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  • commented 2017-02-28 06:10:59 -0800
    Dear Mr. Laughlin,

    On behalf of our Medals and Media class, we cordially invite you to our Difference Makers Brunch. This event will demonstrate appreciation to many of our local veterans in hopes to make a difference. It will take place on May 21, 2017 from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM at the Courtyard by Marriott Erie Ambassador Conference Center (7792 Peach St, Erie, PA 16509). There will be guest speakers, awards, a wonderful brunch, and also the opportunity to meet and talk with veterans. It would be an honor if you could attend, and we thank you for your consideration.

    -Chase Trohoske, Seneca High School
  • commented 2017-02-15 10:29:32 -0800
    Thank you for voting NO against Senate Bill 3. I urge you to vote NO again when the bill returns for the expected veto override vote.
  • commented 2017-02-09 08:12:00 -0800
    Thank you for voting “NO” to Senate Bill 3. You show understanding of the problems women face and the fact that abortion and pregnancy are medical matters, not just political matters.
  • commented 2017-02-08 03:14:15 -0800
    You need to issue a press release about what this new budget means for our city schools. Jay Badams is saying that these budget increases for education are average and will not fix our city’s issues. You are our guy and our voice in Harrisburg. You need to be in front of this and let us know what you are going to do to fight for our city schools. This is what we elected you for. Please tell us how you are going to fix this dire issue.
  • commented 2017-02-07 11:41:27 -0800
    A ban on the brutal practice of dismemberment abortions has been approved by the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee. The measure, Senate Bill 3, would make it illegal to cause “the death of an unborn child by means of dismembering the unborn child and extracting the unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus through the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments.”

    Please work with your colleagues in the Pennsylvania Senate to take the compassionate and just action of passing this much-needed legislation. I would appreciate your comments on this bill. I will always vote for elected representatives who support the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. Thank you.

    John Yaggy, Erie
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  • commented 2017-01-24 04:55:39 -0800
    I wanted to ask you about a program that was used in pa to weed out people that voted in more than one state. It is called interstate crosscheck and it was used to take away more than a million mostly minority votes in 20 states. I would like to know how many Pennsylvanians votes were taken away. I would like to know if everyone that had their vote taken away knows they lost their right as American citizens. I would like to know when these people that had their votes taken away are going to be prosecuted and if they are not going to be prosecuted when are the people that stole their vote and our democracy going to prosecuted?
  • commented 2017-01-09 16:20:19 -0800
    Dear Senator Laughlin,

    I am writing on behalf of hundreds of dislocated General Electric workers from Erie, Pa that are enrolled in TRA/TAA. I personally have been enrolled in school since June through the system and depend on the TRA payments to survive. Although the current payment system worked fairly well with minimal glitches prior to the mass layoff of the state employees who handle the payment claims, it is now a disaster. Most people I am in contact with are weeks or more behind in receiving the payments they require to meet their financial obligations and support their families. This is unacceptable. The Unemployment system that we were all accustomed to before enrolling in approved schooling worked pretty much flawlessly, and we were able to meet our financial obligations. The current system we are required to use is cumbersome, inefficient and relies completely on the ability of nonexistent state employees to manually process mounds of needless paperwork.

    I think I speak for most of the Dislocated workers in saying that we did not ask to be in this situation and would much rather be gainfully employed. We are forced to make the best of the situation we were put in and would find it much more tolerable and less stressful if we were able to receive the TRA payments we signed up for in a more timely manner. The closing of the offices and laying off the people who processed our claims seems to be very poor judgment on the part of our Legislators.

    Any attention you could give to this matter would be greatly appreciated by, not only the hundreds of Dislocated GE workers who depend on these payments to continue their education toward gainful employment, but the rest of the people throughout the state who may be in the same situation.

    Regards,

    Richard Sitler
  • commented 2017-01-09 10:29:35 -0800
    Laughlin, You laid off so many unemployment workers, some of us on TRA benefits haven’t been paid since Thanksgiving. After a destroyed Christmas we have MORTGAGES, CAR LOANS, ELECTRIC, GAS, PHONE, CABLE, GARBAGE, and WATER BILLS DUE ! MOST IMPORTANTLY FOOD FOR OUR FAMILIES ! What the hell were you thinking? Now people are getting LATE CHARGES, OVERDRAFT FEES, DECREASED CREDIT RATINGS, EVICTION NOTICES , and FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS ! TRA funds are spent before we even acquire them because of all the off the wall fees. How would you like to live without an income? How well would you manage? It was bad enough losing our jobs due to no fault of our own, but you turned this whole ordeal into a tragedy with your not so well thought out decision to lay off the workers that process the very funds that we all rely on. I am sure you will receive more words from others. It’s just a matter of time before the media is all over this. Hope your NEW YEAR is as good as ours! Former Erie General Electric employee.
  • commented 2016-12-28 06:51:34 -0800
    Dear Mr. Laughlin: Last week the state announced the closing of the Western Game Farm in Crawford County due to an impasse in the General Assembly over the issue of increasing the hunting license fee in Pennsylvania. This means that there will be fewer stocked birds available in our region, a particularly disconcerting situation for those of us who raise and train dogs specifically for pheasant hunting, and who devote much time and energy to this activity.


