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PO GUEST ESSAY: ROMEOs put an end to his presidential amb...

Yes, Wedgy, the United States has a long history of abusing the poor white man. It's a wonder there are any of us left, things have been so unfair. I mean, think about it. The white man had to make all the big decisions for most of the first 200 years our country existed, while the blacks had it easy, nothing to worry about but picking cotton. And the Indians, the ones we didn't kill, they got to live on these nice reservations we set aside for them. Boy, did they have it easy. And the women, even the white ones, all they had to do was clean the house and do a little cooking. Us white men had it ALL to do! But after that stupid and inconvenient Civil Rights Act back in 1964, it was no longer legal to systematically exclude certain people from jobs and housing. Now us white men have to compete with everyone and it seems like they're all against us. I wonder why? We treated everyone so nicely all these years and now look what we're getting in return. No appreciation from anyone....  (Jun 7, 2011 | post #30)

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Burglar cons elderly disabled man, steals valuables from ...

I hope they catch the guy and the people get their stuff back!  (May 18, 2011 | post #2)

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PO LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Watch what you say on Internet

There is such a difference between being "religious " and being "spiritual ". I am a member of a church and I'm sure I get talked about because I do not participate in many of my church's activities. Most of what churches do are fine social activities and I have no problem with these things. But don't judge me because I do not want to participate. These activities have nothing to do with being spiritual or with God. I attend church service to worship. I refuse to get involved in putting other people down because they worship differently and I refuse to judge other people because their beliefs are different from mine. I also will not spend a minute of time arguing with someone else as to what is true and right. There's already too much of this in the world. We need more forgiveness and mercy and less judging and condemnation.  (May 17, 2011 | post #8)

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Rep. Shuster: "Justice" for Bin Laden

Okay, we got our man and those responsible for 9/11. Now let's bring our troops home. Enough is enough!  (May 2, 2011 | post #4)

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Senior profile: Meet John Davis

Good luck to John!  (May 2, 2011 | post #3)

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Chambersburg area firefighter welcomed home

Many thanks to Jason for his selfless service. He is an example to everyone of what it means to give of oneself for the greater good. It's people like this that enable our society to function. My best wishes to Jason and his family. I hope he has a speedy and full recovery.  (Apr 21, 2011 | post #13)

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PO EDITORIAL: CASD arrives at a critical point in its evo...

The YMCA needs more space and I think it is important we support the YMCA's efforts. They help a lot of people, kids in particular, but also families and seniors. Also, we need the open fields by Coldbrook for neighborhood kids to run and play. Let's not develop and pave over every single blade of grass. We need to have community parks and places of recreation. They're already taken our community elementary school away, we don't want to lose the playgrounds and fields now too  (Apr 11, 2011 | post #27)

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PO LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Generations get acquainted

This sounds like an excellent idea!  (Apr 11, 2011 | post #1)

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PO EDITORIAL: When the shared pain is anything but ...

We are leaving a giant pile of money on the table that we donít need to. Every other state taxes corporations that extract natural gas from the ground, and for good reason. There will be cleanup associated with this process and there is a risk to the environment as well. Thatís part of the reason every other state in the union has a tax associated with this industry. I am not comfortable letting the gas industry bank billions of dollars and not give anything back to the state where this profit was generated. I hear the argument for less government and less spending and I understand that side of it. But any entity, whether itís a government or a corporation will take advantage of itís power if it goes unchecked. Look what happened with the banking industry when federal regulators took a hands-off policy. They very nearly sent us into a depression the likes of which we havenít seen since the 1930ís. Fortunately, we have gotten past the initial crisis, but more work has to be done. Personally, I donít trust the government or the corporations as far as I can throw them. My point is that many politicians will say and do anything to stay in power. I am not an expert on the PA Tax Code. I know a little bit more about the Federal Tax Code. What you will find in both codes are many exemptions for a-million-and-one different things. Why are those exemptions in there? For the most part, they are in there so people, mostly people with money, donít have to pay as much tax. And who are these people? Politicians and owners of corporations, thatís who they are. They like to hide behind the falsehood that they are somehow protecting the American dream and freedom by keeping corporate taxes low. Hardly. Politicians have allowed corporations to ship our jobs overseas so they can make more profit and the middle class, whatís left of it, is supposed to be content serving burgers at McDonaldís and working at Wal-Mart at minimum wage with no health care while selling products imported from China. This is where we are as a country and we can thank the politicians and corporations for getting us here. If you want to put all your trust and faith in the gas industry and believe them when they say if you tax us even a little bit, we will move our business elsewhere, you go ahead. Youíre right to want the state to make some spending cuts because spending is out of control. But letís not ignore sources of income from the corporations that like to cry poor-mouth before we slash funding for education and libraries.  (Mar 25, 2011 | post #46)

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don't think twice, it's all right ...

The NRA is responsible for promoting gun sales. That's their goal and main purpose. Their answer to all crime problems is to supply more guns to all the citizens and hope that the majority of those customers will use the guns responsibly. Aside from the people who get shot each day, this philosophy seems to work very well.  (Mar 14, 2011 | post #5)

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GUEST ESSAY: Solar photovoltaics make sense at today's pr...

Good point, QED. It's tough to get a 4% return anywhere right now. I was just picking a number I was "hoping" might be an average return over the next 10 years. No matter, my point is not a major one to the discussion anyway.  (Mar 9, 2011 | post #27)

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GUEST ESSAY: Solar photovoltaics make sense at today's pr...

Hi Wayne, I agree with everything you write here. I think what Mr. Lindenmeyer did is a very positive thing and I don't fault the government for financing part of it either. We need to get off our dependency on oil and the sooner the better. My point was not a major one, it just seemed like something that should be factored in. Even if solar costs more, it is a worthy thing to do and if enough people do it, the cost will soon come down to a level where most people can afford to look at is as an option. When I look at something, I just like to consider all aspects to it. The benefit to the environment and to people's health is reason enough to plow ahead with the solar concept.  (Mar 9, 2011 | post #26)

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PO EDITORIAL: When the shared pain is anything but ...

Oh no, the free ride continues for the corporations, the wealthy and the politicians. They won't be making any sacrifices because they are running the show. There will be real pain and deeper cuts, but it won't affect those that run things and can actually afford to give up a little. No, it makes much more sense to take more from those that have less. It's been like this since time began. The only difference now is that these guys are even more greedy than before and hide behind the falsehood that they are standing for "self-relianc e" and "patriot values". The only thing they are standing for is a system that keeps them rich and in power.  (Mar 9, 2011 | post #21)

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GUEST ESSAY: Solar photovoltaics make sense at today's pr...

Len, this is very educational and informative. Thanks for sharing this information with the public. One thing I did not see mentioned in your calculations was the amount of money you would have made in interest if you did not have to lay out the $25,840 investment. I would think this would lower the return by some amount, based on interest rates, et cetera. For example, $25,840 at 4% would yield you $1,033 in interest the first year. Of course, each year (technically each month) your principle would go down by the amount you pay out for electricity, but you would be losing some interest income each month. I like the idea of solar and feel that if we as a country invested more resources into it's development, it would be affordable and much more sustainable for everyone.  (Mar 8, 2011 | post #6)

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Abandoned car leads to drug arrest

Good information here, Tommy. I'd be willing to give legalization of marijuana a chance and see what happens.  (Mar 5, 2011 | post #4)

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