Letters To The Editor 5/9/2019
Delayed by race
Editor: I tried to get to my church at Delaware Street and Monsey Avenue in Scranton to preach Sunday, April 28, and could not get through.
There was a race, Jog for Jude. Herein lies the problem of trying to get from Dunmore to Monsey Avenue in Green Ridge: There were roadblocks everywhere; streets were closed. The reason for closing the roads was to keep runners safe, but there has to be a path for traffic. All parties involved, including local police, all news outlets, volunteers and race organizers, must take into consideration that people are trying to get to their destination. In this case I just wanted to give a sermon to a congregation.
Organizers should make it known to everyone and have volunteers in place to direct traffic. Police are sworn to protect and serve. I asked a cop if I could get to my church and informed the officer that I was scheduled to preach and the service would start soon. He said, “I don’t care who you are, you can’t get through.” I tried another street and hit another roadblock, so I asked an officer at that intersection to take me down to my church. He told me he was not taking me anywhere.
Thanks to a man on a bike who told me to follow him. He was wonderful but brought me to the wrong church. I had to walk in the rain and I was late.
Something has to be done. Either change the route or the time. The cops had no mercy; shame on them. All I wanted to do was get to my church.
Editor: I am disappointed that Progressive Women of Lackawanna County endorsed a candidate strictly on the basis of her gender.
During the last six years, George Kelly, as Lackawanna County’s director of planning and economic development, hired and promoted two female deputy directors. One oversaw finances and operations, the other oversaw the workforce development board. His foresight has helped women-owned small businesses, fought blight and helped veterans in need. He created an environment that raises the bar for females in county government.
In the past six years he has hired or promoted six women into management positions in county government. For the past 3½ years Kelly worked alongside his running mate, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, to raise the bar in Lackawanna County and allow those who worked hard the opportunity to grow and succeed regardless of gender or political affiliation.
A vote for Notarianni and Kelly is a vote for equal pay and an honest day’s work for Lackawanna County.
Aid postal food drive
Editor: Saturday will mark the 27th anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving — the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
Letter carriers walk through the community every day, often coming face-to-face with a sad reality for too many, hunger. So, each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country collect nonperishable food donations from our customers. The donations we collect locally go directly to food pantries in your city or town to provide food to people who need our help.
Last year, we collected 71.6 million pounds of food nationally. Over the course of its 26-year history, the drive has collected 1.67 billion pounds of food, thanks to a Postal Service universal delivery network that spans the entire nation, including Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The need for food donations is great. Almost 50 million Americans — one in six people — are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Among them are millions of children, senior citizens and military veterans.
Our food drive’s timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries typically receive the bulk of their donations during the winter holiday season. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school meal programs are not available to children in need.
Participating in the food drive is easy. Just leave a nonperishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday before mail delivery and your letter carrier will do the rest. Please help us in the fight to end hunger, as we celebrate our 27th anniversary year in America’s great day of giving.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS,
Editor: It seems like everything President Trump tries to do is unconstitutional.
He has told former aides in the White House not to testify to Congress about the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. He still will not disclose his tax returns.
He wants no transgender people in the military and says illegal immigrants should be sent to sanctuary cities. He wants to deprive millions of their health care coverage and to reverse climate change rules to help his corporate buddies save money while everyone else on earth tries to stop warming the atmosphere.
He has threatened to close the border with Mexico and doesn’t care what that would do to the U.S. economy. He thinks he can do whatever he wants, even though it may be against the law. He seems to think he is above all that.
He’s like a child playing with matches and doesn’t realize what a fire he could start. He says one thing and the next day he changes his mind.