Letter to the Editor

Op-Ed: Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association Director Speaks on Pennsylvania Police Reform

Op-Ed: Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association Director Speaks on Pennsylvania Police Reform

Law enforcement leaders in Pennsylvania are committed to continuing constructive changes that can make our criminal justice system fairer for all citizens. FULL ARTICLE
Letter to the Editor: Response to Scaled-back July 4 Appreciated

Letter to the Editor: Response to Scaled-back July 4 Appreciated

LUCINDA, Pa. - The following letter to the editor was submitted by Rob Gatesman, a member of the St. Joseph 4th of July Committee. FULL ARTICLE
Letter to the Editor: Governor Continues to Shut Out Voice of the People

Letter to the Editor: Governor Continues to Shut Out Voice of the People

HARRISBURG, Pa. – House Republican Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s vetoes of House Bills 2412 and 2388 and Senate Bill 327: FULL ARTICLE
Letter to the Editor: There is another viral pandemic spreading across America. It’s called hatred.

Letter to the Editor: There is another viral pandemic spreading across America. It’s called hatred.

There is a pressing question that many of us have asked ourselves: Where has the soul of America gone? There should be no question that a virus is alive and well in the soul of America. The sores and blemishes of white nationalism, xenophobia, white supremacy and hatred for "the other" are exposed for all to see. The sickness of this nation is heard in ugly chants at rallies, described in hate-filled manifestos, discussed in disturbing online forums, painted with pictures of carnage in the press and even served up with dinner at the table talk of many family gatherings. There is certainly a virus in the soul of America. But does this mean we have lost our soul? It would be easy to simply blame the virus symptom bearers, those who encourage and espouse hate. It would be easy to blame those who, with increasing frequency, escalate to assault weapon massacres of our fellow citizens. But we must become willing to look and explore far deeper than the symptom bearers if we are to find our soul. For instance, to simply blame the current President would be to shirk taking a close look at the large portion of America's populous for whom his language of the virus rings true. And, most importantly, to simply blame the symptom bearers and carriers of the virus would continue to render us distracted from looking inward at our own soul and its complicity, at this nation's collective soul and its current state. In his "I Have a Dream Speech," Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. captured the Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi principle of satyagraha when he said "we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force." In its simplest form, the idea is that only good can overcome evil. When we think about the virus infecting the soul of America, then we know it can only be the good in our collective soul that will ever cure the evil of our virus. This brings me back to the question: Where has the soul of America gone? Perhaps what we really need to be asking ourselves is: where has the good – the love, compassion, quest for a just society, positive regard for humanity – where has it gone? Where is our nation's soul force? Where is it in me? An Op Ed from the PA Human Relations Commission Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of exploreJeffersonPA.com. To submit a letter to the editor, email [email protected]
by · March 24, 2020 · Letter to the Editor, Local News, News, PA News
Letter to Editor: Speed Cameras in Work Zones – For Safety or Revenue?

Letter to Editor: Speed Cameras in Work Zones – For Safety or Revenue?

Speed cameras in work zones are for revenue. If not, then why do we not do things like adopt the zipper merge, and post 85th percentile speed limits? Low speed limits cause a decent speed variation between the vehicles, which promotes tailgating, constant passing, and rapidly approaching a vehicle. FULL ARTICLE
Letter to the Editor: ‘Operation Christmas Child’ Thanks Area Residents for Generosity

Letter to the Editor: ‘Operation Christmas Child’ Thanks Area Residents for Generosity

I am writing to thank West Central Pennsylvania residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children around the world. FULL ARTICLE
by · January 21, 2020 · Letter to the Editor, Local News, News
Deer Creek Winery to Host Sunday Afternoon Music by Jeff Noble

Deer Creek Winery to Host Sunday Afternoon Music by Jeff Noble

SHIPPENVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Deer Creek Winery is hosting live entertainment on Sunday afternoon. FULL ARTICLE
Letter to the Editor: The Speed Kills Myth is Alive and Well in Pennsylvania

Letter to the Editor: The Speed Kills Myth is Alive and Well in Pennsylvania

Sadly, the speed kills myth is alive and well in Pennsylvania. A real 25-state analysis was done of NHTSA data, which showed that 1.6% of crashes are caused by excessive speed. Barely above zero, then. FULL ARTICLE

Letter to the Editor: A Labor Day Call to Action to Protect PA’s Natural Heritages

Labor Day is a special weekend for families, where many Pennsylvanians will spend time outside visiting the state's scenic landscapes and national parks. FULL ARTICLE
by · September 3, 2018 · Letter to the Editor, Local News, News

Letter to the Editor: Wolf Wants to Slash Rural School Funding

Last month Governor Wolf announced a new education plan out of the blue, slashing funding for rural school districts and sending your tax dollars to Philadelphia and Eastern PA. FULL ARTICLE