Letters To The Editor 3/19/2019

March 19, 2019

Progress victorious

Editor: Bridget Malloy Kosierowski handily won the March 12 special election in the 114th Pennsylvania House District and will complete the term of the late Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich in Harrisburg.

She is only the second woman from Lackawanna County ever elected to the Legislature. Rep. Marion Munley was the first and served from 1947 to 1964, 55 years ago.

Progressive Women of NEPA proudly endorsed Kosierowski, one of our members, and we are thrilled that she won. Her campaign set a positive tone for politics, one that has been lacking in recent years. Her opponent’s old-fashioned politics of division and fearmongering gave way to her new politics of inclusion and compassion. We are confident that she will bring that positivity to Harrisburg and we look forward to her advancing progressive Democratic principles that benefit people, not political interests.

Our group is a grassroots organization with membership open to any woman residing in the 12-county area of Northeast Pennsylvania (prowomennepa.com). Our members are engaged citizens with varied experiences: health care professionals, former military women, stay-at-home moms, attorneys, educators, retirees, business owners and public servants. We are patriots who share the common vision of strong communities supported by responsive and effective governance. Our sole purpose is to improve government by working to elect qualified progressive women to political leadership.

With Kosierowski’s landslide election, we look forward to recruiting and supporting more progressive women candidates in NEPA. Join us.








Wannabe bully

Editor: I’ve been trying to figure out why our president has so many nice things to say about the leaders of Russia, North Korea and Saudi Arabia.

All three of these men lead repressive governments in countries where opposition to them has led to death, where the government controls all news media and where elections really are rigged. These leaders have been able to use their power to amass huge fortunes.

How is it that our president would take people like them at their word over the words of his own intelligence agencies? Could it be that he is jealous of them? After all, the president is the most powerful person in our government but he is not all-powerful as they are in their countries. Or could it be that our president who loves to bully those whom he perceives as weak cowers in the presence of real bullies?

Maybe that’s it. He’s a fake bully, a wannabe bully. He likes to act the part when surrounded by his loyal base. So, he goes back to his Twitter rants, his name-calling and attacking the media while the real bullies of the world watch and probably laugh at his lame attempt to become one of them.

We cannot afford to laugh, however. When a president shows an affinity for autocratic rule it is a danger to democracy and it is certainly not the way to make America great again.




Tolerance waning


Editor: It is troubling because we have a bully as a president and the trend persists in schools.

I want to know what kind of bully would take his attitude out an someone who has questions about their sexual identity. I think people should use the bathroom that they belong in and if you are transgender, that should be taken into account.

Freedom is for everyone, not the chosen few. People raised as bullies will grow up to be bullies.

Most people I was friends with in school didn’t fit the “perfect” mold. What kind of world are we creating when we teach kids to hate because of differences?




Fruitless broadside

Editor: Gayle Parker (“Machismo tiring,” March 2) holds writer Sondra Myers to a curious standard by requiring of her a fact-filled brief to every stance.

That is something her husband, attorney Morey Myers, is better equipped to do.

Instead, Myers proves her worth with astute observations of the social and political scene. So able is she in this endeavor that many consider her to be Scranton’s foremost public intellectual.

Parker’s view is that countries that find “Trump abrasive and unforgiving would gladly ask for our foreign aid if needed. Survival overcomes misgivings.” This doesn’t qualify as deep understanding; are readers then to think that the president’s attitudes and actions are justified?

Parker writes that Trump has fulfilled his economic promises. It is too early for such an assessment. It took years for President Ronald Reagan’s budget director, David Stockman, to admit that supply-side economics was just a “Trojan horse to bring down the top (tax) rate” for the wealthy. It was a full two years for the same verdict on President George W. Bush’s tax cuts. President Donald Trump’s cuts have been in force for just 15 months and flags have been hoisted in opposition. He has, on several occasions, threatened a full trade war during a stable economy and there already is more than $2 trillion in new national debt created under Trump.

As to the issue of immigration, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer aren’t averse to border control, they simply want a more scientific and modern manner to achieve it. As a nation we must constantly evaluate “progress, national security and each citizen’s well-being” — to quote Parker’s words. Actually, that reflects the essence of Myers’ message.

Unlike so many others, Myers is consistently “fair and balanced.”