With parenthood comes responsibilities for the actions of your children. Although I’m a bachelor, I claim some credit for the state and federal politicians I helped get elected.
My “children” have been acting very immature and unreasonable lately, and I’m beginning to think about cutting off their allowances. But they passed laws that I can’t do that. What a novel idea. Close the government, don’t go to work, lay off your employees and still get paid.
Our military members will get IOUs as payment while the politicians will get per-diem expenses paid for by the taxpayers.
Politicians will tell people they need to eliminate programs such as food stamps and LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) and the local churches will pick up the slack. Do politicians realize that we are the local charitable organizations?
These people are constantly arguing over health care for others while assuring they and their families have access to the best care.
I’ll continue to live up to my responsibilities and change my politician’s diapers and give the little one a pacifier.
I’m looking forward to the day I can put my little politician up for re-election and vote him or her out of my house.
God did not abandon America, the politicians did.
I will not be voting for any incumbent officeholder for the next few years, hoping for a complete turnover of members of the House and Senate.
Next election, think about putting adults back in charge of the government.
School bus driver defends occupation
This is in response to the Readers’ Forum letter by Scott G. Hoover on Sept. 15, “Are bus drivers exempt from laws?” concerning school bus drivers.
As a school bus driver, I found his letter offensive. Unless you are able to understand the job we do, don’t judge us. School bus drivers have a very important job and are in constant communication with each other, so I’m sure what he thought he observed was not what actually happened.
Also, if it was the first day of school, there were many schedule and stop changes that everyone was adapting to.
School bus drivers deal with many auto drivers on a daily basis who don’t understand the rules of the road. People are in such a hurry that they run the flashing red lights and endanger the children embarking or disembarking the bus. We are the ones responsible for these children, and no school bus driver would intentionally endanger a child.
Hoover also referred to himself as a “bus stop hero.” A hero is someone who puts his or her life on the line for a purpose. To me, a school bus driver is more of a hero than someone who judges others. He shouldn’t pass judgment until he has driven a mile in our shoes.
He also commented on the Constitution and people being exempt from the law. I believe laws are written for everyone, but there will always be the select few who think they are above the law.
Scenic photographs are very uplifting
I just wanted to thank The Tribune-Democrat for publishing all the lovely scenery pictures from around our area during the past several weeks.
They provided an uplifting moment.
Legislators deserving of lack of respect
You cannot respect legislators who are sworn to uphold the Constitution then ignore its premise while in office.
Also, you cannot respect legislators:
-- Who pass legislation never read, much less, remain ignorant of its details.
-- Enrich themselves while in office at the expense of their constituents.
-- Spend more tax dollars than received when they, themselves, do not do so with their own family finances.
-- Pass laws they exempt themselves from.
-- Lie, distort and cover-up incidents while under oath.
-- Pass laws contrary to the will of the people.
You cannot respect legislators who put loyalty of party above loyalty to country.
Michael J. Smajda
Harrisburg, formerly of Morrellville
Give boot to all members of Congress
We teach all our children to compromise, why can’t our government? It’s really amazing that, term after term, our representatives say all the right things to us in order to be elected.
Once in office, most promises are not kept and they’re guaranteed a paycheck and all the perks that come along with the office.
Come on, my fellow Americans, enough is enough. Let’s send Congress a message that they will understand. Anyone who is in office now should not be re-elected. The behavior of Congress has to be stopped, once and for all. Do not re-elect any current member of Congress. Stand up, America, and be heard.
Clare Ann Farabaugh
Socialized medicine will ruin America
Recently, I got into an online message posting with a woman who said, “I don’t care, I now have health care.” The woman is an investment broker who could not afford to buy health insurance, so she said.
I asked the woman if it bothered her that the Congressional Budgeting Office stated that some 10 million Americans will lose their health insurance because of Obamacare or that many businesses are now stopping spousal coverage on their health coverage?
I asked her if she understood the Affordable Care Act. I walked the woman through visiting healthcare.gov.
After she viewed the costs of the bronze, silver and gold plans, she wrote: “OMG, I thought this was free. I will have to pay $780 a month.”
The plan is an 80/20 split with a $5,000 deductible and $35 co-pay. Seventeen million people will have their wages and hours cut, lose their health insurance and possibly their homes because of Obamacare. Millions of seniors will lose their Security Advantage Medicare plans and be forced to buy gap insurance through AARP, which, knowing the situation, pushed hard for Obamacare. Pennsylvanians are exempt, thanks to Sen. Bob Casey. About time he did something right.
For more than 100 years, Democrats have been fighting for socialized medicine. They will not give it up. They would rather close down the government and default on the U.S. debt instead of negotiating with House Republicans.
Judicial candidate humble, sincere
I first met Vic Stabile, who is running for Superior Court judge of Pennsylvania, about two years ago. It was a casual acquaintance, but one that left an impression of genuine humility and sincere desire to do the right things.
I recently had the opportunity see him again and later, to hear him speak. Some things I know to be true about Stabile are his litigation experience and his kind and good heart.
Stabile chose to represent a Pennsylvanian Gold Star Family at no cost, to ensure they received benefits their fallen soldier had earned. He took the case, pro bono, through the federal court system, and eventually, the widow received her benefits.
In addition, Stabile has participated in state and federal trials and appeals within the past five years and has served on his local government authorities as a volunteer and elected official. Upon researching both candidates through the Pennsylvania Bar Association, I also found that Stabile is a proud member of his church, the NRA and Carlisle Fish and Game Club.
He included all of these on his Pennsylvania Bar Association survey of candidates. His broad experience across the spectrum, while running for and serving his local township offices, make him a well-rounded candidate with experience and interests far beyond the bench. I encourage all of you to consider Stabile. Research the other candidate. If you do, I’m sure you’ll vote for Stabile on Nov. 5 to protect our commonwealth.