Letters To The Editor 11/10/2018
Editor: Two days after the hate crime murders of Holocaust survivors and others in a Pittsburgh house of worship, Scranton businessman Bob Bolus thought it was fine to mock the whole notion of sanctuary with a ridiculous banner on a closed church building that he now owns. Did he not once consider it might be a dreadful thing to do?
The newspaper published a headline, “Man trolls Dems with banner on former church,” as if only someone politically affiliated would find the banner offensive. This trolls human decency, period. Did no one at the newspaper consider it might have been a dreadfully divisive headline?
A mass murder had just occurred in a house of worship in our own state and Bolus thought that mocking the idea of sanctuary on a building that screams safe harbor in times of trouble — historically if not currently — made good political theater? It is not. It is a shame.
Religious displays OK
Editor: Recent events concerning potential removal of the cross and star on public property overlooking Honesdale, the statues of the Blessed Virgin on public property in Scranton and public Christmas displays upset me.
Because a few people don’t want something or just want to cause trouble, the majority suffer. If one person complains and doesn’t want a public religious display then it is taken down even though most people would rather leave it up. What is wrong with a statue of the Blessed Virgin placed in spots to bless police and firefighters? What is wrong with a public Christmas religious display when the reason for Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Christ?
We can’t say morning prayers in public schools because of the complaints of a few. We can’t have a moment of silence to pray or have a positive thought for the day. Is having faith and wishing all well a bad thing?
Isn’t this a democracy we live in? Why don’t we put these issues on a ballot and let majority rule instead of a few evil people deciding for us? If someone doesn’t like something, don’t look at it. We’re tired of being pushed around by a few bitter people with nothing better to do.
WILLIAM P. ECKENRODE
Turnabout on blackface
Editor: Before Megyn Kelly’s television show was canceled, she recently questioned why dressing up in blackface for Halloween might be considered racist.
The fallout was swift. NBC canceled “Megyn Kelly Today” and she found little support from her colleagues at the network even after she apologized if her remarks had offended anyone.
It’s a good thing that Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor, stars of yesteryear who used blackface during their careers, are not around today. They also would have been thrown to the wolves with Kelly.
Athletes get short shrift
Editor: Regretfully, the Sunday Times and Citizens Voice article regarding the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony was somewhat inadequate.
Abby Peck, an Olympic rower, and Kathleen Klein Prindle, an Olympic swim coach, brought distinction upon themselves and Lackawanna County. They were barely mentioned in the article and this is a disservice to them and to the area.
Peck is not only an Olympian, but has dedicated herself to helping cancer survivors through her innovative exercise program in Dunmore. She is a staunch supporter of the women and men who continued to thrive with the help of her programs.
Prindle has established her own swim club, Performance Aquatics, in Florida, which teaches young people the skills needed to compete on the world stage. She has instructed elite athletes from more than 18 countries, which enables them to compete throughout the world and at the Olympics.
These two outstanding local women have earned the right of recognition.
Also, while the Luzerne chapter of the hall of fame assisted, along with collaboration of the other six regional chapters, it was the local chapter that hosted this prestigious event.
The Northeastern Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, with Bob Walsh as president, presided over the 56th annual banquet with 360 people in attendance, to celebrate with noted athletes throughout the state.
JUDY IGOE CARR
Blood drives succeed
Editor: VNA Hospice and Home Health recently sponsored two blood drives through the American Red Cross in memory of Kurt Serafini and Diane Keough.
Both were very successful due to the support of the local community. We had first-time donors who donated and longtime donors who know how important blood donations are. We were able to save so many lives through these drives.
The drive in memory of Kurt was held at the VNA office in Olyphant in September. The drive in memory of Diane was held at the Carbondale YMCA in October. The YMCA and Pivot Physical Therapy co-sponsored the drive for Diane.
Living in Carbondale and the valley community makes us proud because of the continued support of the people. For every person who donated blood, we were able to save three lives. Honoring Kurt and Diane was a big part of the success of these drives.
We thank everyone who came out to support these drives. Without giving by people in our community we would not be able to help so many people.
VNA HOSPICE AND HOME HEALTH,
Editor: Does Hal Donahue (“Socialist success,” Oct. 14) realize that our multifaceted complex democratic society allows us to support the medical systems he openly advocates for all Americans?
These systems would not thrive in a society independently. Go on a field trip to Venezuela or any other committed socialist country before you advocate for such systems.
My definition of socialism is a political system that takes as much money as possible from working people and uses it as inefficiently as possible to build programs that ultimately will not work.
Donahue, a retired military man, served a democratic country, not some inadequate, unstable socialist-oriented banana republic. He should consider himself lucky to live in such a dynamic environment as the United States.