Letters To The Editor's blog




Ben Price, CELDF

On November 15, 2010, South Fayette Township in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania passed a zoning ordinance regulating the location of oil and gas extraction activities in the municipality. The ordinance was drafted by the Township and cleared by its Zoning Board in an attempt to protect from fracking as much of the community as possible through the land-use regulatory authority delegated to the Township by the State in the Municipalities Planning Code (MPC). What the Board of Commissioners adopted is an ordinance they cleared as to legality with their municipal Solicitor. They played it safe. They colored inside the lines.

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Greetings from Tait Farm

News from Tait Farm

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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2010

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2010


 Penn State’s University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) is pleased to announce its third annual breakfast in celebration of International Women’s Day, to be held Tuesday, March 16 at 8:30 a.m. in Heritage Hall of the HUB. Featured speaker this year is Ann Tickamyer, professor of rural sociology and head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology.   Her scholarship focuses on rural poverty and development, gender and work, and social welfare provision in the U.S., Indonesia, and Southeast Asia.  She will speak on the timely subject of “Women in Disaster Relief and Recovery.”  Read more »


How Do We Fix Our Healthcare Problems? A breakfast event

A community breakfast event:

How Do We Fix Our Healthcare Problems?

A Community Discussion on Federal, State and Local Remedies  organized by Citizens for Healthcare Reform on March 20th, Saturday,  8:30-10:30AM at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in Innovation  Park. 

The event will be co-sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist  Fellowship of Centre County (Social Action Committee) and Voices of  Central PA (local independent newspaper).  Suzan Erem, Managing  Editor of Voices of Central PA, has been asked to serve as moderator.We are planning on representatives of the nursing, pharmacy and  physician professions to present a 5-7 minute sharing with us of  their concerns and ideas about their professions and then Chris  Calkins, Director of Penn State Outreach Health Initiatives, and  Sajay Samuel, Professor of Accounting and STS, Smeal College of  Business will join the presenters for a question and answer session  with attendees.  We are inviting our state legislators to also be our  guests as state healthcare legislation is now pending in PA State and  House Committees. Health Care 4 Central Pa

There will be a healthful buffet breakfast at 8:30AM (coffee. tea,  yogurt. Read more »


Scrutinize defense spending

        Defense spending is by far the largest expenditure of our federal government, and it's increasing every year. The Defense budget represents about half of all U.S. discretionary spending. Our Defense appropriations exceed the total amount of defense spending by all other nations in the world -- combined!  Defense spending is one of the largest contributors to our huge deficits.         We are embroiled in two wars, racking up deficits, and Americans are not willing to pay for them by having their taxes increased. We can't have it both ways; either we pay for our wars, or we incur further deficits.         The U.S. no longer can be the world's sole policeman. It will take the combined efforts of all civilized nations to help stamp out terrorism throughout the world.         The Defense Budget is a 'sacred cow' that few legislators seem willing to trim because they will almost certainly be labeled as being soft on defense -- or even worse, 'unpatriotic'.         There is always fat and waste that can be trimmed in any budget. Defense Department budgets should receive the same scrutiny as any other department of our government and should not be immune from legitimate cuts in unnecessary, wasteful spending.           Paul G. Jaehnert 


A correction please for the Ahimsa Village article

Regarding the Ahimsa Village article in this section:http://voicesweb.org/archive/08apr/08apr-community-lifestyles.pdf

Dear Editors,I appreciate your fine article on Ahimsa Village Community near Julian. However, I recommend a couple of corrections, if you run them. Barbara Anderson (not Andersen) founded O-An Zendo, which is a meditation center, not a mediation center. Regards,Hazel HunleyPennsylvania Furnace, PA 16865


The CDT's recent and inaccurate editorial should be publicly corrected.

Yesterday's CDT editorial [4/17] criticized candidates for not filling out the Project Vote Smart Political Courage Test, a questionnaire about their positions on various issues. Please do not form opinions about our candidates based on this editorial, as it is incorrect.  The CDT claims most of our candidates "refused" to take the test. If the CDT had called our candidates rather than simply looking at the Vote Smart website, they would have found that most of the candidates did fill out the form, or attempted to fill it out on-line but could not get the program to work. Project Vote Smart apologized to candidate Tim Wilson for not acknowledging his submission, saying they had converted to on-line submission this year, and had experienced problems. At least 30 groups have sent lengthy questionnaires to candidates. Filling them all out is over a week's work per candidate. Additionally, the CDT Voters' Guide says Rep. Scott Conklin did not respond to the League of Women Voters questionnaire. That is untrue. He did submit his information. We hope the CDT will print appropriate corrections. Read more »

Recent Decision to Open State Forest to Gas Drilling Has Environmental Cost

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' decision to open 75,000 acres of Pennsylvania's State Forests to shallow gas drilling combined with that agency's decision to consider opening 45,000 acres of State Forest land to industrial windplant development indicate that the department's decision-makers have a poor understanding of the adverse effects of forest fragmentation. It is impossible to construct miles of roadway associated with gas wells or miles of roads and transmission lines associated with industrial windplants and not cause severe forest fragmentation.

These adverse effects of forest fragmentation include reduced habitat area, habitat isolation and loss of species from an area, disruption of dispersal, increased edge effects and loss of core habitat, and the facilitation of alien invasive species. Due to their linearity, roads and transmission lines have particularly pronounced fragmentation effects.

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