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Letters To The Editor 10/03/2018

October 3, 2018

YOUR OPINION

Start reform

at seminaries

Editor: The only way that anything can be corrected is to get to the source of the problem.

In reading all the articles on the priest sexual abuse scandal I never read anything about the seminaries where priests are trained. The problem of allowing pedophiles into seminaries had to be allowed and fostered by the Catholic Church.

Men joined because they knew that they would have a free hand because the system allowed it.

I would like to hear more from men who were in the seminaries or quit because of what they saw. Maybe someone could compare the experiences at Protestant and Catholic seminaries.

ED DRYDOL

SOUTH ABINGTON TWP.

 

Church’s challenge

is in teaching

Editor: We old Catholics know that we must stay with the church and clean it up, not deprive it of moral or financial support.

We can encourage our priests to teach more on morality and integrity.

The Bible mentions sin and its punishment more than 80 times. Statistics show that only 4.1 percent of the U.S. demographic population — some 10 million people — identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. This is according to a 2016 Gallup poll. Since 86.6 percent of the alleged abuse was reportedly perpetrated by homosexual priests — and others working for the church — toward adolescent males, we must conclude that this was the greatest problem.

Too many predatory homosexuals were ordained as priests. This was the greatest tragedy, since the seminaries seem to know what they were doing.

How to fix this remains the question. Homosexuality is not evil and its weakness is a lifelong cross to bear. The evil comes from the unwanted predatory activity toward others.

The purification of the church already has begun. So, can we change our own too-liberal thinking to reflect the Gospels and have empathy and consideration for all people suffering with sexual and gender difficulties without marching down Main Street with a rainbow flag? I believe it can be done.

NANCY NON

PLEASANT MOUNT,

WAYNE COUNTY

 

Keep GOP in charge

to keep momentum

Editor: Do Democrats really believe we are worse off than we were two years ago under President Obama?

Today, we have a booming economy, low unemployment,a strong stock market, lower income taxes and higher take-home pay — all due to policies instituted by President Trump. You don’t have to like the president, only give credit for the results his policies achieved. The Democrats’ platform is to dissolve some tax breaks, issue more job-killing regulations and continue to obstruct the president’s agenda.

Can’t you see Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi back in control of Congress?

I can’t. Vote Republican in the November mid-term elections.

LOUIS A. OREHEK

VANDLING

 

Share in wealth

Editor: Unemployment is at near-historic low, the economy is roaring at 4 percent growth, corporate profits are rising and capital is coming home.

So, why are workers’ wages still not keeping up with inflation?

Adam Smith, the patron saint of economic conservatives, in his “Wealth of Nations” published in 1776, said, “The workmen desire to get as much, the masters to give as little as possible. The former are disposed to combine in order to raise, the latter in order to lower the wages of labour.”

The rise of workers’ ability to combine, that is to unionize, resulted in many years of good wages until the owners of companies, reasserted their power through successful legislation and court decisions. Mergers and the growth of huge companies created market conditions making it easier for the “masters” to combine against workers. The masters who gained political power by investing in elections were aided by the Citizens United ruling in the Supreme Court, which stated that money is a form of free speech and campaign spending cannot be limited.

There are other reasons for the failure of wages to keep up, including automation, competition from low- wage countries, contract restrictions that block workers from quitting their jobs for better ones and outsourcing of jobs to avoid benefits — the so-called gig economy.

So, how to raise worker wages? Vote Democratic on Nov. 6. As Adam Smith predicted, the masters will find a way to keep wages low as long as the current ones politically combine to continue to block union growth. We need to make sure workers get their fair share in this robust economy, which originated in the Obama recovery from the Great Recession and continues today.

BRUCE TAYLOR

GREENTOWN,

PIKE COUNTY

 

No Medicare for all

Editor: When the left forced the Affordable Care Act down our throats, they said it would save the average family $2,500 on their health insurance premiums.

Democrats were wrong. A study from the left-leaning Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that Obamacare exchange prices jumped 32 percent nationally for the lowest-cost silver plan and 19.1 percent for better gold plans between 2017 and 2018. 

Obamacare passed without a single Republican vote because Republicans believed it would cause diminished care, fewer choices, and higher costs. Republicans were right.

This year, Democrats are betting on Medicare for all, the closest thing to socialized medicine we ever have seen in the United States. A new caucus was formed, the Medicare for All Caucus, and 70 Democrats have signed up. The aim is to push the United States toward a government-run system where the federal government provides universal health coverage and ultimately pays for and approves all medical expenses.

Private insurance that 156 million Americans currently have through their employer would be eliminated. Instead, people would be forced to use the government system. This program is estimated to have a 10-year $32 trillion price tag and tax hikes would be enacted to pay for it.

Shame on the Democrats for fooling us once on health care with Obamacare. Shame on us if we allow them to fool us twice on health care with single-payer Medicare for all.

ROSE ANN GAETANO

SCRANTON

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