Letters To The Editor 7/28/2018

July 28, 2018

Community pillar

Editor: I was saddened to hear about the recent passing of my dear friend, Jeanne Andersen Bovard. I would like to pass on two lessons Jeanne taught me.

I served as treasurer for the Lackawanna Bar Association for 16 years. Our bar was granted a seat on the board of directors of the Scranton Area Foundation. When a vacancy occurred due to the death of our bar’s appointee, I pursued the position. Due to red tape, I was not appointed and was very disappointed.

Jeanne found out that my desire had slipped through the cracks. Although I did not know her and had never met her, she called me and vigorously apologized for something that was not her fault. I stubbornly refused her offer for me to join the board. Shortly thereafter, attorney Michael McDonald shared with me his collegiate story about competing to become the Villanova Wildcat mascot and his ultimate refusal to accept being named mascot after initially not being selected. He told me he regretted to this day being stubborn and wished he could do it over. His advice hit like a thunderbolt. I called Jeanne and was appointed and served on the foundation’s board for nine years. I was the master of ceremonies for Jeanne’s retirement from the foundation.

Jeanne taught me that you do not have to be the one who created the wrong to be the one to correct it.

The next lesson hit me hard. My wife, Lucy, and I had the pleasure to go out to dinner with Jeanne on two separate occasions. We planned a third. I was dismayed that I never followed up.

So, Jeanne taught me that you can never be too busy to visit with loved ones while you still have the chance.




Cemetery improved

Editor: I would like to thank the Veterans Promise advocacy group and the girls softball team from Blakely for organizing and cleaning up part of the Washburn Street Cemetery.

These two groups and their families came together on one of the hottest days of the year and mowed grass, cut down large bushes and overgrown weeds and helped upright knocked over tombstones.

This cemetery has been neglected for years and finally was cleaned up by these very kind and caring people.

I am sure all families who have loved ones buried in Washburn Street Cemetery are grateful for all of the hard work and effort these groups put into the cleanup.

Bless them for their kindness and very hard work.




Preachers praised

Editor: Thanks to St. Ann’s Basilica for its incredible novena preachers this year, Father Don Ware, C.P., and Father Michael Rowe, C.P.

They are the best we’ve had in years. If all our priests preached like these men, our Catholic churches would be filled every Sunday. Our hearts, homes and nation would have greater peace, in a “closer walk with Jesus,” on fire with love for him, and consequently, all our neighbors.




Increase screening

Editor: This year, an estimated 140,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 50,000 will die from the disease.

Colorectal cancer is the third-most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second-most common cause of cancer deaths in the country. Compounding the tragedy is the fact that colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer.

Half of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented each year if every individual 50 and older received recommended colorectal cancer screenings. Unfortunately, many people are deterred from getting screened by cost-sharing. While coinsurance for individuals on private insurance plans is waived, Medicare patients can still get hit with a surprise bill if a polyp is found and removed during a routine screening. This loophole in Medicare was never intended. It was a mistake and needs to be addressed and corrected, not left on the backs of our seniors.

I urge Sen. Bob Casey to stand up for seniors by cosponsoring the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act in Congress that would close this loophole. By correcting this mistake in coverage of colorectal screenings, we could save thousands of lives, reduce suffering and reduce cancer costs in Medicare.





Grateful in Dunmore

Editor: I have been a resident of Dunmore pretty much all of my life. I understood a long time ago why my parents built a house and raised three children here and why my husband and I raised our two children here.

On June 6, after leaving my home at about 5 p.m., my daughter was involved in a

horrific car crash on Harper Street in Dunmore. My husband and I were at the accident scene within two minutes. What I saw next was both a nightmare and a miracle at the same time. We saw her immediately in the back of an ambulance receiving oxygen. Then I saw her car, which flipped three times and was totaled. The other car that blew through a stop sign lost its front bumper. Thank God they were all able to walk away from the accident in one piece.

I want to thank the Dunmore Police Department and the ambulance first responders for their quick action at the accident scene. The residents along Harper Street were kind and understanding of our trauma, too, especially a man who found my daughter’s beagle, Sadie, wandering the street in shock.

I give heartfelt thanks to all the professionals and good citizens of Dunmore.



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