The sad political reality of food bank photo op
A few days ago I watched a news story concerning the consolidation of our area food banks. It was reported that the need for the food banks has and continues to rise.
And as I watched, I noticed the typical array of political dignitaries, including Sen. Bob Casey and numerous other local and state lawmakers who wanted to be part of this photo opportunity.
I, personally, would have been embarrassed to participate in this endeavor. Not because of the food banks filling a need but rather by the fact that many of the folks who have to use this food bank pay taxes so this fine array of dignitaries can have the best medical and retirement benefits. Keep in mind that when cuts have to be made in the budget, their benefits are never included.
The above is a prime, but only one, example of our politicians having completely lost all reality with the real world.
Emory Guffrovich Pittston
Reader believes abortion a weak ‘option’ for child
In its May 18 edition, the Times Leader carried an editorial from the Los Angeles Times regarding abortion.
The author maintained that the horror that took place in Kermit Gosnell’s sordid “clinic” does not “weaken the case for abortion.” What he or she failed to acknowledge is that whether the abortion takes place in a “House of horrors” such as Gosnell presided over or in a tidy, sanitized abortion “facility,” the result is the same: babies die.
Those children who die by abortion die terrifyingly alone and un-consoled. They did not ask to be created; but they cry to be born. Listen: can’t you hear them?
Bill would end unfair cyber money drain
As if local school district budgets aren’t already stretched to the max, all Pennsylvania districts are compelled by law to fund cyber charter schools, operating on-line, as if they had buildings to heat, cafeterias and buses to run. Studies show cyber schools are greatly over-funded, profitable businesses, running at taxpayer expense and siphoning desperately needed funds from our public schools.
Cyber schools benefit from payments exceeding their operating costs. Additionally, May news reports reveal that a vast majority of charter schools are flaunting the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know law and failing to disclose important information with impunity.
As a taxpayer and volunteer, I am distressed, and why? Because unaccountable cyber schools, often run by for-profit operators, have excessive salaries, conflicts of interest and bloated unethical profits.
The Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators Executive Director has publicly stated that q23 “charter and cyber schools are no longer experimental schools that need extraordinary flexibility and exemptions from laws that provide transparency and accountability for use of taxpayer funds. H.B. 934 addresses numerous weaknesses in the Charter School Law and will help improve public confidence in their governance … academic performance and financial efficiency.”
H.B. 934 ends the present unfair and crippling payments extracted from local school districts for cyber schools. In fact, H.B. 934 will save schools district’s an estimated $365 million annually in over-payments, according to Rep. James Roebuck, the bill’s sponsor. These funds can be restored to public education without raising property taxes.
That Governor Corbett’s shortsighted education cuts continue to disadvantage our children remains an unconscionable fact, worsened by cyber entities sucking vital tax dollars away from our public schools. Support H.B. 934 now.
Pancreatic cancer research deserves more support
Pancreatic cancer remains one of the deadliest cancers with a five-year survival rate of just 6 percent and no early detection tools or effective treatments.
Thanks to the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act, a new law enacted in January by the 112th Congress, there is hope for those touched by this disease. I would like to thank Senators Casey and Toomey, as well as Representatives Barletta and Marino, for supporting this historic legislation, which requires the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to evaluate its current efforts in researching pancreatic cancer and focus on ways to improve patient outcomes.
Due to sequestration, however, federal funding for medical and cancer research has been cut, and the progress we have made is now being threatened. Without adequate NCI funding, it will be difficult to leverage the opportunities that develop as a result of the passage of the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act.
On June 18, I will be joining thousands of advocates across the country for Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s (www.pancan.org) National Call-in to Congress to urge them to save medical research that saves lives.
With Congress’ help, we will be able to develop the tools and treatments so desperately needed to give hope to future generations.
Susan Blum Connors
Rice Township candidates grateful for voter support
We would like to thank the Rice Township Democrats and Republicans who wrote in votes for us for their support during the recent primary election. We look forward to your continued support for a “clean sweep” in November’s general election. Thank you!
Candidate for Rice Township Board of Supervisors
Candidate for Rice Township Auditor
Writer: Eat your veggies and you’ll have longer life
This week’s issue of Time Magazine brings more documentation that vegetarians live longer than their meat-chomping friends.
A six-year study of 70,000 Seventh-Day Adventists, published in the current issue of American Medical Association’s prestigious Journal of Internal Medicine found that vegetarians and vegans have a 12 percent lower risk of death.
This is but the latest evidence linking meat consumption to killer diseases that kill 1.3 million Americans annually. It comes only two months after a discovery at the Cleveland Clinic that carnitine, contained in all meat products, is a major factor in heart failure.
Similarly, an Oxford University study of nearly 45,000 adults in last January’s American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to be suffer from heart disease than people who ate meat and fish. A Harvard University study of 37,698 men and 83,644 women, in last year’s Archives of Internal Medicine, concluded that meat consumption raises the risk of total, heart, and cancer mortality.
Indeed, each of us can find their own fountain of youth by adopting a meat and dairy-free diet. An internet search on “vegan recipes” or “live vegan” provides ample resources.