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A Cautionary Tale

Friends, neighbors, citizens of NEPA would it surprise you to learn that the Democrats in the state legislature in Harrisburg have passed 58 (fifty-eight) anti-gun bills. These attacks on your Second Amendment rights are not proposals, no. They have passed the House of Representatives vote and have been sent to the PA Senate. This is according to a report made to the Susquehanna County Republican Committee (SCRC) members.

How can this have happened you ask? It happened because 16 Republican State Representatives voted to make a Democrat the Speaker of the House. That's correct, Republicans voted for a Democrat. Their names are below. They are not local to our area. They could have voted for Tina Pickett (long-time Republican Representative in NEPA, serving the 110th District, Bradford and Wyoming counties for years), she was in the running but they didn't vote for her.

Once in office Mr. Rozzi, the Democrat Speaker whom they did elect, reneged on promises (surprise, surprise) and took over the House in a partisan manner.

The Susquehanna County Republican Committee voted to censure those 16 representatives. Again, in a report given to the SCRC, we were told the Republican State Committee did not address this matter. Unfortunately, our local representatives, and of course the local news media, have not brought this to the attention of voters.

Getting back to the 58 bills limiting your Second Amendment rights, thankfully, for now, they will not be voted upon in the Republican-led Senate. But again, our local representatives have not been outspoken about this nor brought it to voter's attention. In their defense they definitely do not support the bills, but not supporting something is not the same as strongly, publicly, opposing it is.

You would think defending 2nd Amendment rights in NEPA would be a no-brainer. But this should be a concern to all gun owners and supporters of the Bill of Rights across the state. At last count in 2023, Pennsylvania had issued over 1.6 million (1,600,000) active conceal carry permits (some of those were to out-of-state residents). That is a very large and probably active voting block. Do you think most of those conceal carry permit holders are aware of the Democrats' 58 anti-gun bills? Not likely. So why are our state Republican officials not doing anything publicly and vehemently to raise awareness and energize our base? The proponents of the bills are out there defending their questionable bills.

Where are the opinion pieces and newsletters to constituents explaining the danger of these anti-gun bills to our Constitutional rights on both a federal and state level of the bills*?

Frankly, the best defense of Pennsylvania gun rights and warnings to us about the attack on those Constitutional rights that I have found comes from a Washington (State) Gun Law group. You can find that on YouTube, "Pennsylvania Hops Aboard the Assault Weapon Ban Bandwagon," Washington Gun Law, 362,000 subscribers. In that video WGL President, lawyer William Kirk, explains how Washington State took six or seven years to get their draconian anti-gun laws through their legislature but they did it, the Democrats never gave up and did it. There's a cautionary tale for us in Pennsylvania.

This is not a time to be meek. We saw what was done to President Trump in a New York Court last week. All our rights are under attack. It's not just the Second Amendment. We have heard how our 1st Amendment rights have been stifling by social media censorship. Our rights as parents are being undermined. Law and order is under attack by woke mobs and corrupt, left-wing district attorneys who care more about criminals' "rights" than the law-abiding public's. People are being fired for using the wrong pronouns! Things as simple as having the right to decide how to heat your home or what to drive are being limited.

What are we hearing from too many local politicians? We get photos of arts & craft fairs and milestone birthdays. This is not a time for pleasantries.

Inform yourselves. Nobody else is going to do it for you. Write to your representatives and complain because they are not writing to you with what you need to hear. And please, vote in November, your way of life depends upon it. Make sure your family and friends vote. Request mail-in ballots if you can't get to the polls. It may seem like November is a long way away but the wheels of the Deep State machine are already turning and they are not wheels of justice.


Ed Arzouian, Susquehanna County Republican County Committee member, Lanesboro, PA

NOTE: The PA Constitution is even less ambiguous than the Second Amendment. It is 19 words. Article I, section 21 of the Pennsylvania State Constitution states: "The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned."

