Letters To The Editor 4/6/2019

April 6, 2019

Downtown street

markings needed

Editor: The April 27 Times-Tribune article “Step in the right direction” was about a plan to make downtown Scranton more walkable.

This is all good and very much needed. I hope it happens, especially for provisions of designs for turning lanes on downtown streets. I travel through the downtown and always find it challenging to figure out if I am in the correct lane. I think, am I in the lane to go straight, to take a left turn, or right turn? This is especially the case at Cedar and Lackawanna avenues.

I always can count on fellow motorists to let me know, especially if I do something wrong. Turning lanes and such should be clearly and correctly displayed. This is a safety issue that could help the city take a step in the right direction.




Choral society’s

rousing show

Editor: Thanks goes out to the Catholic Choral Society, which presented its annual Lenten concert March 24 at St. Patrick’s Church in Scranton.

The group is in its 69th year of inspiring prayer and meditation through music. The Chapel Singers also performed a lovely rendition. The selections performed were inspirational in the Lenten tradition.

Ann Manganiello is the music director and Jean Shields is the accompanist. Listening pleasure was experienced by all.




Fresh Air Fund

support appreciated

Editor: Fresh Air Fund officials and staff look forward to celebrating National Volunteer Week, which starts Sunday and runs to April 13. It is an opportunity to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our inspiring volunteers, hosts and supporters in Northeast Pennsylvania.

The Fresh Air Fund’s programs would not be possible without the commitment of our dedicated volunteers, many of whom also are host families, along with those who serve on committees, interview prospective host families, publicize the program and plan summer activities. Additionally, individuals and local businesses give generously of their time and resources to make the Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program a great success throughout Northeast Pennsylvania each summer.

As we hear from alumni and connect with long-standing host families, we continue to learn how Fresh Air Fund summers have impacted lives — and continue to transform lives many years later. We have learned that a summer can last a lifetime.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. First-time Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from 7 to 12, who live in New York City. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with the Fresh Air Fund through 18 and can enjoy extended trips.






Selective citation

Editor: Josie Roman ended her important “Insufficiently pro-life” letter (March 30) by citing the Fifth Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.”

We might add to that the biblical verse known as the golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” But additional words of Jesus, seldom quoted but included in Matthew 7:2, perhaps also deserve our attention: “The measure you use for others (without true repentance) will be used for you.”




Historical rebuke

Editor: On March 28 there was a meeting of the House Intelligence Committee and Republicans demanded that Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff step down as the chairman.

He allegedly lied to the American public for two years by saying there was collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia. Republicans say he secretly met with Michael Cohen for 10 hours prior to President Trump’s former lawyer’s testimony before House and Senate committees. He also reportedly was caught on a telephone conversation as the subject of a prank call from Russian comedians in 2017 as he asked about getting dirt on Trump.

The Intelligence Committee is there to protect American citizens and Schiff is not focused on protecting us. He puts us at risk and there are very qualified Democrats to take his place.

I was not surprised, but disgusted, when the March 29 Times-Tribune never mentioned this. This was a historic event, it’s never happened before where nine members of one party unanimously vote like they did. We need our intelligence agencies to work for our safety and not politics.

I wish Democrats and the media could put politics aside, report facts and work for America.




Powers sacred

Editor: Those who believe in removing guns from the hands of innocent Americans need to stop with this going-nowhere issue and educate themselves in constitutional law.

The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. In 1803, Justice John Marshall ruled that laws made repugnant to the Constitution are held null and void. Many more cases, citing federal supremacy as inviolate, ensued.

This makes it clear that the Constitution is written in stone and federal supremacy cannot be challenged. Nowhere in this document can be it found where federal supremacy leaks down to Congress, the states, counties or municipalities, enabling them to enact contrary laws.

Since 1789, there have been more than 11,000 attempts to amend the Constitution and only 27 were ratified. The first 10 are called the Bill of Rights. The Supreme Court’s task is to strike down attempts that run contrary to the Constitution. Basic liberties are off limits.

Best of luck to those who believe the Constitution is made of taffy. It’s the glue that binds our society together and is the only one like it in the world.