    I am not opposed to a license fee increase, nor the creation of a pheasant hunting stamp or similar revenue-producing tactic to restore operation of the Western Game Farm and ensure the availability of pheasant stocking in our local game lands. I believe there are many hunters like myself who are willing to accept an increase in license costs to preserve the sport we love.


    I hope that you and your colleagues in our state government can empathize with view and see that this perspective is represented in your debates. Thank-you.
  • commented 2016-12-22 11:25:21 -0800
    Just so everyone knows a lot of laid off brothers and sisters have gone without tra checks now for a month. Thiss is all done by hand where unemployment can be done by computer. Scott Wagner a senator out of York county PA BLOCKED a motion to extend the funding for the govt workers who take care of your unemployment and tra claims. 500 of those people are now laid off themselves making the process lengthy for our brothers and sisters to get their checks. Now tra has to go all the way to Duquesne to be processed. Scott Wagner has been very vocal about wanting to dismantle unions in PA. This is the man you can thank for not getting much needed checks during the holidays. Scott Wagner. Tra contact information below. Merry Christmas and God bless ….PS…..Gov wolf tried to get this pushed this motion and Wagner stopped it. He’s trying to blame the governor but that’s simply FALSE.
  • commented 2016-12-19 08:21:59 -0800
    Dear Senator Laughlin,

    Recently a close friend has passed from breast cancer. It was a horrible thing to witness. Once it was unanimously determined that she would not survive the three year battle, she got her affairs in order and it boiled down to a waiting game. The final two weeks were tortuous.

    It occurred to me during that time, that if she were a beloved pet, her suffering would have ended humanely. Kimberly Koch, however was not a German Shepard. Isn’t it odd that a human in Pennsylvania does not have the option to end his or her suffering?

    Senator Daylin Leach had presented a bill, number 549 of session 2015, which did not pass. It is my understanding that a new Death With Dignity bill will be introduced this upcoming year. Six other states have this very humane law.

    Senator, I would very much like to know your opinion on such a matter and what can I do as a concerned citizen to help sway any dissenting opinions concerning the right to choose to end one’s life.

    I understand this is a generalized question and there are many legalities to consider. I would not want a law where a potential beneficiary could profit from another’s demise. Nor would I want a doctor to just give up if there is a chance for survival. I think a third party should be involved and of course the option must be presented to the patient about six months prior to their possible demise.

    Thank you very much for your time and I anxiously look forward to your thoughts.

    Sincerely,

    Steven L. Badman
  • commented 2016-11-22 09:32:30 -0800
    How are you planning to vote on HB2375 that provides the necessary money to keep the Unemployment Compensation Service Centers operating efficiently? Please research this yourself and do not rely on Sen Wagner for all of your information. Please try to use non biased people or organizations before you make your decision.
  • commented 2016-11-18 09:08:44 -0800
    I am contacting you in hopes you will remember my story when you vote on funding decisions related to individuals with intellectual delays (and their caregivers). I live in Harborcreek, PA. I am an HR Manager at a manufacturing facility. I am a single mother of two beautiful girls. My oldest will be 20 in December. She is currently enrolled in the Iroquois Life Skills class because she is a student of Harborcreek but there is no class for her in her own district. The only other option was to send her to Edinboro, which seemed ridiculous especially in the winter time. She was in Autism support classes until we transferred her to Life Skills nearly two years ago. My daughter, Jordan, was born in 1996. At that time, Autism was not as well known or talked about as it is today. My daughter was also diagnosed with Mental Retardation at that time. Since 1996, many of the programs and much of the funding that was in place to help children like Jordan has been cut or non-existent. She is now approaching graduation and what that brings isn’t looking good to help her or myself out. I have another daughter, who is 15 and a student at Harborcreek. Jordan’s father passed away when Jordan was 13 and I am the only person financially responsible for her. I have to work and my 15 year old plans to go to college. Quitting my job when Jordan turns 21 is NOT feasible. Not to mention I am not sure my sanity could take it. I was not trained to be a caregiver, nor did I go into parenthood expecting that I would need to care for my adult child until I die.


    I am not sure you or any of your colleagues really understands what my journey has been like. I am reaching out to you in hopes that you will release more funding for children like my daughter and others who will be graduating in the future. We need more day program opportunities, day care centers for those with disabilities who cannot be left alone. These adults need supervision and safe places to be while their caregivers are at work. But not only then, these caregivers mentally are burnt out and exhausted after caring for someone like Jordan for years on end. Where is my relief? It never comes, not until I die. Really?! I cry myself to sleep sometimes, knowing this is my reality. Even though I worked hard to get a good education and a good career. I can’t even go out of the house much, because I have limited resources when it comes to caregivers.


