Letters to the Editor 2/12/2013
In need of board members
EDITOR: Penn-York Valley Habitat for Humanity is nearing completion of House No. 9 at its Paul's Court Development in South Waverly on Horizon Way. Construction was accomplished with the help of many volunteers who gave the best gift possible, their valuable time and energy. Without its volunteers, the Habitat for Humanity movement would not be possible. I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the many people who helped build this house.
Volunteers also make up Penn-York Valley Habitat's Board of Directors. Due mostly to attrition, our Board has dwindled to a number below that required by our Bylaws. Therefore, we are seeking people to fill these roles. If anyone reading this letter is at a station in life where you are able and would like to contribute to the good of the greater Penn-York Valley Community in a most meaningful way, please consider becoming a member of our Board and a participant in this valuable housing ministry.
Board members are asked to attend a meeting each month that normally takes an hour or less. Board members are not asked to contribute any money or physical labor, although both are always welcome. We provide a well rounded insurance program which includes Officer's and Director's liability coverage. Penn-York Valley Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation registered with both the New York State and Pennsylvania Departments of State. We are an Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.
Exciting times lie ahead for our Affiliate. For more information contact us in writing at P.O. Box 63, Sayre, Pa. 18840 or call us at (570) 888-3514.
David E. Vaughn
EDITOR: Let your readers come with this old man as his wife goes into the Wysox Post Office to buy stamps.
We see Kathy Camp, our rural route driver, loading the mail into her yellow jeep from the two step concrete stoop at the rear of the building. First a number of letter sized packets about six inches thick, are placed behind the left front seat. These are held tight with a single strap. The jeep has a right side drivers seat which allows easy reach to the roadside boxes. Next larger boxes are loaded into the rear of the jeep. A couple are so big they don't fit in right so she has to rearrange them. This is followed with a few more mail or work items placed on the left front seat. The last thing we see her do is to run the left door window down and place a large yellow flasher light on the roof. This is held in place by a large rubber suction base. Feeding the wire into the vehicle as she runs the window up to hold it in place. The right window is down a lot during the hours on the route and cold driving snow or rain is tough.
Many of us say, "Thank you" about Christmastime and this old man has had the privilege to also do so each spring, when the daffodils bloom. Two bouquets are cut and wrapped with wet paper towels. Tied with string, they are hung on the mailbox. One is for Kathy and the other is for Postmaster Penny.
People in town get mail right at their door in a box or slot. Some use a box at the post office, but we country folks walk out to a post mounted mailbox to get what these good workers have delivered.
George H. Smith
EDITOR: Now that Governor Corbett has taken to the bully-pulpit concerning the privatization of the state liquor stores, his tour throughout the Commonwealth has taken on an air of a magic show. Like a grand illusionist, he waves his hands about, distracting his audience. In the place of a scantily clad, pretty assistant, his distraction ranges from union busting to a billion dollars for education, from lower prices through free enterprise to twice as many liquor stores. Even if we know in our hearts that there is no guarantee that he can or will deliver on these distractions, how could we not follow them with our eyes? Regrettably, it is all only part of his obfuscation, a means of keeping your eye away from what is really happening.
When the fanfare plays and the "ta-da" is uttered, what will have disappeared is approximately 5,000 jobs in the Commonwealth. These are not just jobs; 5,000 people - your relatives, or friends, or neighbors - will be out of work or looking for work. Some of these people will have only served the Commonwealth for a few years, some for twenty, or thirty, or more years. 5,000 people who are not just making a living for their families, but working and making a profit for the people of the Commonwealth.
His sleight of hand does include promises to employees of re-education opportunities and tax incentives to those who buy the licenses if they hire former PLCB employees. Again, there is no guarantee that he can or will keep these promises, but the funding for this ultimately becomes the burden of the taxpayer.
If you thought making 5,000 people disappear is something spectacular, watch to see him and his cronies make a billion dollars disappear into thin air.
If this is a magic act you don't want to see, tell your representatives to vote against the dismantling of a system that is currently making money for the Commonwealth.