Legislators should reject gas severance tax

We have all faced a very difficult time these last three months and we will be facing a budget gap for sure. As we try to balance our books, over taxation is not the answer to economic growth.

Our region has benefitted tremendously thanks to natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale. A severance tax on the industry is simply a terrible idea.

Natural gas operations have created hundreds of high-paying jobs for people like me across the region. These jobs have made it possible for us to buy homes, send our kids to college, and support local businesses.

And it’s not just us that the industry is helping. Impact taxes on natural gas operators have supported our communities immensely – by funding essential local services and a wide variety of environmental, conservation, and infrastructure initiatives. The industry is already doing its fair share to make Pennsylvania great.

If Governor Wolf’s proposed severance tax is passed, we may lose all of this. High-paying jobs could be lost, and everyone in our commonwealth would suffer.

This tax is simply not worth doing. Hundreds of your constituents that work in this industry, including me, love our jobs and we are counting on our leaders in Harrisburg to fight for us by rejecting a severance tax.

Vivian Altman

Westfield

Destroying USA is acceptable today, right?

First, it was protest marches and now it’s destroying America’s businesses, not by senior adults but by childish, so-called adults. What is wrong with these actions?

Apparently today’s young have always done this without their parents holding them responsible and being disciplined. It is now being left up to the USA government to take action. Of course, when that happens the spoiled brats of America will scream how the government is taking over our lives.

Apparently today’s young people never had parents who cared or paid attention to what their children did or wanted. When I was much younger (I’m 80 now), I saw a couple of children misbehave, the parent(s) did little, other than to say “Oh, they’re just children.”

Guess that is why there are so many spoiled brats who still believe that they can destroy and cause havoc across this great free nation. Where are the parents who are surely watching this or have become aware of how they raised their offspring?

Oh, I forgot the parents worked and left the kids on their own. I know how that is because Mom went to work when we were kids and when all hell broke loose Mom decided they didn’t need the extra money at the expense of their kids being bad.

Were they or we kids perfect? Far from it. But my parents and the three of us kids learned quickly what was mannerly and the best way to live and be accepted.

Parents of today, go get your adult kids and drag them home whether they like it of not. Because this is a free nation does not mean that whatever we do is OK and not unacceptable.

May God forgive us for our meanness and bless this nation even when there are times when we do not deserve it.

Ida Temple

Mansfield