Downingtown suffers loss of World War II veteran and community leader
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
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
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
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