In support of gas drilling

I am a strong, vocal supporter of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania because I know drilling can be done safely, without harm to the environment, and in the process, can help make Pennsylvania an energy independent state. To oppose natural gas development is to support keeping the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania bound up and dependent on overseas oil kingdoms that, frankly, hate our country and our freedoms.

To support energy independence, we need to stop the constant asinine attacks on our state’s natural gas industry. Since development of the Marcellus Shale,Pennsylvania natural gas has generated billions of dollars for our economy while supporting high-paying jobs for thousands of Pennsylvanians. And in exchange for the right to operate, the industry pays millions in taxes to support our communities through impact fees and other taxes.

Despite this, Governor Wolf and his cronies in Harrisburg wants to pass additional taxes on the industry with the imposition of a severance tax. Just what we don’t need.I have no doubt this tax would lead to higher energy bills, lost jobs, and greater dependence on foreign sources of energy – things Pennsylvania cannot afford nor do we want.

We must be a state that supports a thriving energy sector. A strong energy sector means strong agricultural and manufacturing sectors – and this means more high-paying jobs for Pennsylvanians.

Our representatives in Harrisburg must put Pennsylvania and America first and vote against Gov. Wolf’s severance tax.

Stephen Mohr,

Chairman, Unified Sportsmen of PA

The Standard-Journal guidelines for political news coverage, letters and political advertising News and editorial coverage

1. The newspaper does not endorse candidates for local, state or national office.

2. When a person announces his or her candidacy, the newspaper will run a news story and photo at no charge.

3. The newspaper will publish news stories about write-in campaigns, provided the information is given to the newspaper in a timely manner ahead of the election.

4. Election-related news coverage beyond or in exception to what is stated above will be at the discretion of the editor in the name of reader interest and information and will be done with fairness to all candidates.

Letters to the editor

1. The newspaper does not publish letters that endorse local political candidates based on their record, reputation and qualifications. (This constitutes paid political advertising.)

2. Election-related letters must deal with pertinent issues.

3. The newspaper strongly encourages writers to limit election-related letters to 250 words. A letter to the editor from a candidate explaining that candidate’s platform will be accepted. Declared candidates for contested positions will be solicited by the editor to provide their platforms as well.

4. All letters to the editor of a political nature must be received at the newspaper office at least 10 days before the election. (Two Saturdays prior to Election Day.)

5. The exception to the 10-day rule is a response to a previous letter of an attacking or derogatory nature. In the name of fairness, the newspaper will accept such a response after the deadline, provided it is written and delivered promptly to the editor’s desk (See No. 6). Responses may rebut charges, innuendos or misstatements of fact from the initial letter, but may not present new charges or level inflammatory counterattacks on the opposing political camp.

6. Under no circumstances will any election-related letter be published after the Friday immediately prior to Election Day.

7. In the case of questionable content (e.g. statements of fact that are suspect, assaults on a candidate’s character or moral standards, etc.), the newspaper will follow its established letters policy to satisfy its ethical and legal concerns. Any suggested changes to letters will be cleared with their authors.

8. All letters must be signed and include an address and telephone number. (Phone numbers are for questions and verification purposes only and will not be published).

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.