PO LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Drilling tax will help hold line

There are 24 comments on the Public Opinion story from Apr 4, 2011, titled PO LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Drilling tax will help hold line. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

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world inspector

Chambersburg, PA

#1 Apr 5, 2011
There is also the obvious argument that it always costs more to clean up environmental damage than to prevent it, and under Corbett's current policies, little is being done to prevent the damage while the taxpayers will be left to pay for the cleanup.
Meanwhile, it's already abundantly clear from horror stories coming out of some Western Pennsylvania communities that damage is most certainly being done both to our forests, our water supplies and more.
Dave

Chambersburg, PA

#2 Apr 5, 2011
Tom Corbett said he wants to make Pennsylvania the Texas of the Natural Gas industry.

Texas has a severance tax.

Texas has numerous oil polluted plumes destroying ground water.
Hamid

Greencastle, PA

#3 Apr 5, 2011
Did'ja ever notice that none of the daily Liberal posters never, ever urge Odumba to lift the ban on drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, ANWAR, etc.?
Greenie

Chambersburg, PA

#4 Apr 5, 2011
Tax everything. Regulate everything. Build more law schools. Make unions mandatory. Watch the job market expand geometrically!
Dave

Chambersburg, PA

#5 Apr 5, 2011
Hamid wrote:
Did'ja ever notice that none of the daily Liberal posters never, ever urge Odumba to lift the ban on drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, ANWAR, etc.?
There is drilling in the gulf.

And we don't want drilling in ANWAR.
Local

Chambersburg, PA

#6 Apr 5, 2011
world inspector wrote:
There is also the obvious argument that it always costs more to clean up environmental damage than to prevent it, and under Corbett's current policies, little is being done to prevent the damage while the taxpayers will be left to pay for the cleanup.
Meanwhile, it's already abundantly clear from horror stories coming out of some Western Pennsylvania communities that damage is most certainly being done both to our forests, our water supplies and more.
Can you cite some specific articles we can read about the damage in W. PA?
Lee Scott

Muncy, PA

#7 Apr 5, 2011
Local wrote:
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Can you cite some specific articles we can read about the damage in W. PA?
Sure - there are loads of photos and articles - just put the terms PENNSYLVANIA GAS DRILLING ENVIRONMENT into your browser search space and look at what comes up. There will be articles from all kinds of sources, and you will be one more citizen who is on their way to be better informed on these issues. Thanks for your interest in this. I was an environmental scientist for NASA, so I am naturally interested in this kind of thing. Plus I hate to see our tourism industry, fishing industry, and drinking water systems put in great danger when proper regulation and controls can at least have a chance of saving most of the environment. Finally, the lack of taxation of these gas companies is maybe the new low point in PA government and a real slap in the fact to voters of both parties.
Question

Chambersburg, PA

#8 Apr 5, 2011
Dave wrote:
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There is drilling in the gulf.
And we don't want drilling in ANWAR.
And why do you not want drilling in ANWAR?
Local

Chambersburg, PA

#9 Apr 5, 2011
Lee Scott wrote:
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Sure - there are loads of photos and articles - just put the terms PENNSYLVANIA GAS DRILLING ENVIRONMENT into your browser search space and look at what comes up. There will be articles from all kinds of sources, and you will be one more citizen who is on their way to be better informed on these issues. Thanks for your interest in this. I was an environmental scientist for NASA, so I am naturally interested in this kind of thing. Plus I hate to see our tourism industry, fishing industry, and drinking water systems put in great danger when proper regulation and controls can at least have a chance of saving most of the environment. Finally, the lack of taxation of these gas companies is maybe the new low point in PA government and a real slap in the fact to voters of both parties.
OK. I have read a number of the articles. But, what does taxation have to do with the potential problems? What do you propose the tax money be used for?
Fire Breathing Liberal

Williamsport, PA

#10 Apr 5, 2011
Local wrote:
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OK. I have read a number of the articles. But, what does taxation have to do with the potential problems? What do you propose the tax money be used for?
Schools, roads, just paying for what we need really.
Mark

Carlisle, PA

#11 Apr 5, 2011
Sounds like a Paul or Hugh letter to me. Must be a brother!
Karen Ramsburg

Mercersburg, PA

#12 Apr 5, 2011
Not only do we need to tax the oil and natural gas industry we need stringent regulation to protect citizens from damage to their water supplies and the disposal of toxic waste.

