Down­ing­town suf­fers loss of World War II vet­eran and com­mu­nity leader

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To the Edi­tor: Down­ing­town, Ch­ester County and coun­try lost a leader dur­ing the La­bor Day week­end when Michael Ya­worski died at the age of 92. He was one of the few re­main­ing vet­er­ans of the U. S. Navy dur­ing World War II.

Mr. Ya­worski served on the USS Arc­tic, which was a re­frig­er­a­tion sup­ply ship as­signed to the Pa­cific The­ater fleet. He achieved the rank of Boatswain’s Mate and was a gun­ner cap­tain who de­fended the fleet ships from at­tacks from Ja­panese Zero fighter planes and saw ac­tion in ma­jor bat­tles such as the Bougainville Cam­paign. Michael will be laid to rest at Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery.

Michael was a crowd fa­vorite on the Down­ing­town pa­rade cir­cuit as he was seen in many of the bor­ough’s Christ­mas and Me­mo­rial Day pa­rades as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the armed forces. He was hon­ored as the Grand Pa­rade Mar­shal dur­ing the bor­ough’s 2014 Christ­mas Pa­rade and was of­ten seen rid­ing atop fire en­gines and once on an an­tique boat.

Michael’s pass­ing is cer­tainly a loss to his fam­ily, friends and coun­try.

Glenn Usher Down­ing­town

Time for Ch­esco GOP to de­nouce Trump

To the Edi­tor: Don­ald Trump and Sec­re­tary Hil­lary Clin­ton faced off in their fi­nal de­bate, and once again Mr. Trump found new ways to em­bar­rass the Repub­li­can Party – and those in the Ch­ester County Repub­li­can Com­mit­tee and their can­di­dates who have con­tin­ued to en­dorse him.

Their sup­port con­tin­ues de­spite his com­plete lack of un­der­stand­ing of the US Con­sti­tu­tion and how gov­ern­ment works, his at­tacks on women, mi­nori­ties, and peo­ple of faith. Don’t for­get his at­tack on our vet­er­ans and the Khan fam­ily, and es­pe­cially his child­ish threats of vi­o­lence and in­abil­ity to ac­cept the out­come of the race if he loses.

You could add his dis­tor­tion of re­al­ity on im­mi­gra­tion, cli­mate change, Rus­sia, vot­ing rights, the Mid­dle East, taxes and the econ­omy, world trade poli­cies, health­care, the hand­i­capped, the work­ing poor, and Mus­lims. The US has never seen this de­gree of un­fit­ness in a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date – and yet none of th­ese fail­ures in char­ac­ter and lead­er­ship have led lo­cal and state Repub­li­cans to stop sup­port­ing his can­di­dacy. I think it’s time they ad­mit their “huge” mis­take.

Brian J. McGin­nis Chair­man, Ch­ester County

Demo­cratic Com­mit­tee

Sup­port for Truitt

To the Edi­tor: Neg­a­tive, un­truth­ful cam­paign­ing is all around us in 2016. That’s hardly news. But I’m struck by how much of it we’re see­ing on the lo­cal level, par­tic­u­larly in Carolyn Comitta’s dis­hon­est cam­paign against State Rep. Dan Truitt. In her at­tempt to un­seat him, ca­reer politi­cian Comitta is bom­bard­ing vot­ers with at­tacks that just aren’t true.

Per­haps Comitta’s big­gest lie is about Rep. Truitt en­dors­ing Don­ald Trump. It never hap­pened. I looked up the ar­ti­cle cited in Ms. Comitta’s at­tacks and – guess what? – Mr. Truitt was talk­ing to Del­e­gates to the Repub­li­can Con­ven­tion not en­dors­ing Mr. Trump.

Then I dug a lit­tle deeper and found that Rep. Truitt is like us: he doesn’t re­ally like ei­ther of the ma­jor party choices this year! All you have to do is look at his face­book ac­count and there it is. But even with th­ese facts so eas­ily found, Carolyn Comitta con­tin­ues her false at­tacks.

Mrs. Comitta also tries to paint Rep. Truitt as too ex­treme. That’s funny be­cause a lit­tle re­search shows he voted in fa­vor of a bill to ex­pand back­ground checks for gun pur­chases and is cospon­sor­ing a bill to re­quire gun own­ers to re­port lost or stolen guns. Truitt also has a strong record on the en­vi­ron­ment. He sup­ports a sev­er­ance tax on nat­u­ral gas and the PA En­vi­ron­men­tal Scorecard gives him a rat­ing nearly twice the av­er­age of all his House col­leagues — Repub­li­can and Demo­crat.

