Letters To The Editor 5/6/2019
Assure mail carrier safety
Editor: Did you get bitten at work today? On average, nearly 15 mail carriers per day will say, “Yes.”
Postal Service officials report that in 2018, 5,714 letter carriers experienced dog bites or dog attacks. With deliveries every day, including Sundays and holidays, carriers continue to experience dog bites in urban, suburban and rural settings.
Dog attacks and bites are 100 percent preventable when dog owners remain vigilant and properly restrain their dogs. To ensure mail carriers’ safety, dog owners must secure their dog in another room until a delivery exchange is done. If outside, dogs must be leashed at a distance from the mailbox. When a carrier feels unsafe, mail service could be interrupted, not only for the dog owner, but for the entire neighborhood. When mail service is interrupted, mail must be picked up at the post office. Service will not be restored until the dog is properly restrained.
With your help, we can keep our carriers, your neighbors and your dogs safe.
Where sidewalks end
Editor: In recent months there has been a lot of discussion about improving the pedestrian experience in downtown Scranton.
I support making our city more pedestrian-friendly 100%. But in every section of Scranton, except the downtown area, there are entire blocks where there are no sidewalks at all, or they are so dilapidated that using them is useless. As a parent I can attest that walking these blocks with a stroller is akin to playing Russian roulette as you dodge cars just trying to walk down the street.
Perhaps the city should become more walker-friendly in these areas before officials worry about blocks that already have healthy sidewalks.
GREGORY POPIL JR.
Restore pride in nation
Editor: I remember when people came together for the good of all, when almost everyone worked together to build a dream called America.
The rich cared and helped the less fortunate who would pass on what they could. It seems the attitude of instant gratification, or what’s in it for me, has taken over. It has become more important to those in government and in power to line their pockets with money than to care about people, clean air, water, global warming and other dangers. The Environmental Protection Agency has become an empty shell under this administration, weakening regulations that protected us. Earth is our only home but we are allowing it to be destroyed.
I remember feeling pride to see our flag and the Statue of Liberty and all they stood for. I give thanks to those who served in the past and serve our country now. Our president insulted and belittled veteran John McCain while the senator was alive and after his death. Who does that?
What has happened when we let lies replace the truth, let fear divide and control some of us, when common sense no longer exists, when people see the president say something on TV or on Twitter and they believe him later when he denies that he said it? That is hard to understand. Respect is only given to those who earn it, not those who demand it.
I have faith because I see and hear of people doing good without thinking they will be paid. Everyday heroes still exist. I have hope because we have children, grandchildren, friends and people we have yet to meet. I want again be proud of America and all it stands for — how about you?
Give nurses recognition
Editor: Each day — and around the clock — more than 5,000 nurses provide skilled, compassionate care to the 3 million residents served by Geisinger’s hospitals and clinics. These dedicated women and men, and their 4 million colleagues nationwide, are truly the foundation of our health care system.
During National Nurses Week, today through May 12, Geisinger honors the nurses who comfort and care for our patients during their most challenging times, and who celebrate the happy events, too. But nursing is more than bedside care. Today, nurses are at the forefront of groundbreaking research and at Geisinger they serve as key partners in our shift toward an emphasis on preventive care that keeps people healthier and living at home longer.
The week, which always concludes on Florence Nightingale’s birth date, recognizes the changes that have taken place since Nightingale began revolutionizing health care nearly 200 years ago. While aspects of the profession continue to evolve, nursing at heart remains a calling that draws a special type of person — one who is willing to commit to a lifetime of learning, empathetic communication and caring for each patient as an individual.
As the leader of nursing at Geisinger Northeast, I’m proud to be part of a community of highly trained, thoughtful and dedicated nurses who are integral to our delivery of quality, compassionate care. I encourage anyone who would like to make a real difference in others’ lives to explore nursing as a career.
Join Geisinger as we express our deep appreciation for the nurses who consistently do more than what is asked of them, providing not just lifesaving care day and night, but offering the heartfelt, personal attention that each patient deserves.
CHIEF NURSING OFFICER
Reform state game panel
Editor: The recent decision by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to change the opening day of the rifle deer season is a textbook example of why the agency needs a major overhaul.
Once again the commission has proved that it not only exists in a bubble, but that the bubble is shrinking. This proposal has been contentious from the beginning. Yet the commission board went ahead, despite the virtually even split in hunters’ ranks — let alone input and concerns by nonhunters — to make the change.
This decision simply will increase the tensions and opposition by the growing number of nonhunting outdoor users as well as suburban and rural landowners who oppose expansions of hunting. This action will add another Saturday to the season, which means more trespassing and other negative encounters between hunters and nonhunters.
The appointment process for the commission board needs to change so the agency is brought into the 21st century. That means no more hunters, exclusively, being nominated by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. Instead, nonhunters, who exist outside the aforementioned bubble, need to be appointed until only one member is a hunter. This will reflect the true purpose and legal mandate of the agency, which is to oversee all wildlife for all Pennsylvanians.