Understanding lessons from Texas

Recent situations have demonstrated the false guarantee of a condition that needs to be its have nation. If Texans really don’t like the photos of 1000’s in line with a bucket or plastic jug at a single spigot they can thank their gerrymandered third entire world Republican command and command that keeps kicking them when they are down.

To paraphrase Texas management, suck it up or die and if you’re crying and searching for a handout the city and place or any other general public service owes you practically nothing. Sink or swim. Thank Ted Cruz for swimming in the Gulf in its place of performing to preserve hundreds of thousands of his constituents from sinking. Thank Abbott and Perry for failing to improve their private electricity grid. They say their anti-authorities appointed, unregulated, Electric powered Dependability Council Of Texas and windmills and a nonexistent Eco-friendly New Deal are to blame.

This letter isn’t about Texas. We live in Pennsylvania. We have the very same gerrymandered voting districts that keep anti-authorities, anti-science, anti-democratic election, improve-the-procedures-at-the-end-so-we-can-gain people today and policies in location. If they manipulate the courts they’ll notify us all to stand up or die — we owe you practically nothing — it’s the windmills — do not test to vote if you are Black or brown or improper-minded white.

Corman and Benninghoff and their Capitol attacking terrorist supporters and colleagues will be telling all Pennsylvanians, we will not allow you vote and, regardless of whether you voted for us or not — we owe you nothing at all. They are nominating Pennsylvanians for 3rd Planet statehood.

Tim Cowan, Julian

Taking action in opposition to uncommon diseases

Feb. 28 is Uncommon Disease Consciousness Day. In advance of 2010, this day was not on my radar. But that modified my senior yr at Syracuse about to head to the NFL.

I was identified with anaplastic astrocytoma, a unusual mind tumor with a low survival fee, and went from staying the 2010 NFL Draft Course top rated punter to a exceptional ailment affected individual.

Immediately, I turned aware of the heroes battling for me — the unusual sickness researchers who perform tirelessly. I uncovered how scarce disease analysis is below-funded because of to minimal economical incentive to make and market treatments for tiny populations.

I am lucky and in this article currently because of science. Though I permit go of my NFL aspiration, I observed my reason as govt director of Uplifting Athletes which supports rare ailment investigate via the energy of sport.

Established by Penn Condition football’s Scott Shirley, encouraged by his father’s rare disorder struggle, we have expanded to 23 pupil-led college soccer chapters, including the Nittany Lions and 16 of its alumni now in the NFL. All give voice to the critical require for investigate funding.

I am also blessed to have Brett Brackett, previous Penn State and NFL participant, as Uplifting Athletes’ general supervisor. Brett and I faced off 2 times on the discipline throughout higher education and 12 decades later are teammates in action against exceptional diseases.

On March 30, we’ll host the Younger Investigator Draft, Offered by CSL Behring, and award 7 $20,000 grants to scientists. Thanks to the athletes who winner our mission.

Rob Extended, Doylestown. The writer is the executive director of Uplifting Athletes.

Ballot thoughts are obvious

As documented in the Centre Daily Times on Thursday, condition Senate President Professional Tempore Jake Corman and Residence The vast majority Chief Kerry Benninghoff held a push conference in which they accused the Wolf Administration of applying “prejudicial” language in the proposed constitutional amendments that will show up on the ballot in May possibly. Browse the text. The language simply tells it like it is. It is specifically hypocritical for Corman to declare that a improve in the constitution is needed simply because “there are no checks and balances” when the condition legislature is so gerrymandered that just one occasion rule has turn into locked in. Seeking to modify the structure to get away powers offered to the governor and, alternatively, transfer people powers to the legislature is these an obvious energy get that diverse language can not disguise it. Vote “No” on ballot concerns No. 1 and No. 2.

Barbara Hale, State College