Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor | Thompson is for the people

Call me an idealist, but I want representatives in Congress who live their faith, preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States and and work hard for their constituents.

Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, is one of those people I want in politics. Why? Because he meets all three of my criteria.

Thompson is a man of faith who seeks to treat people fairly and compassionately.

He works to protect our Second Amendment rights, remembers our veterans, helps our farmers, supports our educators, advances our medical system, safeguards our clean water and protects our energy.

When the votes are done in Washington, Thompson is home spending time in the communities of Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District.

Why? To learn firsthand about our needs and issues and to work with us in finding the solutions to problems facing our families and communities.

Thompson works tirelessly year-round. While in Washington, he is a leader, a voice of reason, a conservative, negotiator and effective communicator.

Thompson is always giving of himself so that we can have a better home, district, state and country.

He is not only the type of person I want in Washington, Thompson is the person I want representing me as my congressman.

I have only one vote, and Glenn Thompson gets it.

Audrey Chambers


Lobbying against Taylor

Working with children is so rewarding. It’s fun to see how they think and reason — like the time my friend blamed me for taking the last cookie when it was in fact my friend who had taken the cookie.

Her accusation was actually an attempt to cover for her behavior.

In a short biography on Kerith Strano Taylor’s website it says the 5th District candidate worked in Washington for two years.

But it offers no explanation for the work she was doing for those two years.

A little research on the Internet resulted, and, as it turns out, indicates that the Democratic candidate was a lobbyist.

In a recent debate hosted by the Christian Coalition, Strano Taylor said she thought Congress was broken, in part due to money from corporations and special interest groups.

Strano Taylor was doing the very thing she says is negatively affecting Congress.

So, why would a candidate for Congress not give the details of her work as a lobbyist and then blame lobbyists for breaking Washington?

It feels a lot like it did when I was being misled by the one who took the cookie.

Denise Girard


A voice of reason in D.C

Rep. Paul Ryan recently introduced our congressman, Glenn Thompson, as “a voice of reason in Washington.”

Thompson has proved his ability to work across the aisle without compromising his standards and was recognized by No Labels, a national movement of Democrats, Republicans and independents who are dedicated to problem-solving.

This award only goes to elected officials who actually have sat down and reached agreements with others — conservative, liberal or anyone in between, as long as they are willing to work together to find solutions.

It is clear that those in the know recognize Thompson as one who is very willing and able to negotiate, lead and find working solutions.

His record of leadership on education, health care, agriculture, energy and serving our veterans shows he’s an effective and proven problem-solver who cares about not only his constituents here in the 5th, but also across the United States.

So for me, the choice on Election Day for Pennsylvania’s 5th District comes down to this: Thompson is already creating and crafting solutions and is committed to getting things done in Washington in a recognized bipartisan way.

This wheel is not broken; I intend to keep it that way.

Kurt Smith

Lock Haven

Vote against insanity

Two sayings, neither original to me, seem to be appropriate at this time.

First, “When democracy sinks to the place where it is simply an object of personal advantage for those who can exploit it for their advantage, it is in great trouble.”

Second: “Repeatedly doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results is insanity.”

The voting record of our current representative to the U.S. House of Representatives makes it absolutely clear that he supports the needs and wants of the rich and powerful.

To his credit he stands publicly and firmly on his record and gives every indication that, if elected, he would continue his course.

His opposition is truly his opposite — in sex, background and her perceptions of what we need from our government as a local area and a nation.

True, she is untested in the bitter climate of Washington, and we must vote for her on her word and promise.

To vote for more of the same old, same old and expect a different outcome is, as noted, a form of insanity.

So I will take a chance that the woman will be true to word and work for the not rich, the not connected middle folks of the 5th District.

Carl Amick


Strano Taylor is no JFK

I am old enough to remember Democratic President John F. Kennedy when he instructed our nation to “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”

Kennedy spoke to all Americans — including the disenfranchised — not only to the disenfranchised.

Today, the Democratic message appears to be “Ask your country to fix your problems.”

This, at least, was what Democratic candidate Kerith Strano Taylor suggested as she talked about her desire to go to Washington and advocate for causes like abortions and money.

She said she could change Washington and get them working the way she felt they should be working.

Her goals for this country are socialistic at best, and she would be one more vote for a liberal House speaker.

Fortunately, we have a representative who works to represent all of his constituents. Rep. Glenn Thompson continues to carry Kennedy’s call to his fellow citizens.

If Kennedy could hear today’s Democratic message, I have to believe he would shake his head and change his party.

Beverly Mighells


Sentencing the unborn

In 1973, the 7-2 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade enacted abortion rights.

Since then, more than 56 million unborn babies over 41 years have seen their fate. My point is about life and and the existence of it, determined by a nation’s court to decide whether someone lives or is terminated.

A conversation came up between a young woman and me discussing abortion and she told me “a woman should have the right to do whatever she wants to do with her body.”

I asked her if the Supreme Court later decided to allow women to terminate after birth up to 6 months because she was having postpartum depression, would that be OK?

She replied, “I’m not really sure.”

At this point of the conversation, I declared it was over.

The more liberal this nation becomes, the fear is how far left will it become.

Will the elderly, the physically and mentally disabled come into play also?

I believe in judgment. Not by a court, but by God only.

Ed Emel