Letters To The Editor 5/27/2019

May 27, 2019 GMT

Menacing behavior

Editor: Russia continues to be an adversary of the United States and keeps trying to encroach into the Western Hemisphere and create instability in the region.

When I served onboard a radar ship in the Pacific during the 1950s we tracked and reported on Russian bombers making practice runs approaching the West Coast of the United States. In the early 1960s Russia installed missile batteries in Cuba, which threatened the United States. We implemented a naval blockade and Russia was forced to remove the missiles.

Once again, Russia is becoming militarily involved in the Western Hemisphere. Russia has bilateral agreements with dictator Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, which are being expanded. On March 23, two Russian air force planes landed in Venezuela carrying 100 special forces personnel to help bolster the Maduro regime.


We have to help the democratic forces in Venezuela oust Maduro so we can get the Russians out of Venezuela. Russians are a threat to the countries in the region and could threaten the United States and our interests in the Western Hemisphere.

President Trump told the Russians to get out of Venezuela. I commend him for realizing the adversarial threat Russia poses to the United States.





Food drive praised

Editor: Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the United States collect food from postal customers, who participate in the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger national food drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

Carriers collect nonperishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters.

I thank the letter carriers and the people who unloaded trucks that collected the donations. I especially want to thank a few special people who unloaded the truck in the rain at the Christ the King Food Pantry in Archbald. Well done, good and faithful servants.




Honor day’s meaning

Editor: Every year at the end of May, we mark the beginning of summer with the arrival of Memorial Day.

It’s a federal holiday, but it’s important to remember the special annual tradition is to honor the brave men and women who gave their lives in the line of duty.

It was established more than 150 years ago in the aftermath of the Civil War. In May of 1868, nearly 5,000 people gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to place flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers. Led by former Union general and future President James Garfield, they established this day of remembrance to reconcile deep divisions left in the wake of that bloody war.


“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens,” Garfield said that day. “For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”

A century and a half later, we honor that tradition on the last Monday of May. We remember the Gold Star families that have lost a loved one in the service of our country. Every year, this day serves as a reminder of our toughest challenges, our military triumphs and our service members’ sacrifices.

Without these brave men and women and their families, we’d be unable to enjoy the freedoms that we often take for granted, like the freedom to vote, to practice religion freely, or to have a safe holiday with our loved ones. In the American spirit of gratitude, let’s leave our differences aside, honor our fallen heroes and remember how blessed we are to live in this wonderful, amazing nation.




Unfounded attack

Editor: There is a cultural divide in our country to such an extent that people are afraid to voice an opinion in fear of being branded any number of names by those who openly abhor and detest others.

A local example of such animosity was the recent mailing of postcards describing Lackawanna County Commissioner Laureen Cummings as a “lap dog” and in my opinion, suggesting the commissioner lacks in morals.

Included in the postcard presentation was the term, “sclerotic,” a word whose meanings include “a lack of ability or interest in compromise.”

Evidently, the author endeavored to appear intelligent in his card commentary but only succeeded in printing, with the help of cheap cartoons, personal contempt for a woman in public service and disgust with the true realization that the commissioner is far above his level of sclerosis.



Recycling dissent

Editor: I’ve been taking my recyclables to the Lackawanna Recycling Center since

it opened. Prior to that I was the Scranton Jaycees glass recycling chairman.

I challenge Lackawanna County recycling coordinator Barbara Giovagnoli (“Not all recyclable,” May 18). While the largest use of the plastic polymer polyethylene terephthalate is in bottles it is used in other things, like berry boxes. Her statement that berry boxes and any plastic container marked with the number 1 are not recyclable, I believe, is wrong.

In the first part of the reclaiming process containers are shredded into flakes. I would challenge anybody to distinguish bottle flakes from berry container flakes.




Easy reassessment

Editor: Reassessment should be done in Lackawanna County but it should be based on a number of categories, not on property value.

A single-family home measuring 2,500 square feet or smaller on a half acre or less property should pay one amount. A single-family home measuring 2,500 square feet or more on a lot larger than a half acre would pay another amount. This format could be used for all property in the county.

Everyone would pay based on square footage. There would be no appeals or contacts in the courthouse needed. Everyone would pay their fair share.