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Erie group got here via for PACA amid pandemic
On this time of COVID-19, the Performing Arts Collective Alliance, like all theaters, shut our doorways. Throughout this hiatus, our board of administrators utilized our consideration to revitalizing our constructing. Previously 12 months, PACA accomplished 5 main tasks. We put in a brand new 14,000-square-foot roof, constructed two new People with Disabilities Act-approved wheelchair-accessible bogs, erected a brand new LED facade signal, upgraded our fireplace suppression system and created a brand new artwork gallery we’re naming The Skinny Gallery.
We may by no means have finished this alone. We first wish to thank our beneficiant funders, together with Erie Insurance coverage Trade, Erie County Gaming Income Authority, the Erie Neighborhood Basis and the various personal donors who make this work attainable. We additionally wish to say thanks to Northwest Financial savings Financial institution and the town of Erie financial growth employees for his or her assist in financing.
PACA prides itself on using native corporations. These corporations bend over backwards to make our tasks a hit. We wish to thank: McCreary’s Roofing, Adelhardt Builders, Karr Electrical, Pilewski Plumbing, G&F Metal Provide, Wm. T. Spaeder and Co., Maya Brothers Inc., Mark Aldrich, Mueller’s, Frontier Lumber, L&W Provide, Plyler Entry Programs and Lake Impact Dwelling Companies.
It was a remarkably busy 12 months. When the theaters in our group reopen absolutely, please take into account buying a ticket, even a season’s ticket. Consider the humanities throughout Erie Offers Day. With out your help, native arts can’t survive.
Mark Tanenbaum, PACA govt director, Erie
Radar weapons for municipal police nothing however a money seize
Each driver ought to contact their consultant and inform them to vote “no” on House Bill 606, which allows municipal police to make use of radar. Radar is just for cash, not security: This invoice is a tax on each driver.
What’s the motivation for giving municipal police radar? The radar foyer says as a way to make it simpler to implement velocity limits. However the velocity limits are politically set at unsafe speeds of between eight to 16 mph slower than the speeds individuals safely drive to make it simple to jot down tickets.
The Home must put an finish to the enforcement-for-profit-not-safety racket that has contaminated Harrisburg. Financing the federal government on the backs of drivers beneath the duvet of “security” is irresponsible.
The individuals can have really safer roads by the Legislature enacting a regulation to set all Pennsylvania velocity limits on the most secure velocity for every street: that velocity is the 85th percentile velocity. The Minnesota Division of Transportation defines the 85th percentile velocity as, “the velocity at or under which 85% of all automobiles are noticed to journey beneath free-flowing circumstances previous a monitored level.” Visitors and transportation engineers use the 85th percentile velocity as a information to set the velocity restrict at a protected velocity, minimizing crashes and selling uniform site visitors circulate alongside a hall.
When the posted limits mirror the speeds individuals really drive safely, there isn’t any want for over-the-top enforcement efforts. The lower than 3% who drive dangerously quick can simply be handled by regulation enforcement.
Tom McCarey, member, Nationwide Motorists Affiliation
In Erie, it’s nonetheless all about who you realize
I don’t perceive how Anthony “Buzz” Andrezeski couldn’t get the required signatures however all the opposite candidates did? Then he goes to Erie County Choose Daniel Brabender to get that requirement tossed out!
Good ole boys of Erie strike once more. In Erie, it’s who you realize to get what you need. This simply one of many explanation why Erie won’t ever change.
Julie Bertges, Erie
Do not forget to understand library employees
Erie County Public Library employees play a vital position in assembly the wants of our group, connecting patrons to library collections, programming for individuals of all ages, laptop know-how, social and well being providers and free entry to supplies that rework lives via training and lifelong studying.
On April 6 we noticed Nationwide Library Staff Day, a time to acknowledge library employees for his or her experience and management abilities in remodeling lives and communities via training and lifelong studying. The day additionally reminds the general public that libraries present customers with infinite alternatives for engagement, enrichment and growth.
To point out appreciation for library employees and the work they do all year long, library customers are invited to “Submit a Star” by offering a testimonial a couple of favourite library worker at ala-apa.org/nlwd. Every testimonial might be posted within the “Galaxy of Stars” on the NLWD web site to honor deserving library employees.
I encourage everybody to take a second and thank our library employees for the providers they supply and to remind all who depend upon them that our county works, as a result of our Erie County Public Library employees do!
Blane Dessy, director of the Erie County Public Library
It can save you a life by turning into an organ donor
Working within the well being care discipline, I’ve witnessed and labored alongside sufferers which have acquired kidney transplants. After a affected person is transplanted and absolutely recovered, they regain management of their life. A few of our sufferers dive again into the workforce and relationship world and start to journey. Sufferers get the life again that they’d previous to their kidneys failing, and it’s an honor to observe their drastic transformation. I really feel strongly about advocating for our affected person inhabitants and wish to make clear an ongoing difficulty our sufferers are dealing with.
The variety of individuals ready for a lifesaving organ vastly exceeds the variety of accessible organs. On common, our sufferers in Erie will wait 4 to 5 years earlier than receiving the decision that they should pack a bag and head to the hospital for an organ provide.
If the group may come collectively, we may decrease the wait time. How can this be finished? The reply is straightforward: Turn into an organ donor.
