Letters To The Editor 9/17/2018

September 17, 2018

Barletta unworthy

Editor: I was born and raised in Scranton. I have lived in Hazleton with my husband for the last 31 years. I spend summers at Chapman Lake. I am in a unique position.

Lou Barletta was Hazleton’s mayor and Bob Casey’s family is from Scranton, my hometown. Barletta’s popularity as mayor waned during his third term. He chose to take the low road, labeled the Latino population as illegals and went overboard in blaming them for Hazleton’s decline. That has been his mantra ever since. He was seduced by the insatiable allure of power and the need for more power. He continues to use fear tactics, just like his idol, President Donald Trump, at the expense of immigrants and Latinos, in particular.

According to a Penn State study done several years ago, Latinos opened 60 new businesses in Hazleton and have revitalized the town. Barletta, thanks to the millions spent on a blatantly unconstitutional ordinance and getting sued, left Hazleton in extreme debt and it has joined Scranton as a distressed city in need of state stewardship. His rise to power by pandering to bigotry, racism and unfounded fears unnecessarily has divided the Hazleton community. It is taking much time and effort to heal.

Now he wants to use those same untrue tactics and misdirection as his idol, Trump, who spouts some of the most amazing absurdities. Please don’t be fooled.

Casey doesn’t sputter and strut. He steadfastly works for all Pennsylvanians, not for the power.




Casey too partisan

Editor: Sen. Bob Casey runs campaign ads touting his efforts to pass bipartisan legislation on several issues. These are simple issues that should have bipartisan support regardless, no reason to crow.

However, Casey also announced his opposition to President Trump’s nominee to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat before the president announced the candidate’s name. There were several names on the short list but Casey didn’t care; he said no right off the bat. How is that being bipartisan? Instead, he follows the lead of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, not the will of the people of Pennsylvania who elected him.

I am a registered independent who votes the candidate, not the party, and I often split my ticket. One of the many reasons I am independent is because of such partisan nonsense as Casey engages in on this crucial matter.

Some will say Casey’s actions are in retaliation for what occurred when President Obama nominated a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in office. Republicans in the Senate refused even to consider hearings for the nominee based on partisan nonsense. While I disagreed with the choice of the nominee the proper thing to do would have been to hold hearings and a vote. Petty politics is bad enough, but retaliation by the opposition is just as bad and needs to stop.

I cannot support Casey’s re-election for this reason, among others. It is time he took his retirement from a long career in various elected offices, but it seems he will have to be voted out come November.




Chrin’s the one

Editor: U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright’s obsession with John Chrin’s residency is an effort to mask his record.

As the race for Congress in the 8th Congressional District heats up, I’ve seen continued attempts by Cartwright to paint Chrin as not from here but from New Jersey. Chrin was born, raised and educated in Pennsylvania. He lives in Barrett Twp. in Monroe County. He shares our Northeast Pennsylvania values of perseverance, hard work and integrity, which shouldn’t be surprising, given his working-class roots.

Cartwright hopes that his obsession with Chrin’s residency detracts from his unpopular past support for unaffordable health care policies, higher taxes and sanctuary cities.

Don’t be fooled by Cartwright’s effort to mask this record. Cartwright has a long history of voting against the interests of his constituents in favor of special interests and the leadership of Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

We need someone in Congress who will stand up for the workers and small businesses of Northeast Pennsylvania, not another out-of-touch Washington politician.



Editor’s note: The writer is a former chairwoman of the Luzerne County Republican Party.


Ivory tower view

Editor: The median household income in Scranton is $28,805, with the average cost of a house being $69,000.

The median household income of Short Hills, New Jersey, is $354,000, with the average cost of a house being $1.5 million. Yet, Republican congressional candidate John Chrin runs ads and does speeches talking about “Pennsylvania values” when he has spent the vast majority of his life in Short Hills.

Chrin never had to deal with blighted properties, or face the prospect of losing his job because his factory shut down. Chrin sat in his ivory tower with his millions as the hardworking people of Northeast Pennsylvania fought for every dime they had and now he wants to swoop in and become our congressman? No thank you.





Aid GOP cause

Editor: President Trump made a campaign stop in Northeast Pennsylvania in August to rally support for Rep. Lou Barletta, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

The president also endorsed Republican Scott Wagner for governor and John Chrin for U.S. representative in the new 8th Congressional District

At the rally, Trump expressed the importance of the upcoming midterm elections. The president needs us to elect Republicans who will support his agenda. We need motivated individuals to go door-to-door, make phone calls, put up yard signs and work polling stations.

Our Lackawanna County Republican Headquarters is at 400 Spruce St., in Scranton. Stop in and sign up to help our great Republican candidates. Northeast Pennsylvania helped to put Donald Trump in the White House and with help, we will stop the “blue wave” and keep America great.




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