Letters To The Editor 9/26/2018
Editor: A family member had difficulty obtaining medical benefits.
Once again I turned to Gov. Tom Wolf’s office for help. The matter, so troubling to me, was resolved by Wolf’s office in two days. I have witnessed this rare thing, the response of an elected official, three times when calling Wolf’s office for assistance.
Campaign promises are cheap. All we can rely on is the record of responsiveness of elected officials to their constituents. I know who I will be voting for in November.
Wagner for life
Editor: Some people may not be aware of how radical, cruel and for abortion Gov. Tom Wolf is.
He vetoed a bipartisan bill in December 2017 that aimed at late-term and dismemberment abortion.
The governor promised to veto Senate Bill 3, which passed the state House 121-70 and passed the Senate 32-18. While Republicans hold a majority, many Democrats voted for the legislation. It would halt abortions after 20 weeks of gestation. The United States is one of only seven nations that permits elective abortions past 20 weeks, putting us in the company of North Korea and China.
The bill also would have prohibited dismemberment abortions. This is an inhumane practice. If enacted, it could have saved at least 380 children a year from abortion. This is the number of abortions committed between 21 and 23 weeks’ gestation in 2015, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Planned Parenthood has announced plans to spend $1.5 million to ensure that Wolf remains governor. Wolf is a former Planned Parenthood volunteer and serves the abortion giant in office. He has promised to veto legislation banning abortions that target Down syndrome children.
The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation has given Wolf’s Republican challenger, Sen. Scott Wagner, a 100 percent pro-life voting record. Wagner sponsored the late-term abortion ban Wolf vetoed, as well as legislation to defund Planned Parenthood — the nation’s largest provider of abortions. As governor, Wagner would continue to fight for the rights of the preborn.
Editor: Action Together NEPA, a progressive grass roots organization, opposes the nomination and confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
We have dire concerns about his record and the confirmation process itself. Christine Blasey Ford has come forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault and there should be a full and fair official investigation into these allegations. Additionally, thousands of pages of documents from Kavanaugh’s tenure as a White House staff secretary during George W. Bush’s presidency were withheld from the Senate Judiciary Committee, making it impossible for senators to perform their constitutional duty to fully provide “advice and consent” on the nominee.
Action Together NEPA also objects to Kavanaugh’s record as a far-right appellate judge on everything from women’s reproductive rights and the environment to the Affordable Care Act and civil rights. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote a column earlier this month, “Kavanaugh will kill the Constitution” and noted that “his anti-labor views are especially extreme, even for a conservative.”
Finally, several Democratic senators, including Sen. Patrick Leahy, are on the record as saying Kavanaugh misled the Senate under oath during his confirmation hearings about his involvement in several George W. Bush-era controversies. Contact Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey and tell them to vote no on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.
ACTION TOGETHER NEPA,
Editor: It is critical that Christine Blasey Ford’s reporting of a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh be evaluated professionally and wisely.
Senators lack training and neutrality and the setting of public testimony about the allegation is egregiously inappropriate. I urge our Pennsylvania senators to show positive leadership to prevent serious harm. The credibility and health of the Supreme Court is at stake and its moral and social authority could be severely damaged.
Such a loss of ability to lead would increase polarization and individual and social maladjustment. It is possible to do it another way and the consequences will be severe.
ROBERT E. GRIFFIN
Question of control
Editor: Why is it that the men most responsible for women being “allowed” to have control over their own bodies — the members of Congress — can’t or won’t control their own?
We are not chattel. Men do not own us, and we vote.
GREENTOWN, PIKE COUNTY
Editor: The opioid epidemic continues to affect Pennsylvania in numbers greater than the national average, claiming more than a dozen lives a day.
To educate Pennsylvanians about opioids, reduce the stigma of addiction and connect those in need to resources, WVIA and Pennsylvania’s six other public media stations have joined together for “Battling Opioids,” an initiative that I oversee as executive producer. The initiative includes shared programming, a BattlingOpioids.org website, social platforms and community events.
A “Battling Opioids” television special, featuring local stories contributed by each station, will be broadcast Thursday at 8 p.m. on WVIA, with a live panel discussion to follow. WVIA will host “Battling Opioids: A Community Crisis” on Wednesday at 7 p.m. with Pennsylvania lawmakers, where viewers can join in the conversation by phone, email or by coming to the WVIA studios in Pittston and joining our live studio audience. WVIA-TV will air special programming throughout the week to help encourage discussion and create awareness for positive change.
As a public media organization, we are devoted to reaching every community and promoting the free flow of ideas and civic dialogue. Please join the conversation by watching these programs and sharing your perspective on social media. (#PABattlingOpioids).
WVIA PRESIDENT, CEO