Letters To The Editor 7/3/2018

July 3, 2018 GMT

Bishop’s favoritism

Editor: Bishop Joseph Bambera of the Diocese of Scranton issued a statement condemning President Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

I believe this is what is happening to the Catholics: Some 39 percent of U.S. Catholics are Hispanic, about 6 percent are black, Asian and other races. Hispanics reportedly make up 52 percent of Catholics under age 30. The proportion of Hispanics is likely to increase because they have younger children and larger families. In 1990, native-born Catholics were 23 percent of the U.S. population and 87 percent were white and non-Hispanic.

Without Hispanics, every year the U.S. Catholic Church has lost more members than any other denomination. I wish the bishop would be honest and tell the truth as why he blames our president.





Ruinous approach

Editor: It’s almost heartbreaking to see the road the Trump administration is taking this country down.

The abandonment and outright hostility toward nations that had been close friends and allies is bewildering. What friends we had are backing away and beginning to strike back. Making America great again seems to mean shrinking and diminishing our role globally. American agriculture faces the loss of foreign markets and small manufacturers see increased costs for raw materials and the inability to compete against rivals from other nations.

Yet the president continues on this reckless path with no Republican leaders sounding alarmed. The long-term consequences of this feckless policy can only lead to ruin.

Yes, employment is currently up, but tariffs and trade wars and having no other countries to count on can easily and quickly end that. Small men with limited vision are currently in power. I pray we will survive until they can be replaced.



Profitable detention

Editor: In the summer of 2016, the Obama administration was phasing out private prisons. Sally Yates, deputy attorney general, wrote of private prisons, “They simply do not provide the same level of correctional services, programs, and resources; they do not save substantially on costs; and as noted in a recent report by the Department’s Office of Inspector General, they do not maintain the same level of safety and security.”

One month into the Trump administration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded that memo.

Newsweek magazine reported early this year that GEO Group and Core Civic run 72 percent of the privately owned beds used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In 2016, the GEO Group spent $1 million on lobbying for the privately owned prison system. The GEO Group gave $250,000 to President Donald Trump’s super PAC, along with $250,000 to his inaugural committee. Core Civic also donated $250,000 to the Super PAC.

The GEO Group secured the Trump administration’s first contract for an immigrant detention center — a deal worth millions of dollars a year. Its stock price has tripled since a low in 2016. According to CNN Money, the GEO Group’s stock went up by 98 percent and Core Civic’s stock went up 140 percent.

Executives and wardens of the GEO Group held their annual leadership conference at the luxurious, 800-acre Trump National Doral Miami in October of 2017.

The Hill, a political newspaper, reported on Feb. 23, 2017 that Trump’ Department of Homeland Security has expanded the need for immigration centers as it set the stage for mass deportations. As of that date, 33,000 immigrants were being held in detention. Homeland Security reportedly was told to increase the quota of people held in immigration detention centers to 80,000 a day.




Progressives whiff

Editor: Reading Random Notes on June 16 brought me to my own conclusions: Lackawanna County Democratic Party Chairman Chris Patrick did his homework well before the recent reorganization and opposing dissidents did not.

Politics makes strange bedfellows with the “progressives” teaming up with others to attempt to unseat Patrick. It appears that the progressives worked behind the scenes constructing this blunderbuss, scatter-shot plot, which, apparently, backfired bigly.

As the adage goes and applies to the party non-progressives in this instance and their nightmarish political bed-partners: When you lie down with mangy political dogs you get flea-bitten.

Apparently, there is a mole in the group opposing Patrick. I doubt the Democratic chairman would have been as savvy as he was — including the voting proxies he wisely gathered beforehand — in anticipation of shutting down the dissidents’ coup attempt if he hadn’t had intimate prior knowledge of this backwards pie-in-the-sky scheme.

I hope Patrick’s critics get their wish and a situation like this never occurs again. Perhaps the failure of the progressives and the harsh lessons for others who foolishly cocooned with them will assure no further repetition of gummed-up plots like these. Progressives — in their tried and true arrogance — never learn from their atrocious mistakes. It wouldn’t surprise or bother me if these same progressives and their allies fail miserably again.

Remarkably, this is a method progressives use to attain a slippery slope escape hatch. They caterwaul hysterically about and blame their failures on someone other than themselves, such as Hillary Clinton’s recently bizarre book tour, which could have been summarized, “Blame everyone but me for my embarrassing loss.”




Intolerant position

Editor: As a lifetime Democrat, I am appalled at U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, who made recent statements to encourage “pushback” against Republican representatives at restaurants, shopping centers and other public locations, such as the recent Red Hen restaurant incident in Virginia against Sarah Huckabee, a spokeswoman for President Trump.

Waters owes America an apology for her remarks. It is incendiary and counter to our democratic culture.