Sounding off: Stop tantrums, politicians
The attitude of our elected representatives, on both the state and federal level, is talk-talk-talk while digging their heels in and throwing a tantrum to get their own way. Solutions addressing critical problems never get beyond the talking stage. These do-nothingrepresentatives who consider themselves privileged need an incentive to finding middle ground, accomplishing required tasks and addressing issues critical to the state and country.
The best incentive is to make representation in state and federal government a part-time job. Our Founding Fathers never intended representation to be a full-time job. The cushy benefits, for what little is accomplished, are not justified.
An alternative incentive is to structure representatives’ salaries based on the average income of all constituents in their areas. They would be in the Social Security pool and health-care programs of the working class. They would be free to create their own supplementalretirement accounts.
Time is long overdue to send a message to those who think and act privileged that they are our employees — that we expect them to stop the childish bickering and address the serious issues facing our state and country and find solutions that are in the best interest ofthe majority. In other words, be productive.
Legalized pot will cost Pa.
The February 2019 issue of the AAA Motorist newsletter had a great article titled “Driving while high can double your risk of a crash.” States that have legalized marijuana are experiencing many more fatal crashes. It is a proven fact that marijuana affects balance,coordination and judgment, thus impairing a person’s ability to safely operate a vehicle.
Now both our governor and lieutenant governor want to legalize marijuana. In their quest for more revenue, they are turning a blind eye to how this will create a multitude of needless unsafe conditions, costing the taxpayers more money and lives. Where are theirpriorities and what do the state police think about this?
Compromise on the border wall
While President Trump reopened the government and a committee is trying to broker an agreement, it is critical that compromise is reached. But current reports state that Trump still wants $5.7 billion for the wall. Speaker Nancy Pelosi still says there will be no wall. Thisreflects the very extremes of the political spectrum.
However, our Constitution was founded on compromise because the people who wrote it were just as passionate and just as bull-headed as Trump and Pelosi are. Pelosi should allow the wall to be built in critical areas, while Trump should agree to spend $3 billion on allmeasures dealing with border security and not just a wall.
If neither are open to compromise, then bad things will happen. Trump can shut down the government or declare a national emergency. Pelosi will undoubtedly ask the courts to intervene and overturn either action. The White House will have to prove an emergency existswith facts and not just rhetoric.
Meanwhile, what is Congress doing? They should unveil a comprehensive immigration plan to deal with current events and situations. If not, the voting public should be prepared to vote out every member up for re-election, including the president.
Franklin Township, Beaver County
Humans behind the guns are the problem
Regarding the editorial “Voices heard at gun control hearing?”: I know Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and other Democrats would like to rid Pittsburgh of guns. A gun is worthless without a human “behind it.” I have yet to see a gun kill anyone withoutsomeone pulling the trigger or accidentally dropping it, causing it to go off.
Guns are not Peduto’s problem, but “sanctuary city” might be “behind it.” The more illegals and criminals, the more guns — but a gun can’t kill without a human “behind it.” Peduto, why don’t you outlaw humans? Sounds stupid, doesn’t it? So does saying worthless gunscan kill. No humans, no killing.
Most killings in Pittsburgh are done by doctors with knives in their hands — a human “behind it.” Peduto, if you really want to save lives, outlaw Roe v. Wade. But like the gun, the knife is worthless without you and the Democrats “behind it.”
Say ‘no’ to Sunday hunting
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, hunters only represent 4 percent of the national population. So why should a single-digit minority control how the majority enjoy the outdoors (“Sunday hunting clears first hurdle in state Senate,”?
Traditionally, Sundays are a time for families to be together, relax at home, attend religious/spiritual services, go hiking, jogging, biking. Some people like to watch and photograph wildlife and connect with nature. I have several friends who have posted no-huntingsigns, yet find hunters trespassing and killing deer on their property.
We, the majority deserve one day a week when we can enjoy the outdoors uninterrupted by gunshots or hunters seeking to track/retrieve wounded or dead animals that crossed posted property lines, and worry about our safety.
There is no reason to disrupt this custom to appease a single-digit minority recreational group. Don’t animals need a day off, too?
Please let your state officials know you are opposed to Sunday hunting.
Chinchilla, Lackawanna County
Consumers want clarity on hospital costs
I read the article “Hospital price lists go public online” on new hospital price transparency requirements with great interest. As a board member of Consumers for Quality Care (CQC), a coalition dedicated to patients and their right to affordable, high-quality health care, I champion any efforts to provide more clarity and help patients better understand their health care costs. Unfortunately, hospitals’ efforts to comply with the new federal mandate doesn’t go far in providing consumers with the clarity and transparency on hospital costs that recent CQC research reveals 76 percent of Americans want, nor is it likely to provide any information to help ease their frustration about hospital fees and unexpected bills.
Consumers looking for tools they can use to take health care into their own hands should visit www.cutconsumercosts.org, a campaign recently launched by CQC to encourage higher-quality, lower-cost consumer health care, while hospitals should take a shot at providing information consumers can actually use.
No comparison with the Berlin Wall
The letter “Reagan, Trump — one great, one a disgrace” requires a response.
To compare the Berlin Wall to the proposed “Trump Wall” is absolutely ludicrous. The Berlin Wall was a political division of a sovereign country. The only comparison would be a wall extending from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, splitting the USA, That’s what happened in Germany. The Berlin Wall was not a “border wall,” as claimed by the author.
It is the right and duty of any sovereign nation to protect its borders from illegal entry. The Trump wall is part of that duty to protect our borders. Past administrations have failed to protect our borders for reasons that require a whole different conversation. We know why the left wants open borders — for the same reason they want voting rights for anyone and everyone.
I remind you that a U.S. citizen cannot enter Canada, Mexico, UK, Ireland, EU, Japan, China or anyplace else I can think of without going through a port of entry. We do have open borders in the USA. Any citizen can travel freely between the 50 states.