Dr. Cleo Colburn, Endocrinologist has identified 65 chemicals that would classify the drilling site as a superfund clean up site.
Lee Scott

Muncy, PA

#13 Apr 6, 2011
Mark wrote:
Sounds like a Paul or Hugh letter to me. Must be a brother!
Sorry, but the letter is from Lee Scott, not someone else. I had no help. But if you are referring to Paul Politis, local Democratic leader, THANKS for the comparison. He is a very honorable citizen and good writer. I'll take a comparison of my writing to him anytime!
solibfiscon

Shippensburg, PA

#14 Apr 6, 2011
Judging from the past few weeks of PO letters, it looks like there may be more liberals in Franklin County than previously thought. There may be hope for this area yet!
LIL JOHN

Shippensburg, PA

#15 Apr 6, 2011
Hey Lee -- You do know of course that all taxes are passed on to the consumer , don't you?

You are worried abut school taxes . The school is just passing their ''costs'' on to you, much the same that the energy companies will pass their ''costs'', including taxes, on to you!

You seem to think there is free money floating around energy companies.. Think again!
LIL JOHN

Shippensburg, PA

#16 Apr 6, 2011
solibfiscon wrote:
Judging from the past few weeks of PO letters, it looks like there may be more liberals in Franklin County than previously thought. There may be hope for this area yet!
More like uninformed whining!
Lee Scott

Muncy, PA

#17 Apr 6, 2011
solibfiscon wrote:
Judging from the past few weeks of PO letters, it looks like there may be more liberals in Franklin County than previously thought. There may be hope for this area yet!
Yes, there is hope, but please don't call me "Liberal", although liberals brought us the 40 hours work week, Medicare, and a whole host of other things that we take for granted now. I am a "Progressive" Democrat who favors fiscal responsibility and ethical behavior by our elected leaders. I also want the middle class to have a fair shot at a good future for our children and grandchildren. An as a Vietnam era veteran, I honor our solders and the flag.
I'm AGAINST irresponsible sex and needless abortions, ruining our environment by big corporations, overly complex taxation and regulation of small businesses, and government prying into our private lives. Many "conservative" God fearing people would agree with me.
Dave

Chambersburg, PA

#18 Apr 6, 2011
Lee Scott wrote:
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Yes, there is hope, but please don't call me "Liberal", although liberals brought us the 40 hours work week, Medicare, and a whole host of other things that we take for granted now. I am a "Progressive" Democrat who favors fiscal responsibility and ethical behavior by our elected leaders. I also want the middle class to have a fair shot at a good future for our children and grandchildren. An as a Vietnam era veteran, I honor our solders and the flag.
I'm AGAINST irresponsible sex and needless abortions, ruining our environment by big corporations, overly complex taxation and regulation of small businesses, and government prying into our private lives. Many "conservative" God fearing people would agree with me.
When are you running?
Hmmm

Chambersburg, PA

#19 Apr 6, 2011
I hate "big corporations!" I hate people with brains, money, motivation and willingness to take risks. I am for the middle class. The rich folks don't belong in the US. Should confiscate their money and give it to the poor. Tax everything. Kill capital formation and free markets. Let the government run everything. Bless John Maynard Keynes, the Federal Reserve system, and currency backed by nothing.
Lee Scott

Biglerville, PA

#20 Apr 6, 2011
Nice to hear from at "thinking" man, even if your comment sounded like sarcastic ranting. Let's be clear- I am NOT against big corporations or having a capitalistic system that rewards the traits you mentioned. We need big corporations and even consortiums of big companies for many projects and reasons. What I am AGAINST is the abuse of power by large organizations. Through political influence and campaign contributions (to both parties, Wall Street firms kept the Federal Government at a distance while they literally poisoned the world economy by packaging sub-prime loans, selling them off to whomever would by them without disclosing how risky they were, and then reused the money to buy and re-sell even more loans. Since then, have you noticed how under the bank "rescue" plan, what kinds of commercial building have been sprouting up everywhere? Bank Branches! And Wall Street made record profits this year while we struggled.
We now now from recent data that 93 percent of all financial wealth in the US is controlled by only 10 percent of the country's citizens.
Other big institutions that I believe are not operating in America's best interest and are really out of control include: 1. Drug companies,
the Insurance Industry, the US Postal Service, and companies like GE which was stupid enough to build that power plant on the side of Japan facing the earthquake fault and which pays no taxes on income earned overseas as long as they don't bring the money back to the US.
By all means, let us encourage new business with simpler tax laws, incubators, and support for improved education of our children.
Finally, with regard to the Federal Reserve, I think I completely agree with you. Wait until China cuts back on buying our debt! Disaster! Interest rates have been manipulated to low levels to get the economy moving again - but they will have to rise significantly. The government is essentially bankrupt, and at some point, the dollar may not be the standard world currency anymore. Hope this clarifies things.

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