Letters To The Editor 4/12/2019
Expose Scranton trash fee offenders
Editor: Times-Tribune columnist Chris Kelly says there are greedy wolves hiding among dependable sheep.
The Times-Tribune recently revealed that nearly 25 percent of all property owners owe nearly $17 million in delinquent trash collection bills and fines. So, about one-quarter of the flock is fleecing the 75 percent of their neighbors. What really would get the local people’s goat is seeing the names of the wolves who eat well on the public dime, such as police officers and firefighters, school administrators, public employees and others whose livelihoods are funded from the community chest.
The Times-Tribune should print all of their names and shame these people. Forget union contracts; fire them all. They are all thieves and don’t deserve to eat well on our tax money. Some elderly people cannot afford to eat well, or eat very little.
Fire them all. Let them go to court to try to save their jobs but let the elderly, who they are stealing from, be the jurors if it goes to trial.
It is time to put a stop to this thievery.
DAVID B. TAYLOR
on wrong route
Editor: Perhaps the biggest crock about “living streets” projects is a push for bike lanes on busy thoroughfares.
Instead of putting bikeways on lower-volume streets, where cyclists of all abilities can more safely and more comfortably ride, some cities may create hazardous conditions that set back the effort to make cycling more accessible.
So why is there a push to put bike lanes where car traffic may be heaviest? Because bike lanes make a good smokescreen for the real agenda, which is money. Adding arterial bike lanes lets cities qualify for federal money for their street projects and it enables them to increase their tax bases by turning small business districts over to high-density developers.
But, really, do you know any cyclist who enjoys sucking tailpipe exhaust or dodging turning vehicles? Is it smart to put inexperienced cyclists — especially children — alongside heavy traffic? Does it make sense to route bikes through hectic business districts, where cars constantly pull in and out of parking lots and significantly raise the risk of bike-car collisions?
Editor: Alzheimer’s disease is the most expensive disease in America and will cost an estimated $290 billion this year. It is the only leading cause of death without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression.
There are an estimated 5.8 million Americans nationwide living with Alzheimer’s and 280,000 of them are under 65. By 2050, it is estimated there will be more than 14 million people with Alzheimer’s.
On April 2 my fellow advocates and I took our story to Washington, D.C. We spoke of the impact Alzheimer’s has on Pennsylvania and the nation with U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright of Moosic. I shared my experience as an advocate, having lost my grandmother and mother to this horrible disease. We asked Cartwright to be our voice in Washington.
In order to change the trajectory of this disease we need Congress to fund Alzheimer’s and dementia research at the National Institutes of Health and fund the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention so that the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act can be implemented. We need improved access to care planning and to support all people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, not only those 65 and older.
Please ask Cartwright to co-sponsor the Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer’s Act and the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Act. Remind your congressmen that funding the BOLD Act and Alzheimer’s and dementia research is crucial.
Editor: Any radical candidate running for president who would sign an agreement to give black people reparations needs to get run out of town on a rail.
Anyone supporting this follows the idea of that radical, Rev. Al Sharpton. What they need to be asked is, who decides who gets reparations? Better yet, who’s going to pay for them? I’m sure we all know the answer to that question.
Candidates need to worry about the economy and jobs. The economy is doing well right now. Unemployment is very low, especially in the black community. It’s not time to address who’s going to get reparations.
We will not ground all air travel, get rid of cows and do crazy things like the Green New Deal idea.
Democrats will be destroyed. There are many more voters in the middle than on the radical, progressive left or even on the far right. If you look at public opinion polls, climate change is way down on the list in regards to what people consider the main issues.
CHARLIE NEWCOMB SR.
Health care sham
Editor: Here we go again. It will be another diversion after President Trump was not completely exonerated in the special counsel’s investigation and his continuing legal problems with the state of New York.
Trump will again try to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. His hatred for President Obama is all-consuming. He has been doing away with all the safety regulations that Obama put into effect.
He also must hate the American people because he wants to deny millions of people access to health care. So, millions could be forced to go without it and millions with pre-existing conditions might not be covered anymore. Yet he has the audacity to blame Democrats for all this.
The 2020 election cannot come soon enough to rid our country of this curse.
Favors border wall
Editor: I disagree with Times-Tribune opposition to using Department of Defense money for building a proposed border wall.
We are not at war and need not spend so much money for ammunition or guns. This savings alone would be enough to justify the fund transfer for the wall.
Not building the wall would allow deadly drugs such as heroin to continue to flow into our country and kill more Americans with overdoses.
It is the Democrats’ fault for not funding the $5.7 billion request. The cost of building a border wall would be a one-time expense.