Letters To The Editor 5/13/2019
Editor: Over the past several weeks, we have seen articles on people owing back taxes, school taxes and garbage fees.
The city of Scranton never will recover. It has an administration that does nothing, a school board that just keeps digging deeper and deeper and most of it can be corrected. When are officials going to be held accountable to do their job?
Why haven’t these deadbeats on taxes and fees been given an ultimatum — pay the taxes or suffer the consequences? What other town in Lackawanna County would put up with this? If you or I didn’t pay our taxes and fees, we could be heavily fined.
The city administration and school board in Scranton are a blight on all of us. It’s time for this to be remedied.
Editor: Social Security has worked great for almost a century. Medicare has worked equally as well for half a century.
Both are social programs, yet the wealthy continued to enhance their own largess, even as mandatory withholding for the programs was put in place. Most people were satisfied with both systems and the amounts they received, or the benefits they got. Their working peers, likewise, never objected to contributing, looking forward to the security they would someday enjoy.
Some of the wealthy, however, carped constantly about having to contribute to both programs and vowed to overturn them. When their party seized power, they mused, the hated dole would be abolished and the Gilded Age restored. Their utopian dream could then be achieved if they could succeed in sowing discontent among the complacent populace. By dubbing the programs “entitlements,” they hoped to convince the contributors that the beneficiaries were freeloaders and that those who contribute to the program were their hapless victims.
With their plan getting closer to fruition, we are on the doorstep of an authoritarian age. A century-old dream that has been pursued so relentlessly by those waiting for an obnoxious leader and his cadre may lie just around the corner.
Threat to rule of law
Editor: Not so long ago one of the admirable traits of our nation was the adherence to the rule of law.
We could take pride that, unlike what was referred to as “banana republics,” our government had a strong history of abiding by judicial decisions and election outcomes.
We had many peaceful revolutions by the ballot, affirming the belief that no one was above the law and its due processes.
Now all that proud history, what made us unique, is unraveling.
The president has told his White House staff to ignore congressional requests to appear before them.
The attorney general, the top law enforcement official within the federal government, refuses to be questioned by members of Congress.
Now, before the rabid Republican faithful begin crying about a witch hunt or political bias, remember this: It doesn’t matter whether you agree with the reasons for a hearing, you cooperate with the request because that’s how it’s done in a nation that follows the rule of law.
We are not a country of a single party ruled by a one-man dictatorship.
It’s one thing to flout convention and behave as if good manners don’t matter. But to willfully ignore legal precedents and the very structure of national government should make anyone, regardless of party, uneasy and very troubled. Remember, what we do and allow today will reverberate through the years to come.
Backs GOP team
Editor: I encourage fellow Republicans to support Chris Chermak and Mike Giannetta for Lackawanna County commissioner in the May 21 primary election.
I believe the Republican voters of Lackawanna County are fortunate to have two qualified individuals in Giannetta and Chermak who are willing to bring much-needed change to county government. We must reform the way our government does business and demand honest government that will work for the people of Lackawanna County.
Chermak is a civic-minded businessman who has served his community for more than 30 years as a first responder. Giannetta formerly served the commonwealth as a senior deputy attorney general and continues his service as a township supervisor.
County government is dysfunctional and we need these two outstanding professionals. I can think of no one better than Chermak and Giannetta to straighten out the mess that is Lackawanna County government.
Real scandal missed
Editor: As a Christian I have to say that praying for your enemies is part of our spiritual plan.
I don’t consider Democrats and the media as enemies, but I pray for them. They are so pathetic it’s embarrassing. Why can’t they just admit their failures?
They said Trump couldn’t become president. Then they backed it up with allegations of Russian collusion. Now they are trying to crucify Attorney General William Barr. How do you live with yourselves? Democrats are becoming the most despicable party ever.
When the truth comes out on the origins of the Trump investigation, the world will be shocked, but not Democrats and the media. They will continue to abide by the story fed to them by the “I still can’t believe Trump won” circus that obsesses them.