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Letters To The Editor 10/29/2017

October 29, 2017

Exercise rights

Editor: It would behoove our public servants, particularly those holding the highest offices in the land, to revisit the Constitution and to have someone explain in depth the freedoms that it ensures.

It seems that people are perfectly willing to trample all over the First Amendment. Our right to free speech, freedom of the press and right to peaceful protest are steeped in the blood and tears of our soldiers and their families for centuries. It is our duty to all of them to avail ourselves of those rights. If we do not, it is not only ungrateful, it is the ultimate disrespect to their sacrifice. The right to speak our minds, the right to “take a knee” during the national anthem, the right to enjoy a free press, have all been bought and paid for — with blood.

We don’t have to agree with what others say for them to exercise their right. We don’t have to agree with a person’s mode of protest for them to choose it. And we don’t have to agree with what we read in the newspaper or see on the news. We do need to fiercely protect our Constitution in its entirety if we are to avoid becoming an oligarchy or worse yet, an autocracy.

It seems there are those in our government who enjoy at least flirting with the notion, saying we do not have the right to question our commander in chief or his generals, or that the press can only print what is approved lest they have their licenses revoked, or peaceful protesters will be fired for exercising their constitutional rights. That is just frightening.




Urges state takeover

Editor: The recent state auditor general’s report, as well as his press conference statements, certainly expose and confirm the feebleness of the Scranton School Board, its superintendent and administrators.

The lack of fiscal responsibility and intelligence to hold these positions would be laughable, were it not for the accuracy of the report and the various comments to the findings by the board and the superintendent.

In the private sector, the directors, the superintendent and administrators would be summarily terminated. I suggest the same should occur in this instance, by having the state take control of the Scranton School District.

By doing that, these individuals could return to their respective villages, where they are dearly missed.



Public disservice

Editor: A recent article by Mark Levy, of the Associated Press, described how Gov. Tom Wolf was trying to assemble a package to balance the state’s budget.

It mentioned the challenges the budget and the governor face. Part of the article made my blood boil: “The fight took on bare-knuckled political tones when Scott Wagner, a Republican state senator running for governor, told a crowd last month that he had urged the House Appropriations Committee chairman to block a Marcellus Shale tax to hurt Wolf’s re-election chances.”

I find it deplorable that Wagner would behave like our senators in Washington, D.C., putting political viability before the needs of constituents. Washington is a total mess, with a president undoing our country by executive orders because Democrats and Republicans are unable to work together. Their personal agendas are more important than the needs of the country.

Wagner is doing the same thing. Other state legislators follow suit. Citizens of the state allow this to happen. We get what we deserve. Too many people don’t vote. Many vote based on party, not on individual merit. We do not get involved. We do not speak up and let our senators and congress members know what is important to us. As a country we are unraveling and becoming the laughingstock of the world. I do not believe we are looked upon as the strong country we once were.

I hope those in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C., begin to make decisions based on what is right and good for their constituents, not based on party line or their ability to be re-elected.




Marino at fault

Editor: I hold U.S. Rep. Tom Marino and his staff personally responsible for the double homicide of my parents — who were killed in a head-on car collision involving an opiate addict in Vermont.

My parents were driving home from Sunday morning Mass on their side of the road and driving at the speed limit. The opiate addict Marino enabled with willing co-option by the legal drug pushing industry lobby drove her car into their lane at 80 mph over a blind hill while she was on the way to visit her boyfriend at a state prison.

Is this the type of person with whom Marino wants to associate, druggies and drug dealers? That is his legacy. He accelerated the illegal distribution of opiates.

He is a fool if he rationalizes his deep responsibility in this matter.



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