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Letters To The Editor 1/30/2019

January 30, 2019
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YOUR OPINION

Time for involvement

in city, school district

Editor: I welcome recent legislation Scranton City Council passed regarding a new code of ethics.

It is in glaring contrast to what is going on in relation to the FBI raid at City Hall and on the mayor’s West Mountain residence. Of course, the Scranton School Board continues to present the greatest challenge to the city’s future.

My inclination is to call out by name those who have sold out and let down their neighbors, the taxpayers of the city and most important, our next generation, the students of the school district.

But they know who they are and so do we. We still live in a democracy and I vote. We can choose to place blame or choose to move forward. I choose to move forward and welcome continued leadership from city council.

I pray we can throw off the yoke of cronyism, nepotism and indifference and become as good as we are. We deserve better.

Join in the search for a better tomorrow. Open your eyes, open your mouth and get involved.

BOB SHUMAKER

SCRANTON

 

Perilous precedent

in wall argument

Editor: Our primary concern is not whether there will or will not be a border wall, but whether the executive branch of our government will usurp the constitutional powers of the U.S. Congress.

If President Trump is able to force legislation through Congress by shutting down the government, what is to prevent him, or any other president, from doing it any time they demand approval of legislation? Any true conservative or advocate of small government should be shocked by this power grab.

Unless the government is fully opened before anything is done about the proposed wall, a very dangerous precedent will be established. Loyalty to country should supersede loyalty to party or a president .

AL ROGERS

CLARKS SUMMIT

Democratic barriers

to border solution

Editor: It’s truly amazing but not surprising that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the majority of elected Democrats in Washington didn’t want to negotiate a deal with our president and the Republicans to end the federal government shutdown.

President Trump has practically bent over backwards to offer various things the Democrats want and have supported in the past in order to bring the shutdown to a close. But the Democrats continue to obstruct everything he tries to do for the citizens of this country because of their anger and hate for him.

If Democrats continue their hate and obstructionism regarding President Trump and the mainstream media continue to support the Democrats’ agenda, 2020 may not be a good year for them in the end.

JOHN HOLLENBACK

GREENFIELD TWP.

 

Unwelcoming place appalling

Editor: President Trump’s campaign slogan during the 2016 election was to “Make America great again.”

Did he achieve it yet?

Look at our government and how it functions. There has been a large turnover rate, that is, more people leaving their jobs, opting out, of government service than ever before. It is no wonder as to why that is happening. Is it politics, or a need for reformation?

The only answer I can come up with is the border wall. Sure, we need some kind of protection against illegals, such as drug dealers and criminal types, and we need no more trouble than we already have.

I do not think that building any type of wall is the answer. There are many other ways criminals and drug dealers can get into the country beyond a wall. I believe what we need is more border patrols keeping guard and finding out through questioning why people need to come in our country.

I really feel sorry for migrant families, especially those with children under age 18 who are being separated from their parents. What is the purpose of that? How can Trump make America great again if he persists on keeping families apart, no matter where they are from?

If our forefathers were alive today, they would be appalled at what is happening in our country. They wanted the United States to be a welcoming place for its citizens to live in peace and harmony with one another. My question is, has it happened?

MARCIA SHAFFER

JESSUP

 

Uncertain direction

Editor: Has anybody noticed that there have been a lot of tragic events in the world recently?

So many things happened that might prompt the question, “What’s going on?” The number of natural disasters in 2018 was alarming. A few major natural disasters that made the news: California wildfires, Hurricane Michael, the Indonesia earthquake and tsunami, Hurricane Florence, Typhoon Mangkhut, Japan flooding and mud slides, India dust storms, the New England bomb cyclone and a New Guinea earthquake. Closer to home, the Wilkes-Barre area was struck by a tornado.

Natural disasters cost $155 billion in 2018 and close to 2,000 people were killed. Deaths from the flu in 2017-18 totaled a record-breaking 256 people in Pennsylvania alone.

Consider other things that seem odd, including meat and vegetable recalls, freezing temperatures posing a risk to crops in the Southwest, flash flooding in areas not normally prone to floods and, severe weather halting airport travel.

People, in general, are so busy with their lives that they don’t notice the natural disasters as long as the problems don’t affect them personally. ‘You can’t stop it so why worry about it,’’ people say, and today’s news is tomorrow’s history. Maybe we should take time to think about where we are going as a human race.

It should not be just about me, me, me. I am not a Bible-thumper by any means but, maybe it’s time to spend less time in bars and more time in the community, with family and in church. Plus, you’ll feel better about yourself in the morning.

RICHARD JACKSON

TUNKHANNOCK

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