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Support the House select committee
My wife and I attended, for our first time, the Christmas Day reenactment of George Washington’s 1776 Delaware River crossing and subsequent pivotal defeat of Hessian forces in Trenton. Still in its cradle, American democracy was saved by the courage and sacrifice of Washington and his men. I couldn’t escape thinking about Jan. 6, 2021, the first anniversary of which is fast approaching, when a much more mature American democracy came under assault, not from the British, not from Hessians, but from fellow Americans.
I wanted to believe that those of us at Washington Crossing State Park on Christmas shared the outrage I felt on Jan. 6 watching our Capitol desecrated, members of Congress and the vice president threatened with death, and the mauling of law enforcement personnel with bear spray, fire extinguishers and even American flag poles — all in the service of trying to prevent the peaceful transition of power. I wanted to believe that, like me, they wanted to get to the bottom of what took place that day and the period leading up to it, to hold accountable those responsible — including political figures who incited, aided, and abetted the attack — and to make sure something like that could never be allowed to happen again.
Yes, I wanted to believe. Yet, sadly, I knew that some of those at the reenactment who cherish George Washington’s heroism still believe the “big lie,” that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. They still reject important efforts of the United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack and support obstruction of those efforts by former President Trump, some prominent members of his administration, and members of Congress, including Pennsylvania’s Scott Perry.
So, this coming Jan. 6, to honor George Washington and all those Americans in uniform who have served over the last almost two and a half centuries to protect our democracy, contact Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and PA's two U.S. senators to voice your support for the House select committee. It’s the least we can do.
Martin J. Raffel
Columnist takes a self-centered approach to COVID
Regarding the Dec. 28 Your Point column (What I found instead of COVID hysteria on holiday travels), there are a few things the author did not consider as she went about the Doylestown area without concern for COVID. She stated that her immediate family was not at high risk and her extended family all were vaccinated or had previously had COVID. First, her immediate family could still spread the disease. Her extended family would still be at risk for the omicron variant and also could spread COVID.
The immune compromised and all the elderly are at extremely high risk. We do not wear masks to protect just ourselves as much as to protect those who are at high risk. So her view is rather self-centered.
Think of the close to a million people in this country and over 5 million in the world who have died. Think of their families for whom this really is a big deal.
Think, also, of the front-line workers, especially in hospitals, as they are overwhelmed with people who cannot breathe. Think of those for whom their elective surgeries are put on hold because the hospitals are again almost full. Elective surgeries such as hip replacements planned and prepared for months ahead. Think of the emergency cases that may not get the care they need because the ER is backlogged for hours. Think of the children who may be forced back to online classes.
Think of all those who are impacted more than yourselves. Then decide whether or not COVID, especially with the omicron variant, is just a “rare inconvenience.” Thank you.
Abigail Lee Miller
Wars are fought by soldiers, not politicians
It was with great interest I read the article about the World War I frontline truce in the Dec. 28 newspaper (The WWI 'Christmas Truce' should push us to show compassion). I remember reading about this impromptu truce off and on over the years.
But today it generated a crazy — half brain — idea. Suppose — just suppose, all the world’s fighting men and women joined forces and said “We ain't gonna do it anymore. Here I am trying to kill you while you are trying to kill me, and we don't even know each other. We don't know the hopes and dreams we each have, and in another time and place we might be good friends. All this warring does not make sense. We combatants didn't declare war! We only do this because our generals order us. And neither did they declare war! It was the politicians and diplomats and rulers who decided that we should invade each other's country by starting to shoot each other. And they don't have any skin in the game — they are safely protected back in their own homes.”
But as I said, it is just a crazy — half-brained — idea. Don't give it another thought.
Walter F. Thomson
Renovate Pearl S. Buck Elementary School
The Neshaminy School Board faces two options:
Option A — Renovate Pearl S. Buck Elementary School at a cost between $26 million and $27 million.
Option B — Build a new school at a cost between $34.6 million and $43.3 million.
In my opinion, this is a no-brainer. The correct decision is Option A (renovate Pearl Buck), for a minimum savings of $7.6 million and a maximum savings of $17.3 million. Buildings do not teach students. Teachers teach students. To improve education for our children, the board should take some or all of the many millions of dollars in savings from Option A and invest it in teaching. Hire more teachers and hire more teachers with better qualifications, especially in competitive fields like computer science.
The millions of dollars in savings from renovating Pearl Buck school could also be used to address urgent, direct student needs. For example, the board could hire qualified counselors and nurses to address student mental and physical health needs due to the pandemic.
Sandoe’s guest opinion was on point
I was most impressed with Mr. Jim Sandoe's articulate guest opinion (Army veteran talks protecting democracy, voting after January 6) appearing on Dec. 26. This article should be required reading for the Pa. State Legislature as well as the Congressional Legislature, especially for those who consider our Democracy worth saving.
Praise for postal workers
Post office employees are the best. I am glad to mention three post offices in Bucks County — Pipersville, Perkasie and Silverdale. The folks there are kind, helpful and patient. Oh, and fun. Thank you all.
This article originally appeared on Bucks County Courier Times: Letters to the Editor for the week of Dec. 27