Letters To The Editor 12/17/2018

December 17, 2018

No dump expansion

Editor: I don’t believe the Keystone Sanitary Landfill in Dunmore and Throop should be expanded, as the current one is projected to be only about five more years.

However, I believe it would last much longer if it did not take any more garbage from New Jersey, New York and other bordering states. Why don’t other states that send garbage to us dispose of it in their own back yard as we do here and not send it to us?

Our landfills then would last longer and would be best for our local citizens. I don’t think this is fair to the citizens of Northeast Pennsylvania, as we don’t want to be the garbage dump of the East Coast.




Don’t stifle growth

Editor: Recently, residents of Jessup received a flyer in the mail pertaining to consideration of rezoning in Jessup.

The flyer asks residents to tell Jessup Borough Council members to support efforts to protect our residential areas from the encroachment of heavy industry on the residential side of the Casey Highway, keeping heavy industry on the road’s upper side. I agree with this 100 percent.

My question is: Are these people the same ones who opposed the building of the Jessup power plant? I may be wrong but the same people many years ago probably opposed a planned federal prison and other proposed projects on the high side of the Casey Highway. What exactly do these people want besides nothing in the town?

Jobs come with industry and business. The hundreds of workers who build these structures help the economy in the area, from hotels and restaurants to industrial suppliers and convenience stores. People complain that some companies may only employ 30 or fewer employees and this is true. But 10 companies that employ 30 people would create 300 jobs, for instance. Jobs equate to taxes, which helps to keep property taxes in control so senior citizens might be able to continue living in their homes.

Let’s keep our town growing so it doesn’t become a place where a town used to exist. Jessup’s new motto should be, “Citizens for a progressive Jessup.”




Abetting crisis

Editor: Saudi Arabia entered Yemen’s civil war in April 2015 to fight Shiite rebels.

The quick victory anticipated by the Saudis evolved into a bloody stalemate

consisting mostly of Saudi airstrikes with high levels of civilian casualties. The Saudis also have imposed economic sanctions and blockades. With fighting around the port of Hudaydah, the main gateway for aid to this forsaken country that has been dependent on imports for basic needs of life, humanitarian programs have been scaled back.

An aid agency, Save the Children, estimates that some 85,000 Yemeni children

might have died of hunger since the bombing began in 2015 and the agency indicates this is a conservative estimate. Experts say Yemen has become the worst

humanitarian crisis in the world and 14 million Yemenis could be on the brink of

starvation. Furthermore, the Yemen conflict has provided fertile ground for activity by extremist groups such as al-Qaida and the Islamic State.

But, there is something almost evil about the Saudi airstrikes. The Yemen Data Project, an independent monitoring group, reports that more than 30 percent of Saudi targets have been nonmilitary. According to a United Nations report the bombing campaign has unleashed conditions amounting to possible war crimes. During this bombing campaign, the United States has provided satellite targeting intelligence, munitions such as smart bombs, F-16 aircraft and even in-air refueling for Saudi aircraft.

As all this American engagement for this heinous bombing occurs, Congress has not authorized any of it, as required by Article I of the Constitution. The dereliction of Congress makes America no less complicit as a provider of weaponry and military support.





Progress criticized

Editor: Regarding the Dec. 5 editorial, “Prisoners of Penn Avenue,” it seems that no matter how hard we try to build up our community, The Times-Tribune finds something wrong.

The plans and designs for the Lackawanna County Government Center have been available for public review for well over a year, affording everyone opportunities to offer constructive suggestions. We also took comments at an April 2016 meeting when the commissioners voted on the project. To criticize it now and to consider costly adjustments is ludicrous.

The design of the Penn Avenue side of the building was done with security in mind. The National Center for State Courts was contacted and sent consultants to examine the site and our court system operation and then offer layout specifications.

Judges chambers are in these areas and must be secure. We could not have them housed in a display window-type scenario. The existing floor was raised by 4 feet and small windows had to be installed higher for security reasons. We did not design the project in a vacuum.

While the former Globe store is off the tax rolls, the county annex will be back on with the sale of the building to a private developer. We also will save the cost of leasing space in other structures for our various departments by creating a “one-stop shop” to do business.

This project is an investment in downtown Scranton. When The Times had such an opportunity, it chose to locate its printing plant in Waverly. If the paper decides to expand in the future, I hope it will be in Scranton.

I believe just the stature of this move and its operation will spur growth on both Wyoming and Penn avenues, entry doors or no entry doors.



Editor’s note: When the owners and management of The Scranton Times planned to construct a new printing plant in the late 1980s, experts determined that no available location in Scranton was considered stable enough because of underground mine voids, so it was built in Scott Twp.

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