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Sounding off: College isn’t for all students


I would like to thank Tom Davidson for his article “Pittsburgh region has thousands of job opportunities, Builders Guild says”. Although I am a retired educator, I have always felt that college is not the answer for everyone. I believe the problem is that parents do not agree with this thought. Why invest in something that will leave the graduate or parents with thousands of dollars in debt after graduation?

There are technical and trade schools that offer tuition-free education for graduating seniors. Not bad for both young men and women — graduate, get a job and be debt-free. Are our high schools inviting these types of schools to show opportunities to seniors? If not, they are making a terrible mistake.

My son attended a presentation by Pittsburgh Technical College during his senior year. He graduated from the school in two years, and was then hired for an entry-level job with one of Pittsburgh’s largest advertising companies. Today, he owns his own advertising firm.

I recently saw help-wanted signs offering carpenters $35 per hour plus benefits. Yes, young ladies, there are female carpenters. Put those numbers together over a one-year period.

It is up to parents. Everyone does not have to attend college. The drop-out rate is significantly lower at technical and trade schools than four-year colleges.

Joseph DelloStritto, Plum

Let’s see Nancy Pelosi’s tax returns

Nancy Pelosi is two heartbeats away from slinking into the presidency. The Democrats have been banging away since the primaries to see Trump’s tax returns. He is a businessman, and his returns are complicated. They are also audited by the IRS yearly. The Democrats indirectly imply that the IRS is incompetent in reviewing his tax returns.

Since Pelosi is in line for the office, God forbid, shouldn’t her tax returns be made public to see if she has any dealings that would show she should be investigated?

George Biskup, Penn Township, Westmoreland County

John McCain was military hero, political nothing

As a proud veteran of the Korean War and former Republican for many years, I find remarks by letter-writer Joe Palumbo (“Where’s outrage over Trump’s McCain comments?”) typical of Democrats who still can’t accept that Trump won. Can you imagine what our country would be like had John McCain or Hillary Clinton had won?

McCain deserves all honors and respect for his war experiences. But not in politics. I guess for revenge, he was the deciding “no” vote on everything President Trump offered. I can’t think of anything outstanding he accomplished as a politician. He was such a terrible candidate for president that I ashamedly voted Democrat, which I never admitted to family for fear of being expelled!

Trump has rough edges and an ego never before seen. I am opposed to his remarks about dead people. But he has the guts to do what needs to be done, and has accomplished more than the last three presidents combined. It’s a new and crude approach to politics, but it’s time to abandon the usual phony words from previous administrations.

And, while Democrats attempt to destroy the entire Trump family and try to ignore the immigration problem, Trump keeps going ahead with programs he promised.

The reason no outrage is heard can be credited to the old adage, “If you can’t say something good about McCain, then don’t say anything.” Get over it — the Donald is going to win again in 2020.

A. Atkinson, Lower Burrell

Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh officials should be charged

I must heartily disagree with your editorial “Prosecuting Peduto for gun ban is wrong move” that said Pittsburgh politicians should not be charged criminally in their ploy to win votes by passing an illegal ordinance.

I saw several of the egotists state they were aware it would be against both the U.S. and Pennsylvania constitutions, but they would do it anyway. Such arrogance needs addressed in the most severe manner. There are some streets in the city for which I believe the speed limit is too low. Can I just exceed them and say I don’t believe in them, so take no action against me?

Being elected officials, they should be expected to obey the law and not think they are above reproach. A little jail time is a good lesson.

Allen Clark, Avonmore

Expose fracking dangers

Recent reporting reveals Attorney General Josh Shapiro investigating the shale industry for “environmental crimes” committed by the oil and gas industry in Washington County and other areas. Residents have long complained of fracking causing water and air pollution, illness and dead animals. And such complaints have long gone unanswered by a Department of Environmental Protection that too often sides with the industry. Not only should the industry be investigated but, likewise, the DEP.

Sadly, on the heels of Shapiro’s investigation comes the alarming reports of rare cancers — Ewing sarcoma and others — occurring among young people within the heavily fracked counties of Washington, Greene and Westmoreland. Experts have long warned that the detrimental effects of fracking could take years to surface, with initial harm coming from impacted and polluted water wells such as being reported in Upper Burrell and Plum. The recent book “Amity and Prosperity” details the degree to which this occurs. Fracking, with its carcinogen cocktails, pollutes, sickens and even kills.

With fracking and its consequences now in our midst, it would behoove this paper to keep its readers informed and not in the dark. Subscribers deserve better.

Ron Slabe, Oakmont

Put whole milk in schools

Getting whole milk back in our schools cannot be considered a political issue. We must get whole milk back in our schools for our children’s’ sake. It’s important that their bodies and their developing brains have real whole milk.

The good news is that U.S. Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson, R-Howard, has introduced House Resolution 832, the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act, that would simply allow whole milk (both flavored and unflavored) to be served in schools.

Good for children, who are more likely to drink the nutrition-packed whole milk than skim. Good for dairy farmers, who are struggling in a more than four-year financial slump. Wisconsin alone has lost more than 212 dairy farms just this year.

At least four members of Congress from New York, both Democrats and Republicans, have co-sponsored the resolution: Elise Stefanik, Chris Collins, Anthony Brindisi and Antonio Delgado.

Please call your congressmen and urge them to co-sponsor this legislation.

Arden Tewksbury, Meshoppen

The writer is a volunteer with the Progressive Agriculture Organization (

Middle-class happiness

Bernie Sanders and his ilk apparently can’t believe that middle-class people are satisfied with a modest life; a job to provide a modest dwelling to own and enjoy; being able to pay necessary bills; eating as well as they desire; accessible health care; a little left over for fun and recreation; a modest vacation. If not satisfied, they have opportunity to rise above their station.

Don’t compare yourself to the extremely wealthy, but to the millions who would love the life of America’s middle class.

Margaret Q. Linderman, New Kensington

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