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February 3, 2013

Readers' Forum 2-3 | Nanty Glo funds questioned; official responds

— To my Nanty Glo community: We are having a problem with the police department. The council is trying to save money by taking funding from the department.

We were hoping that the police department would go 24/7, but that’s not going to happen.

We have great officers in our little town, and we all need to do what we can by voicing our opinions to save our police department.

If we have no money, then where is our taxes going? It’s not on the roads; they are horrible.

Why can’t council cut something else and leave our police department alone? We need policemen and firemen.

I understand that the firemen are volunteers, but they still need money to help obtain equipment. What is going to happen to our town if there are no more firemen and police officers? Only God can help us if that happens. Our town would be full of crime, more than there is already – and there would be nothing we could do to stop it.

There is a council meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Please come and let your voices be heard to save our police officers and firemen.

Debra Deyarmin

Nanty Glo

Editor’s note: We asked the council for response, which follows:

Police department funding up in 2013

I am not aware of Nanty Glo Borough funneling money away from the police department.

The borough’s budget for the police department for 2012 was $158,000 and this year’s budget (2013) for the police department is $181,400.

Michael Carbonara

Solicitor, Nanty Glo Borough

Prison closings stir up unpleasant memories

In regard to the possible loss of jobs of the prison corrections officers at Cresson and Greensburg: All of us should stand up for them.

These people are tested for intelligence, temperament, employment strengths and character, and many have served our country in the armed forces.

Those who are veterans were given extra points to get their jobs. It shouldn’t backfire on them.

The same thing happened on the federal level in the early 1980s during President Reagan’s era. Military bases were closed. Federal government workers lost their jobs, their self-esteem and their homes.

There was an increase in depression, the crime rate and in hopelessness.

It didn’t just knock down these elite, dedicated men and women, it knocked down their families like bowling pins.

Stick up for these corrections officers, for your jobs might be next. There are things more important than money.

James R. McDonald Sr.


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