Bill would protect the PA landowners; Legacies of the President


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Bill would protect the PA landowners

I’m a senior at Gettysburg College. I am currently studying environmental policy, specifically Pennsylvania House Bill 2411, the Flooding and Stream Restoration Information Act. I am writing to express my support for the passage of this bill and other similar bills also included in the stream maintenance package. This law would go a long way towards enabling private landowners such as farmers to take flood protection into their own hands. Many people have seen themselves losing valuable land while waiting for government approval to take action to prevent flooding. It would also mandate the state to produce an annual report on flooding and river restoration in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. There would be transparency about financial spending and government efforts to prevent further flood damage.

As a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania, particularly State College, I believe this would be a valuable addition to Pennsylvania’s environmental legislation. Nature waits for no one, not even the government. It respects people’s time and resources and is a great example of liberal pluralism. Overall, I believe that the public should be informed about this bill so that they can contribute their personal opinion.

Erin Fitzgerald, Port Matilda

Legacies of the President

Troy Senik has written a new biography of a politician, Grover Cleveland, who has achieved what Donald Trump will attempt in 2024: win two non-consecutive terms as president. That’s where the similarities end.

For one thing, Trump never won the popular vote, although the undemocratic electoral college once got him into the White House. Cleveland, a Democrat, won the popular vote three times, although the Electoral College banned him from the White House after running for re-election in 1888.

On the other hand, their legacies. Important public events took place, but Cleveland’s presidency is little remembered. He did nothing that could be described as a turning point in American history. He was just known for honesty.

Mark Twain, a writer who did not flatter politicians, called Grover Cleveland “the greatest and purest American citizen … a very great President, a man who not only properly appreciated the dignity of his high office, but contributed to it.”

President William Howard Taft hailed Cleveland as “a man of the highest character, a father and husband of the best type…”

Whether Trump wins or loses in 2024, books have already described his legacy as a turning point. He brought the “crazy fringe” into the White House, made him the mainstream decision-maker in the Republican Party, and then attempted to retain his presidency through fake voters and an insurgent attack on Congress, a first for an American president. With the obvious end goal: a rule of law in the style of Vladimir Putin. Elections are held, but only Republican politicians can retain power.

John N Rippey, Zion

clarification of a letter

I reply to Mr. Adams’ refutation of my last letter to the editor with clarifications. First, I have not promoted the use of the Strategic Oil Reserve to make us energy independent. We need to tap into our oil and gas fields and complete the Keystone pipeline. The reserve should not be used for our energy.

Second, I didn’t say that the illegal immigrants are responsible for our COVID, the concern is that they weren’t tested so they could spread COVID. There are many problems with our southern border that I have clearly pointed out.

Third, Trump has not been confirmed to have colluded with the Russians in the 2016 election.

Hope this clears up the issues.

Linda Lochbaum, State University