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Letters To The Editor 7/5/2018

July 5, 2018

Pain of separation

Editor: I was 5, being admitted to the hospital for a tonsillectomy.

The rules were different then. I was taken, screaming, from my parents in admissions. The next time I saw them was from a crib. They were not allowed to pick me up, comfort me. After an hour they were sent home. They returned later with my teddy bear but, even though I could see them, they were not allowed to come to me again until after surgery. The next morning people looking like ghosts took me away and put me to sleep. When I awoke my parents fed me ice chips but still could not hold me. The staff, no doubt well-meaning, followed policy. Beyond ensuring that they were in control, I can’t imagine what the defense of those rules was.

I’m 76 now and I remember the terror of those two days .

Years later my parents took me to summer camp. We toured the place, ate lunch, swam together and talked to campers. When they left I knew and they knew I was in a friendly, safe place that promised to be fun. I was not carried away by strangers, put in a cage with other terrified and lonely children and left to wonder if I would ever see my family again.

When we adopted our children, ages 6 and 18 months, preparations went into the days before they came home with us — photos, albums, letters, stories, recordings. We didn’t just arrive as total strangers and take them away.

What’s happened at our southern border is no “summer camp.” I can’t imagine the hell the parents ran from and the desperation they must feel now. This policy did not reflect all of America. Many of us are cheering and praying for the immigrants.

PATRICIA WARE

LAKE ARIEL

 

Trump mistreated

Editor: Why can’t some people realize just what they want in a government?

An elected president is doing a great job while being ignored and humiliated every day. Just think what he is capable of doing if he would be treated as our past presidents have.

The tax beak was appreciated by many and the North Korea talks went very well. Just think, people may not have to go to war if the deal holds up. It would have been much worse than the 1950s Korean War and it probably would have been a disaster for all involved.

This president is really trying to straighten out the mess created by his predecessor presidents. He’s trying to strengthen the country while his opponents would give it away.

We have all kinds of financial problems with our schools now. Yet, his opponents want free education for all, free medical treatment, meals, housing and everything else. The opponents would make this country a banana republic with their suggestions.

Get your heads together and see what is happening with these political bosses. Politicians who have 50 or more years in office, I believe, have very little to offer this nation.

President Trump isn’t perfect, but for a person who is harassed as he is, he’s doing a very good job. He should be given a chance.

People who think they should be president are making it a banana republic.

JIM ERZEN

CARBONDALE

 

Tariff exceptions

Editor: In this age of boasts, threats and untruths from President Trump, I actually can understand how some of his supporters keep backing him.

In regards to tariffs on steel and aluminum, many of his supporters likely don’t buy new cars, so they won’t feel the pinch when a tariff might add 20 percent to the cost of one. Many also likely don’t buy new household appliances, so no impact is felt there if any aluminum is used in new refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners and other household items.

Only when his policies cause his supporters damage will they feel the impact. Then it will be too late.

But don’t worry about Social Security or Medicare cuts being put on the block. Those entitlements are the proverbial third rail of politics and in a year when the entire House of Representatives will be elected, there is no way those issues will be tackled.

JOE MIEGOC

CARBONDALE

 

Liberty dimming

Editor: Let’s check the status of the White House game of issues :

■ Immigration — no acceptable legislation nor action to date .

■ Border wall — unsuccessful efforts have been made to attach funding to legislation.

■ Tariffs — the United States first increased duties on imports from China, Canada and Europe, resulting in retaliation. Our supreme negotiator was nowhere to be found. Harley Davidson’s reaction to shift jobs overseas is an example of the results.

■ North Korea — the signing of a bilateral agreement without concessions, plus there is a complete absence of the how, why, when and where of the agreement’s implementation dates.

■ The G7 summit — A questionable decision by United States to quit the summit abruptly opened up the possibility of increased influence from China and Russia

■ The Environmental Protection Agency — many problems result from the amateur leadership of the department, including a lack of enforcement of existing polices and cost controls

■ The White House staff — operates like a Scranton “Office” reality TV show.

■ The love of Russia and Vladimir Putin — the president protects and supports Russia and Russian policies, as evidenced by a refusal to activate approved sanctions.

None of these subjects can be resolved easily. It will take effort, if we are capable of resolving them.

We can’t allow the sacrifices of our armed forces to preserve our liberties and way of life to be for nothing. Not only have Americans lost faith in our institutions but our allies have lost faith in us as well. It’s time to relight the torch of liberty.

JIM MASTERS

DUNMORE

 

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