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Donald Trump as president? The very thought is terrifying

I am writing in reference to Diana McGlone’s Sept. 21 column, “Here are the reasons I’m voting Donald Trump for president.”

She is quoted as saying, “Donald J. Trump is an example of the American dream and success story. He exemplifies that if one works hard and remains persistent, they too can be successful.” She truly believes that he will bring back jobs and improve our economy, make our borders safe by building a wall and all his other absurd, egotistical promises.

I’m not sure if Ms. McGlone is aware that he inherited his “American dream” from his father. For a man who wants to bring back jobs and “make America great again,” why does he have at least six different companies in other countries? 

He is paying minuscule wages and receiving large profits, at the American worker’s expense. He considers this “The Art of the Deal” and “being smart.” 

Mr. Trump claimed bankruptcy six times. By not keeping his financial word, he forced many small companies to go out of business (not because he couldn’t afford to pay, but because he has high-powered attorneys that know all the loopholes so he can legally avoid paying his fair share). He considers this “The Art of the Deal” and “being smart” as well.  This is also why he refuses to release his tax returns. 

His attitude and disrespect for women is deplorable. He is obsessed with thin, beautiful women, and is quick to point out other people’s indiscretions and offenses. However, what makes Mr. Trump the moral compass? 

Mr. Trump has blatantly insulted many races and nationalities. He was quoted as saying his No. 1 source for foreign policy advice was himself, because “I have a very good brain, and I’ve said a lot of things.”

He claimed to know “more about ISIS than the generals do.” And, if elected president, he will fire all the generals and hire his own people. He has tried to minimize the many sacrifices of our military, in particular Sen. John McCain and those who have lost loved ones, to his perceived sacrifices.

The thoughts of this narcissist being our country’s leader terrifies me for not only America’s future, but for the entire world.

Paula L. Kinney


formerly of Lower Swatara Township

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:10

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Work remains to fix Pa. liquor system

Pennsylvania lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf took steps this year to modernize the commonwealth’s liquor system, but work remains. 

State Rep. Mike Reese, R-Westmoreland, recently introduced legislation, House Bill 2357, which will help expand consumer access and protect jobs.

Reese would create a “spirit expanded permit,” which would allow restaurants, taverns, grocery stores and hotels to sell up to 3 liters of spirits for carryout. This is important because consumers want to make one stop when shopping for beer, wine and spirits. Right now, many have to go to three different locations to purchase what they need.

Not only will Reese’s legislation provide the convenience consumers demand, but it also will protect countless jobs created by Pennsylvania distilleries. The commonwealth’s distilling industry is undergoing tremendous growth, but the current system puts it at a major disadvantage because sales are limited to state stores.

It’s time to support these Pennsylvania businesses and their employees. We look forward to working with Reese, the Pennsylvania General Assembly and Wolf administration to pass this important legislation that will give the PLCB the tools it needs to serve the consumer by expanding outlets without additional costs.

David Wojnar

vice president

Distilled Spirits Council

Washington, D.C.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:15

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Trump’s lack of knowledge troubling

I have just finished reading Diana McGlone’s column in the Sept. 21 edition of the Press And Journal. 

Her words show me that she has little in depth knowledge about Donald Trump’s actual business practices.

That she is willing to trust someone with the presidency who has so little experience and knowledge about domestic and international problems and workings is very troubling to me. 

As if that is not reason enough to give one pause, his hubris and use of divisive and offensive language towards individuals and whole groups of people speak volumes about his temperament and integrity. 

Erika Lauffer

Londonderry Township

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:13

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Here are the many reasons I’m supporting Hillary Clinton this fall

Here are the reasons why I am choosing Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine in the 2016 presidential election.

There are already many firsts for Hillary Clinton. She was the first lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001 and prior to that she was the first lady of Arkansas, during which time she was also the first female partner in her law firm. In 2001, Mrs. Clinton was elected the first female senator from New York, the only first lady ever to run for elective office. She was re-elected in 2006. 

After Barack Obama was elected president of the United States, he appointed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, where she served with an approval rating of over 60 percent until 2013. 

I have no doubt that Hillary Clinton is well qualified to be the president of the United States. I am proud to vote for the first female candidate for the highest office in our land.  

I admire Hillary Clinton. She was not born to privilege. She was raised in a conservative home, attended the Methodist Church and was educated at Wellesley and Yale, based on her hard work and intelligence, not on her family’s money or position. Over the course of her adult life, Hillary has shown patience and determination, fighting for the rights of others, especially children. She knows that children need to be lifted out of poverty and into the middle class. It was her vision to extend health care to all Americans and, despite setbacks, she has suggested improvements to the Affordable Health Care Act. Just last week, Hillary met with those advocating for the disabled. 

She has proposed tuition free college education, which will benefit hard working families. Hillary has long fought for civil rights. 

Her steady hand and wise words are what we need in these turbulent times. 

In choosing Tim Kaine as her running mate, Hillary has shown where her values lie. Currently, he is the junior senator for the state of Virginia. From 2006 to 2010, he served as governor of Virginia. A lawyer, father of three, including a son serving in the military, and a devout Catholic, Tim Kaine spent a year as a missionary in Honduras. By training, experience and temperament, the 58-year-old Tim Kaine is supremely well qualified to be vice president. 

The partnership of Clinton and Kaine is powered by genuine friendship, collaboration and focus on improving the lives of all Americans. Most importantly, both Clinton and Kaine can comport themselves on the international stage, meeting and negotiating with foreign leaders, understanding world affairs and having sound judgment.  

My support for Clinton and Kaine is nothing less than enthusiastic. It is a winning combination.


Hermine Clouser


Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 15:12

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