A promise to politicians who waste trees and my time
I'd like political candidates to know this:
During the year I hear about you and your issues, read about you in the paper and see you on TV, so I have already formed my opinion about you. So ...
If you stuff your campaign ads in my door I will not vote for you! (Besides, you're wasting paper and killing trees.)
If you call my house I will not vote for you!
If you leave your literature about your campaign in my mailbox (killing trees again), I will not vote for you!
If you try to hand me leaflets when I'm out (trees again), I will not vote for you!
Oh, yes, I will vote, but if you pester me as stated above, I will not vote for you!
Bigley is deserving
I honestly think that Kelly Eileen Bigley should have been endorsed by your paper because of her experience with working with the county court under her father, Senior Judge Gerald Bigley ("Common Pleas Picks," Oct. 25 editorial). She has been a hard-working lawyer for more than 10 years. She is a well-deserving candidate for Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. People will remember that.
JOSEPH R.J. KLEPPICK
This is his message?
U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy's recent letter to this paper about having no connection with fliers placed on vehicles ("Not My Fliers," Oct. 12) was another example of what he calls great communication from his office.
Sure, he has one of the highest congressional franking bills and he has been accused of using taxpayer-paid staff for campaign communications, and this is the message he wanted to share with us? Fliers? Mr. Murphy has been in our nation's Capitol for more than four years now. Where are his pontifications on Iraq, for or against; civil liberties, the Constitution, torture? Why not address some of the important issues in today's America?
No, you have decided to take time out of your busy schedule to address the really important stuff -- fliers!
I could not agree more with Denise Siegel Lederman on the PG covering Penn State students participating in the annual dance marathon, "THON" ("Postive Penn State," Oct. 20 letters). What an outstanding job these students do each and every year to raise money for children with cancer.
I viewed it all weekend long last year, from the Web, and could hardly hold back the tears. My daughter also would send photos via her cell phone, as she has been a supporter the last three years. Her stories are unbelievable. How many people would dance for two days to raise money for childhood cancer? How do they do it? They do. And they raised more than $5.2 million.
Ms. Lederman is right: Spread the good news about our Penn State students. They are awesome.
More great students
While the world frets its future based on the actions of our young people, those critics should have been at Gesling Stadium at Carnegie Mellon University recently for the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life" celebration.
My wife, Joan, an 18-year survivor, and I had the opportunity to walk around the track with other survivors and be thrilled beyond words, as the wonderful students from Carnegie Mellon (and some from Pitt) clapped and cheered us on as we passed by their stations, even running from place to place cheering and clapping as we walked past them.
To all those wonderful students and organizers of this event, we send our deepest love and admiration.
With young people like this, the world is a much better place, particularly at Carnegie Mellon University.
NORBERT O. GANNON
All about freedom
The National Transportation Safety Board issued safety recommendations for motorcyclists recently and uses powerful statistics to back its pro-helmet campaign. While its statistics are compelling, motorcyclists' personal rights as American citizens outweigh the statistics.
Motorcyclists have the right to freedom of choice, even if their choice is not to wear a helmet. Government legislators realize this personal right, even if they are backing legislation for "the freedom to be stupid" ("Motorcycle Diaries," Sept. 18 editorial).
While they may not agree with their own legislation, they recognize the constitutional rights involved. And it may be true that the chance of survival is, in fact, more likely if the rider is wearing a helmet; however, one must also consider that every motorcyclist is consciously making the decision to take that chance. Plus, current legislation does not prevent the use of helmets; it just does not require it in all states.
Being an avid off-road motorcyclist and future road motorcyclist myself, I realize the potential dangers in not wearing a helmet. While I would personally not ride without a helmet, I do not believe that the public or any other group should be able to limit the freedom of choice of others. So while the NTSB's recommendations are valid, they should be just that, recommendations.
Stylistically, Tony Norman's columns are a symphony of beautiful and perfect words -- this is a given. And on Oct. 16 ("Ann Coulter's 'Perfection' Storm"), his description of Ms. Coulter as "the tarty Torquemada" was almost too delicious.
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