Letters from the week of Oct. 18 – Bucks County Courier Times
America disappoints the world
America has embarrassed itself in the eyes of the world. America once was a shining light to the world because of our ideals of freedom and democracy. But now America has shown the world it cares more about maintaining power than defending its ideals.
Ordinary people, especially women, who felt they could count on the support of Americans in charge to fight against cruelty and repression, now feel they have no protection. Power-hungry leaders capriciously rule the roost.
Instead of voters choosing their leaders, leaders control the elections to ensure they stay in power. Helpless, citizens feel that America has deserted them and they have nowhere to turn.
I am not talking about Afghanistan. I am talking about the Republican administrations in many states and especially in Texas where laws have been passed to disenfranchise voters and to restrict women’s freedom.
America should be ashamed of what Republican leaders are doing to the rights and freedom of women and to our democracy.
Vote them out so that Republican leaders can no longer desecrate our true American ideals and, once again, America can be a beacon of light to the world for freedom and democracy.
On a different January day, we saw the ‘Deep State’
A recent (Oct. 14) guest opinion opined that Brian Fitzpatrick is focused on Medicare but that the author “can’t get past Jan. 6.”
Well, I can’t get past Jan. 4. Most people reading this assign little significance to Jan. 4. However, that day foretold what was to happen the next four years.
On Jan. 4, 2017, then-Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.” This was a warning to then-President-elect Donald Trump.
It was at that moment that the American people caught a glimpse of the “Deep State” and the unelected power brokers that control/run this country.
As imperfect as Trump was/is — and his flaws are many — he was duly elected as an outsider to Washington D.C. politics. The “Swamp” and “Deep State” did everything they could to remove him from office. And the corrupt media and big tech did the dirty work for those unelected, faceless bureaucrats.
I cannot and will not get past Jan. 4, 2017, and the actions of top officials, before and after Jan. 4, to bring down President Trump.
Trump is not the “existential threat.” The real threat to the republic is the intelligence community “Deep State” that Chuck Schumer proudly referenced.
Response to editorial about COVID-19 experience
As I read Joshua Friedman’s (Oct. 17) letter about his experience with COVID-19, I was reminded once again that we must follow the science.
In 1918, we didn’t have the breakthroughs we have now and so many died, including an ancestor of mine at about age 20. Mr. Friedman’s experience with the coronavirus could have been much worse if he was unvaccinated.
I am waiting for the day I can get my booster. As a registered nurse, though retired, I keep up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, and National Institutes of Health information about COVID-19.
So far, I have been able to avoid getting sick and am careful when I go out, masking when necessary, washing hands frequently and generally following healthy behaviors.
Reading about George Washington’s mandating smallpox vaccines was something I did not know and thank Mr. Friedman for bringing it up. Even back then some followed the science.
Was recount worth $5.7M cost?
Forbes reported that the recount of 2.1 million ballots in the Maricopa County, Arizona, presidential election showed that Biden had 99 additional votes and Trump had 261 fewer.
Biden won by 45,469 votes. The cost of that recount was $5.7 million. The Republicans demanded the recount. Was it worth the cost?
What might the cost be for the Pennsylvania Republicans’ collection and analysis of voters’ personal information in the last two elections that will be charged to taxpayers in Pennsylvania? Send the bill to the Republican state committee. Those elections are over. Stop this expensive lunacy.
Freedom to Vote Act is essential for our democracy
A recent surge of statewide voter suppression bills and ongoing attempts to erode fair and secure elections requires federal action. I call on our Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey to act now to implement national standards for federal elections to protect our democracy.
The Freedom to Vote Act would protect people’s right to vote, end partisan gerrymandering and help to eliminate the undue influence of dark money in our elections. Let’s get it passed now.
Thanks to Fraley, veterans know they’re appreciated
Best wishes to retiring Bucks County Department of Veteran Affairs Director Dan Fraley. He made Bucks County veterans know they are appreciated.
My husband was a U.S. Navy veteran and three of our five children are U.S. Marine Corps veterans. The person that replaces Dan Fraley has big boots to fill.
