Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Good signs for Penn State football

Saturday night’s game was a real doozie. Up, down, up, down and at the last second — a win for the ages. Penn State is a great, great team. My family and I lived in State College through the 1960’s and went to every game. It was up lifting and fun. Our whole social life from August through January was football, and now to see signs that it’s all coming back is amazing. Go Penn State!

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Intersection dangerous for cyclists

Who was the engineer who designed the updated Waddle Road intersection? If you’re riding a bicycle, it’s an accident waiting to happen. Bicycle lanes run between traffic lanes. By law, motorists are supposed to give those on bicycles a 4-foot clearance, and with the lanes set up the way they are now, it equates to an 8-foot clearance. There is simply not enough room, and I’m guessing it will be the bicyclists who will pay the price.

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Science muddled by politics

Do we need any further evidence of “climate change” (the very term forbidden by deniers)? It’s not Harvey himself, nor his sister. No one could have predicted their arrival, but the scene was set for their devastation by rising and warming waters, that is, climate change. Now the air and water are poisoned.

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Overtaxation, no compensation

Essential to the founding of this country was the idea of limited government — individual freedom. Rugged individuals in the wilderness, individuals making their own way, manifested their own destinies. But that was then. Today is 2017 and not 1776, and today government is anything but limited.

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Thanks for ‘Extra Extra’

Thank you to the Centre Daily Times and the McClatchy Company for adding the Extra Extra section to the online CDT. The Extra Extra section typically adds 26 pages to the print version of the CDT, with in-depth articles covering topics including U.S. and global news, politics, opinion, science, technology and food. For example, the Sept. 15 edition provided a six-page review of NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn and its moons with amazing photos from its 20 year voyage. Extra Extra has full-length articles from the New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press and other large city newspapers. Kudos to the online CDT for providing deeper fact-based news articles and additional opinion columns.

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Policies need to reflect our values

On Sept. 5, it was announced that the Trump administration will be winding down DACA, which permitted foreign-born, but long-time American residents to freely live and work in the United States. Rep. Glenn Thompson and Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey must lead in Congress by devising legislation that continues to allow them to stay in this country and ultimately yields a path to citizenship. As integral parts of our communities, churches and families, they are already Americans, because this is the country they know best and love. It is unconscionable to deport members of our society on the basis of a situation that they had no control over. Ripping young Americans away from their families and friends to send them to countries where many have little to no ties shows a complete lack of empathy and compassion from the leaders of these great United States. As a community, we must hold our representatives and senators to task and ensure that they act to make our nation’s policies reflect American values of inclusivity, respect and cooperation.

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Blacknall was also an ‘unsung hero’

In this past Sunday’s CDT, DaeSean Hamilton was appropriately described as an “unsung hero.” Another choice for that designation might have been Saeed Blacknall, who also had a great game on Saturday and who, for reasons unknown, has not even been able to make it onto the CDT’s game day depth charts.

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Intelligence needed in Washington

A huge and very powerful hurricane has hit Florida. That such a hurricane — one of the largest and most powerful ever seen — would encounter the U.S. shouldn’t really come as a shock. I have been getting emails that relate hurricanes Harvey and Irma to climate change. Because of climate change, the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico are getting warmer and the air can hold more moisture. From both of these effects energy that feeds the hurricanes is increasing. For an explanation on hurricane formation, see https:// spaceplace.nasa.gov /hurricanes/en/. Unfortunately, we have as president a person who doesn’t believe in climate change and considers all such reporting to be “fake news.” So we can’t expect him to address underlying causes. But we can expect these kinds of hurricanes in the future because the warming water in the Atlantic will undoubtedly feed other big hurricanes.

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Stop tax on radon mitigation systems

Last year, the CDT published an article regarding the State College Community Land Trust and affordable home ownership for the community. It caught my attention because I often work in the State College area as a home inspector/radon contractor. I wanted to bring it to the community’s attention that the commonwealth is trying to impose a $50 tax on all homeowners who wish to install a radon mitigation system in their homes. That’s the equivalent of imposing a $50 tax to install a water heater or any other appliance. Myself and other radon contractors have opposed the tax, but it appears the commonwealth is moving forward with it regardless.

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Act now to stop land development

Long-time residents of the Centre Region may have originally come for jobs, but we stay in part because of the area’s natural beauty. Central Pa. has good schools and other amenities, and the beauty of the Appalachian landscape and the proximity to nature make us proud to call this area home.

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Congressmen responsible for all

While several Pennsylvania Congressmen have accepted that climate change solutions are imperative to learn about, Rep. Glenn Thompson has not. I have visited our congressman's offices several times this year, and his staffers told me that he is still "unsure" about the science behind climate change. If Rep. Thompson is still iffy about the damage a warming planet can do, I suggest he consult the scientists working at organizations such as NASA and the EPA. Or take a look at the devastation our southern neighbors are experiencing as I write this. As federal legislators, our congressmen are responsible for the well-being of our entire country, not just their districts. But even as we Pennsylvanians aren't experiencing hurricane damage, you can bet that climate change is threatening us in several ways.

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Importance of the 6th Amendment

As we celebrate the 230th anniversary of the adoption of the United States Constitution, I would like to share my thoughts about one particular right that has defined my career. The 6th Amendment commands that a person shall have the right to assistance of counsel in her defense. Walking into a courtroom charged with a crime, lacking the legal acumen, lacking the basic understanding of the criminal justice system, lacking even a basic comprehension of the legal jargon, what could be more daunting?

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