My associates and I are asking that the Centre Region Council of Governments mandate within the update to the ACT 537 Regional Sewer Plan that UAJA adopt a Rate Resolution that charges a uniform rate for sewer service to all customers based on water meter readings and educate all customers on the benefits of replacing old plumbing fixtures with new plumbing fixtures that will use less water and thereby generate less sewage, which will help insure the sustainability of our water and sewer systems. Most progressive sewer authorities bill their customers for sewer service based on water meter readings. This is fair to all customers in that:
Do we need any further evidence of “climate change” (the very term forbidden by deniers)? It’s not Harvey himself, nor his sister. No one could have predicted their arrival, but the scene was set for their devastation by rising and warming waters, that is, climate change. Now the air and water are poisoned.
Essential to the founding of this country was the idea of limited government — individual freedom. Rugged individuals in the wilderness, individuals making their own way, manifested their own destinies. But that was then. Today is 2017 and not 1776, and today government is anything but limited.
Thank you to the Centre Daily Times and the McClatchy Company for adding the Extra Extra section to the online CDT. The Extra Extra section typically adds 26 pages to the print version of the CDT, with in-depth articles covering topics including U.S. and global news, politics, opinion, science, technology and food. For example, the Sept. 15 edition provided a six-page review of NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn and its moons with amazing photos from its 20 year voyage. Extra Extra has full-length articles from the New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press and other large city newspapers. Kudos to the online CDT for providing deeper fact-based news articles and additional opinion columns.
On Sept. 5, it was announced that the Trump administration will be winding down DACA, which permitted foreign-born, but long-time American residents to freely live and work in the United States. Rep. Glenn Thompson and Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey must lead in Congress by devising legislation that continues to allow them to stay in this country and ultimately yields a path to citizenship. As integral parts of our communities, churches and families, they are already Americans, because this is the country they know best and love. It is unconscionable to deport members of our society on the basis of a situation that they had no control over. Ripping young Americans away from their families and friends to send them to countries where many have little to no ties shows a complete lack of empathy and compassion from the leaders of these great United States. As a community, we must hold our representatives and senators to task and ensure that they act to make our nation’s policies reflect American values of inclusivity, respect and cooperation.
In this past Sunday’s CDT, DaeSean Hamilton was appropriately described as an “unsung hero.” Another choice for that designation might have been Saeed Blacknall, who also had a great game on Saturday and who, for reasons unknown, has not even been able to make it onto the CDT’s game day depth charts.
Kill the Muslims. That's how the latest version of the Muslim ban is shaping up. Started shortly after Donald Trump made it clear to the world that Muslims were not welcome in the United States, other countries started their own, more brutal and deadly effective ban.
A huge and very powerful hurricane has hit Florida. That such a hurricane — one of the largest and most powerful ever seen — would encounter the U.S. shouldn’t really come as a shock. I have been getting emails that relate hurricanes Harvey and Irma to climate change. Because of climate change, the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico are getting warmer and the air can hold more moisture. From both of these effects energy that feeds the hurricanes is increasing. For an explanation on hurricane formation, see https:// spaceplace.nasa.gov /hurricanes/en/. Unfortunately, we have as president a person who doesn’t believe in climate change and considers all such reporting to be “fake news.” So we can’t expect him to address underlying causes. But we can expect these kinds of hurricanes in the future because the warming water in the Atlantic will undoubtedly feed other big hurricanes.
Last year, the CDT published an article regarding the State College Community Land Trust and affordable home ownership for the community. It caught my attention because I often work in the State College area as a home inspector/radon contractor. I wanted to bring it to the community’s attention that the commonwealth is trying to impose a $50 tax on all homeowners who wish to install a radon mitigation system in their homes. That’s the equivalent of imposing a $50 tax to install a water heater or any other appliance. Myself and other radon contractors have opposed the tax, but it appears the commonwealth is moving forward with it regardless.
I read David Brooks in the New York Times Tuesday, as I do regularly, and though I don’t generally agree with his politics, I always find comfort in his goals. In this column, he talked about putting the needs of others ahead of the narcissistic focus upon the self.
Many years ago, as a favor to my father who was under consideration for a civil service position, I began my political life as a registered Republican. And I might have remained so — back then, Republicans such as Nelson Rockefeller, John Lindsey and Bill Scranton stood for reasonableness, balanced budgets, and often, a fairly progressive social policy. But the party itself was on the wrong side of history: pro-Vietnam War (this was the late-’60s), and anti-civil rights (remember Nixon’s “Southern strategy”?). And so, I switched my affiliation to the Democrats.
Long-time residents of the Centre Region may have originally come for jobs, but we stay in part because of the area’s natural beauty. Central Pa. has good schools and other amenities, and the beauty of the Appalachian landscape and the proximity to nature make us proud to call this area home.
Since Donald Trump’s Electoral College triumph, the enthusiasm and activities of Klu Klux Klansmen and neo-Nazis — and the political problems they lay bare — have been compared with the activities of the party unofficially called the Know Nothings during the decade before the Civil War.
We’re in the midst of an explosion of activity related to the development of autonomous vehicle technology. What was once a figment of science fiction, self-driving cars — officially known as highly automated vehicles — are ready to make their mark in a big way, particularly here in Pennsylvania. Within the next 20 years, they will begin changing how we live, travel, do business, move goods, provide services, and keep our roads safe.