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Letters To The Editor 11/25/2018

November 25, 2018

Dignity in difficulty

Editor: Chris Kelly’s Nov. 18 column depicting the journey of a local man named John into homelessness, his struggles while being homeless and his fortune in finding his way back from homelessness was moving and timely.

The column was written with a quiet dignity representing the finest way to engage anyone found in a highly challenged situation or hardship.

For more than 20 years, I have been a volunteer with the Community Intervention Center, the agency Kelly highlighted. John is a client of the center. Seven days a week, women and men with many of the same needs as John enter the agency and receive a warm welcome, a cup of coffee, sometimes soup or a sandwich and are always greeted by our highly trained staff.

For 46 years, staff at the center has worked hard to keep the doors open. We collaborate with other social service agencies to make sure that help can be provided when life challenges occur.

Kelly’s words captured the humanity that is built into all of these services. As John’s story reveals, we are complex beings and we function and malfunction in assorted ways. That is why it is critical to believe and act on the idea that we are our brother’s keeper. The center is proud of our care of people like John and of our role in bringing him in from the cold.

We open our doors to everyone here in Lackawanna County and thank Kelly for recognizing our value to its residents.

SHARON M. QUINN

COMMUNITY INTERVENTION CENTER BOARD PRESIDENT,

DUNMORE

 

Tunnel vision

Editor: Renaissance drama scholar Gillian Woods describes William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” as “a tragedy in which all the values that we think of as protecting our sense of humanity are attacked.”

Shakespeare, as usual, understands the human condition. He knows that being governed by a person on the other side of sanity cannot be trusted to ensure the health and well-being of his subjects. The declining condition of our president suggests that he can’t govern — let alone govern justly and democratically. This is not a professional diagnosis but an opinion held by many — across party lines — who have observed the empirical evidence. We know that we cannot count on President Trump to protect our values, our dignity and our freedom. I wish that those who are near and dear to him would usher him out of the White House.

We are not subjects; we are citizens. We live in a democracy. We have the right and the responsibility to remove from office someone who cannot handle the job. The chaos he creates puts us on a treacherous road toward dictatorship.

Now that the House will revert to the hands of the opposing party — Democrats who are under no obligation to sit tight and watch our country go down — we can see a light at the end of the tunnel. But that’s not enough. We must get out of the tunnel.

We are the world’s strongest and richest nation. If we intend to recover our global leadership role, we must act. We have been given the right to have checks and balances. The midterm election has provided us with the tool we need to dig ourselves out of this situation. We can and must do it.

SONDRA MYERS

SCRANTON

 

Boost bus service

Editor: As a person with a disability who would like to use the County of Lackawanna Transit System service more often, I just can’t.

I had a recent medical appointment in Dunmore, just miles from my house, and no bus went near there. I used a ride-hailing service, which was much more expensive than the bus and much faster.

A top reason people don’t take the bus is, there’s no place to sit. People must stand, sometimes in the rain or snow, while they wait. Buses don’t go everywhere and do not run late enough. I get off work at 6:30 p.m. and have to get picked up because buses don’t run that late. Even though I work for a large employer in Scranton bus service has recently been cut. Weekend bus stops are far less frequent and often hours apart. I get off work at noon on Saturdays and have to wait hours for a bus.

Service needs to increase, not decrease, in order to get more people to use public transit. Riders don’t want to spend four hours on three buses in order get to the stores in Dickson City.

Unless you have a smartphone you don’t know what times the buses run. Wait times between bus runs must be standardized. People will not wait hours for a bus. Time waiting for buses must decrease, not increase.

You cannot beat the price of the bus. The COLTS drivers I have met have been wonderful. If the bus system wants to serve more people it needs to grow.

DEREK RAINES

SCRANTON

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