Letters To The Editor 1/19/2019

January 19, 2019 GMT

Trump stiffs workers

Editor: We are into the new year and the United States has allowed itself to be exhibited in the eyes of some of our citizens and the world as “the home of the crazies” and led by the craziest of presidents.

President Donald Trump stands mostly for the opposite of what this country stands for. He is an incessant liar with many of the characteristics exhibited by the likes of Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and Germany’s leader during World War II.

Trump’s playbook could not have been better scripted by Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels, who is credited with saying, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”


Simply, Trump has to go. His behavior and mentality are questionable and his alleged involvement with Russia may border on treason. His “fortune” was preserved as a result of multiple bankruptcies and by not paying contractors.

So, federal workers are finding out personally how their boss has a history of stiffing his employees.




Lost purse returned

Editor: I hope the person who saved my sanity reads this.

I sincerely want to thank the person who turned in my purse Jan. 9 at the Price Chopper market on the O’Neill Highway in Dunmore. I thought someone had stolen it, but luckily found out differently that really good and decent people still exist.

Thanks again to the person who helped for the very kind deed. You saved me a lot of heartache and I hope the new year holds lots of rewards for you.




Successful dinner

Editor: I want to thank everyone who helped make the 25th Annual Bob Bolus Sr. Christmas Day Dinner a success and who helped capture the true meaning of “Merry Christmas.”

A sincerest, warmly felt thanks goes to Sam’s Club in Dickson City and Wilkes-Barre, Walmart, Giant Food Stores, Wegmans and Weis Markets for their contributions, with a special thanks to Genetti Manor, Dickson City, for cooking 100 turkeys to perfection.

Additional thanks goes to The Times-Tribune, WNEP-TV, WBRE-TV, radio stations WILK and Magic 93, whose efforts at getting the message out were instrumental in making this dinner a success. The biggest thanks goes to St. Patrick’s Church, Scranton, and thousands of people who brought their Christmas spirit and appetite to enjoy dinner and the camaraderie of my extended family and friends. More important, thanks to all those volunteers who gave up their Christmas to serve and to deliver meals to those that were unable to attend. We can’t wait for next Christmas.





Romney detractor

Editor: The mouse who roared is back.

Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts and 2012 Republican nominee for president, recently became a senator from Utah.

He wrote an article in The Washington Post recently in which he outlines how a president should act and what he should do.

Of course, he bad-mouthed President Donald Trump. The Washington Post might believe what he wrote but I think Romney is full of something that rhymes with Mitt.





Deter drug gofers

Editor: It is unfortunate that drug addicts involve other people who are not on drugs to help supply their habit.

Why don’t the addicts get drugs themselves and not aggravate other people about it? If someone gets a wrong drug, the person who had no choice but to help the addict may have to suffer for helping the addict. It isn’t fair.

I am not a fan of drugs, but addicts should buy them themselves. People should not buy drugs for others because in the end people would say that the addict would still be here and is made into some kind of angel. Addicts themselves are the cause of their own demise.




No commitment

Editor: A Jan. 5 editorial (“ ‘Deaths of despair’ soar”) concerned a decline in life expectancy and emphasized drug overdose deaths and suicides.

The editorial stated, “Meanwhile, more than 60 percent of people who commit suicide do so with guns . . .”

Please note that to use the word “commit” is usually associated with a criminal act, such as “commit murder.” Suicide is not, and should never be, linked to a criminal act. It is an unfortunate end to someone’s life. The person suffering from so much mental pain feels that is the only way to end the pain.

In future editions, please refrain from using the term “commit suicide” and use instead “die by suicide.”




Aid appreciated

Editor: I retired at the end of 2016 to care for my elderly parents who had Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. My father also has diabetes.

My mother died in 2017 soon after my retirement.

Jan. 2, between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., my father wandered out of the house in just his sleeping attire. I received a voicemail from Taylor Police Chief Steve Derenick that my father was about one-quarter mile from my house. A kindly neighbor opened his door to my father and called the police department. An ambulance service quickly took my dad to a hospital for evaluation.

In the state he was in, my father could have had a heart attack or passed out and died from hypothermia. I have since installed a door alarm.

I want to thank the neighbor I only know as Mike and I truly appreciate the actions he took to help keep my father alive. I also thank Chief Derenick and the hospital. I am grateful that he is still alive.




Walls in hereafter?

Editor: Two stories in Wednesday’s opinion section make sense whether you are a liberal or a conservative.

Ann Williams, of Blakely, (“Fully enforce laws”) and Irma Meoni, of Scott Twp. (“Collusion unproven”) both address political issues that are brought up daily, the proposed border wall and President Donald Trump.

Our country came into existence through Christian values passed down from our forefathers. Look in Washington, D.C., and every state capital and references to Christianity can be found. To this day I believe that this country consists mostly of Christians.

With that said, I ask those who oppose the border wall: Do you think that in heaven there is a wall, a gate and extreme vetting?