LETTERS

We must end hatred for immigrants

Abbey Adams

West Middlesex

 

As I watched clips of the president’s rally, which was planned to respond to the original day of Mueller’s testimony, I was saddened.

His sad rhetoric about immigrants is abhorrent. He wrote the tweets. The words have come out of this mouth and we cannot continue to act as though he is an innocent.

I hope that the readers from this highly ethnic area appreciate what he is doing. I hope that they remember the stories of their parents and grandparents, about how they were told to go back to where they came from.

I hope they remember the stories of the NINA signs which stood for “No Italians (or Irish) Need Apply.”

I hope they remember how they were thought of as less because of the country the family came from or the work they did.

I remembered this poem, which was written by a German pastor in postwar Germany. There are many versions of this, but it does not matter which group is named, the sentiment is the same. This version of Martin Niemoller’s poem goes like this:

“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.”

We cannot let this go further. We owe it to the immigrants of our past. Our families. We owe it to the future immigrants and to our own children to stop the hating.

 

Don’t confuse worth and value

Ed Blaus

Hermitage

Do you know the difference between value and worth? Many don’t, and they suffer the monetary consequences. In the world of art (music, paintings, literature) value and worth are not synonymous. In the arena of collectables (stamps, coins, china, Zippo lighters) there is a fierce contest between value and worth.

Things get a lot worse when value and worth come in contest with antique matters (Egyptian Gods, Incas’ remnants, King Henry VIII dinner napkins, Ben Franklin’s spectacles). In recent times, two giant manufacturing factions, the auto industry and the furniture market, have been responsible for utter confusion between value and worth.

Huge discounts on sales of products and “come on” promises of additional goodies puts a big strain on the beholder. If the item is worth less than the stated value, then somebody is lying (which often is not a mortal sin in the business world). I make my choices of selections on most anything by asking myself these questions: Do I need the “whatever” thing now? Am I too sentimental to even consider something so ostentatious? Am I too gullible to discern the falsehood of the offer?

Sometimes rushing to a business judgement is best left for another day and for a second opinion.

 

The life of a Mercer County Democrat

Polly Kimes

Sandy Lake

 

I would like to share my experience of what it is like to be a member of the Democratic Party in red tide Mercer County.

I have lived my entire life in Mercer County as either a Republican, and independent or, now, a registered Democrat. I have raised three adult children, all graduates of Lakeview High School. I belong to the Stoneboro Garden Club, deliver Meals On Wheels and used to attend a local church.

Before the election of Obama, no one seemed to care what political party I belonged to. However, after the election of our first black Democratic president, things started to go pretty crazy. I was heckled in my church by a pillar of the community that I should leave the USA for voting for a black Muslim. I was ridiculed about my liberal letters to the editor. I was denied a donation for a community event from a local garage. I was heckled by former classmates at the local grocery story. I was harassed on Facebook with Fox News propaganda and pictures of Obama with a noose around his neck.

However, after eight years of this hate and disrespect of my views, I thought with a new president, things would calm down and this division would stop. But after the election of Donald Trump, it has escalated to a new level. It is now acceptable to verbally assault and shove a Democrat at a polling precinct just because they have a different view on a woman’s right to choose. A candidate for county commissioner can campaign on his pro-life values as a qualification for a county position when a county elected official has no power to change this federal law of Roe v. Wade.

This is a toxic political environment and if someone is proud to run on the Republican platform – of taking away a woman’s right to choose, supporting gun rights without common sense gun reform of background checks, not raising the minimum wage, not wanting health care for all, taking away clean air and water regulations, closing environmental centers, not taxing gas drilling companies to pay for our local roads and infrastructure, thinking Dollar General and low-paying jobs are bringing back the middle class, not funding planned parenthood centers – then these are my reasons for not voting for a registered Republican who is not willing to denounce this Republican party of hate, greed and power at any cost.

If this is the party platform they support, that is how they will vote at the expense of the county taxpayer. We should be better than this.

 

Two-way bike path not needed in Sharon

Linda Krivosh

Sharon

A two-way bike path on Sharpsville Avenue. Seriously? What Einstein thought this one up. This is not Boulder, Colo. This is not San Francisco, Calif. This is Sharon, Pa., for heaven’s sake.

On one of the more congested roads in downtown Sharon – one in which semi-tractor trailers travel frequently – someone decides to put a two-way bike path. Just wait until the crashes begin and, unfortunately, they will begin. Unbelievable.

Most people don’t think I’m playing with a full deck, but I have to seriously question your marbles. Just saying.