Letters To The Editor 6/30/2018

June 30, 2018 GMT

Columnist recalled

Editor: How does someone become a famous syndicated columnist?

“Become a psychiatrist,” was Charles Krauthammer’s answer on the occasions it was asked of him. The irony is that today, many op-ed columnists probably could use a good psychiatrist while Krauthammer actually was one.

Krauthammer had the uncanny ability to take the reader from starting point to a conclusion and explain every step along the way using fact and logic and often have the reader arrive at a different conclusion than originally held.

Krauthammer had a gift of writing on hard-hitting complex subject material, often politics. He did not take the easy way of alternative facts or party line talking points to make his argument. He told it as he saw it after looking at an issue from all sides, injecting original thought, which is at a premium these days save psychologist Jordan Peterson.

I read Krauthammer’s’ columns every Friday in The Times-Tribune. I looked forward to his article as I knew it would be insightful, frank, germane and provide genuine, original thought on a subject without presuppositions and a priori reasoning that is so plentiful these days.

Krauthammer’s writing was poignant, direct, genuine and usually devoid of the pronoun I. Read any writer in the op-ed section and see how many times the word “I” appears — undoubtedly rare in a Krauthammer piece.

On June 21 Krauthammer passed away. He knew his time was up and he told the public just as much a week or two prior. He handled this difficult time in his life as he did his column material, with class and reverence.

Thanks to The Times-Tribune for printing his articles. Farewell to a prodigious column writer who just happened to get started as a psychiatrist from Harvard.




Pets and fireworks

Editor: With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, remember that some pets

adversely react to the lights and noise of fireworks. With a little extra effort, our pets can be spared the trauma they sometimes experience from fireworks.

Please be mindful of the following:

■ Keep your pets indoors during fireworks displays.

■ Turn on the TV or radio and air conditioning to help mask the noise of the fireworks.

■ Keep pets in a soothing, dark room with light jazz or classical music playing. The idea is to muffle the fireworks noise with something soothing. Close draperies to help soundproof the residence.

■ Some people suggest walking or exercising the pet prior to the fireworks in an effort to tire out the pet in the hopes the pet will sleep through the fireworks.

■ Be home or have someone at home indoors with the pet to offer encouragement and support.

■ Close all windows and doors and block pet doors to prevent escape.

You could try distracting the pet as soon as the fireworks begin by involving the pet in something enjoyable like “fetch.” Prepare a safe area where the pet can “burrow in” to feel safe, maybe some blankets under a bed or a blanket draped over a small table. Play a radio near that area.

You might consider consulting with you veterinarian before fireworks season. Some pets may require sedation. The veterinarian could suggest some behavior modification techniques.





Criticism misdirected

Editor: I address Sen. Bob Casey’s statements in The Times-Tribune on June 20 criticizing the Trump administration’s policy of separating children temporarily from their parents who have entered our country illegally.

He described the policy as “straight from the pit of hell.”

Where is his outcry when unborn babies are aborted? Where is his outcry against Planned Parenthood, the No. 1 provider of abortions in our country? He staunchly defends and supports Planned Parenthood by saying it provides women’s health care. Abortion is not health care. It is murder and I think it is “straight from the pit of hell.”

Where is his outcry for the permanent separation of Americans whose family members have been killed by illegal immigrants?

He accused President Trump of choosing family separation for illegal immigrants. Those illegal immigrant parents chose their own family separation. They are well aware of what can happen as a consequence of entering our country against our laws. They cause their own problems and then tug on Americans’ heart strings for sympathy and demand amnesty and benefits for their illegal actions.

Instead of demonizing a pro-life president, Casey should work with him to protect us, our children and country from the criminal activities of illegal immigrants and stop the flow of drugs they bring into our country. Those drugs are killing American youths, causing an epidemic of premature deaths.

Since Casey seems to care about the children of illegal immigrants rather than the protection, safety and welfare of American children, born and unborn, he should live in Mexico and work in the government there.




Voices for unborn

Editor: Millions of people are standing up for the children of illegals.

In the United States we are a country of compassionate people.

Where are the voices for the unborn children? Is it because we don’t see these children who are being denied their right to exist that we are silent? Where are your voices, Sen. Bob Casey and U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright?




Liberals in spot

Editor: Liberals face a genuine conundrum.

On the one hand they abhor the idea of ripping children from their parents after illegally sneaking into the country yet they vehemently promote the ripping of children from their mother’s womb.