Letters To The Editor 9/13/2018
End overtime abuse
I believe the Dickson City police officers who received the stacked overtime money should return it to the taxpayers.
I consider this practice to be the same as if they tampered with time cards, an offense of immediate termination in private workplaces. Officer Chris Tully, one of the senior officers and president of the police union, is well aware of the terms in their union contract. Also, Officer Phil Davitt understands that three hours overtime is paid for court or traffic hearings. The inside knowledge enables them to manipulate their overtime to their personal financial gain.
This tactic was tried in the past but was prevented by former Police Chief William Bielinski. It is notable that by utilizing this questionable practice, Tully’s income in 2017 was $97,793, not counting his health care plan and pension benefits. This is an amount that far exceeds the salaries or pensions of the vast majority of Dickson City residents.
The officers involved in these questionable tactics surely don’t show integrity or honesty becoming of a well-paid police officer. Dickson City should put together a strong negotiating team representing the taxpayers to renegotiate the upcoming contracts so that this practice is not available in the future.
JOSEPH T. PALICKAR
Editor: How often have you heard the advice to put yourself in another person’s shoes prior to judging that person?
It is patently obvious that presidential candidate Donald Trump — at that time — did not put himself in Sen. John McCain’s shoes regarding McCain being shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War. Candidate Trump preferred heroes who were never captured.
In order to help President Trump to better understand the loneliness, anxiety, deprivation, hunger and torture that McCain endured, I suggest that he should contact North Korea and voluntarily spend six years in a gulag there. When Trump returns, we can ask for his assessment of heroism as a prisoner.
EUGENE M. OGOZALEK
Editor: A company as big as Nike endorsed a person who split this country apart by taking a knee during NFL games while the national anthem was playing played.
The action was taken to protest racial injustice and police brutality. With a new Nike ad saying, “Just do it,” what kind of message is that? Is it to kill a person, rob a bank or store, break the law, speed, loot, beat up a mate or friend? Just do it if you feel good by doing these things.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s idea was to protest social injustice. Please, show some respect for our anthem, flag and country. Take all the money you don’t deserve and use it to promote better justice. Stop the killing in big cities, get involved in the community and participate in clearing up these problems. Be proud of the country that you live in and the country that gave you the opportunity to be an icon to our youth. Don’t teach them to disrespect and before you just do it, stop and think, why am I doing this?
Editor: Thankfully, we have come to a time when transparency and accountability are not only expected, but also demanded of our institutions.
Not so long ago, though, walls of obfuscation were erected around corporations, governmental entities, educational institutions, churches and so forth whenever bad news or scandal threatened to erode the public’s trust in those institutions.
Armies of lawyers and other advisers would swoop in to counsel those in charge on methods of damage control and the keeping of secrets. Their mantra? Protect the organization at all cost.
Bishops of Catholic dioceses, when confronted with the abusive behavior of certain priests, acted no differently. For the most part, these bishops were decent men who did much good as leaders of their dioceses, but when it came to this highly charged area, they were all too willing to believe that offenders could be cured and sent back into ministry and that compensating victims and securing nondisclosure agreements were the fair and prudent ways to deal with all parties concerned to protect the reputation of the church.
Of course, we should have expected a higher level of ethical behavior on the part of bishops, but they were men of their time following the norms of their time. Perhaps the harsh judgment they receive now in the press and in the public square might be mitigated a bit by acknowledging that.
Abuse in perspective
Editor: The Dallas Charter, which was agreed to by the American Catholic bishops in 2002, provided strict rules for dealing with predator priests.
The result was that the number of cases of sexual abuse plummeted. In 2016 and 2017 the average number of abuses was one among 20,000 priests, according to the Catholic League.
That impression is not conveyed by the attorney general’s report on sexual abuse by priests. It confuses and angers ordinary Catholics and places undue pressure on bishops.
Editor: Progressives do not seem to understand their lack of class and decorum, as evidenced at Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.
That is exactly why Donald Trump was elected president and will most likely win re-election.
Kavanaugh is clearly qualified for a position on the Supreme Court, possessing the required skills, temperament and moral character. His political leanings are irrelevant. Conservatives were willing to elect Trump, an obnoxiously cocky aggressor willing to stand up to the progressives who will go to any lengths to push their agenda of conformity, indoctrination, centralism, redistribution, social engineering and authoritarianism.