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Dear Editor,
This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion, and during these 30 years 40 million unborn babies have been aborted.
I had the privilege of participating in the March for Life on January 19, 2003 sponsored by St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church. As we came to each intersection, we repeated these phrases: “Every child has the right to life, every child has the right to happiness, every child has the right to liberty”.
I would like to warn our readers against ever choosing abortion. There are many severe medical complications, such as perforated uterus, torn cervix, infection, future inability to have a child, severe long lasting depression for the parents of the child, especially the mother and most recently studied, an increase in the chance of the mother developing breast cancer.
Late term abortion, often called “Partial Birth Abortion” never is necessary. If the mother is having complications associated with her pregnancy, the baby can be delivered alive, and cared for in a neonatal nursery.
Let us remember God’s word in Deuteronomy 30: 15-16, “See I have set before you this day and life and good, and death and evil”.
It is my prayer that pregnant women will choose life.
Kathryn H. Lewis M.D.
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Dear Editor,
That massive wagonload of political spin from the Borough Building which was disgorged across your front and inside pages Saturday, January 18, was perfect affirmation and illustration that the present Borough administration cares only for and has allegiance only to the downtown landlords.
A “beautiful downtown” does nothing for the total community. Even if all the store fronts are filled, it helps only the landlords who would then have somebody else — shoppers — to pay their bills. Oh, yes, the “lovely downtown” and its shops would offer jobs… jobs that would pay only minimum wage… and below that if the owners thought they could get away with it. Some help!
The mayor put much effort in having this town listed as low income and welfare populated in order to get state grant money. Who does she get grants for… welfare for property-bloated landlords. I think that interpretation of welfare is not quite what the state had in mind when it put the town on the low income list.
This has so far been one of the coldest winters on record. There are at least 75 homeowners shivering in dangerous, in-need-of-repair-homes, while Mayor and Council giddily seek and hand out more and more grants to a comfy few.
Why aren’t our administrators who were elected by ALL the people, ALL the taxpayers getting help with ALL the community? Where is our share of the search grants for new industries, the grants for home repairs, the grants for upgrading residential streets and sidewalks that other communities’ mayors and councils are getting… grants drawn from the tax monies we ALL pay the state and federal governments.
I’ll tell you where — they are in those communities whose officials work and care for the total community. Tyrone’s administrators obviously have the same opinion of us as Rhett Butler did for Scarlett in that famous last line of that famous book.
It appears that here, integrity, ethics and dedication to the total community have also gone with the wind.
Viva La Revolution
Dan Meckes

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Dear Editor,
This letter comes to you to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who helped us when our daughter Mara was missing last weekend.
I have lived in Tyrone my entire life, but never realized how close knit this town could be until something like this happened to our family. In addition to family members, many friends, especially Lori Friday, neighbors, the police department, especially Officer Jessica Barlick, the members of the fire department, came together and worked for one goal, to help us find our daughter.
My husband and I have learned a valuable lesson and we would like to share that with other parents. Mom’s and Dad’s KNOW who your kid’s friends are. When we first realized that Mara was not where we thought she was, a friend and I literally had to drive from home to home because we didn’t know Mara’s friends last name or parents names. We went to the home of a young lady where we thought she was staying and she told us, no I thought she was going to so and so’s house. So we went there and repeated the procedure until we woke up about eight families between 10 and 11 p.m. Friday night. Many of the parents involved in this realized we really didn’t know our children’s friends full names or addresses. You think we live in a small town until you try to find a missing child, and then Tyrone seems enormous.
We have now created a My Friend’s List and are having our children fill in their friend’s names, their parent’s names, addresses and phone numbers. Any time our children want to go to a friend’s house, we insist on having all this information before they are allowed to go.
Our hope in writing this letter and sharing our experience is that some of you will learn from our “mistakes” and not let this happen to you. In this instance this was simply a matter of miscommunication. Mara had two friends with very similar first names and we misunderstood where she was going.
Again, thanks to the Tyrone Police Department and everyone who took part in the search.
Sincerely,
Ron and Jackie Beckwith
and the entire Zimmerman family.
Tyrone
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Dear Editor,
After talking with Snyder Township resident Helen Mengel, I feel I must both subtract and add to my January 11, 2003 remarks. What Mrs. Mengel told me is typical of the buddyism and behind the scene shenanigans of the present head of the Tyrone Dynasty that has ruled the local school system for over half a century. The last time it cost the Tyrone Area School District over $20 million. This time it was your turn, Snyder Township Residents.
I cannot here elaborate on Mrs. Mengel’s story of the history of Pyramid and TAHS Head vs. Snyder Township for it could be discounted as hearsay.
But I do subtract the implication in the third paragraph of my remarks that you Snyder Township Residents should’ve been present to object when the decision was made to bring Pyramid into your midst. According to Mrs. Mengel, that decision was made outside public meetings.
What I can tell you is TASD Board Member Becky Emenhiser is now a Pyramid employee. How’s that for conflict of interest? And speaking of conflict of interest, two perfect examples (with nepotism thrown in) are Borough Council members Jim Beckwith and Bill Latchford.
Now I urgently add that you Snyder Township Residents — as well as ANY interested persons — should talk with Mrs. Mengel and join her task force in her continuing quest against political duplicity and illegal maneuvering for private gain by public officials which has characterzed both the borough and education establishments’ operations in our area.
