Letters To The Editor 12/21/2018
Editor: In Thursday’s Times-Tribune on Page A1, a headline read, “Surprise: Scranton appoints director.”
The story states, “The (school) board did not put the vote on the meeting agenda and did not give the public an opportunity to comment. ”
This is a clear violation of the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act, which requires public bodies to provide a reasonable opportunity for taxpayers to comment on official matters before a board or council takes official action.
Where is the public outrage against this action? Was there no adequate legal adviser guiding the board? Will this just be accepted as business as usual?
Editor: With Michael Cohen’s recent sentencing for lying to Congress about a Trump real estate project in Moscow, the possible evidence path to collusion with Russians in the 2016 election seems to have a route to completion.
Let’s consider if it could have gone this way:
Talks about a possible Trump Tower project in Moscow proceeded through the Republican primaries in June 2016 and included the reported offer of a $50 million penthouse to Russian President Vladimir Putin to seal the deal. Let’s say Putin accepted the offer and in return, offered to provide his help in getting Donald Trump elected president.
Let’s say Trump accepted Putin’s offer. That help came in the form of alleged interference in the election as well as hacking the Democratic Party online database to obtain damaging emails regarding candidate Hillary Clinton, her campaign manager John Podesta and others. Trump capitalized on the information to devastating effect in his surprising election victory.
That could possibly explain why now as president, Trump seems so beholden to Putin and the Russians and seems to shrink in Putin’s presence. Since Putin possibly knows the details of how he and others helped Trump, he potentially has that hanging over the president’s head.
So, it’s quite possible Trump has been compromised by the Russians. Members of Trump’s family could face prosecution for lying to Congress and the president could face impeachment, possible conviction in the Senate and even a Richard Nixon-style resignation.
This is quite a long and winding road. That’s also a long way from making America great again.
Reminder of peril
Editor: President Trump’s tyranny continues.
A federal judge in Texas recently was convinced to follow only his Republican political beliefs and declare the established Affordable Care Act law unconstitutional. Trump has no plan to replace Obamacare and never will, despite what he says.
Eventually, he might try do the same with Social Security by abolishing its funding source and making participation optional. Then the entire program could be declared unconstitutional by this same judge in Texas, who is given to abominable miscarriages of justice.
Once you open a can of worms, you cannot get them back inside. Once you embrace totalitarianism, there is no turning back.
All is not lost, though. Someday people can tell their children that they once lived under a democratic system.
Christian male woes
Editor: The American dream ended on Nov. 6, 2012 with the re-election of President Barack Obama.
The second term of Obama represents the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest republic in the history of mankind. We now have organizations against our constitution. It has ended Norman Rockwell’s America.
Just look around and see who is doing this. When President Trump says he wants to make America great again, he means that it has to go back to where it was. What coalition has surrendered our heritage and traditions without a shot being fired? Is this act two of the new world order?
Now, don’t get me wrong, I know that things have to change because of a new generation that doesn’t care what happens. I probably will leave this earth in the near future and this is worst I have ever seen in my last 20 years. If it keeps on going this way, look out. Politicians don’t care for people, only power.
Where can you get a job hardly doing any work, with good benefits and vacations? Give yourself a raise and retire a rich man or woman. Why are so many politicians leaving office? Since Trump has been in office we can see how corrupt our great agencies are.
Democrats and Republicans are at fault. As I have always said, work for the state or federal government and most likely you will be a happy person. Not one politician’s health insurance is covered under Obamacare. Why do they have their own?
Editor: In this joyous season, we should take time for gratitude.
I’d like thank the NEPA Youth Shelter and after school drop-in center. Through the vision and realization of executive director Maureen Maher-Gray, the nonprofit center on Wyoming Avenue in Scranton provides a place for teens to go after school each weekday. There, they can get a snack, a hot dinner, help with their homework, access to computers, games and a small recording studio, and the companionship of friends.
I volunteer there a few days a week. I see the reaction and the excitement in these kids. I recently mentioned that I would write this letter and asked them to sum up in one word how they feel about the center. That’s not an easy task, but here are some of their words: blessing, entertainment, fun, family, safe. The center is all of these things and more. These teens are not on the street, they are in a safe environment where they can learn and expand their horizons.
The center runs strictly on donations of all kinds and you can help. Visit the center’s website to find out the many ways you can assist, nepayouthshelter.org, or mail a contribution to NEPA Youth Shelter, PO Box 20176, Scranton, PA 18502
GAYLE THORPE BAAR