Letters To The Editor 12/29/2018

December 29, 2018

Holiday brightened

Editor: We at Home Instead Senior Care in Clarks Summit sincerely thank everyone who participated in and contributed to Be a Santa to a Senior this holiday season.

Members of our community generously donated blankets, toiletries and other requested items. We are grateful to all our volunteers and donors who helped brighten a senior’s holiday this year. We also thank our community partners who were instrumental in the success of this program, including the Abington Community Library, Serving Seniors Inc., Meals on Wheels of NEPA and the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging.

Be a Santa to a Senior is a nationwide program that provides gifts and companionship to seniors. Home Instead Senior Care partners with local nonprofit and community organizations to identify seniors who might not otherwise receive gifts during the holidays. Be a Santa to a Senior relies on the community and volunteers who purchase, collect, wrap and deliver gifts.

Thanks to all those who made this year’s Be a Santa to a Senior possible. It means much to our local seniors and helps make their holiday season special.








Chilly treatment

Editor” In the Dec. 2 Sunday Times, a brief headlined, “Radio nixes ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’” mentioned how officials at a Cleveland radio station said they stopped playing the Christmas song after listeners said the song, which has been heard on countless holiday playlists, is inappropriate in light of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

In the duet, a male singer tries to persuade a woman to stay and their exchange includes banter such as, “What’s in the drink?” and “Baby, don’t hold out.”

Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban sang the song in the 1949 film, “Neptune’s Daughter.” It’s a good thing they are not around today, they would have problems.

I guess the songs played every day that have lyrics pertaining to rape, murder, torture and killing the police are OK.





Monitor emissions

Editor: Exactly what is spewed daily into the valley’s atmosphere from the Lackawanna Energy Center in Jessup?

Has a weather-pattern study been completed? Who monitors the air we breathe locally? Why is this place in the midst of a residential population? When will the plant’s output be published on a daily basis so that we can make decisions about our quality of life, which has been affected by utilities that have used this area for the benefit of other states?

What benefit have we realized from spiderwebs of electrical wires, gag-inducing dump odors, closed windows as a result of whirring plant motors and now expulsions of potentially dangerous emissions into our air?




Putin tired of winning

Editor: Recent times have been very good for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

President Donald Trump shut down part of the U.S. government. Trump is pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, leaving the field open for Russia and Iran to celebrate with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis, the last “adult in the room” among Trump’s inner circle, recently resigned after objecting to Trump’s policy of insulting our allies and cuddling up to our adversaries.

Trump’s initiation of a tariff war has done huge damage to the stock market and American consumers. Yep, this may be Putin’s best time, ever.




Treatment not free

Editor: When you put something in black and white, make sure you tell everything.

Nothing is free. These overdose treatment kits that states hand out are not free. Someone — taxpayers — pay for it. I think the newspaper should have a column titled, the truth, and to publish letters from people who tell it like it is.




Warming cyclical

Editor: Yes, there is climate change.

I have wondered just how many people know when climate change started. I get tired of all the verbiage about how and when climate change started.

It all started when the glaciers began to melt at the end of the Ice Age, about 15,000 years ago. Much of the Northern Hemisphere was covered with ice. It took centuries to melt.

As physics tells us, the faster things heat up, the faster the heat accelerates. We are in that stage now and man has had nothing to do with it.

From what I understand, this is the third or fourth cold-warm period the earth has gone through.




Left out in cold

Editor: To all federal service contractors: Next time you downsize your company, think about the consequences you impart on the downsized employees.

Tip: Avoid downsizing during the holiday season without a fair warning regardless of state labor laws. During this yule season, may the service contractors rethink their heartless downsizing and pray for forgiveness.

I wonder if companies that operate with a heart and a conscience will hire me. I am college-educated with experiences in appeals, legal and medical documentation.



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