Letters To The Editor 7/21/2018

July 21, 2018

Blood runs short

Editor: No matter the season, the need for blood is constant.

Summer can be a busy time, full of fun activities and vacations, but hospital patients won’t get a break from the need for potentially lifesaving transfusions.

In fact, the American Red Cross faces an emergency blood shortage and has issued an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types to give now and help save patient lives. This follows a tough Fourth of July holiday week for donations. Donors were less available to give and some 550 fewer blood drives were held compared to an average week as people celebrated the holiday. Right now, donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in.

There’s a chance you may know someone who has been helped by a blood transfusion. Blood and platelet donations often are used in the treatment of accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant recipients and those being treated for cancer or sickle cell disease.

I urge people to roll up a sleeve and give the gift of life. About an hour of your donated time could lead to a lifetime of summer memories for patients in need.





Helpful for habitat

Editor: The Delaware River watershed supplies drinking water for 15 million people, including millions of residents of Pennsylvania, and serves as a critical rest stop on global migration routes for some of the most vulnerable shorebird species in the world.

Earlier this year, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright of Moosic recognized the importance of this vital watershed and demonstrated his commitment to the residents, environment and economy of Pennsylvania by supporting legislation designed to protect and restore these habitats. The legislation resulted in bipartisan Congressional approval of $5 million in funding for the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program. It funds conservation efforts to protect 13,500 square miles of land across five states and 700,000 acres of wetland habitat.

We appreciate Cartwright’s support in securing funding for this restoration program. We are confident that we will have his continued support for the full $5 million of funding for conservation efforts in the watershed to ensure that our environment and economy continue to prosper for generations.






Summer heat danger

Editor: Heat exhaustion can sneak up on you, causing increased body temperature, rapid pulse, headache and fatigue. If you don’t get cool, you can dehydrate, possibly suffer a stroke, or worse, die.

Of 8,000-plus heat-related fatalities reported annually in the United States, 36 percent are among those 65 and older, according to a Centers for Disease Control heat-related illness survey. Hospitalizations for heat-related symptoms increase for those over age 85.

The founder of Griswold Home Care knew first-hand the dangers seniors face living alone; a parishioner at her Philadelphia-area church died from dehydration, inspiring her to start a company that could provide around-the-clock care in the home. On July 30, on what would have been Jean Griswold’s 88th birthday, Griswold Home Care honors her memory by encouraging those with elderly friends, relatives or neighbors to take five minutes to check on them, particularly in very hot weather.

Studies show there are far too few professional caregivers for aging adults, a trend expected to continue for the next 10 years or more, so nonprofessionals play a vital role in keeping seniors safe.

Giving a few minutes of your time to ensure a senior’s well-being can be highly rewarding. You might even save a life.






Easy to stay cool

Editor: It certainly has been hot here in NEPA lately.

The best way to stay cool is with an air conditioner or the help of fans. I have heard people complain about how hot it is because they do not have an air conditioner or fans. When it’s below 32 degrees and on days we are in single digits we turn on the heat because we do not want to freeze in our homes.

You have to use that same common sense in the summertime. When it is hot turn on air conditioning or fans. Some air conditioning can be purchased for a few hundred dollars. For the couple of days of heat and high humidity we experience, why suffer? Keep yourself cool and comfortable.

You don’t hear about people turning off a furnace in the winter to save money and then they freeze. Don’t turn off the air conditioner or fans in the summertime and suffer from the high heat and humidity.




Pipeline means jobs

Editor: It is upsetting to see opposition to Williams Companies’ proposed Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline project.

As president of Laborers’ International Union of American Local 158 and a resident of Pennsylvania, I encourage local and state leaders to learn more about this critical expansion of the region’s natural gas network that would increase access to affordable, reliable natural gas and support good jobs for thousands of local laborers.

LiUNA Local 158 provides quality workers for rebuilding and maintaining Pennsylvania’s energy infrastructure and other sectors of the heavy construction industry. More than 3,000 jobs are at stake with this project, many going to the deserving men and women in this great union. Northeast Supply Enhancement also would address the critical need for natural gas across the region in communities that need reliable and affordable energy and it would create family-supporting jobs.

Livelihoods depend on the approval of this project and I hope community leaders stand with the hardworking men and women of the northeast in support.





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