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Letters To The Editor 5/12/2019

May 12, 2019

Fitting recognition

Editor: I recently had the privilege of attending the renaming ceremony of the main drive into PNC Field in Moosic to honor John J. McGee.

It was an honor that was fitting, proper and long overdue. More than 30 years ago, McGee, a certified public accountant and attorney, decided that he had the perfect vehicle to blend his extreme passion for public service and baseball into one effort. He would bring minor league baseball back to Northeast Pennsylvania.

His efforts and ideas immediately were challenged by the governmental authorities needed to bring his plan to reality. He embraced the challenge. To prove the viability of his idea, McGee sold more than the required amount of season tickets for a team that did not yet exist and at a stadium that was not yet even designed.

Only a man of McGee’s character and integrity could accomplish the selling of an idea and concept that did not yet have a path to existence and reality. It took a monumental effort by him and that effort also took a monumental toll on his life, both personally and professionally. Nevertheless, McGee got it done by doing it his way

For those young baseball fans who now continue to enjoy the fruits of McGee’s efforts more than 30 years ago, it only seems proper to name the RailRiders’ main driveway John J. McGee Way. Perhaps now, a young baseball fan may see that sign and say, “Who is that guy?” Perhaps an older baseball fan will tip his baseball cap to the many fans may recall who almost single-handedly made this complex happen. After 30 years that modest recognition is fitting, proper and long overdue. If it were up to me, I would name the entire stadium after him. Congratulations, John.

CARMEN D. MINORA

LACKAWANNA COUNTY SENIOR JUDGE

 

Running on inequality

Editor: The Random Notes political column on May 4 sets the record straight on Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick O’Malley’s political advertisement concerning reassessment in Lackawanna County.

I was shocked that O’Malley came out of the gate with this ad. He must be polling low and be nervous about losing his job.

This fear-mongering got him through the first go-around with the reassessment issue but can he and his partner win an election with this tactic? At least get the math and spelling correct if you are going to try to strike fear in the voters to the extent they will elect you as savior of their low property assessments.

Several weeks ago the commissioners were asked about the Scranton garbage fee and how it related to their chief of staff, Fran Pantuso, who, along with her brother, owed more than $60,000 in delinquent taxes and trash fees for city properties they own. O’Malley said she should have time to address her delinquency and Commissioner Laureen Cummings commented “that’s not a fair fee.”

It is funny how O’Malley and Cummings see the assessments in the county as fair, though. They fail to see that current, 50-year-old assessments are out of line, with some residents paying more than their fair share, some paying less and some not paying anything at all. That is the bottom line.

Perhaps another unintelligible referendum is in order on an upcoming ballot.

MICHAEL WALSH

DUNMORE

 

Rethinking choices

Editor: Thanks to staff writer Borys Krawczeniuk for his April 29 piece on the voting history of the Lackawanna County commissioner candidates.

To say I am disappointed in them is an understatement. How can you not vote but then all of a sudden, when it seems the time is right, profess to be interested in the workings of our government? If you were selected to run because you have a specific name, face or gender, or in hopes of helping someone who needs votes to win an election, maybe your voting record should have been checked first.

I may have to rethink some of the choices I made for this upcoming election. It also makes me wonder if these nonvoting candidates would show up at meetings to vote on issues that are so critical to the well-being of their potential constituents.

MARIE C. ANDREOLI

ARCHBALD