our families, our money and our futures. Yes, the Democratic Party that claims to be pro-choice spends most of its energy telling us we have no choices. Their way or the highway.
Most of all we want our nation to be able to stand on its own two feet and not have to borrow $2 trillion a year to fund programs we can’t afford and that enslave our children for generations to our debt. We do find common ground, though, on term limits. Career politicians were never the intent of our founders and do not serve the people. Let’s start with Mr. Obama, who has never had a private-sector job in his life. From there, we need to clean house on both sides of the aisle.
And one last thing. These Tea Party folks you call “fanatics” come from all political parties. I have met Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians who believe we are headed off a cliff and a bigger government that will pass more useless laws is not going to save us; only we and our willingness to stand up and possibly be called “fanatics” can save us.
to back HB 76
I would like to present the facts on the legislation known as House Bill/Senate Bill 76, the Property Tax Independence Act. In Luzerne County your trusted leaders are at work for you. You can be sure that these individual legislators, Democrats and Republicans, stand for you and support school property tax elimination.
These legislators, and those representing other counties, demonstrate fearless leadership and understand the wants and needs of the people they represent, and also the people of this commonwealth.
In our area, we are thankful that we have state Sen. John Yudichak, (prime sponsor of SB 76), and co-sponsors of HB/SB 76 Sen. Lisa Baker and state Reps Tara Toohil, Karen Boback, Gerald Mullery, Sid Michaels Kavulich, Mike Carroll — a bipartisan group whose members are working together for you and the people of the commonwealth.
These officials should be elected in upcoming elections; they are our kind of people and have your concerns with 40,000 people losing their homes and 350,000 foreclosures each year, especially impacting senior citizens and those who have fallen on hard times to pay their school taxes.
We presently have 91 co-sponsors in the House — 58 Republicans (64 percent) and 33 Democrats (36 percent) — and we need 102 sponsors. In the Senate we have 23 co-sponsors: 13 Republicans (57 percent) and 10 Democrats (43 percent). We need a total of 26 sponsors for a majority.
In Luzerne County we need Rep. Phyllis Mundy, Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, Sen. John Blake and Sen. John Gordner to co-sponsor. This is where you, the people, come in. Contact these legislators and tell them you want them to be co-sponsors, no excuses. No one should lose their home; as the song goes, don’t rob another man’s castle.
On behalf of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayers Associations’ Captaxes group in Luzerne County, a member of 81 PCTA groups in Pennsylvania, we thank those elected officials for representing the people. We have, to date, collected 6,456 petitions in our area. If we can get these four elected officials to be co-sponsors, we will have 100 percent representation from Luzerne County.
Despite the millions of dollars that the energy industry spends on TV ads trying to convince people that drilling for shale gas is safe, the facts speak otherwise.
In Pennsylvania, billions of gallons of highly toxic fracking liquid will be left behind underground after all the gas has been extracted. Thousands of wells will each offer a pathway, the well bore, for this poison to eventually migrate into the water table. It does not matter that the liquid will be left deep underground, or that the well bores will be “capped.” Extreme pressures will act upon the liquid, and the cement and steel that allegedly seal a well bore will deteriorate over time. There will be casualties.
The Times Leader recently published a full-page ad from a Florida-based law firm targeting several area nursing homes. Virtually identical ads, purchased by the same attorneys, are popping up in newspapers across the state.
It is important that your readers understand that these ads have nothing to do with the quality of care in your community’s skilled nursing facilities. The men and women who work in these centers strive every day to provide the best possible care to their residents who are frail, elderly or recuperating from a recent hospitalization, and they deserve praise — not condemnation.
These ads are only about making money. Pennsylvania’s lax tort laws make it easy for predatory lawyers to move here and file volumes of lawsuits against Pennsylvania health care providers, hoping for quick cash settlements – and that’s exactly what they are doing.
Although sixth in population, Pennsylvania ranked second nationally both in total medical malpractice payments and payouts per capita in 2011, with 95 percent of the $320 million in payments being made because of settlements, not judgments, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Practitioners Database.
The Pennsylvania Health Care Association is advocating with state legislators for common-sense legal reforms that would put an end to predatory legal tactics and lower health care costs for all Pennsylvanians.
But until these measures become law, the best way to determine whether a skilled nursing center is the right place for a loved one is to visit it, observe the care and talk to patients, families and staff. The doors at your community’s skilled nursing centers are always open, and seeing really is believing.
Dr. Stuart H. Shapiro
President and CEO
Pennsylvania Health Care Association