EDITOR: I felt compelled to write a letter describing how the Tennessee Gas Pipeline changed my life. I'm a single mom, restaurant owner, and an overall hard working American. In the spring of 2011, I heard the pipeline was coming to town. So like any other business owner, I thought "opportunity to make money." So I went down to the yard in Beachlake, Pa. Introduced myself and welcomed them into our town. I hoped if they got a day off they might stop in and have lunch at my restaurant. Well it worked! They started to come in and eventually asked me to come out to the yard and set up a little breakfast stand. That way they didn't have to stop in the morning, they could just go to the yard and get breakfast there.

That's when everything changed! This group of men and women became family. I learned about their families. How they missed their children and loved ones at home. They were trying to make better lives for their families, by sacrificing their own. They worked many, many hours in all kinds of weather trying to get their jobs finished. My daughter, who was 13 at the time, would go with me to help out. She would write down their names and something about them, so that we could remember all of their names. Normally, I would not bring a young girl to a construction yard full of men, but these men were different. Kind and respectful. Southern hospitality at its finest. She would look forward to seeing each and every one of them, each morning.

I often do benefits. That summer was no exception. There was a young soldier, named Jeremy who was terminally ill and stationed in Texas. His dying wish was to see his family. The morning of the benefit I brought my donation jar with me and asked for monetary donations. I was hoping to raise a few hundred dollars for the family. That morning everyone gave no 1's, and 5's but 20's, 50's and 100's for a young man they never met. With their help, we raised over $4,000 dollars for him.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline changed me for the better that summer. Yes, I made money and I worked hard for it. More importantly, I met wonderful men and women who I believe to be the soldiers on the war of energy and independence. They're trying to make us independent of other countries for our natural resources. Why should we be dependent on other countries. When we have the resources right under our feet. The gas line brings many opportunities with it. They employ many local people. The enhance businesses in many ways. They use the laundromats, grocery stores, restaurants, banks, hotels, hair dressers and many more. I only saw the good that these people brought to my life. I am not an employee of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, but I am proud to say that they're family. When they come back again, I would recommend to everyone to welcome them into your family. We are all in this together. We need to remembers this is our American and these men and women are our brothers and sisters.

Laurel Gardner

Honesdale, Pa

Holy dilemma

EDITOR: There are plenty of things you can find fault about in our area, but the biggest disgrace has to be the condition of the Bradford Towne Center Shopping Mall parking lot, just off the ''Golden Mile." If you have shopped there, in that wasteland of holes, tire puncturing pits and deep depressions, you know where and what I mean! It is as close to Pot Hole Heaven as you can get. This has been going on for years.

With great effort, steering wheel dexterity, and a heck of a lot of luck, I can make it to Tops or Rite-Aid with just a frame rattling shudder or two. I quit trying to go to Penneys or K-Mart weeks ago. The last time I was in TOPS and Rite-Aid, I told whomever I could find, who looked like they might pass it on, that we would stop shopping at this mall unless something was done about this dangerous mess. They claim they are equally upset, but the parking lot repairs are beyond their control. This has got to be a bonanza for the tire stores - the story is that one woman blew out a tire on her car.

Apparently the Wysox Township supervisors don't stop or shop there, or more importantly, they don't care. If Chairman James Roof, Jon Kulick, Kenneth Whipp, Gary Foster (road foreman) and Kurt Lafy did, they would demand improvements from the owners of the mall. I suspect our three county legislators and Tina Pickett don't go there, either. How else can you explain such indifference to this dangerous situation?

Let the merchants know you are upset to the point where you will boycott their businesses, unless prompt corrective action is taken! It is an embarrassment to Wysox, Towanda, and Bradford County.

Guy and Marti Abell


Holy war?

EDITOR: Recently at Florida University an instructor told his class to write the name, Jesus, on a piece of paper, throw it on the floor and stomp on it. One student refused to do so for personal religious reasons and was threatened with disciplinary action. I realize that the instructor is constitutionally entitled to his opinion. However, so is the student who refused to participate. But remember, the so-called War on Religion is a myth. Jon Stewart and Bill Mahr say so, so it must be true.

Ken Robertson