Letters to the Editor - Aug. 28

August 27, 2011

Do people really mean what they say?

To the editor:

I feel we all find out in life who our true friends are — all those ones are hard to find. Sure, we all might talk or have a conversation with people on a daily basis, but can you or we rely on those same people when you need help in someway or when the going gets rough? Not likely.

A lot of people are just downright two-faced people. They say words like, "How are you doing buddy?" and "You take care now." But when your back is turned, when you're not around them, they're two-faced people. This is just the way most people are, believe it or not. Stop pretending, people. OK?

Pete Seville
Greencastle, Pa.

Let us be the voices of 9/11

To the editor:

When the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, America was caught unaware. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's words would forever immortalize the moment as "a date which will live in infamy."

On Sept. 11, 2001, as Americans rose to once again breathe in the fresh air of freedom, none was conscious of al-Qaeda's vicious and bloody plot to use our own planes as weapons against the United States.

We can bury our dead after evil acts of war and terrorism, sweep up the debris and build memorials, but we cannot recover what was really lost. We will never have a full understanding of the gaps left in our world by ruthless terrorists taking the lives of so many innocent people.

For our fellow citizens, brave firefighters, heroic police officers and courageous paramedics, who can comprehend the void left once they were so callously taken from this earth? Minds full of the future, love of life, family and friends, all dreams destroyed with cruel acts perpetrated by heartless men. Thousands of voices suddenly silenced forever amongst the billowing black smoke and fires, with others wounded both physically and emotionally for the rest of their lives.

How can we grasp what our nation lost, when so many of our soldiers have been killed in battle while defending our freedom after the strikes of Sept. 11?

History can and will repeat itself if the costly lessons we learned from these assaults are not taken to heart. We can erect memorials for the victims, and we should in respect of every life taken, but we must also honor the fallen by our nation continuing to be diligent in protecting our homeland.

No matter if it is 10 years since this tragedy or 10,000 years, let us continue to ask God to bless our country and be the voices to keep alive the memory of those lost. Then, the generations to come will remember how precious and priceless each life lost really was.

Kate Prado

I can't wait to read about Soros, Democrats

To the editor:

I found Mr. Powell's column (Aug. 18, "Will bigness be the death of the middle class?") very informative. Since he has provided information about the Kochs' involvement in what is often referred to as the ultra-right wing of the Republican party, I can hardly wait for his expose of George Soros' involvement in what is often referred to as the ultra-left wing of the Democratic party.

I feel sure that with his dedication to fairness and concern for knowledgeable voters, he will be providing this information at the earliest opportunity.

George Rogers
Waynesboro, Pa.

Goodasany Theory an alternative to consider

To the editor:

If we could compile all the letters to the editor that have been published lately regarding "evolution," "creationism" and "intelligent design," we could find the entire spectrum of theories on how we came to be. Some expound Darwin and his followers; others say God put us here. Who really knows?

The "Big Bang" theory is often quoted as the event that "created" the universe. Let's see: About 17.7 billion years ago, give or take a couple of weeks, something extremely hot and dense exploded and expanded rapidly forming all the stars, galaxies and planets. But that "something" hot and dense existed before — what was it exactly and where did it come from?  

So the Goodasany Theory proposes that the universe has always been there and continues to expand and contract depending to whom you listen at what point. That brings us to the Earth, that third rock from the unremarkable star that is the center of our solar system where we have made our home. Although there is an infinite number of "stars" in the universe, and thus an infinite number of planets, no other intelligent life has ever been detected.

Somewhere along the way came Darwin, who is revered by those who don't want to acknowledge that God exists. Darwin's theory, as I understand it, states that all life came from nonlife and stresses a purely naturalistic "descent with modification." So, all living things have a common ancestor.

Darwin says "homo sapiens" evolved from apes. There are diagrams in books that show a creature crawling on all fours to, eventually, walking upright and having a larger head. It must have been a special "descent with modification" ape because, otherwise, all apes would have evolved by now.  

In any case, I don't believe that anyone has pinpointed the time the ape-like creature developed the knowledge to think and communicate, was able to tell right from wrong, started to make something other than rudimentary stone tools and determined that a crab that crawled along the beach was good to eat, especially if cooked. What if we skip the "ape to man" step and let the Goodasany Theory explain that on the sixth "day" God decided to create us in his own image?

C.A. Belella

Don't route trucks through residential area

To the editor:

This letter is in response to a recent story published in The Herald-Mail (Aug. 9, "Williamsport officials continue to eye restrictions on truck traffic"). According to Mayor (James G.) McCleaf (II), at the intersection with U.S. 11 in town, trucks would either have to turn left or right on U.S. 11 instead of coming through the center of town past Town Hall and other businesses and homes.  

Town attorney Ed Kuczynski stressed the importance of allowing public input on the proposal. Here is some:

The last time I looked, U.S. 11 north and south of town were residential areas. We've already had one serious accident where a dump truck ran into a residential home two doors down from my house.

I live across from the library and Byron Memorial Park. Is that where we want to reroute heavy traffic? Many children and preschoolers come to the library from the nearby schools and day care centers. They also flock to the playground and pool beside this road. The many events that are planned for the park and library bring lots of traffic and cars parking on both sides of the road as parents with young children try to cross the road.  

This road is already overtraveled with general traffic as well as 18-wheelers and dump trucks roaring up and down constantly at all hours of the day and night. The 25-mph speed limit is a joke. I have never seen one truck stopped for a speeding violation.

Trucks gear down when they come down the hill to the stoplight by Sheetz with this great growling pulsation from their engines that rattles my window panes. Don't we have a noise ordinance? Do we need more of this stuff being pushed onto the residential areas of town?

This used to be a nice little town without a gazillion cars and trucks going through it daily. How does it help our town to reroute commercial traffic through a residential zone? If anyone agrees with me please make your concerns known before this foolish proposal gains any headway.

Wendell Deaner

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