Sounding off: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin needs to go
I am a diehard Steelers fan who grew up in Seward. I now live in Columbus, Ohio, where there are hundreds of Steelers fans with Steelers clubs. They all think and believe the same thing: Mike Tomlin needs to take an early retirement and take all the coaching staff with him.
Tomlin is not a football coach and never was. It is past time for him to go.
There is no reason why Pittsburgh has not won another two Super Bowls other than the coaching staff. Pittsburgh has had a winning team for several years and a losing coaching staff.
Carl Felton, Columbus, Ohio
Saturday, Feb. 3
Steelers need discipline
Until Coach Mike Tomlin can instill discipline in the entire Pittsburgh Steelers team, they will not make it to the next level of playoffs.
Mike Mitchell and Le'Veon Bell should have been silenced; their comments ahead of critical games only provided bulletin-board material for the other team, as confirmed by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Chuck Noll would have imposed a media blackout, watched game films and made a game plan against a team that had beaten the Steelers before. Under Noll or even Bill Cowher, there would be no choreographed dances or hide-and-seek until they beat the New England Patriots or Jaguars — and not even then. When a Steelers player crossed the goal line, he would have to “act like he's been there before.”
Rick Stegman, North Huntingdon
Sunday, Jan. 28
Fathers, teach respect
When I read Moran's letter the hair on the back of my neck stood straight up, as I assumed all women's would. His words could not have defined him as more of a sexist male chauvinist. I kept wondering when someone, most likely a woman, would write in to oppose his sexist comments, but week after week no one did. Then finally Schneider spoke volumes.
It's sad to think that in 2018 there are so many male chauvinists still among us. I believe it all starts in the home with the way boys are being raised. Sexist fathers don't teach their sons to respect women, and it's a vicious cycle as those boys turn into husbands and fathers. Until the cycle stops, boys will continue to grow up disrespecting women, and women will have to continue to fight for equality.
If change is ever going to happen, it needs to start in the home.
Amy Baker, New Kensington
Monday, Jan. 29
Tax bill benefits businesses
The holidays have come and gone, but the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a gift that will keep on giving.
The Republican tax bill slashed tax rates and increased deductions for small-business owners, who now have more money to spend on business expansion and job creation. As a small-business owner myself, I know that when I'm left with more of my business income, I can use it to hire workers, increase pay and explore expansion opportunities.
For decades, federal, state and local taxes hiked my total tax burden to nearly 50 percent. When I started my business, I had to take out bank loans to pay my taxes on several occasions. Thanks to President Trump, I now have tax savings to reinvest into the local economy.
And I'm only one job creator. In Pennsylvania, there are 1 million small businesses employing 2.4 million people — roughly half of the state workforce. Tax cuts will help them reach even greater heights.
Here's a New Year's resolution: Let's make 2018 the year of small business.
Guy Berkebile, Somerset
The writer is president of Guy Chemical Co.
Tuesday, Jan. 30
Theater of the absurd
While watching the media grill President Trump's doctor about his health, I thought I had stumbled across a “Monty Python” sketch. The absurdity of the questions and the obvious disdain and disappointment in White House physician Ronny Jackson's declaration of the president's clean bill of health can only be described as surreal.
I half expected John Cleese to stand, as a reporter from The Guardian, and ask the one question the White House press corps wanted to ask but lacked the guts to ask, for fear of really exposing their bias and Trump Derangement Syndrome to the masses: “Doctor, could you please confirm that Mr. Trump is indeed mortal, and will, in fact, one day die? And, as a follow-up, the chances of said event occurring before the completion of his present term in office?”
John Gregory Parks, McKeesport
Wednesday, Jan. 31
We can fix mistake in next elections
I started writing six different times, but the politics change so fast, each day is worthy of its own letter.
We already know the insanity of Trump and the disgraceful Congress that has ignored its responsibility of checks and balances. No more time wasted on this for now.
My appeal is to the non-voting Democrats, reasonable Republicans and not-to-be-ignored (what were they thinking?) third-party voters. These three groups need to ask themselves, “What have I done?”
There is no excuse or apology sincere enough, now that they are responsible for putting Trump in office. However, one year in, options are available — like the special election in March to fill the seat of disgraced Republican Tim Murphy. And don't forget the election in November, which is sooner than you think.
The point is — get out and vote. The current politicans lie and lie, and if those lies don't stick, they lie even more. This disgraceful behavior seen worldwide can't continue. No more excuses, complacency or “not happy with my choice.” Grow up.
Thank God freedom of the press is part of the Constitution. Without that, we would not have a clue about this mess and the current destruction of true American ideals. Bring back civility and dump the Trump hatred.
Frank Flori, Hempfield
Thursday, Feb. 1
Hawaii's false alarm is a lesson for all
The nuclear false alarm in Hawaii brought back some great Cold War memories. Looking back, perhaps the most frightening thing wasn't the bombs themselves, but how our government handled preparing us.
Adults in those days were willingly brainwashed to tell us if we got under desks and covered our heads, we would survive the A-bomb. Who can blame them? Back then, most people believed the government. So we were drilled on how to “survive” impending Armageddon.
Films, advertisements and pamphlets were distributed, sirens tested and bomb-shelter locations noted. As a result, we slept easier. Was it a good idea? Or was it the precursor to today's “fake news”? It was purposely misleading information, spread through media, to serve a designed purpose. Seems like the brainwashing used today by your favorite media outlet. It's easier today, because the subjects seem more gullible and more rabid in their beliefs, and ways to disseminate falsehoods are endless.
The Hawaii incident that had folks running in the streets, screaming and putting children into storm sewers shows how reality will work. The Hawaiians' actions were natural and what we should expect from ourselves. The citizenry stepping on each other's heads to get that last can of beans off the shelf isn't out of the question.
It won't matter if your opponent is conservative, liberal, black, white, man or woman. That last can of beans will be much more important than politics, race or gender. Let's hope it never comes to that.
Tim Kaczmarek, Natrona Heights
Friday, Feb. 2