Dan Truitt is a sen­si­ble, in­de­pen­dent leg­is­la­tor and his record shows it. Mrs. Comitta should stop the false at­tacks. Suzanne Cog­gins

East Goshen

A vote for Kampf

To the Edi­tor: As Elec­tion Day draws ever closer, more and more fo­cus is be­ing placed on the race for Pres­i­dent, and while the next leader of our great coun­try is crit­i­cally im­por­tant, we in Penn­syl­va­nia face a crit­i­cal cross­roads at the state level, too.

The pen­sion debt in Penn­syl­va­nia con­tin­ues to grow and we need to elect lead­ers who are will­ing to work on com­mon­sense so­lu­tions to lower the debt and take the bur­den off of our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren. That is why I strongly sup­port War­ren Kampf for re-elec­tion to the State House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. War­ren has been a leader on pen­sion re­form and has worked on both sides of the aisle to de­velop so­lu­tions to this crit­i­cal prob­lem.

War­ren has led ef­forts to move to­wards a de­fined con­tri­bu­tion, or 401k-style, plan for all new hires. This will limit prob­lems in the fu­ture, while up­hold­ing the prom­ises we have made to cur­rent work­ers and re­tirees, who have not been neg­li­gent in their con­tri­bu­tions to the sys­tem.

Be­yond the pen­sion cri­sis, War­ren has also worked to bring jobs to our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. For in­stance, one lo­cal busi­ness in Phoenixville cred­its War­ren and his staff for help­ing them nav­i­gate the red tape of reg­u­la­tory agen­cies in Har­ris­burg to al­low them to open their doors and hire lo­cal em­ploy­ees. We need this kind of lead­er­ship for our com­mu­nity.

Ad­di­tion­ally, War­ren has sup­ported spend­ing the most money in our state’s his­tory on ed­u­ca­tion, without in­creas­ing broad-based taxes. With two chil­dren, War­ren un­der­stands the value of a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion. But War­ren has also fought against Gov. Wolf on his ef­forts to hike sales and in­come taxes that would hurt hard-work­ing fam­i­lies like mine.

War­ren Kampf has a clear, proven record of fight­ing for small-busi­ness own­ers, stu­dents and fam­i­lies, and that is why I be­lieve it is im­per­a­tive to send War­ren Kampf back to Har­ris­burg to work for us. I will be vot­ing for War­ren on Tuesday, Novem­ber 8, and I hope you will join me!

Eric Smith Phoenixville

Think, pray and vote

To the Edi­tor: I am a Born-again Chris­tian. My heart is bur­dened by the present con­di­tion, and on­go­ing di­rec­tion, of our coun­try. Our fore­fa­thers based our found­ing un­der the di­rec­tion of our one true Leader: Our God to whom we pray. Heroic women and men of our Armed Forces fought and died to de­fend our Na­tion, while Chris­tians sat back and let this Blessed coun­try slip away.

This cru­cial elec­tion is not po­lit­i­cal — It is spir­i­tual. It is time for all Chris­tians to rise up, put on the Whole Ar­mor of God, and join the fight.

Sadly, twenty-five mil­lion Chris­tians failed to vote in 2012. We are com­plicit in al­low­ing just one in­di­vid­ual to re­move God from our schools. Are we to al­low just one more per­son to take God out of our coun­try? We ALL need to get to­gether and fast and pray. And ev­ery Pas­tor needs to gather his con­gre­ga­tion on Mon­day Novem­ber 7th for an all-night­prayer-war­rior meet­ing. We have to look at bi­b­li­cal prin­ci­ples, then THINK, PRAY and VOTE. Bar­bara Jean Spahr


The change Penn­syl­va­nia needs

To the Edi­tor: My name is David Cleary and I am an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date for the State House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, 160th Dis­trict. I am not af­fil­i­ated with any po­lit­i­cal party, just a cit­i­zen run­ning for elected of­fice. I am ask­ing that you con­sider vot­ing for me on Novem­ber 8th.

I am an air­craft sys­tems en­gi­neer, project man­ager and for­mer Naval Of­fi­cer with the skills, lead­er­ship and in­tegrity to serve the cit­i­zens of Penn­syl­va­nia’s 160th House Dis­trict. I was born and raised in Bis­marck, North Dakota (same home­town as Ea­gles quar­ter­back Car­son Wentz). I left my child­hood home for the Naval Academy. After grad­u­at­ing from the Naval Academy, I re­ported to flight train­ing and earned my wings of gold as a naval flight of­fi­cer. My naval service in­cluded a tour in Ja­pan and two de­ploy­ments in sup­port of Op­er­a­tion South­ern Watch (the no-fly zone es­tab­lished over South­ern Iraq). My mil­i­tary service awards in­clude the Navy Achieve­ment Medal, South­west Asia Service Medal, Mer­i­to­ri­ous Unit Com­men­da­tion, Kuwait Lib­er­a­tion Medal and var­i­ous other service awards while serv­ing in the Navy.

