Letters to the Editor

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I would like to congratulate my fellow members of the Fayette County COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force for the incredible work being done to help our citizens.

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I was saddened to read of the recent passing of Paul Lancaster. As a longtime basketball and baseball coach at Connellsville High School, I've come in contact with many sports officials. There was not another man in officiating that I respected more than Paul.

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Our daughter gave us a plaque that said, "Live-Laugh-Love," that we placed on our wall to remind us to include these words in our life, by our actions. Since we have done this, it has helped to make our lives a little bit better. We see things in a more positive way. We all need some "positi…

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I found Monday's article in the Herald-Standard describing our local legislators' displeasure with the vaccine rollout in Pennsylvania to be quite interesting. Had they focused their efforts on canvassing the areas they represent to determine the need and offering assistance to the state Dep…

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It is disappointing and stunning that Gov. Tom Wolf would propose a massive tax increase, which despite a proposed increase in the exemption for lower income families, would hit countless middle-class families through a boost of almost 50% in the state's levy on income, taking it from 3.07 t…

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The pandemic has interfered with many things in our lives. Some of the things we cannot do now, many times, go unnoticed by us or we can do without, i.e., going to a restaurant, the theater, visiting friends, etc.

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This is a famous line by Jack Nicholson in the movie, "A Few Good Men." The truth being power. The key to using power.

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Our country was attacked by armed insurrectionists who stormed the halls of Congress looking for government employees to kill or take as hostages. All those involved in this attack on our country, including elected representatives like Guy Reschenthaler, need to be rounded up and taken to Gi…

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On Jan. 6, I watched events unfold from that afternoon until the early hours of Thursday morning. Watching the stultifying drone of congressional floor debate give way to images of Capitol police being pushed aside by a terrorist mob was jarring, to say the least. I felt the same knot in the…

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I believe 2020 had more challenges for us as individuals and as a country than any other year in history. We lost a lot of well-known people for reasons ranging from accidents to virus side effects. We almost ended up in a war in the Middle East. We witnessed the burning of Australia and hor…

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We have all heard of Central and South American countries being referred to as banana republics, lawlessness and dictators who grab and attempt to hold on to power with little regard for democratic institutions. We here in the United States would always condemn these actions. It's hard for m…

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I shed tears for our country Wednesday. I will no longer be silent and willingly accept the consequences for speaking out.

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U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenathler often boasts of being a proud former member of the military. On Dec. 28, he voted to betray every one of its service members.

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It’s time, finally, after four years of wanton leadership that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of citizens dying and millions more suffering because of an abdicated reliance on science to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and the heartless attention to the economic devastation it has caused…

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For the last nine months, a pandemic has been raging across our country, and across the world. Over the past few weeks, things have only gotten worse – with more infections, more hospitalizations, more deaths, more politicization, and now another closure. I completely agree that we need to m…

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By the time this letter appears, it is certain that there will have been an outpouring of rage against Gov. Tom Wolf for taking the action which is a tragedy for restaurants and their workers: shutting them down for indoor dining for some of the traditionally most prosperous weeks of the yea…

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Republicans in the Pennsylvania Legislature, including Rep. Matt Dowling of the 51st District, which includes Fayette and Somerset counties, willingly, eagerly, enthusiastically participated in a charade last week. They put their names to a resolution declaring that the 2020 election results…

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Democracy is dying a slow death. As the incumbent U.S. president Donald Trump battles in the courts to contest his Nov. 3 election loss, it feels like we are watching the slow-motion train wreck of our democracy. What took 240 years to build has been gradually dismantled over the past four y…

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As we wind down National Caregivers Month, the Alzheimer's Association would like to recognize the 676,000 family caregivers here in Pennsylvania that are caring for a friend or loved one with a dementia diagnosis.