At the moment, 51.6% of Erie County residents are registered organ donors. Our numbers are greater than some surrounding counties, however I wish to problem our group to extend that proportion. To enroll or to acquire extra data, please go to donatelifepa.org.
If you happen to’re already an organ donor, thanks. Please assist me in spreading the phrase on the significance of organ donation.
Sharday Letzelter, Erie
Why did Buzz Andrezeski get particular remedy?
Final 12 months, on the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, when Gov. Tom Wolf’s lockdown order prohibited poll entry petitioning, the Libertarian Social gathering took the governor to court docket in search of a discount within the variety of signatures required for poll entry in gentle of the governor’s govt order. Our petitioners have been harassed and threatened with arrest by the police utilizing Wolf’s order as justification. Nonetheless, the federal court docket nonetheless dominated towards us and gave us no reduction regardless of the confirmed precise hurt we suffered.
Anthony “Buzz” Andrezeski had no such points. There was no lockdown order prohibiting him from getting poll entry signatures. No police threatened him. No police harassed him. Different candidates have been capable of get their signatures.
Choose Daniel Brabender’s considerations, assuming they’re real, are groundless. There’s nonetheless time for different candidates to get on the poll. Even Andrezeski may have utilized these strategies of getting on the poll when he realized he had no hope of assembly the requirement. In fact, he must recover from his laziness. Maybe, as an insider, it merely did not happen to him.
If a Libertarian, Inexperienced or Unbiased does not get the 1,051 signatures wanted for poll entry for this place, is the decide going to chop them any slack? Is Andrezeski going to, on precept, advocate for such? Previous expertise suggests not. If the opposition events have been denied reduction after they suffered precise, provable hurt, why is Andrezeski granted reduction over a light inconvenience?
Brandon Magoon, Libertarian Social gathering of Erie County chair
Sin, not disbelief, is what sends individuals to hell
This letter is in response to Mark Amatangelo’s current letter. Amatangelo is perhaps proper that I might be unsuitable about my religion in God. If I dwell my life as a Christian and I’m unsuitable, then I’ve misplaced nothing. But when I’m proper, then I’ve gained everlasting life. That is referred to as Pascal’s wager.
The letter author additionally states that an individual who’s skeptical about Christianity might be punished for eternity. To begin with, being skeptical is nice as a result of we’re designed that means. God desires us to hunt him with a humble coronary heart. After I admitted that I wanted a savior is when I discovered him.
However not believing in Christ isn’t what sends individuals to hell. Sin does. The daddy pleads with us to come back to his mansion. An incredible feast might be held there. Take a look at it this fashion: Say you received the lottery value hundreds of thousands however by no means redeem the ticket. That’s the best way it’s with Christ. You have already got forgiveness, you want simply to redeem the ticket. That’s why Jesus known as the redeemer.
The best way I take a look at it, we punish God by rejecting him. What father wouldn’t be grieved over a baby who tells his father he doesn’t love him or desires to dwell with him, however but nonetheless tells him that he desires his riches? In the long run, God says thy might be finished.
Dave Heintzel, Erie
Taxes fleece us in methods seen and unseen
If I keep in mind my accounting appropriately, the reply to “How a lot tax does an organization pay?” is that they don’t pay taxes. As defined to me, firms don’t simply take in tax will increase out of the goodness of their hearts. Fairly, they’ll elevate the worth of no matter good or service they supply in order that they will make cash and keep in enterprise.
Nonetheless, it is a politically invisible and acceptable solution to get individuals who purchase from firms (nearly everybody) to pay taxes throughout all financial and sophistication divisions. It’s really a great instance of equity, the place everybody pays and few are excluded. Higher but, most individuals don’t appear to really feel this invisible hand of their explicit pocket.
One other politically acceptable tax is the lottery and casinos. I used to be initially taught that playing is a tax on individuals that don’t perceive statistics/odds. From what I may see, most people plowing cash into these channels are those who can least afford it. This seems to be the brand new hope of the poor, sponsored by the state. A lot for serving to decrease earnings individuals with tax breaks.
Maybe if a lot was not taken upfront, the states and localities wouldn’t must beg so exhausting to get a fraction of it returned to us to do with it as we see match.
As Mark Twain mentioned, “The one distinction between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the pores and skin.”
Invoice Ulrich, Girard
Punish mother and father who ship kids alone to the border
The disaster on the southern border is a created one and must be referred to as out for what it’s doing to the migrants in addition to the nation. As of this writing, there are over 18,000 and counting unaccompanied kids within the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol. These are kids with no mother and father accompanying them.
There’s condemnation for the crowding by the Border Patrol and remedy of the migrants, in addition to the truth that circumstances within the camps are unhealthy breeders of COVID-19. Absent in all of the dialogue is the truth that the youngsters’s mother and father have positioned them in these circumstances, and so they have deserted their very own kids, some like those thrown over the fence by coyotes, as younger as Three and 5 years previous.
That is frankly youngster abuse: bodily, psychological, sexual and negligence by so-called mother and father, with nobody condemning them? These mother and father needs to be arrested, charged for abuse and abandonment when discovered and their kids needs to be cared for by others and given citizenship in our nation, absent their mother and father.
A loving father or mother would by no means let thugs, criminals and traffickers take their kids for the sake of a ticket to the U.S. Kids ought to by no means be used as pawns on this faulty immigration system.
Edward T. Brennan, Harborcreek
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