I am an ac­tive mem­ber of the com­mu­nity and sev­eral vet­er­ans’ or­ga­ni­za­tions. I am the past chair of a youth soc­cer league and I have coached var­i­ous youth sports teams. I am a mem­ber of Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 93, VFW Post 6835, the Navy League of Philadel­phia and a Red Cross vol­un­teer. I am a fund raiser for the Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Autism re­search (OAR) and help raise aware­ness about autism through marathon run­ning. I have also served as the fam­ily readi­ness co­or­di­na­tor for an Army Re­serve unit.

I have a Bach­e­lors of Sci­ence de­gree from the United States Naval Academy and a Masters in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion from Saint Joseph’s Univer­sity. I live in Con­cord Town­ship, Penn­syl­va­nia with my wife Pa­tri­cia Tug­gle and four chil­dren James, Bev­erly, John and Michael.

I am run­ning for of­fice be­cause I don’t like what has be­come of our state gov­ern­ment. Our rep­re­sen­ta­tives are too con­trolled by the pup­pet strings of their po­lit­i­cal party cau­cuses and the spe­cial in­ter­est po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tees (PAC’s) that do­nate to their cam­paigns. We ex­pect our rep­re­sen­ta­tives to be the peo­ples’ voice, and be a check and bal­ance on the op­er­a­tions of the state’s ex­ec­u­tive and ju­di­cial branches. I in­tend to be that voice that re­stores pub­lic trust in our state gov­ern­ment.

Our leg­is­la­ture is the 2nd costli­est in the coun­try while Penn­syl­va­nia is the 6th most pop­u­lace state. The over­head cost to pay for large staffs is un­nec­es­sary and shows a lack of fis­cal dis­ci­pline. To­day’s state gov­ern­ment is bloated with ex­cess and waste. We need leg­is­la­tors that un­der­stand how a smaller more ef­fi­cient gov­ern­ment op­er­ates, and can trans­late that mind­set to the broader op­er­a­tions of all lev­els and branches of state gov­ern­ment.

Penn­syl­va­nia needs open, trans­par­ent gov­ern­ment in all branches and at all lev­els in Penn­syl­va­nia. The 2008 open records law writ­ten and passed by our leg­is­la­ture falls short in many ways. The leg­is­la­tors who passed the rightto-know law (RTKL) con­tinue to use pri­vate email for their work. They never in­tended for this law to in­clude their ac­tions as pub­lic of­fi­cials.

Eth­i­cal prob­lems con­tinue to plague our state. The bar for eth­i­cal be­hav­ior of our elected and ap­pointed gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials is very low, if it even ex­ists. I con­tacted Penn­syl­va­nia’s Ethics Com­mis­sion about a ju­di­cial can­di­date who did not that he was an of­fi­cer and part owner in a busi­ness that was delin­quent in pay­ing $200,000 in prop­erty taxes. It is bad enough a judge does not think he needs to pay taxes like ev­ery­one else, but the Ethics Com­mis­sion ac­tu­ally de­ter­mined that the judge’s fail­ure to re­port the prop­erty tax delin­quency was not an ethics vi­o­la­tion? I will quote Thomas Jef­fer­son on this one; “Tyranny is de­fined as that which is le­gal for the gov­ern­ment but il­le­gal for the cit­i­zenry.”

We need elected of­fi­cials who will not look the other way when there is gross mis­con­duct. Lead­ers who will de­mand high eth­i­cal stan­dards from our pub­lic of­fi­cials. I have the ex­pe­ri­ence, ap­ti­tude and in­tegrity to re­store pub­lic trust in our state gov­ern­ment and to work as a leg­is­la­tor to make our state gov­ern­ment more cost ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient.

Your bal­lot will have 8 races for you to vote on Novem­ber 8th. I will be in the 8th race listed on the bal­lot and I would like you to con­sider vot­ing for David Cleary to be your next Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Penn­syl­va­nia State House. David Cleary Con­cord Town­ship

Not all Repub­li­cans are the same

To the Edi­tor: I have heard in­ces­sant dis­cus­sions that we have the poor­est Pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nees in US his­tory. I tend to agree. Many feel the way to protest this trav­esty is by not vot­ing.