A democracy works only when responsible — AND CARING — people represent and govern the entire community rather than benefit a self-proclaimed elite faction within it. If those responsible and caring people are not the governors, if they are members or puppets of the elite, what you have is a plutocracy into which this area and, indeed the country, is fast evolving.
Is there no solution, no way to reign in our omnipresent imperial wolf-pack of plutocrats at our jugular?
If you care, if you are more than a couch-potato-squawker, February 3, you can pick up your petition to run for Snyder Township Supervisor (requires 10 signatures) or TASD School Board seat (requires 10 signatures) or Tyrone Borough Council seat (requires 10 signatures) in the upcoming May 20 election. You can start circulating the petition for signatures February 18. And you can turn in your petition — complete with 10 signatures — by March 11.
There’s the solution. Now where’s the responsible AND CARING candidates?
Viva Le Revolution
Dan Meckes
Tyrone

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Dear Editor,
I am through excoriating La Mayor and the cohorts of her chamber. They will do what they will do, as any politician will do — strive for the implementation of their own vision, bound to leave behind evidence that they have “been there”. Cheops had his pyramid, La Mayor has her corner hotel… both of them monuments to the past.
The reason politicians will do as they will do is the lethargy of the ordinary citizen who lay back like sleepy cats until somebody steps on their tail and they squawk — too late.
Case in point, the Snyder Township citizens who are now protesting the school for problem kids set down in their midst. Too Late! Where were you when your supervisors were discussing and voting on the decision during months of open meetings?
Case in point, La Mayor and her cohorts ae shifting Community Development Block Grant Funds into Phase II of the borough’s streetscape program. These funds are meant to aid the entire community but the streetscape program — La Mayor’s monument to herself — is going to gobble up another $310,000 iniatially meant for the ENTIRE community, not just the small community of property-rich landlords. Good for her. The excellent politician that she is has put another star in her crown. How does she do it? Nobody says to her, “NO!”, that’s how. And now it is too late.
Too late for the 75 persons who have qualified to have some of that $310,000 put into sorely needed electrical, plumbing and heating improvements to their homes, homes that need sewer laterals, repairs to windows, roofs and accessories for the handicapped. Where were you, you 75 qualifiers, when La Mayor and her Chamber of Royal Garter discussed and decided to keep feeding the portly landlords without even tossing you a crumb? Didn’t their “Let them eat cake” attitude move you off your posteriors? You had thousands to gain and nothing to lose except the time it took to sit through deliberately boring council meetings. Now its TOO LATE.
Whu don’t you 75 homeowners find out who you are and collectively attend the next council meeting? Would that be too much to ask of you — to simply demand your share of hundreds of thousands of dollars La Mayor and her court have showered upon the downtown landlords? I guarantee you that had 75 of you crowded into La Mayor’s playpen you would’ve shaken her resolve — perhaps even returned her to reality. Tyrone is not a playground for the rich. Tyrone is a town fill of people struggling to stay afloat in the dissolving economy that surrounds us and the last thing it needs is another Marie Antionette.
If you had bullied La Mayor as she bullies her way with the town, maybe La Mayor might recall what happened to Sweet Marie and take note, rather than blithely dismiss dissenters as “three or four letter writers who like to see their names in the paper.”
You 75 homeowners and the rest of you Tyroners should be aware that politicians have one fatal flaw. Their ego blinds them to everything but their own vision and deafens them to everything but the sound of their own voice.
Of course you 75 pilfered homeowners could collectively hire a lawyer and hit La Mayor and her court with a misappropriation of State funds suit. Now there’s a thought. That would get their attention.
Election is coming up again. Potential candidates are taking out petitions. Another chance to oust the royals, another opportunity for the common man to have representation is upon us. Royalty can be toppled. It’s time to roll out the tumbrels.
And we don’t need the guilliotine, only the ballot box.
Vive Le Revolution!
Dan Meckes
Tyrone
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Dear Sir,
Title IX in athletics. In 1972 the idea of equal opportunity for female athletes was a much needed and honorable idea. Title IX in athletics in 2003 is anything but honorable. It has become a law that has been twisted, turned and manipulated into a litigation sledge hammer that is used by certain womens organizations to extort more money from college administrations. More times than not anymore, the extra money comes from the termination of men’s sports teams. This law tht was once simply about equal opportunity is now about control of money, more and more money/
This once honorable law now legally forces college administrations to discriminate against male athletes that compete in traditionally non profit making sports, i.e. wrestling, gymnastics, track and field, swimming, golf, even baseball and many others.
Proportionality is the magic word (because quota does not sound as polite) the women’s sports organizations use to defend their position of more MONEY. Their definition of proportionality has caused the demise of hundreds of men’s college sports teams. Proportionality has led to this fact, there are more than 600 NCAA women’s teams than men’s teams. Yet, this is not good enough, the drive is continuing for more and more money. At this pace I guess what will make these groups happy is if Division I football and men’s basketball continue to make more and more money, eliminate the scholarships with these programs and all other men’s sports programs and give all the money to female athletes.
Title IX must be refined — now, not later!
Edward Yarger
Philipsburg