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February 19. 2013 8:24PM
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Online purchase part of decline in savings bonds

I just read the article on U.S. savings bonds. They talk about the 20 year decline in the purchase of savings bonds. I wonder how much the purchase of savings bonds has declined since they can only be purchased online.


My wife and I had been purchasing savings bonds for our grandchildren up until last year and have not purchased any since the beginning of the year. The online purchase of savings bonds is a big pain. In order to purchase bonds for our grandchildren we would first set up our own account online with a credit card and purchase a bond and put it in our account.


Our son or daughter-in-law would have to then go online and set up an account. They would then have to set up accounts for each minor grandchild and link them to their account.


We would then have the bonds transferred to my son's or daughter-in-law's account. They would then have to transfer the bonds to their children's accounts.


I wonder what brilliant person developed this system.


I am sure it is saving the government money compared to the old system because who wants to go through all this just to purchase savings bonds.


Grateful to VA staff and others for invaluable care

Over the years I have seen many letters criticizing VA hospitals. The VA hospital in Wilkes-Barre must be one of the best in the country. They provided excellent care for my husband as he battled these past 12 years with a rare kidney disease. As he developed heart and lung problems, he was fortunate to have more talented and caring doctors and nurses helping him.


My family and I want to thank all the staff at the VA hospital not only for the outstanding care he received, but also for their kindness and compassion during his final stay. We would also like to thank the many ambulance drivers and paramedics who helped him so often.


The hospice nurses from Sacred Heart made his final days as comfortable as possible. Reverend Falcone's spiritual support was invaluable.


We are blessed with friends, neighbors, and family members who made this most difficult time bearable for my children and me. Thank you to all those who helped in so many ways.


Tonight's Exeter meeting has critical budget focus

I am urging all Exeter Borough taxpayers to attend the borough council 2013 budget meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at the borough building. At a budget meeting held last week, it was discussed that there is a budget shortfall of more than $400,000. If this budget is passed in its present form and no expenses are decreased (i.e. no changes to the police, fire or public works services), it will be necessary for council to increase taxes 100% for the coming year in order to meet expenses.


Anticipated revenues are projected to be $1.3 million and anticipated spending is in excess of $1.7 million. Hope to see you at the meeting.



Writer urges strength in conservative base

I just read that Democrats want the Republicans to embrace the diversity of 21st century America and give up their conservative principles of pro-life and traditional marriage. These are non-negotiables for me and should be the same for all Christians. We are members of the true conservative base.


I would also like everyone to consider the fact that, although Mitt Romney's get-out-the-vote software failed, he fell short by only 334,000 votes in the key battleground states of Florida, Virginia, Ohio and New Hampshire. Of all those people who voted -- slightly more than 118 million voters -- this vote margin in these swing states represents .28% of the total electorate, definitely not a mandate. So why should we have to give up the Judeo-Christian values upon which this great nation was founded? This foundation is crumbling because these values are being thrown out the window.


God have mercy on America!


Tofu's no substitute for turkey tradition

Once again the thousands of local residents who enjoyed their turkey dinners on Thanksgiving have been lectured by the high priestess of the vegetarians, Patricia Marks.


A year ago on the very same day her annual sermon was published, the defense department announced that the troops serving in Afghanistan and those in their last year in Iraq would have turkey dinners with all the trimmings. I have fond memories of receiving the same glad tidings when I was serving overseas.


And I never heard anyone wish for tofu or whatever those holier-than-thou elitists put on their tables. It is also noteworthy that the charitable organizations that provide for the less fortunate also serve turkey dinners and I have never heard of any of those wishing for tofu instead.


Since Marks is so paranoid about people eating meat I suggest she put her money where her mouth is and open her own vegetarian restaurant and invite all her followers to a grand opening.


Chances are that both of them will show up.


May a plague of pests swarm our enemies

While working in the backyard a few days ago something, an insect maybe, bit me on the wrist. Itching and swelling ensued with the possibility of infection.


A trip to the emergency room and a follow-up visit to the family doctor was in order, and after a treatment of warm compresses, a steroid and an antibiotic, the wrist was back to normal.


What minor havoc from a tiny little bug bite. Instead of blasting Osama bin Laden to kingdom come, they should have unleashed a thousand fleas into his beard.


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