Letters To The Editor 3/23/2019

March 23, 2019

Problem neglected

Editor: For almost three years I have tried to get the drainage problem at Ferdinand Street and Church Avenue fixed.

Pictures of it were printed in the newspaper and I wrote about the problem. City council members have known about this for years. I have emailed Councilman Tim Perry since July 2018 and called council’s office and left my number to see where city officials were at fixing the problem.

In September, Perry said at a council meeting that the Department of Public Works would mill the road at the corner so the water would drain. Someone came out two days after Christmas to mark the problem area but nothing has been done. Perry emailed me stating he mentioned it at council and will get back when he hears something.

Pennsylvania American Water Co. said cleaning out the drain won’t work and the city must mill the road for the water to drain. Now that it’s election time, Perry is answering me and getting in touch with DPW but can’t make the department fix it. I’ve been in touch with the mayor’s secretary and she has talked to DPW about it. I asked Councilman Pat Rogan to speak to the mayor about this and he told me he mentioned it at one of their meetings. Why isn’t this being fixed?

When May’s primary election comes up let’s get someone on council who really cares about the people of Scranton. Let’s get these people who do nothing for us out of office.



Be match for life

Editor: The journey began in February 2009; severe aplastic anemia is a rare and devastating disease that generally has a poor survival rate. Throughout six years my grandson endured countless hospital stays, infusions, painful injections, chemotherapy and side effects.

His tenacity kept him a fighter. We had the support of many kind-hearted people. However, had it not been for one courageous humanitarian who took the opportunity to “be the match” and provide bone marrow for a transplant, my grandson’s outcome would have been much different. Miracles are few and far between.

It takes a true hero to sacrifice for another. My family never learned the identity of the valiant individual who saved my grandson’s life. That person gave a gift that can never compare by saving a life.

No one ever knows what fate has in store, and falling victim to disease is quite the same. The survivors are heroes who overcome, they put one foot forward, hold their heads high and take every day one at a time. Refusing to admit defeat they battle their demons with utmost courage by picking themselves up whenever they fall.

Survivors have empathy for others who may be in a similar state; they hold up a mighty sword against negativity. They overcome their perilous fight by not wallowing in self-pity. The moral is to be the light, to shine through every cloud, roar like a lion clear and loud: Please be the match. This selfless deed will save a man, woman or child. Life is a gift, a heavenly treasure, a gift of life holds no greater measure.




Donate for life

Editor: Every 18 hours one man, woman or child dies in Pennsylvania because the waiting list for organ and tissue donations is so long.

Imagine the pain so many parents faced while wondering whether their child will live long enough to receive a lifesaving transplant.

We all look forward to our tax refund, but as you file your state tax return, please think about checking a box on the form that allows you to donate some or all of your refund to some really great causes — including an organization I serve and care deeply about, the Gov. Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund.

The trust fund’s mission is simply to educate people about organ and tissue donation so each person can make an informed choice. Every person who chooses to register as a donor has the potential to save lives.

Donating even $1 of your tax refund takes seconds and goes a long way to improving lives in Pennsylvania. All you need to do is enter “Code D: Gov. Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund” on line 32, the “refund donation line” of the PA 40-IN form and fill in the amount to donate.

You can also support our critically ill neighbors by learning more about becoming a donor. April, which is National Donate Life Month, is a great time to talk with family and friends about registering to be an organ donor.





Strip their pensions

Editor: How do public officials come to expect a pension when they have lied, cheated and sometimes even stolen from poor, overburdened taxpayers?

Gregg Sunday, former Scranton School District business manager, received a light sentence for a minor felony and kept his state pension. Before that, it was Bob Mellow, a former state senator, who kept his pension after a federal conviction.

How many more people are there out there who are cheating and we don’t know about it?

The word chutzpah, which means colossal nerve, comes to mind. Why shouldn’t we take away these people’s pensions?




Animals over kids

Editor: Recently, the U.S. Senate failed to pass the Republican-sponsored Born- Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act that would have increased criminal penalties for doctors who do not try to resuscitate babies who survive third-trimester abortions.

It would punish any doctor who fails to provide medical care to a child born alive after an attempted abortion. All Democrats except three, including Sen. Bob Casey, voted against a procedural motion on the measure, preventing it from reaching the 60 votes needed to proceed. Three Republicans did not vote at all — two claimed because of flight delays.

There now is a proposed law that would make acts of animal cruelty a felony across the country. It will be interesting to see how Democrats, who voted against the abortion bill, will vote for this act. Time will tell if they believe animals deserve more protection than babies who survive an abortion.