Submitted by Readers
The prospect of new jobs from the rebuilding of our roads and bridges has received much attention in recent news stories. This is especially relevant considering that the state Senate is currently working on a comprehensive transportation funding bill. Besides the obvious economic benefits to contractors and businesses, there is another aspect to this bill that could serve as a boon for our state and region.
The Laurel Highlands is already well-known as a tourist destination for trail hiking and bicycling. But, we are missing out on a huge segment of bicycling tourism because Pennsylvania’s roads are not as bicycle friendly as surrounding states like Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. Additionally, these states also have dedicated state funding for bicycle and pedestrian facilities that help localities plan and implement safer street designs for all users.
As a bicycle tour guide, my first and foremost concern is the safety of my clients. Communities that are planned with bicycling in mind and roadways with 4-foot shoulders that allow for safe motor vehicle passing are ideal for this purpose.
Senate Bill 1 could, for the first time, provide state funds to create safer bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly roads in our communities across the state. Doing so would open up Pennsylvania to a larger share of the $46.9 billion that bicyclists spend each year for food, lodging, gifts and local entertainment.
Wilderness Voyageurs Outfitters, Ohiopyle
Obama administration going up in flames?
Oh, what a web we weave when we begin to deceive.
President Obama’s pre-election promises continue to be broken by postelection actions. Tea party folks are not surprised, no thanks to the see-no-evil media activists, i.e. journalists. Who knew?
Obama denies that the most transparent administration in history is run by dictators or czars, a Muslim socialist or has ever punished his enemies while rewarding his friends.
The great recession is in its fifth year. Obamacare is a train wreck in slow motion with Friends of Obama’s Lies (FOOLs) getting exemptions.
Gas prices at $3.50 a gallon are the new normal while the Keystone XL Pipeline remains blocked. Government Motors (GM), Government Electric (GE), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have tapped deep into the national treasury. The IRS, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice, Department of Education, National Security Agency and General Services Administration are under investigation for administrative, regulatory and spending abuses. The attorney general has been cited for perjury. Scandals run amuck with the Fast and Furious gun-running program, the Benghazi debacle, spying on Associated Press and Fox News reporters, the Health and Human Services shakedown of insurance companies, Internet and phone tapping of Americans and the green energy money grab. The list goes on and on under Obama’s hope to change agenda.
Where there is so much smoke, Obama has to circle his wagons around the fire.
So much for this two-bit street hustler who became president by reading teleprompters.
Dr. Bill Choby
Fix problems instead of tearing them down
If you and I don’t do this, then you and I “will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” (1961 – Ronald Reagan)
Reagan was advising the patriots to stand together against the enactment of Medicare. Five decades later, just try to dismantle Medicare, a program that has enhanced seniors’ freedom rather than stifle it. Medicare and Social Security have been highly successful in improving quality of life, longevity and preventing abject poverty.
A healthy population will be more productive instead of a drain on society. This is one of the Affordable Care Act’s goals. Our congressman, Keith Rothfus, spent much of his telephone town hall trashing the Affordable Care Act, and Rep. Bill Shuster wrote a Reaganesque doomsday column. What a disservice to their constituents.
This should be a time of hopefulness for those citizens with chronic conditions but don’t know it; they just know that they feel lousy. How about truthful information about a legitimate, groundbreaking law, congressmen?
For most of my adult life I was represented by John Murtha, who cared about his constituents. Now we have a representative who is part of an angry reactionary party. The reactionary method is the least effective management style.
“NBC Nightly News” recently featured a story about a high school student inventor. Her motto is that when she sees a problem, she wants to fix it. Imagine what could be accomplished if we had 535 congresspersons with that attitude.
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