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Letters To The Editor 1/7/2019

January 7, 2019
YOUR OPINION

Improve attitudes

Editor: I find it curious and slightly disturbing that people talk so negatively about their neighbors, friends and even family members.

The negative attitude that a lot of people have stems from many things. Some of those things might include a lack of a clear future, people thinking that they deserve more, racial resentment, frustration over immigration policy, not trusting in the police and the government, and much more. A lot of people tend to think they have all the answers. When I say that, I mean they have all the answers but do nothing positive about it. Negativity breeds negativity.

I was told a long time ago, “If you don’t like something, don’t just complain about it, have a solution.” We, as Americans, must start taking a more positive attitude about problems in America. We need to realize that we can control our own destiny. If we keep going down the same path, we are destined to fail. Every great nation has fallen. Where are the great empires of the past? Where is the Assyrian empire, for instance, or the Babylonian or Roman empires? You can find what is left of them in museums, in ruins and in a few stone buildings visited by tourists.

Great nations rise and fall. Is it possible that the United States could be another one to fall, like so many great nations that have gone before? There are warning signs, including issues such as the family unit, education, religion, pleasure seeking, the economy, government and the military. The attitude is that we cannot fail. It is our children who we must educate and sustain the culture. We must instill a positive attitude before it’s too late.

RICHARD JACKSON

TUNKHANNOCK

 

Wall of misdirection

Editor: One of the main reasons President Trump cited in calling on Congress to approve $5 billion for a border wall is to prevent drugs and immigrants — that is rapists and criminals — from pouring into the United States illegally and unchecked.

He says he will not sign any government funding that doesn’t contain the $5 billion. Initially, Trump promised a southern border wall to be paid for by Mexico. But the president of Mexico laughed and said no. Trump’s dream for a border wall has resulted now in an unresolved, shameless federal government shutdown that makes the United States a laughingstock again on the world stage.

Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, may reap some of the benefits of this. So much for Trump’s negotiating and self-acclaimed genius tactics.

The shutdown may be the time for Trump to enlist the services of renowned negotiation author and expert Chester Karrass and remove himself, along with his damaging tweets, from the situation. Trump also said recent immigrants to the southern border would not be allowed to enter the country unless they had received proper approval. The experiences of existing border wall security enforcement officials do not favor a wall because of its known problems and difficulty to control due to tunnels, wall-scaling and other issues. Border officials said that money would be better spent on manpower, technical improvements and other preventive measures that they previously requested.

Plus, there hasn’t been any discussion of the real issues and costs to prevent drugs from entering the country by air, land, sea and other means. If matters were investigated and discussed properly, our drug issues could be more controllable. Is all this theatricality escalated to override the potential outcome of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and a possible subsequent impeachment? Stay tuned.

JIM MASTERS

DUNMORE

 

Overdoses pile up

Editor: In one recent week in Scranton alone, in fact in the space of just a few days, nine people died of drug overdoses, according to Scranton police.

Certainly, the city is not alone in this plague. But it is also a certainty that while law enforcement officials are trying their best to eradicate this scourge here and across the country, something is still amiss.

Is it that we have yet to fully wake up to this tragedy? Or could it be that because it may not impact us personally, it’s not a big deal? Is it that many local municipalities are fighting the crisis with smaller police departments, due to funding and budgetary reasons?

Perhaps it is time to adapt law enforcement’s slogan on fighting terrorism: If you see something, say something. We will all be better for it.

JOE MIEGOC

CARBONDALE

 

Outrage coming

Editor: Consider this a pre-emptive strike at the inevitable outrage that will surely come, courtesy of conservative letter writers to The Times-Tribune.

When House Democrats open investigations into the Trump administration’s many scandals, illegal activities and violations of the emoluments clause, the right wing echo chamber will be ablaze with complaints about how the Democrats don’t want to govern, but only obstruct. The House Oversight Committee has a constitutional obligation to investigate these issues, in order to provide the checks and balances needed for democracy to thrive. Committee members wouldn’t live up to their oath of office to uphold the Constitution if they did otherwise, as House Republicans have done the last two years by covering up for Trump.

In contrast, President Obama’s tenure was marked by real Republican obstruction, on issues of policy. Congressional Republicans from day one obstructed every Obama initiative. This occurred after his first policy meeting in office was with Republicans, a futile effort to get bipartisan support. Who can forget Sen. Mitch McConnell’s statement the day after the 2008 election, declaring that obstruction was the top priority.

Investigating isn’t obstruction when it is part of an effort to rein in the nefarious activities of the most dangerous administration in our history.

BERT SILVESTRI

PECKVILLE

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