I would like to address the so-called “war on coal.”
If this “war” actually exists, it was started by then-Vice President Dick Cheney and his oil- and gas-drilling buddies.
They saw to it that the nicknamed “Halliburton loophole” was put into place. This provision exempted oil and gas drillers from the environmental regulations of the federal Clean Air and Water acts. This is a great competitive advantage of gas over coal.
Next, we have Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and the state Republican House and Senate refusing to enact a proper severance tax on the gas, as do many other states. This tax could help all of Pennsylvania cure its financial woes.
Again, a great competitive advantage of gas over coal.
In another letter I will try to explain why the mine owners favor union-busting polluters over labor-favoring environment protectors.
People are actors, not the nations
The presidential candidates and news accounts referred to nations as actors by attributing to their opinions, motivations, decisions and actions. Those references are not intelligible. Nations cannot think, decide or act.
Many years ago, during warmer months, I ate my brown-bag lunch on the porch of a Quaker meeting house that was next door to the office building where I was employed. I was often joined by an elderly black man who was employed by the Quakers as a groundskeeper.
We never exchanged names but we had interesting conversations about personal matters and current events, including the then-ongoing and controversial Vietnam War.
For him, this war was a large-scale city gang fight. He did not see ideologies, nations or economics. He saw individuals contesting for turf.
At that time, I dismissed his opinions.
Now, I believe that he had a clearer view than I did. Perhaps, as my lunch companion believed, military conflicts are the result of interplay and actions of individuals who conceal their own ambitions, motives, desires and interests.
Using his eyes, one sees contesting individuals who are distributing money and weapons, threatening, acting and reacting, waving flags, making speeches and fighting, all while calling themselves nations or ideologic organizations. They fight by proxy. They cause suffering and destruction. They are not responsible leaders.
My seeing-eye companion would see the individuals who are now serving the Middle East not as especially dangerous.
He would see them playing the child’s game of King of the Hill with deadly violence. He would note that their ornaments include nuclear weapons.
He believed that these individuals found their fighting exciting and profitable.
Fox News balances the liberal media
I enjoyed the editorial page on Oct. 30, especially the Readers’ Forum and the column by Stephen Verotsky on Fox News.
I enjoy PBS, but I don’t believe the taxpayers should pay for it; the station gets enough through donations.
If it wasn’t for Fox News and talk radio, we would have a total liberal media in this country.
He should read the book “Arrogance” by Bernard Goldberg, who worked for the liberal mainstream CBS news for many years. Goldberg punctures the bubble in which the media live and work, a culture of denial when country views are not welcome.
Does he remember the CBS scandal involving Dan Rather, who was fired because of his false accusations about President George Bush?
An Associated Press article published Oct. 28, “Majority harbor prejudice against blacks, poll finds,” revealed that most Americans express anti-Hispanic sentiments. This just before a presidential election! Shame on this liberal news network.
I’m happy to see the “silent majority” spoke up in our Readers’ Forum. I think they woke up when they saw how badly our country is being run. There were many new writers who showed we still have people with common sense, something lacking in the politically corrupt elite news networks.
I would like to address the so-called “war on coal.”
Readers' Forum 12-13 | Your vote reveals your beliefs
Many call themselves Christian, but by whose definition – their’s or God’s? Christians don’t condone acts that God declares as sin, not even their own.
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Johnstown homeowners are angry about a costly – and possibly unnecessary – sewer upgrade that could cost them $10,000 or more for some properties.
Don't flake out | Advice to make snow removal bearable
Here comes Suzy Snowflake, and millions of her friends, if weather predictions for this weekend come true. Which means that area residents will be pulling on their galoshes, mittens and scarves and heading outside to shovel winter’s wrath from their sidewalks and driveways.
Readers' Forum 12-12 | Democrats need a reality check
I have been a lifelong Democrat. However, the Democratic Party has morphed into something I can no longer support. In October, I changed my party affiliation.
Readers' Forum 12-11 | Correlation between Roman Empire, U.S.
This great nation has seen victorious challenges throughout the years, but it can’t compromise on any issue that includes all political parties. One party rules without the other, there is no compromise.
It's a crime; Somerset Co. taxes to rise | Unlawful activity blamed for spike
Somerset County residents got an unwelcome early Christmas present: word that real estate taxes will be going up by 22 percent next year.
Readers' Forum 12-10 | Hate-filled letters are amusing
President Obama has been accused of being a communist, a socialist and a Marxist, three very different political ideologies.
Winter driving dos, don'ts
It’s inevitable. The only way to avoid it is to crawl into a cave or hide under a bed until it passes.
We’re talking about driving in winter weather.
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