Cherry Blossom entrance fee
Five dollars for each person to enter Central City Park during Cherry Blossom? There are no passes you can purchase for the week. In previous years you could purchase an unlimited parking pass for $25. That was great. I went every day and watched the Coca Cola stage, got some food and a beverage and peanuts from the firemen. If you have to pay $5 every time you go to the park, you don’t go. For those with two or three kids and two parents, you’re talking about $25 for one time entry. I feel this is going to hurt the vendors and the rides. I certainly will not pay $5 just to get a corn dog.
It was reported on the news that CBF staff wanted to count people. No. There are other ways to count people; this is about the money. I have always been an advocate for the Cherry Blossom Festival. I go get booklets with the schedule and pass them out. I encourage others to go do something Cherry Blossom. I decorate my car, my house and my sidewalk. This entrance fee put a screeching halt to my Cherry Blossom fun. This makes me want to take down my blossoms and boycott the whole festival.
-- Dale Sayler
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‘By the book’
I recently mailed a letter from the City of Allentown to the tax commissioner in Wilkinson County and put the street address instead of a post office box number on the envelope. Someone at the Irwinton Post Office took the time to write the post office box number along with the ZIP code plus-4 number and put the little yellow strip on the bottom of the envelope and returned the letter to me.
I do appreciate the time to put the information on the envelope, but I have a hard time understanding why the letter was not placed in the correct mailbox instead of being returned to me. The man from Jeffersonville who is over the Allentown post office informed me that the proper procedure was followed because I did not have the post office box number on the envelope. Once upon a time the post office did everything possible to deliver the mail to the correct person but not anymore. They will spend more time returning a letter than putting it in the correct mailbox so they can say, “We did it by the book.”
-- Robert Davidson, mayor
Cut and paste
I am so upset. When a person writes a letter to the editor and emails it, why in the world can’t the paper “cut and paste” the letter like it is written? I have submitted letters before and something is changed, but the jist is about the same.
Not today. I wrote a letter last Tuesday and it said: “I read the heartbreaking story of the man indicted for the murder of Bud and June Runion, and then I read how “courteous and polite he is ... even the jailers seem to like him.” In the paper it said, “I read how courteous and polite he is, even the jailers seem to like him. His attorney had the nerve being quoted saying “Hasn’t this family been through enough to have to hear this?”
Are you kidding me? The attorney is the one who talked about how polite and courteous he was. I said, “Hasn’t the family been though enough, etc.” Do you not see the difference in what I wrote and what was printed? Why is it necessary to even redo our letters, especially when they are emailed? This makes me look like a fool and really it is the paper that is the fool (and please don’t get that wrong).
-- Betty Parker
Every voter votes?
The president is raising the idea that voting should be mandatory for all citizens. As long as there are uneducated or gullible voters who don’t research or understand the implications of their votes, this is a dangerous idea. As the uneducated young girl said about candidate Clinton, “I don’t know how he’s going to pay for it, but I like what he said he’s going to give me.”
We now know that our grandchildren will be paying for her “freebies.” Remember Peggy Joseph, the gullible woman who said of candidate Obama, “I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car, I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage”? Six years later she now says, “He lied about everything,” but we’ll be paying the consequences of her vote for years.
Making voting required, even for people who either don’t care or won’t learn enough to get responsibly involved, is itself irresponsible.
-- Dan Topolewski
So much for stifling
I don’t think any of the politicians lamenting the recent FCC ruling have actually read it. Even if they did they apparently don’t keep up with current events. Sony just announced it’s offering a new streaming TV service to compete with the many services already out there (Hulu, Netflix, etc.) -- the very week after the ruling that will supposedly stifle competition, innovation and investment in the Internet.
I guess Sony is more concerned about making money and obviously thinks the naysaying politicians don’t know what they’re talking about. I’m inclined to agree.
-- Matt Dykes
Nancy Pelosi and a host of other Democrats roundly castigated House Speaker John Boehner for inviting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress, claiming it was an attempt to bolster the prime minister’s re-election chances.
Now we’ve learned that Obama operatives were hard at work in Israel supporting anti-Netanyahu efforts on behalf of a tax-exempt organization that allegedly received $350,000 in funds from the State Department to help ensure Netanyahu’s defeat.
Never mind the legal implications of the U.S. State Department channeling tax dollars through a tax-exempt organization to influence a foreign election.
Pelosi and company have elevated hypocrisy to an art form, and the Obama administration continues to operate as if any end justifies all means.
-- Steve Wooley