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Letters: Independent voters in Pa. should join a party to have voice in primary outcome

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Change party affiliation to vote in Pa. primary

It’s disheartening to see so many Pennsylvania independent voters cede their right to vote in Pennsylvania’s party primary elections because of political rhetoric and misinformation. It is true that independents can not vote for party members in primary elections if they are not registered to a specific political party. So, just for the election, change your party affiliation to one of the parties. You don’t have to believe in the tenets of either party, you only need to want to make a difference by voting. It takes about five minutes and can be done anytime up to 15 days prior to the election. It doesn’t give you the open primary that you want, but it will give you the same rights as any other Pennsylvanian. Immediately after the election, you can change your affiliation back to independent. So, stop complaining about being shut out of primary elections. We know who the candidates will be, so grab your smartphone or computer and your driver’s license and go to www.pavoterservices.pa.gov. Pick a party then vote in the primary April 23. Although the presidential candidates have already been determined, there are plenty of important down ballot races in both parties.

Craig Wood

Whitehall Township

Sky is falling on GOP investigations

What does the Republican Party’s hunt for Joe and Hunter Biden’s misdeeds remind me of? Chicken Little.

Leo Kurtz

Bethlehem

Help organizations provide aid to those suffering in Sudan

As a mother and social worker, I sometimes feel overwhelmed reading the news about people, particularly children, suffering in Ukraine, Gaza, Israel and in other areas. Due to a personal interest in Africa, I recently learned that the United Nations stated that 730,000 children are suffering from malnutrition in Sudan, Africa, which is experiencing a war affecting 25 million people.

How can we help children and adults in Sudan and elsewhere? We can donate to Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF, Operation Smile and many other organizations that are trying to help and bring hope.

Bridget Blitz

Coopersburg

Better off under Biden than four years ago

To the question “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” My answer: “Yes!”

Four years ago, people were dying by the thousands from a pandemic under former President Trump due to the fact that he was more concerned about his reelection chances than the health and welfare of the American people.

Conversely, since the Biden administration took over in January 2021, COVID-19 vaccines were distributed in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner. We have also seen many millions of jobs added, higher wages, the lowest unemployment rate in decades, lower drug costs, a bipartisan infrastructure bill passed, one of the best economies in the post-COVID world, millions of student loans forgiven, Social Security and Medicare protected, the Dow Jones Industrial Average at an all-time high, NATO reunited and the respect of the world for the USA restored.

Also, no more tax breaks for billionaires, kowtowing to Putin, incompetence and nepotism in the White House, asinine 3 a.m. tweets, constant golfing at our expense, ultra-right wing Supreme Court justices, and/or disrespecting our men and women in uniform.

And if Trump didn’t kill the bipartisan bill, the Southern border would soon be fixed.

Much better off!

Robert K. McFadden

Upper Macungie Township

Don’t worry about risks of daylight saving time

I turned my clock ahead one hour when daylight saving time started and didn’t die in a car wreck or have a heart attack. I’m so lucky. To be truthful, I love daylight saving time. It allows me to work outside around my home, washing cars, mowing grass or playing softball. Studies that indicate it’s a health risk are ridiculous, knowing that 90 million people fly every month in the U.S. and survive while crossing time zones. Some people cross 12 time zones; that must mean sure death. Airline pilots and crews should be dropping dead every day, along with long-haul truckers too.

Give someone a grant for a study and they always seem to find something. I assume the life expectancy of pilots and crews must be 30 years at most. Politicians should work on more important things. We are turning into a nation of wimps and cry babies.

Donald Wehr

Lehigh Township

Americans need to unite in primary, general election

Since the winter of 2020, we as a society have been acting as one big, unhappy, dysfunctional family. Our leadership is drunk with corruption due to economic and political power. We the people want life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We are all Americans and we come from someplace. We all have our stories.

We need to unite for the love of God and one another to protect and preserve our way of life and the values and principles that the country was founded on through natural law, the Ten Commandments, our Judeo-Christian faith, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Vote in person in the primary April 23 and the general election Nov. 5 for faith, family, freedom, hope and opportunity to continue our cherished way of life as Americans united for the good of all. Let us live in mutual love and respect for all of humanity, preborn to natural death (from the womb to the tomb).

Carol Lemon

Forks Township

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