Western sunrise deconstructed
If President Biden announced that on Dec. 1 Earth would reverse direction and from then on the sun would rise in the west, most of us would think that he had become unhinged. In fact there would be considerable pressure to use the provisions of the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
On the other hand if Donald Trump were to make the same announcement, 30 million-plus of my countrymen would believe him. Further, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson would lead those Americans to believe that anyone who doubted Trump was part of the vast, radical, left-wing socialistic movement led by Nancy Pelosi and, of course, AOC.
We live in strange times in a strange land.
Martino’s PAC money
It’s sad to read about the amount of money Doylestown’s Paul Martino’s PAC is giving to school board candidates who oppose masking in Central Bucks and surrounding areas.
At a time when those of us who are masked and vaccinated are bringing down the spread of COVID-19 and keeping schools open, Martino is backing school board candidates opposed to masking mandates.
Martino says he wants to keep schools open. Well schools are open, so why keep up the fight? Those numerous lawn signs are not grassroots support, it’s Paul Martino’s money.
Money shouldn’t buy an election. Please don’t decide who to vote for by reading lawn signs. Find out more about your local candidates’ position by going to this paper’s website or the League of Women Voters website.
Talk with your neighbors. Schools should be about educating children, not sowing division.
Respect and courtesy, please
At an otherwise nonpartisan “Meet the Candidates” event that took place Monday in New Britain Borough, two of the Democrat candidates for borough council, Lori Kesilman and Robyne Kelemen, launched a venomous attack on the Republican candidate for mayor.
After professing to be nonpartisan in their opening remarks, both Democrats not only demeaned Jeff Gilmore, the Republican candidate for mayor, but made statements that could easily be taken as an overall attack against Republicans in general.
The event was well attended by residents of the borough and the “ground rules” were that it should be civil and not demeaning. Obviously, Lori and Robyne didn’t fully understand the rules they had agreed upon prior to the event.
This is an example of the “rules apply to thee but not to me,” which we have witnessed repeatedly on all levels of government lately. In the future, I would hope that all candidates respect their opponents and treat them as they want to be treated, with respect and courtesy.
David Holewinski, mayor
New Britain Borough
Cecchine for Lower Makefield Tax Collector
Rebecca Cecchine, Lower Makefield Tax Collector, has given dedicated service to the township and residents since 2002. Prior to that she served 11 years as township finance clerk and systems coordinator.
Becky initiated the township’s original website and initial computer network; she has long been active organizing special events like the annual Veterans Day parade and helped start the LMT Farmers Market.
Her dedication, personal service, and concern for the community and residents make her a unique tax collector. She is always ready to answer questions, provide information, and explain assessments. She ensures that every tax bill is accurate and that tax payments are promptly processed for real estate transactions.
Becky has automated payments to banks and worked with the school district to give us the option of installment payments of school taxes. Instead of outsourcing to a costlier third-party service as some municipalities have done, Becky has personally handled much of the tax billing processing. Her friendly, helpful and professional manner is demonstrated by the fact that she keeps her office open until midnight on deadline days, as well as other extended hours. She includes a list of community events with the tax notices.
None of these above-and-beyond customer service efforts is required of her position. Becky is one of Pennsylvania’s officially certified Qualified Tax Collectors.
On Nov. 2, show Becky our appreciation and support by re-electing her.
The significance of today
October 19, 1781 is one of the greatest days in American history.
On that day in Yorktown Va. more than 7,000 British and Hessian troops led by British General Lord Cornwallis marched in formation and surrendered to George Washington. The war between Britain and its American colonies finally ended.
Eventually, a peace treaty was signed in Paris on Sept. 3, 1783. The date Oct. 19, 1781 goes unnoticed by most Americans, but is one of the most historical events in our history and marks the beginning of our country as truly free and independent.
Berate and belittle campaign continues
Among the many promises made by candidate Joe Biden and his minions was “a return to civility” after the previous four years.
That promise, along with most of the others made, has gone out the window as we watch sponsored lackeys track Sen. Kyrsten Sinema into a ladies’ room and berate her for not going along with the progressive program. While one might expect some condemnation from the administration and the media, virtually none was forthcoming.
In fact, the president mentioned in passing that that kind of behavior is “part of the program.” No, Joe, not in America.