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Letters to the Editor - April 2

April 02, 2013

Take our bread and give us booze?

To the editor:

Gov. Tom Corbett and the Republican-run General Assembly seem to be hell-bent on making things tougher in Pennsylvania.

First, he slashes services that bear food benefits, mental health care and education, and then, he proposes to gives us “convenient” alcohol.

Should the most vulnerable citizens have social lifelines taken away and given unfettered booze on shelves near our churches, highways and homes? And as we contemplate that question, let me remind you that our current liquor stores bring in $200 million a year — conservatively — to help fund the very programs he’s cut.

The new liquor stores will not share profits with the public. They will, however, contribute to drunken driving, violence and crime.

Has Corbett not walked the streets of his state? Does he not see the marks of his tenure in anything other than a line item?

Has not the price of fiscal conservatism been waged on the backs of the needy, again?

I don’t believe Corbett made it where he is today without being a smart man, but maybe he should explain to us why he either doesn’t see or chooses to ignore the fact that his budgets continually come at the cost of people who are trying to pick themselves up from a down economy, tough circumstances, or both.

Forgive me my melancholy delivery, but I can’t ignore such a bleak record when Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate sits at 8.1 percent and my district’s is double that.

And perhaps I’m being too harsh.

At least the unemployed and underserved won’t have far to drive for a drink.

Pa. Rep. Stephen Kinsey
D-Philadelphia
201st Legislative District


Annie’s Project provides invaluable knowledge

To the editor:

As a recent graduate of Annie’s Project, I felt the need to express my thanks to Leslie Hart (Economic Development Commission) and Lynn Little (University of Maryland Extension).

The training, tools, guest speakers and bonding during the eight-week session were amazing. Many hours went into the gathering of material, contacting speakers from the community and the daily planning.

Leslie and Lynn’s enthusiasm filled the room as women like myself realized we needed to join our farm business and be involved. We were given many contacts with which to make informative decisions, resources to follow up and the skills on how to accomplish each task.

Becoming friends has opened many doors for me and the knowledge they have shared is invaluable. This program is not just for farming women. It is for any woman who knows she needs to get involved in a family business or start her own business.

Thank you for providing Annie’s Project and helping farming women in Washington County.

Ellen Matheny
Fairplay


W.Va. school board elections don’t bring out the voters

To the editor:

Have you ever voted for a West Virginia school board member? 

Probably only if you’re a registered party member.

Most independents (those concerned with education) vote only at general elections. Yet all West Virginia school board members are elected in the partisan primary. 

Why?

David L. Woods
Hedgesville, W.Va.

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