    Do you or anyone you work with really think that this is what I work for and pay a lot of tax dollars for? My tax dollars go to fund lots of people who don’t want to work rather than those who cannot work. I am fed up with watching the number of people on disability rise, when they are not really deserving of it. Or to see foreigners coming into this country and getting lots of financial help. What about the natural born citizens. Don’t we need the help? Really, my daughter doesn’t have a voice, but I know she would like some independence. I don’t think she really wants to live with mom until the day she dies. She goes to respite at a Barber Center Group Home, and she loves it there. We need more group homes and residential facilities. We have them for seniors, why not those with disabilities?!


    I ask you to release more funding for Waiver programs that will help my family and others with students graduating at 21 with very limited vocational abilities. We need your help. ASAP!


    An exhausted, mentally worn-out mom,

    Carolyn Cartwright
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  • commented 2016-11-17 16:43:29 -0800
    I am angry that they put the smart meter on my premise. This dirty electricity is a health hazard. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine recently adopted a resolution which formally opposes the installation of Smart Meters in homes and schools. This meter causes severe health problems! Pennsylvania says it is mandatory that we have them. Please get rid of the law that imposes a threat to me and my families health. once again, laws are being passed that give know option but a speedy death. Its bad enough our insurance is so expensive. I would like my Analog Meter back. Please help the Pennsylvanians with this destructive Meter that not only causes cancer and nervous problems, but also effects insects and birds.

    What happened? When did we become a science project?


    Sincerely,
  • commented 2016-11-10 17:51:55 -0800
    Michelle Hetrick

    finnegan99@twc.om

    Hello and congratulations on your win! I know this is terrible timing, but I am trying to find a legislator who will hear a policy recommendation for a graduate school program. It does not need to be enacted, I just need to meet with someone to present my plan. I am working on a policy regarding pregnant heroin users, to track them during treatment. I would love if you could spare a little bit of time to meet with me.

    I am a nurse who works in the detox unit of Millcreek Community Hospital, and am pursuing a family nurse practitioner degree.

    Thank you,

    Michell Hetrick

    (814) 923-1320

    finnegan99@twc.com
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  • commented 2016-11-10 05:31:05 -0800
    As Treasurer of the Boosters for the Erie All-City Marching Band for the last 15 years, I am very excited to hear of your election! With the necessary State Budget Cuts to the Erie’s Public Schools we boosters have needed to ramp up our fundraising needs in order to offset the lower funding from the state. Your stance on addressing this very situation is highly appreciated and I would like to meet with you at your earliest convenience to discuss more about the Erie All-City Marching Band and how we can all work together for positive change! Please contact me as soon as you have some time to meet with me.
  • commented 2016-11-09 01:57:16 -0800
    Congratulations on a well deserved victory. Looking forward to your leadership. If I can be of any assistance please contact me.

    Thank you

    Jim
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  • commented 2016-11-07 21:38:05 -0800
    Why in all the information you have posted about Dan, no where have I seen his party affiliation…What’s up?
  • commented 2016-11-07 03:19:24 -0800
    Dan ….. love your campaign and your message for positive change! There’s a large conservative Christian vote out there that could be a difference maker for you! Your message needs to be heard on WCTL 106.3 ….. Doug
  • commented 2016-11-06 10:28:48 -0800
    Mr Lauhglin,


    I got a chance to meet you for the first time today at a Veteran’s Day breakfast. Admittedly I’m not sure I’d vote for you this election. However, if you don’t get elected this time and decide to run again there are some things I think that may improve your image and how you’re perceived by the voters.


    1. Anyone can put on a Carhart jacket and take a photo. I didn’t find out until today that you actual were a member of the Steelworkers union. People aren’t going to identify with some guy in a Carhart that looks like it was just pulled off the shelf when they see him in a campaign ad. Putting yourself on a billboard showing you actually working, even if you’ve got some drywall dust on your jeans or some mortar on your hands, could really work towards showing people you’re not just some business owner but actually doing the work.


    2. The only things I’ve heard from you in campaign mailings are how you’re not going to take perks (perks that every other lawmaker takes anyways if if they don’t, it goes into their party’s election fund so you’re not saving taxpayer’s money in the long run). Why didn’t you send mailers that showed your position as pro union or your plans for the Erie School District? Again, this morning is the first time I heard about these things!


    I’m really not sure how I’d vote but I think next time you could really make yourself stand out if you do more than “I’m not taking perks and I’m not a Democrat”. I think you could really appeal to Democrats if you take a different approach.
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  • commented 2016-11-05 08:55:05 -0700
    How are you an outsider if (from my understanding) one of your main contributors is Republican Senator Scott Wagner? I think your last ad was so horrible having that little old lady be so ashamed of Scott Wiley for negative campaign ads, when that is all you have been doing this campaign, you should be ashamed of yourself! I just want people to be honest with us and themselves, and to stand for the people not corporations and big oil.
  • commented 2016-11-04 05:35:52 -0700
    While I respect the fact that I’ve seen you out holding your signs for hours, anyone can stand on a corner in Millcreek and say vote for me. Would be nice to show the bad parts of Erie you care about their vote as well.
  • commented 2016-10-31 14:40:19 -0700
    Hello, I heard a rumor I need cleared up. Are you endorsing Republican Trump or not? I need to know as SEVERAL votes I know of hang in the balance. Please reply shortly or I will assume you are not. I’m pretty influential. Thank you.