Letters to the Editor 6/18/2013
Troy football should be played in Troy
EDITOR: I am writing this letter to the editor because I am unable to attend the meeting on Tuesday night, but I would like my opinion known.
I have lived in Troy my entire life, 62 years. I went to Troy Schools and so did both of my children. My father taught at Troy High School for 38 years. IN 1948 he got the School Board to approve the football program and he was the coach who started it. Every home game has been played at Alparon Park since then.
The Troy Lions Club purchased the property that Alparon Park is located on because they felt it would be a great place for the community to come together for activities and various events. The park was then donated to the town of Troy. The property is owned by the Troy Boro Municipal Authority. The Troy Lions built the Troy swimming pool, as well as the tennis courts and the Trojan Booster Club built the basketball court. The Troy Municipal Authority did not have the money to develop the park, so the people in the community formed the Alparon Park Committee to do so. The Troy Boro Municipal Authority leases the park to the Alparon Park Board. The park was further developed from many hours of volunteerism.
I have been a member of the Troy Lions Club for 35 years and they have run the concession stand for home football games that entire time. They also donated well over $100,000 to the school for various projects. I have also been a member of the Trojan Booster Club for over 20 years. The Booster Club runs the concession stand for the JV football games and the 50/50 drawings for varsity games. In 20 years, the Boosters have donated over $300,000 to the school for various sports equipment, in addition to the equipment for the weight room.
The School Board and the administrators need to know the park is run by the community with representatives on the board from the following: Troy Boro Council, Granville Township, Troy Hospital Auxiliary, Wells Township, Troy Lions Club, Sylvania Lions Club, Troy Rod and Gun Club, Western Alliance EMS, Troy Swimming Pool, American Legion, Troy Area Horsemen, Armenia Township, Chamber of Commerce, Troy Fire Dept. Auxiliary, West Burlington Township, Bradford County Heritage Association, Troy VFW Post 8675, Troy Rotary Club and Troy Area Schools. These people who sit on this board are all highly respected people of the community. I feel they have been as fair as they could be in regard to the rent they are asking. These people certainly don't want to charge the school any more than they have to.
By moving home football out of Troy, you could certainly cause hard feelings between the community and the school. This would create a no-win situation for both parties. I think my father would turn over in his grave knowing the football program that he worked so hard to get started in his hometown was played somewhere other than Troy.
Enough is enough
EDITOR: Congratulations to Mr. Hettich and Mr. Lamphere for representing the people of the Towanda Area School District.
Was I surprised at the business manager's request for her new contract? No!
In my opinion, the administration has been in control for years with the school board showing up to vote yes to their whims. If the vote does not go their way, an executive session is called and then a new vote is taken. This happened several times when I was on the board.
One does not micro-manage the administration.
Are the salaries out of control? Yes.
Do not forget the fringe benefits - medical insurance (I guarantee their contribution is low toward their premium), sick and vacation time, comp time, conferences, mileage and whatever else is deemed necessary in the name of education.
In the meantime our taxes go up, parents are charged fees for extracurricular activities, class sizes increase or courses are eliminated, and the list goes on.
It is time for the administration to be held accountable and the school board to finally take the reins and be the boss.
Will this happen?
It is up to the people of this school district to say enough is enough.
Honored to be a volunteer
EDITOR: There are times in my life I wished I had chosen a different path.
I've seen, smelled, heard, felt and said things I wished I never had. But on the other hand, my senses witness things I wished would never end. I have traveled all around the United States and maybe came to your door at some point in my journey. I have seen Mother Nature at her worst. I have seen family's lives, businesses torn apart.
I've witnessed death and the birth of life.
You hate it when you see me on your door step, but after awhile you hate to see me go. I must say we have a love/hate relationship. You see, I'm not trying to sell you anything or ask you for something. You see, I'm an American Red Cross volunteer.
I was born with a desire to assist you without discrimination. No, I'm no saint, even though you have called me that a time or two. I'm not even one of a kind -- there are thousands of me. We call ourselves the American Red Cross.
We make no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. We endeavor to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress. We are humanitarian. We try to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found.
Our purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. We promote mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace among all people. We do not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature. We maintain autonomy from all government, to provide relief without being prompted in any manner by desire for gain and last to ensure that the movement is worldwide and that all societies have equal status and responsibilities.
After saying all that, I must retake my earlier statement that I wish I had chosen a different path in life and reinstate I'm glad I chose the path I did. I'm proud and it's an honor to me to be an American Red Cross volunteer.
EDITOR: In Arthur Clarke's science fiction novel "Childhood's End", benevolent aliens from forty light-years away visit Earth, end all wars, help form a world government, and essentially create a utopia. When asked why they were helping mankind, their reply was, "Your race has shown a notable incapacity for dealing with the problems of its own rather small planet."
On the real Earth, we can expect no help from non-Earth entities or from mythological super beings. We are on our own and had better shed this "notable incapacity" to deal with our problems. Earth really doesn't care if humans go extinct. The planet will do just fine without us.
As with any problems, a solution first requires the realization that problems exist. And yes, we have a multitude of them. The top problems, from a quick internet search include: species extinction, war, nuclear proliferation, malnutrition and hunger, clean water, health care, population growth, peak oil consumption, renewable energy sources, education, poverty, and climate change. This letter will address climate change.
Recent writers to the review (Jun 12, 2013) disagree with the vast majority of climate scientists about climate change. Mr. Reith claims that the temperature rise from 1930-70 was zero in spite of increasing industrial output. He is correct if you ignore pre-1930 and post-1970 data. The temperature increases on both sides of the 40 year lull. This is referred to as cherry picking the data to make your point. Mr. Reith claims that there is more ice at the Artic and Antarctic than in 1979. Not quite. According to his reference, Arctic ice has been decreasing (not increasing as he claims.) He is correct that Antarctic ice has increased, but this is sea ice. Antarctic land ice has been decreasing.
To quickly address his other claims: the last decade has been the warmest on record; chlorofluorocarbon concentrations don't correlate with temperature increases over the last century; from 1850 to 1970, temperature and solar activity both increased, but from 1970 to today, the temperature increased while solar activity leveled off; since 1985, North Atlantic tropical storms have increased dramatically.
Dr. Mullendore makes a valid point about the Little Ice Age around 1700. This is also a subject of speculation for climate scientists. However, solar activity leveled off around 1970 while temperatures increased. Dr. Mullendore states that temperatures haven't increased since 1996 and he is correct, although he ignored an unmistakable trend. Average temperatures were flat from 1970-78, from 1978-87, from 1987-1996, from 1996-2003, and from 2003 to today. However, the relentless overall trend from 1970 to today has been upward, as are carbon dioxide levels.
Could the vast majority of climate scientists (97 percent) be wrong about climate change? Absolutely, but it is very much more likely that it is the vast minority of climate change deniers (3 percent) who are.
I'll close with a few more references. Tom Chapin, in his song "Walk the World Now, Children" sings, "Walk the world now, children, treat it lovingly, And the world will last forever and a day." However, I tend to be a pessimist and relate to Norah Jones in "Sinkin' Soon" when she sings, "Well were gonna be sinking soon." But just maybe we'll eventually figure out, before it's too late, how to deal with our "notable incapacity."