How­ever, this form of protest cre­ates a dif­fer­ent trav­esty. There are other can­di­dates run­ning for of­fice, be­low the top of the ticket, who will also im­pact our lives, far be­yond the years they will serve us in of­fice. Their in­flu­ence gives us a rea­son to vote. It also of­fers us con­fi­dence and hope. This is just one of the re­deem­ing fac­tors of our great Con­sti­tu­tion.

In the 6th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict, US Con­gress­man, Ryan Costello demon­strates this hope. Zeal­ous Democrats may ob­ject to his party af­fil­i­a­tion. But, a closer look at his record re­veals that me­dia-con­trived Repub­li­can stereo­types do not ap­ply.

Con­gress­man Costello ranks in the 10 per­cent of House Repub­li­cans who joined bi-par­ti­san leg­is­la­tion. His con­vic­tion rests on what is best for Amer­ica. He has co-sponsored leg­is­la­tion that sup­ports vic­tims of sex­ual abuse and ex­pe­dited new treat­ments of rare diseases. He serves on Com­mit­tees and Cau­cuses ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the lives of vet­er­ans, ad­vo­cat­ing for an­i­mal rights, com­bat­ting human traf­fick­ing, re­solv­ing the heroin epi­demic, de­feat­ing child­hood can­cer, and find­ing a cure for Alzheimer’s Dis­ease.

If the thought of not vot­ing has crossed your mind, please re­con­sider. If you only vote your party’s ticket, you may be part of the po­lit­i­cal prob­lem. If you think you know all about ALL Repub­li­cans, please think again. Suzanne Har­ris

West Ch­ester

Only 1 can­di­date for AG will pro­tect our rights

To the Edi­tor: There is a sharp con­trast be­tween the two can­di­dates vy­ing for the po­si­tion as Penn­syl­va­nia’s top law en­force­ment of­fi­cial. One can­di­date has a proven record of stand­ing up for our Sec­ond Amend­ment rights and pro­tect­ing our com­mu­ni­ties; the other is tak­ing huge sums of money from out-of­s­tate spe­cial in­ter­ests who openly seek to erode our Con­sti­tu­tional rights.

I’ve had the priv­i­lege of serv­ing with Se­na­tor John Raf­ferty for the past eight years in the Gen­eral Assem­bly, where he has com­piled an ex­em­plary record not only in terms of up­hold­ing the rights of re­spon­si­ble gun own­ers, but also in en­sur­ing dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals face the con­se­quences they de­serve. His record of pro­tect­ing our com­mu­ni­ties against crime is un­par­al­leled in the Se­nate.

Per­haps more im­por­tantly, I’ve come to ap­pre­ci­ate his tem­per­a­ment and thought­ful treat­ment of the is­sues. I have no doubt that he would bring a strong sense of honor, hon­esty and prin­ci­pled lead­er­ship to the Of­fice of At­tor­ney Gen­eral – some­thing that was sorely lack­ing dur­ing the ten­ure of dis­graced for­mer AG Kath­leen Kane. Raf­ferty’s care­ful, eth­i­cal ap­proach to the job will en­sure both our com­mu­ni­ties and our Con­sti­tu­tional rights are pro­tected.

The same can­not be said of his op­po­nent. After ac­cept­ing a $250,000 check from a no­to­ri­ous New York City gun con­trol ad­vo­cate, Josh Shapiro made it clear that he would use the Of­fice of At­tor­ney Gen­eral as a means to place more oner­ous re­stric­tions on re­spon­si­ble gun own­ers, in­clud­ing vic­tims of vi­o­lent crime. His track record in the Gen­eral Assem­bly sug­gests that he would do ab­so­lutely noth­ing to keep guns out of the hands of crim­i­nals, but would in­stead fo­cus on mak­ing life more dif­fi­cult for those of us who wish to legally pos­sess a firearm for recre­ation or self­de­fense.

We have al­ready seen the dis­as­trous con­se­quences of elect­ing an At­tor­ney Gen­eral who is more con­cerned with pushing his or her own val­ues on Penn­syl­va­ni­ans in­stead of sim­ply up­hold­ing the let­ter of the law. I am con­fi­dent that vot­ers won’t make that same mis­take twice.

We need a fighter who will stand up for our rights and en­sure crim­i­nals are held ac­count­able for their ac­tions. Only by elect­ing John Raf­ferty as At­tor­ney Gen­eral can we en­sure our Sec­ond Amend­ment rights are pre­served and be­gin to re­pair the dam­age that has been in­flicted on the of­fice over the past four years.

State Se­na­tor Richard Al­loway,Franklin, Adams, York, Cum­ber­land coun­ties

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