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Letters To The Editor 8/10/2018

August 10, 2018

System falls short

Editor: Parents often ask if we did enough for our kids or offered them a life to help them succeed.

I am one of those parents. My 17-year-old son has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. When gone untreated, teens tend to turn to self-medication to ease the pain and suffering that they often feel. Imagine being trapped in a mind that is always in constant chaos. Often, these symptoms go untreated until it turns into something truly bad, such as school shootings. I was told by a crisis line that due to the fact that my son had no prior incidents, I was unable to get him the help he needed.

I was able to get him help after he robbed a video game part from a home and faces a felony charge. I got him into a facility in Texas. I have had to deal with things that may force him to return here against the better judgment of those working with him. As a parent and advocate for those in need, I feel that this is wrong.

Change cannot take place without the proper steps in place to make them. What steps are we offering? In Pennsylvania there are no services like what my son is getting because he is under 18. This causes many people to not seek any help because they don’t know where to begin.

What is it going to take to make changes in how we treat those in need? Just because my son does not have any physical impairments does not mean that he is not suffering inside. At this point he willingly stays in treatment because he knows he needs it. The state may force me to bring him back and all I have to ask is, who would that help?

MICHAL SHULTZ

CRESCO, MONROE COUNTY

 

Trump pro-self

Editor: As of Aug. 1, President Trump was credited with 4,229 lies for his 558 days in office.

That is an average of 7.6 lies per day. This qualifies him as our nation’s lord of the lies. It is easy to tell that he is a perpetual liar because every time he opens his mouth his lips move.

November elections are coming soon and I hope that all Americans see him for what he really is and that is pro-self. His pro-life stance, along with that of so many members of our cowardly Congress, is a joke. At best, the president and his sycophantic followers are pro-birth and it ends there.

Just take a look at the immigrant mess he has created at our southern border, with the separation of children from their mothers and fathers and housing them in cages. This is not pro-life.

Our disinterested Congress has abdicated its legislative duties. Far too many of its members are pro-self, just like Trump. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera showed the true essence of pro-life by going to the border to be with and to comfort separated parents and their children.

I would like to see members of the Scranton Chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life follow the bishop’s example and visit the border. I hope that on the Sunday prior to the mid-term elections the windshields of our cars are not plastered with propaganda flyers that are pro-Republican in church parking lots. Stand at the entrance to the church so that recipients of your flyers can be face-to-face with you. I am pro-life but I will not vote for Republicans who claim that they are pro-life when they are really pro-birth.

JAMES W. PATTERSON

ROARING BROOK TWP.

 

Walled-in feeling

Editor: Remember that Mexican wall along the border with the United States?

You remember, the wall that Mexico swore it could get America to pay for? No, wait, it was the American wall along the Mexican border that President Donald Trump swore he could get Mexico to pay for. Why haven’t we heard any more about Mexico paying for it? Could it be that Mexico convinced Trump that it won’t pay for it?

But if Mexico won’t pay for it, who would? Oh, that’s right, Trump recently threatened to shut down the government unless Congress agrees to pay for it. So, what does that mean exactly? For starters, if Congress agrees to pay for the wall, you and I will pick up that tab. That’s because Congress can’t pay for anything. All it does is borrow money, which means our taxes would go up somehow.

The thing is, though, Trump is talking about another tax cut. It must be that wealthy folks need new cars and vacation spas or something. But if he gives out tax cuts again and still wants Congress to pay for a wall to be built, where’s all this money coming from? Maybe we could place tariffs on the builders of the wall.

Let’s hope the government finds some gold veins in some of our most treasured national parks and maybe some diamond fields, too. On the other hand, if Congress refuses to fund his wall and he shuts down the government, who will pay for that? What about our credit rating? It was reduced once before in 2011 when Republicans pushed the nation to the brink of default. During a shutdown it would cost more for to borrow the money to run the government and even more to pay for that damn wall.

ED COLE

CLARKS SUMMIT

 

Trump shortchanged

Editor: No matter how well this president does the Democrats get wilder, with unfounded accusations about anything to make him look bad.

Take the new tax law. It is as popular as ever and a New York Times poll shows majority support for the tax bill. The law already is a success. Businesses across the country have responded to pro-growth reforms by giving employees bonuses, increasing wages, making charitable donations, or announcing increased investments and creating more jobs.

Unemployment is at a new low, wage growth is up, business and manufacturing is healthy.

The last three presidents were political hacks and accomplished nothing. Immigration is a mess. We give away great amounts of money overseas. Where are the complaints about where our tax money is going? There was not one complaint from Democrats.

If a Democrat shot someone, they would say he ran into the bullet and that is why he is dead.

The Democrats once were a great party. With what is happening now, there will be no Democratic Party left. I hear it is going to be a party of socialists.

EMIL KONZMAN

CLIFFORD TWP.,

SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY

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