Letters to the Editor, Nov. 16, 2012
An appeal to the folks in Pa.
EDITOR: I am writing to your Pennsylvania readers to say hello from the smallest state in the union, Rhode Island. I am a seventh grade student at Goff Junior High School in Pawtucket, R.I.
For my geography class we are working on a semester long project in which we are responsible for creating an oral written and poster project on a particular U.S. state. I chose my report on Pennsylvania.
Could you please publish this letter in your paper so that your readers could help me on my project? My teacher explained that first hand information from citizens of Pennsylvania would be much more helpful then the Internet.
If your readers could send me some information or pictures or tourist information it would help me so much with my project. Your readers could send the information to me right at school. Thank you for your help with the report and project.
Goff Junior High School
974 Newport Ave.
Pawtucket, RI, 02861
Agriculture is serious business
EDITOR: Agriculture is Pennsylvania's largest industry with more than $5.7 billion of food and fiber produced on our farms each year. It generates $45 billion into our state's economy. The Commonwealth ranks within the top 10 states in the production of more than 20 of those products.
That's certainly a notable lineup of commodities. But it's important to remember that all of these items don't magically appear on the shelves of our grocery stores. They get there thanks to a remarkable partnership of farmers, scientists, equipment manufacturers, processors, food brokers, financial lenders, truckers, advertisers, wholesalers and retailers.
Nov. 16-22, is National Farm City Week, when we recognize and celebrate this partnership. Rural and urban residents are "Partners in Progress" who produce and consume the products and make them readily available through an efficient production and marketing chain.
When we buy food and fiber that is produced in the Commonwealth, we support, advance and help preserve all the elements of our food system, beginning with the farm families who proudly fuel this economic engine.
This month, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, let's remember the vital farm-city partnerships across Pennsylvania whose work contributes to the quality of our lives. Rural and urban communities working together have made the most of our rich agricultural resources, and have made significant contributions to the strength of our Commonwealth's economy. For this, we can give thanks.
Help for the homeless
EDITOR: This letter has been sent to the Bradford County Commissioners.
While there is no shortage of ideas and input for how to spent the impact fee revenue from natural gas drilling, we nevertheless strongly urge you to consider spending some of the revenue on housing for the homeless and displaced. They have suffered tremendously from the housing shortage and increase in local rents. Services such as TACO and Grace Connection are running on fumes because of demand that far exceeds previous years. We as churches are doing our best to keep these ministries open, but with winter approaching there are serious questions about how effectively we will be able to meet the needs of those who are falling through the cracks.
Please keep the needy of our community in mind as you proceed with allotting revenue from natural gas drilling.
Rev. Jira Albers
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran, Towanda
Rev. Dr. Barry Ballard
Wyalusing Presbyterian Church
Rev. Karen Ballard,
First Presbyterian Church, Rome
Rev. James Hollister,
First United Methodist Church, Towanda
Rev. William Klees,
Community Alliance Church, Monroeton
Rev. Rachel Stahle, PhD,
First Presbyterian Church, Towanda