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July 3, 2014

Readers' Forum 7-3 | Democrats working against gas, oil

JOHNSTOWN — We are in a political season, and the drums are being beaten by the Democrats to enact an oil/gas severance tax. Tax and spend, it’s the same old story. What’s frightening is that it apparently hasn’t occurred to them that Pennsylvania is on the verge of getting a cracker plant in Baden, Beaver County, because Pennsylvania doesn’t have a severance tax, according to NewsMax (http://tinyurl.com/l4ogbd9).

An article in the Business Journal predicts the resulting job growth in the thousands (http://preview.tinyurl.com/oonljgj). This tax will kill the plant.

Equally frightening, Democrats appear to not know a cracker plant produces ethylene, which becomes polyethylene. Polyethylene is in everything – our homes, cars, hospitals and our prescription bottles. Every industry in the world relies on polyethylene.

This could be the rebirth of the steel industry in western Pennsylvania. If built, its effects will be felt in the Cambria/Somerset area.

The progress of the plant has been maddeningly slow. The reason is uncertainty created by our government. Companies are not investing in America due to our regulations, taxes and ObamaCare.

The oil- and gas-industry boom is the next industrial revolution. It can move Pennsylvania out of its current no-growth/no-job economy. Capital goes where it is treated well and taxes are not a way of treating it well. Unfortunately the Democrats see Marcellus oil and gas only as a source of new taxes. This is not treating the people of Pennsylvania well.

Tom O’Toole

Indian Lake

Rothfus working hard for this area

I was disappointed to see the negative comments from District 12 congressional candidate Erin McClelland in The Tribune-Democrat article published June 29.

Candidates such as McClelland should be able to run on their own ideas instead of making baseless statements about the person they are running against.

Keith Rothfus has been working hard for Cambria County, fighting to protect jobs that we will lose if the Environmental Protection Agency passes more unnecessary regulations.

He is constantly inviting constituents to “Coffee with Keith” events to answer their questions and get their input. Rothfus is hardworking and accessible, and he is always standing up for western Pennsylvania. His opponent loses credibility when she claims otherwise.

Rothfus has been a strong supporter of local businesses and industry. He has spoken out against President Obama’s war on coal, including writing legislation in support of local domestic energy.

Jackie Kulback

Richland

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