Letters To The Editopr 2/6/2019
State of disunion
Editor: Well, now that we’re back on track, with our government employees back on the job and collecting a paycheck, the State of the Union address was delivered on Tuesday.
Personally, I give it a big who cares? President Trump could be expected to use it as a forum to brag about everything he’s done for America. Would he mention the shutdown, with its accoutrements? How about his numerous attempts to repeal Obamacare and strip health care from millions of people? How about abolishing internet neutrality and all but eliminating the Dodd-Frank Act that protects consumers from predatory financial behavior?
Let’s not omit his scrapping of the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear treaty. Russia’s leaders surely tuned in to hear about their sanctions being lifted. The president is very popular over there. Yes, it was a very successful year indeed.
Editor: As a practicing Catholic I am deeply disturbed by the Covington Catholic High School students who openly taunted a Native American on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 18.
As I watched the video I was appalled at the conduct of the young men who are of the Catholic faith behaving in such an un-Christian manner. In particular, student Nick Sandmann stood inches away from the gentlemen, Nathan Phillips, with a smirk on his face.
As the mother of a 16-year-old son in Catholic school I would be shocked that Sandmann’s school would condone such behavior. My questions to the school are: Where were the chaperones? Where were the adults who allowed this abhorrent behavior? What type of Catholic school are you?
For more than 2,000 years Jesus’ message has been to preach love and benevolence to all, not sneering and jeering. To Sandmann, the boys with him, the chaperones and the school I say, shame, shame, shame.
Editor: The false media- created narrative surrounding Covington Catholic School students and Native American activist Nathan Phillips can be reduced to a few elements.
First and foremost is hate based on race, gender and political affiliations. We are told we should hate student Nick Sandmann because he is white, male and associated with conservatism. Why? Because the majority in journalism and the entertainment world say we should.
The technique of vilification by repetition of powerful media sources was pioneered by Nazi Joseph Goebbels during Adolph Hitler’s regime. The same technique was used to exalt the chosen people in the public’s eye. Our powerful media tell us we must exalt and honor Phillips, not on merit but because of his racial and political affiliations.
Examining the content of Phillips’ character is challenging, based on his own words.
He states he positioned himself “between beast and prey.” He clearly states he initiated the confrontation, with the high school student being vilified in defense of members of the Black Hebrew Israelites. The group Phillips supported for the better part of an hour champions religious intolerance and shouted racist and homophobic slurs.
Determining the source of hate and intolerance is simple here. The hard part is
convincing the majority in the journalism and entertainment world to stop promoting it.
End property levy
Editor: I hope our state legislators pass House Bill 76 and Senate Bill 7 instead of
doing nothing, which it seems they are very good at. Senior citizens should demand that something gets done.
We cannot afford to support all the extra kinds of teachers now needed for children in the classroom, including all the different language teachers, psychologists, aides and other personnel. I think I counted at least 10 different categories of teachers.
I can’t believe that my mother and her siblings, who were born in the United States and lived in Northeast Pennsylvania with their Italian-American parents, went to public schools, had one teacher in each grade and all spoke perfect English. It seems amazing, doesn’t it?
But it wasn’t. There were also many ethnic children in the same neighborhood, including Polish, Russian, Slovak and German people. They went to schools that had one teacher in the classroom and managed to learn the English language very well. It seems almost impossible but it wasn’t and they proved it.
It will never be that way again. State representatives must get moving on eliminating property taxes for seniors now. Take note, we will keep an eye on them.
Wall well worth it
Editor: After reading the Jan. 16 Times-Tribune editorial, “Infrastructure instead of wall,” I say $5.7 billion for a wall is a very small price to pay to protect U.S. citizens.
Illegal immigrants have cost American taxpayers billions. If we weren’t spending billions of dollars on illegal aliens we would have money for infrastructure projects.
Protecting our country and its citizens is the No. 1 priority of Congress and should not be limited by a price tag. Nothing, not even infrastructure, is more important than securing our borders and national security
ROBERT A. SAXON
Editor: President Donald Trump may take action to declare a national emergency in an attempt to build the border wall he supports.
Ironically, Trump is the national emergency.
GREENTOWN, PIKE COUNTY