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Letters To The Editor 4/2/2019

April 2, 2019

Appeal for centrism

Editor: Why must our daily lives be determined by whether we are a Republican or Democrat or of no political affiliation?

Why must we predetermine what preference we feel best suited to support? These questions should never exist for members of any armed service organizations. Being in a foxhole filled with members of only one political party, for instance, would be unthinkable. This is backed by U.S. armed forces successes during World Wars I and II, the Korean and Vietnam wars and Operation Desert Storm.

Yet, we fight that philosophy as a society every day and it never changes. This holds true in sports and other things in our daily lives. It goes from the bottom to the top of our politics, from city, state and national elections to local boards. We, as Americans, are better than this. Isn’t it time we show it?

Why not elect politicians who can honestly work together without the old philosophy, it must be my way or the highway? Together, we could work to resolve common issues at every level of government, such as health care, taxation, education, research and development, medicine and other topics.

Special interest groups stand to gain a lot from divisiveness. It’s time for a change or time to buy a larger sandbox.

JIM MASTERS

DUNMORE

 

Truth defies Trump

Editor: In a dictatorship one leader has control over the party and country.

Propaganda describes him as the people’s hero. Dictatorships disregard the rights of individual citizens and attempt to control what people read and hear, sometimes through laws, spying and force.

President Trump performs his hateful acts right before our eyes. Yes, he loves Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea. But he didn’t need Putin’s help to slander Hillary Clinton — or to become the most dangerous president in our history, shunning our allies in favor of Russia and North Korea. He shut down the government to try to get his way on building a border wall, offering to reopen it only if his opponents gave in.

Are those actions of a dictator or a child? After the special counsel finished his report, Attorney General William Barr speedily wrote a four-page summary about a voluminous effort that took nearly two years to compile. Did he expect us to take his version at face value? Barr wrote a 19-page note to the Justice Department last June explaining his opposition to an obstruction investigation of Trump. Now, Trump, feeling emboldened, shouts “no collusion” and calls for investigations of the people who investigated him.

We don’t need that report to know the truth. Trump is a rot as much as a bad piece of fruit or molded bread. When he accepted the nomination in 2016, he claimed, “I alone can fix” what ails America. He has betrayed us.

MARIA VARECKA

LAKE ARIEL

PAULA ROOS

HONESDALE

 

Preferred entrants

Editor: Rich kids, if you’re not doing well in school, that can be overcome.

If you’re just downright dumb and not too athletic, those things can be overcome. If you have two left hands and two left feet, that can be overcome. All these impediments can be overcome by a simple fact: Your parents have lots of money.

Now, if you’re very smart and very athletic, too, but you’re poor, good luck because you’ll need it.

We’re here to talk about the kids most in need of help. That is, we want to help the rich kids get into the very best colleges. There’s only one way for that to happen: Your parents have to dig deep and come up with the cash. We’re not talking about thousands or tens of thousands of dollars here, we’re talking about hundreds of thousands or millions.

Even that may not be enough. Rich kids, you must do your part. You’ve got to enter your name as a sports hero. You’ve got to claim high-quality ability at the game of jacks, hopscotch, jump-rope or some such sport. You don’t actually have to know how to do it, you just make the claim and then never show up for it.

Some of the best schools prefer people like you, those who count on parents to get you in whether you qualify or not.

As for the poor but smart kids, you likely could have attended a best school, but a rich kid took your space. There are openings in the local community college, though.

ED COLE

CLARKS SUMMIT

 

Venezuela, anyone?

Editor: I would like to know how many people in this country go through life under the illusion that athletes, movie stars, singers and people of means are the trendsetters of the world and do no wrong.

Excuses allow these people to get away with everything. They can’t handle the pressure or stress of being rich and famous or the diseases it causes, like affluenza and other conditions that their costly lawyers invent. Are the American people that enchanted with stardom and fame that they entitled these people to be above the law and themselves?

Citizens had better start realizing that the laws were made for all and not just the poor and working class. White-collar workers steal millions and get a slap on the wrist, a father steals a loaf of bread to feed his hungry child and gets the book thrown at him. Laws and punishment should be the same toward all.

This is what I believe to be socialism, a class of people that rules but lives under different rules than people beneath them. In the beginning they may give poor people enough to exist, which is provided by taxing the working class. The day eventually will come when the working class will no longer be able to support the poor and everyone else. The working class will vanish; do you think the rich and powerful will step in?

At this point America becomes a third world country, with the rich and powerful living well while the rest of us suffer. Take a good look around. We can become the next Venezuela.

FREDERICK YANULAVICH

JESSUP

 

EPA eviscerated

Editor: Last week, the Trump administration proposed budget cuts to agencies that regulate energy and environmental resources. These include a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency.

These cuts would hinder the EPA’s ability to enforce environmental regulations and protect the environment.

The administration claims that cuts are to reduce unnecessary or redundant spending. However, many of the programs go directly against the interests of big coal and oil companies.

This is Trump’s latest in a long series of attacks against the EPA and the environment. The administration threatened to roll back the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards and appointed a former coal lobbyist, Andrew Wheeler, as administrator to the EPA.

This downright disregard for environmental accountability is exactly why I choose to intern with climate activist group Defend Our Future. I will continue to fight for our environmental rights until this clear pattern of disregard is broken. I call upon our Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey, as well as Rep. Matt Cartwright, to do the same and vote against a budget that slashes the EPA.

BEN MARINO

PHILADELPHIA