Letters To The Editor 12/31/2018

December 31, 2018

Shelter praised

Editor: Ross and Favio are the names of the two male cats that I recently adopted from Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

A letter in the Dec. 24 Times-Tribune (“Shameful shelter”) gave the facility bad press. I write to express the opposite. I was treated very well by the staff there as I went through the adoption process. The kennels were clean, well-lit and produced a loving environment for all the animals.

I’m very happy that I adopted these two cats. They are very playful with one another and bring me much happiness, laughter and enjoyment.




Proof in kettle

Editor: Members of the liberal left tell us we have reached a new low.

For the last 10 years, mostly under former President Obama, as a Rotarian I have helped raise money for the Salvation Army’s annual kettle drive during the Christmas holiday season. This year we collected more five-, 10- and 20-dollar donations than ever before. If this is a new low, I am all for it.

Members of the left also talk about the absence of the rule of law. The best example of this would be Hillary Clinton’s actions and the FBl’s alleged lack of concern.

There is a swamp. Congressional staffers who sued for sexual harassment were paid off with tax dollars. That’s our money, but the liberal left supposedly wants to impeach Donald Trump for using his own money.

I agree with the former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett who says sometimes you need a George H.W. Bush and sometimes you need a Dirty Harry. The best is yet to come.




Pass well taken

Editor: In November, in marking the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, there was an international commemoration of soldiers who died during the war.

President Trump attended the commemoration and was scheduled to take part in a ceremony and pay a tribute at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery at Belleau, France. He never showed up. The reason, according to the White House, was “logistical difficulties caused by the weather.” Other allied leaders attended the service for dead allied soldiers while holding umbrellas in a light drizzle.

World War I involved a lot of trench warfare, where men lived in horrible

conditions that were made even worse with flooding and overflowing latrines, rotting food and even poison gas, which is heavier than air and settled into the trenches. The winter of 1916-1917 was very cold and disease was rampant as was exposure and frostbite. That Trump could not tolerate a light rain along with the other allied leaders to pay tribute at an American cemetery in a foreign land seemed shameful.

But after seeing Trump at President George H.W. Bush’s funeral it is just as well that he did not pay a tribute at the American cemetery in France. He would have sullied the devotion and sacrifice of those resting there. Clearly, he did not belong with our leaders at the Bush funeral.

Even he knew this as he sat with arms crossed on his stomach with an extended chin and a scowl — like Benito Mussolini, the Italian dictator during World War II. The eulogies for Bush showed what Trump lacks. He looked weak and small.





Holiday spirit thrives

Editor: As Friends of the Poor held its 42nd year of Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and its 32nd year of Family to Family food giveaways, we were once again astounded by the generosity of our community.

Each year the need has grown and expenses have increased, and the wonderful people of Northeast Pennsylvania continuously rise to meet the challenge.

On Nov. 20, we held the annual Thanksgiving dinner, followed the next day by the Family to Family Thanksgiving food giveaway. Over the course of those two days, we provided 12,425 meals. On Dec. 3, we held the annual holiday dinner, where we served 650 meals. Then, on Dec. 20, we held our annual Family to Family Christmas food giveaway. Despite preparing for 1,500 families, 200 more than last year, we ran out of food two hours early. More than anything, this made it abundantly clear to us that the number of working poor, people who are employed but who still struggle to make ends meet, continues to grow.

To our enormous team of volunteers — servers, cooks, logistics, drivers, set-up, breakdown, line maintenance, bag carriers, food distributors, bus coordinators, coat drive team members and more — we express eternal gratitude. Without all the help, we could not have fed so many people this year. Our donors provide love and hope to those who struggle.

As we look toward next year, we know we can continue to count on support to keep the holiday spirit alive. We will prepare to serve more than ever, with the hope that one day our services no longer will be needed. Let us continue to fight poverty and food insecurity together. Thanks for all friends of the poor.







Bring Raiders here

Editor: The Oakland Raiders will leave California for Las Vegas in 2020, but the storied NFL franchise needs a new home next year in the interim.

Why not Scranton? I think the Electric City should be considered, as the Raiders were the team that West Scranton’s own Matt McGloin played for first and for the longest time.

The Scranton Raiders might be able to play indoors at the Marketplace at Steamtown, next to the aquarium. Who could resist an NFL game against the Miami Dolphins, after gawking at some actual dolphins? Alumni from the former Scranton Technical High School — home of the Red Raiders — would provide a natural fan base locally.

Furthermore, playing in Scranton would give the natives a chance to see playoffs, a welcome distraction from the area’s trademark layoffs. What a difference one letter could make.



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