Letters To The Editor 11/7/2018

November 7, 2018

Letters To The Editor 11/7/2018

Shelter supporter

Editor: I have been a supporter of Griffin Pond Animal Shelter for many years.

People often ask me about the shelter and what’s going on there. I was at the shelter early one recent day and watched the staff work diligently to attend to the animals and keep the property spotless. It never has looked better. They have many dedicated employees and wonderful volunteers.

The shelter had more than 50 dogs and many more cats. It even had a few rabbits. If not for the shelter none of these animals would have had a safe place to go. The dogs are not puppies. Many are pit bulls and pit mixes that deserve help the most. I decided to visit with one of the pits and was so happy to see how gentle and loving he was. He craved my attention.

To the people who speak harshly about Griffin Pond and want it to close I ask, will you take those dogs into your homes or rescues? Instead of giving the shelter a bad name without having any knowledge of what good it does, go there. Walk the dogs, play with the cats and help them find homes. See how spotless the shelter is and all the love that is given by volunteers and staff.

Be part of the solution, not the problem. Get involved to make it better for the animals, not harder. The negativity slows donations and adoptions. The community needs to come together to help the animals.




Tribalism’s roots

Editor: The Kavanaugh hearings gave Americans an opportunity to look in the mirror and the reflection was not comforting.

It revealed a nation caught up in unvarnished tribalism, not partisanship, and far from patriotism. A poll showed that 69 percent of

Americans called the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh a “national disgrace.” What were the other 31 percent


Where did all this tribal hatred come from? According to Norman Ornstein and

Thomas Mann in their book, “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks,” the shift from partisanship to tribalism, which occurred after the end of the Cold War, no longer allowed for compromise. Enemies must be crushed. Power must be held at all costs.

According to the authors Newt Gingrich, a Republican U.S. House member from Georgia who later became speaker of the House, introduced tribalism to Congress when he arrived in the late 1970s. Ornstein has stated that Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, perfected the tribal order when, during the Obama administration, he declared his intention to use his GOP Senate caucus to make Obama fail as a strategy for bringing Republicans to power.

The culmination of the shift to tribalism from partisanship occurred with McConnell denying Obama his constitutional right to appoint a Supreme Court justice with almost a year left in Obama’s term. According to National Public Radio, there was no precedent “to ignore the nominee entirely, as if no vacancy existed.”

It’s been reported that the denying of a nominee was a turning point, which was

cheating, and that McConnell broke something very big.

The darkness deepens.





Justice compromised

Editor: The Republican-controlled Senate rammed through the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court out of fear of losing control of the Senate in the midterm elections.

The vote was along party lines, with 49 Republicans and one Democrat for him, and 48 Democrats against him. Unfortunately, Republicans put party ahead of the well-being of the country.

Based on the testimony, I believe it was confirmed that someone who probably assaulted a female either lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee or could not remember the assault because of his highly intoxicated condition.

Kavanaugh probably lied to the committee when he downplayed his vast beer consumption in college. Numerous classmates have stated he was a heavy drinker and a belligerent drunk.

Kavanaugh appears to be highly partisan and biased as was evident during the committee hearings when he said there was a left-wing conspiracy against him, including “revenge on behalf of the Clintons, and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups.”

Kavanaugh is deeply flawed and an unworthy Supreme Court justice. The veracity and unbiased opinions of the Supreme Court are in question.





Curb lawsuits

Editor: Lackawanna County has joined a lawsuit from Chester County, which seeks damages from pharmaceutical companies that manufacture opioids.

The suit doesn’t mention any employee by name, just the corporations, which are artificial entities created by law to do business.

The legal fees could be astronomical, since there probably are addicts in every county in the nation. Multiply the damages by the fee proportion and the numbers could be staggering.

This suit aims to collect money while some similar suits have failed. People have sued gun manufacturers for killings or maimings by firearms. Following that logic people could sue automobile makers if a car would be deliberately driven into a crowd to maim and kill. Could someone sue rope manufacturers for rapes and stranglings when their brand of rope was used? The absurdity goes on.

If the cost of rehabilitating addicts is one of the driving forces behind the litigation, why not charge them? People have to pay for carpentry, legal and accounting work, car repairs and other services. Why not pay for getting “cleaned up”? I suspect the number of repeat offenders would diminish. If they are without funds, as some addicts claim to be, file a lien against them for costs.

Finally, when the pharmaceutical makers are bankrupt and cancer, heart, brain and other life-sustaining medications are in short supply or nonexistent, who will supply these meds, the American Bar Association?



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