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Thankful for stranger’s kindness

On Sunday, I was driving with my brothers when I noticed that the gas light was on in my car. I stopped at the UniMart on West College Avenue, but we realized that all we had for gas was spare change. We were about to pay for gas with $5 worth of quarters and dimes, but a kind stranger put down $20 so we could fill up the tank. To this man, thank you for helping us, and for inspiring us to do the same for someone else one day.

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Grad students losers in tax reform

In the name of tax reform, the House of Representatives has created a tax package that resembles a gigantic Christmas present. By increasing the federal deficit $1.5 trillion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the plan gives $460, on average, to every person every year. Like real world Christmas presents, however, “some are more equal than others.” For example, the current proposal excludes golf courses from taxation and eliminates the estate tax, which applies to only 0.2 percent of estates. These lucky people get huge Christmas presents in this “tax reform.” But to create such big winners, there are big losers. Among these are graduate students. They will have to pay tax on what was previously not taxed — the tuition grant given to most graduate students.

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Pledge support for public broadcasting

This month marks an important anniversary. Fifty years ago this November, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act, creating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which today helps to support nearly 1,500 public radio and TV stations across the country at a cost of roughly $1.35 per citizen per year.

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EPA’s repeal is ‘punch in the gut’

Sadly, but not unexpectedly, the EPA published its repeal of the Clean Power Plan, otherwise known as the Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units. It’s like a punch in the gut to those of us who value the remarkably progressive environmental work of the Obama administration, especially former EPA director Gina McCarthy. The new direction of the EPA is allied with the imperatives of the coal industry, whose leaders spin their profit motive into concern for the jobs and welfare of their workers.

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Policy prevents access to quality care

Deciding whether the pain you feel is an emergency or not should be left to licensed medical professionals. However, as reported in the recently published story, “Is it an emergency? Insurer makes patients question ER visit,” patients in Pennsylvania are being forced to make that determination themselves to avoid being stuck paying thousands of dollars in medical bills. This is a result of Anthem, America’s second largest insurer, changing its emergency department policy, citing the need to unburden overcrowded emergency rooms and decrease the high costs of emergency care.

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An unfair fight

I have been reading the articles in local newspapers (Centre Daily Times, Lock Haven Express et. al.) about Devon Woolfolk, who killed a 500 bear while archery hunting on Oct. 31st in Rice Township — wherever that is. The bear weighed in at 502 pounds, according to the articles and this “made a memory he’ll never forget.” The article also stated that he (Devon Woolfolk) made his grandfather proud. The truth is that an animal has no chance in front of a hunter armed with a compound bow or a gun. Devon (and others) should take his knife and go in the wild and kill a bear with his own hands. That would make him (and others) a real hunter. Until then, as a hunter he (and others) is nothing more than a coward.

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Climate change: What can we do?

In reference to the article, “White House OKs climate change report citing humans,” (CDT, 11/4) the world’s top scientists now agree that climate change is due to human activities. Our use of millions of years of stored fossil fuels has caused the carbon pollution in the atmosphere to rise exponentially, causing an abrupt shift in the global climate. This shift has resulted in rising average global temperatures, sea levels, and length and intensity of storms.

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Proud of Penn State’s veterans events

I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to the Penn State Veterans Association, the PSU Alumni Association and all the local businesses who donated the food for the “Welcome Home Vietnam Vets” luncheon held on Nov. 2 in the Hintz Alumni Center. Likewise, the awesome tailgate for veterans held in the Bryce Jordan Center as part of Military Appreciation Day prior to the Rutgers game was a remarkable event. As an alum, I am moved to see my alma mater recognize those of us who served this nation in uniform. You see, my send off in spring 1970 was quite the opposite. Due to the unrest on campus, we in ROTC were ordered not to wear our uniforms the last three weeks of my senior year. These days I am more proud than ever to chant: We are... Penn State!

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The time to act is now

Petroleum and natural gas plastics threaten our quality of life, resulting in environmentally caused, life-threatening respiratory illnesses and cancers . According to experts, recycling of fossil fuel plastics does not work. The process is complex, and the U.S. has not yet committed to halting our consumption of single-use waste materials. According to Paul Hawken’s book, “Drawdown,” only 5 percent of petro plastics are recycled. The book also says 95 percent of plastics go into landfills or are burned — contributing to poisoning of air, soil, water and animal life. Most of Penn State’s plastics go into landfill due to problems separating materials. Home football game garbage heightens inability to recycle responsibly.

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Too much Penn State news

Shame on you, Centre Daily Times. Saturday was Veterans Day. Aside from paid tributes to veterans, I only saw two articles that even mentioned Veterans Day. Instead, as usual, the entire front page of the news section and front page of the sports section in Saturday’s paper contained Penn State news, as does Sunday’s paper. A more appropriate name for your paper should be Penn State Times. There was a very nice write-up concerning Bellefonte’s football victory (on page 2) along with a smaller article on State College’s football win. They should have been on the front page of the sports section. High school sports is just as or maybe more important to readers than Penn State sports. These kids and coaches put in long days of practice and playing and deserve to be acknowledged for it on the front page, not buried inside.

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The CO2 myth

While it’s true that an increase in available carbon dioxide (CO2) can increase plant growth in some conditions, it can also reduce the nutritional value of the same plants. The more CO2 is a benefit argument is an old one, but seems to be coming around again, so here are the facts.

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