Letters To The Editor 3/16/2019
Down in dumps
Editor: Put a healthy fish in a polluted aquarium and it won’t be healthy for long.
Its body systems are affected and some time later, it floats belly-up.
Scranton is like that polluted aquarium and the people are the fish living in it.
Scranton is situated between two enormous dumps, Empire Sanitary Landfill in Taylor, and Keystone Sanitary Landfill in Dunmore and Throop. Scranton is in a dump sandwich. Most people in the area probably have dump-air disease, which dumbs them down. The political class gets it the worst. The are the dumbest of all.
I recommend people sign up for dump-air disease benefits and get compensated for it. It’s like black lung disease, for which miners were compensated. We can call it “dump lung.”
Whenever I do something dumb, I blame it on the disease. Scranton’s students are not dumb, they may suffer from the disease, too.
J.R. ‘DOC’ DAVIS
Halt coyote killing
Editor: Coyotes, revered by American Indians who called them “God’s dogs,” are being brutally slaughtered in merciless killing contests for money.
Some 500,000 coyotes are killed in the United States annually. Coyotes are under constant assault and are killed by the Department of Agriculture by shooting them from the air, poisoning, trapping and killing pups in dens. Coyotes have the same DNA as our beloved dogs and someone could go to jail if he killed a neighbor’s dog. Killing a coyote is like killing your neighbor’s dog.
Infamous coyote killing contests are used as an excuse to facilitate livestock grazing and to keep deer populations high so that sport hunters, a 4 percent minority of the American population, will have an excess of deer and other target animals to kill during hunting seasons.
Coyotes are natural predators and scavengers and killing them interferes with nature’s mission. They kill small animals, rodents and fawns. Wildlife officials deceive the public into believing these killings are necessary.
To learn how to live peacefully with coyotes go to www.projectcoyote.org.
Editor: I take issue with the fiasco at the Scranton Single Tax Office and city taxes in general.
Many citizens are struggling to pay their taxes with difficulty. Some are elderly and represent the glue that holds this city together.
Some of these citizens do not have — or maybe never had — children who attended public schools. Yet they are being held hostage by school district taxes. The district has some of the lowest standardized test scores in the state and corrupt board members.
Now, the city plans to fine citizens who cannot keep yards and gardens up to standards. Many taxpayers cannot keep up because they do not have the agility or strength to do it, especially to run around a neighborhood picking up trash that has blown there from elsewhere.
Another important city issue is sidewalks. Just because city officials would prefer cement over blacktop to preserve the beauty, who can afford the cement after taxes?
Houses and properties in the city remain for sale for so long that some owners are forced to reduce prices or settle for much less than the actual value. No one wants to buy property here. The lucky ones get out.
Too many homeowners still work laborious jobs. Scranton residents will be broke or homeless because the city will never be considered beautiful.
Silence Rep. Omar
Editor: Why do the American people and our Congress not stop Rep. Ilhan Omar from spewing hatred and bigotry against our Jewish people and Israel?
Are they waiting for another attack on a synagogue, or worse? We do not put up with this against black people or any others, why do we not silence her?
Also, I hope legislation will be forthcoming against the murder of babies with a heartbeat in the womb.
I was fortunate that I traveled in my earlier years. I visited England, Germany, Switzerland, Brussles, Paris, the French Riviera, China, Greece, and parts of my own country including Hawaii and national parks. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would like to take away our planes and force us to buy electric cars. What will you give our children in place of wholesome milk? The cows will also be gone.
Editor: U.S. House Democrats, including Rep. Matt Cartwright of Moosic, passed a sweeping anti-corruption and voting rights bill recently that they said was intended to make voting easier, as well as strengthen ethics rules, while rejecting a motion to condemn voting by undocumented immigrants. The legislation, the “For The People Act” or House Resolution 1, passed 234-193 along party lines.
The legislation would make Election Day a designated federal holiday and calls for automatic voter registration in states, restores voting rights to convicted felons, requires independent redistricting panels to weed out gerrymandering and would make nonprofits identify donors who contribute more than $10,000. I do not recall Cartwright indicating these were his priorities during his 2018 re-election campaign. I know, Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded he follow the Democratic Party voting requirements or else he would be punished. It seems Cartwright has forgotten us in the Scranton area.
RICHARD “OTIS” LENAHAN
SOUTH ABINGTON TWP.
Editor: Scranton has lots in which to take pride.
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic did a great job recently at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre during a performance of “Imagine: The Beatles Solo Years.”
The conductor was great, dressed in black leather, and the show drew a full house.