Letters To The Editor 11/19/2018

November 19, 2018


Let them eat pie

Editor: Here’s the Thanksgiving scenario for most of us. You clean the house. You spend hours cooking and baking. The relatives come. You eat the turkey and the dressing and the green beans and the sweet potato casserole and lots of side dishes that the relatives might have brought.

When it’s time for dessert, well, you are just too full of turkey and dressing and casseroles to truly enjoy the pies and cookies. You probably eat them anyway and spend the rest of the evening, and likely some of the next day, feeling uncomfortably stuffed.

A few years back I came up with a solution to the Thanksgiving dessert dilemma that is now our new tradition: pie night. The main meal for pie night is something light, like a salad or vegetables. Then, we dig into my apple cranberry and pumpkin pies, topped with ice cream, along with the other desserts that guests bring. We eat all of this on Wednesday, the night before Thanksgiving, which is pie night. It’s our fiesta of richness giving desserts a celebration all their own. On the following evening, Thanksgiving, we welcome the magnificent array of scrumptious entrees, saving just a little room for leftover pie.

Is our nation ready for pie night? Which president will declare this a new holiday, just as Abraham Lincoln did with Thanksgiving in 1863? Imagine, a two-day celebration, not one. Join our family to give desserts a day of their own.




Holiday survival tips

Editor: Not all family get-togethers are created equal.

Thanksgiving is no exception. Some dinners come off without a hitch, while others can make you question who there is to be thankful for.

By arming yourself with a healthy strategy, you can survive Thanksgiving and maybe even look forward to it. Consider the following:

■ It is a good idea to have an alcohol-free dinner. It cuts down on lowered inhibitions and loose tongues.

■ Assign difficult guests jobs to do and keep them occupied and content.

■ If someone has a food allergy, have her bring a dish to help her feel included. You may even have a new dish for the following year.

■ Forbid discussion of politics or religion at the table. If people need to discuss these hot-button issues, have a separate room for them to do it.

■ If two families are involved and not together, choose one family for dinner and the other for a visit the day after.

■ Remove yourself from a toxic situation. It’s OK to go to a separate room to meditate or take a few moments to yourself.

By taking care of yourself emotionally, family gatherings can cease to be stressful and perhaps be a more comfortable experience.




Assertions disputed

Editor: Joe Hannon (“Vote to check Trump,” Nov. 5) condemned President Trump and cited examples of why he is unfit for office. His examples are badly flawed.

Hannon asserts there were only good people on one side at the United the Right demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, because one side had neo-Nazis and the other side didn’t. Actually, the original protest was set up and a permit was obtained by a group of people trying to preserve history by saving a statue of Robert E. Lee. White supremacists showed up uninvited. The people on the other side included members of Antifa, who came with clubs and allegedly beat protesters indiscriminately. I say there were good and bad people on both sides.

Hannon claims that Trump grovels before Russian President Vladimir Putin. President Obama told a Russian leader that he would have “more flexibility” after the 2012 election. Putin apparently took this to mean that if he invaded Ukraine we would not interfere. Trump tries to work with Putin but I do not believe he has caved on any issue.

Violence at Trump rallies has been started by Trump haters who attempt to disrupt the rallies. It is true that Trump encourages his followers to fight back.

It is true that President Trump has no class. That does not convey a right to distort the facts.




Halt autocracy

Editor: As members of Action Together NEPA, we encourage caring citizens to speak out and engage others to denounce the hateful, divisive rhetoric and policies coming out of the Trump administration. It fuels fear and violence. Words and actions matter.

Sadly, we are no longer shocked but are deeply troubled and outraged at the unprecedented increase in domestic terrorism and the rise in hate crimes and hate groups in our beloved country the past two years.

Yet another massacre, this time in our own state, at the Tree Of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, resulted in the killing of 11 more victims and the terrorizing a community. It illuminates the anti-Semitism and scapegoating of Jews that ultimately arises from fear and ignorance at the hands of nationalism. Despite the efforts of the police, an additional four armed police officers were shot due to the use of an AR-15-style assault rifle in the synagogue attack.

In addition, 14 assassination attempts in the form of mail bombs to prominent American leaders, citizens and members of the media reflect a growing acceptance of violence and a systematic assault on the First Amendment. All of the mail bomb recipients have been targets of Trump’s relentless lies and the demonization of his critics. Efforts are under way by the Trump administration to criminalize protests, shame dissenters and squelch our right to petition our government for redress of grievances.

We call on all caring Americans to realize that democracy can only survive when the citizenry is engaged and active. Together, we can stop the slide into autocracy and hopelessness. Inaction is not an option. The time is now.

Anne Frank once said, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”





Enemy of absolutist

Editor: When you lie down with dogs you get fleas.

President Trump thinks he knows how to deal with journalists. If they start asking the wrong questions, ban them. Just ask Jim Acosta, a reporter from CNN whose White House press access was revoked before a judge restored it.

Hanging around the Saudi Arabian royal family might provide instruction about the dangers of investigative journalism. Consider the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

Journalists are not my enemy. Trump is.



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