All 99 seated Democrats cast their vote for Rozzi, while the following 16 GOP members voted "yes" as well: Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster); Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland); George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland); Jim Gregory (R-Blair); Seth Grove (R-York); Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon); Joe Hogan (R-Bucks); Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington); Andrew Kuzma (R-Allegheny/Washington); Kristin Marcell (R-Bucks); Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin); Tim O'Neal (R-Washington); Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest); Stephenie Scialabba (R-Butler); Kathleen Tomlinson (R-Bucks); Martina White (R-Philadelphia).

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Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

~ Albert Einstein

You are a great spirit. You have goals, desires, and aspirations. When you share your plans for the future, are your ideas encouraged or opposed? If the people you speak with encourage you, you are in the minority. Unfortunately, it's more common to be denounced than praised.

But don't be deterred. The opposition you receive puts you in the company of some of the greatest minds the world has ever known. Your challenge is to stay on track without allowing others to derail you.

It's important not to allow others to extinguish your spirit with any adverse reaction. Constructive criticism is one thing, but that's not what you will typically be offered. Rather, people will line up to tell you why you will fail. If their intent were positive, they would make suggestions on how to succeed.

Your spirit needs to be fanned to make it strong. To do this, you have to seek out those who will encourage and help you along your journey. These people may be hard to find. If you don't personally know anyone, you will benefit from reading about people who have arrived at where you want to be.

Tune out all naysayers. There is no need to be rude. Just don't pay attention to their negative comments. You don't have to argue with them. You probably won't convince them anyway. It's not important they believe you. It is imperative that you don't listen to them.

The amount of resistance you receive will be proportional to how much you want to accomplish. The greater the goal, the louder the voices in opposition. One reason more people don't accomplish their goals is because they allow others to discourage them.

Your spirit helps drive you forward. Your spirit gives you the strength to get up should you trip and fall. Your spirit must be preserved as the great asset it is. In addition to protecting your spirit, you must recharge it on a regular basis.

Here are some things to think about to help you maintain your spirit.

  • You are unique. There is no need to be someone else. It's ok to incorporate positive character traits you observe in others into your own character. But you will still be you. The more secure you are with yourself, the stronger will be your spirit.

  • You don't need the approval of others. Although it's nice to get support from family and friends, it is certainly not essential for you to attain your dreams. Most people who accomplish their goals do so in spite of the attempts of others to discourage them.

  • You don't need to impress anyone. Do what you need or want to do. Few people if any care about your opinions, so why should you be concerned with theirs. Besides, most people are so concerned with their own lives, they rarely pay attention to anyone else's.

  • You have the power and ability to solve problems and overcome adversity. Regardless of what challenges you face, you can find a way to get past them. Tap into your spirit when you need strength.

  • It's your life. Live it the way you want. Be considerate of others. Don't take any actions that cause harm to other people or yourself. Do what you can to help others. The best way to show others the power of their spirit is to maintain yours.

The greater your spirit, the more opposition you will experience. So, if people are lining up to tell you how wrong you are, you are on the right track.


Bryan Golden

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Then I'll Be Happy

I am a Vietnam Era woman veteran. I was 18 in 1967 when I enlisted in Scranton. I retired from the Air Force Reserves with 25 years of service.

Six times in my life, I swore a solemn Oath with each enlistment.

This is that Oath:

"I, [Your Full Name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."

My Oath requires me to defend the Constitution first, and then obey the orders of the President and appointed officers. I am retired, but my Oath will never expire. I do not want a Presidential candidate who does not respect that Oath or the military:

Who ridiculed soldiers who were prisoners of war.

Who was unwilling to talk with Gold Star families.

Who refused to support our allies but instead befriended and supported Putin.

Who made disparaging remarks against the active-duty husband of another candidate.

Who considered soldiers and veterans losers.

The way I look at it, if the President we elect doesn't support our military and our allies can't count on us, nothing else matters, not immigration, not the economy, not abortion, or any other issue.

No place in our country is safe anymore from a determined aggressor.

We need a President who understands that our military is considered an extension of diplomacy and who understands his role and responsibilities as the Commander of that military.

We need a President committed to the same Oath I took.


Janice M. Gavern, Capt, USAF Reserves, Retired, Montrose, PA

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