January 29, 2018 GMT

Screenings critical Editor: January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and is the perfect time for women to remember their cervical health. Each year in the United States, approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and more than 4,000 die as a result. Cervical cancer disproportionately impacts poor women worldwide. For women 21 to 65, regular screening can help prevent cancer. Pap tests can help detect cervical cancer in its earliest stages. When detected early, cervical cancer is highly curable. Maternal and Family Health Services works to remove barriers to women getting a Pap test and cervical exam through two programs that provide quality and affordable care to women. The Healthy Woman Program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and provides free Pap tests and mammograms, to women between 40 and 64 who are uninsured, underinsured, or have high deductibles and meet the income eligibility requirements. The agency’s family planning program, funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under Title X, offers a complete range of reproductive health care services to women, including complete gynecological exams and cervical cancer screening. These services are provided regardless of income and a sliding-fee scale allows the agency to tailor costs to meet individual needs. Maternal and Family Health Services has a network of providers in 15 counties of Northeast Pennsylvania. To find the location nearest you and find out if you qualify, visit www.mfhs.org, or call 1-800-367-6347. Cervical cancer is preventable and curable, but only with access to regular screenings. All Pennsylvania women, regardless of their economic condition, should have access to the lifesaving screening tests they need to prevent cervical cancer. BETTE COX SAXTON PRESIDENT & CEO, MATERNAL AND FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES, WILKES-BARRE Hate rap baseless Editor: How can we call ourselves a nation of laws when liberal politicians refuse to enforce the most important laws we have to protect our citizens? That is, legal immigration? I’m also tired of family and friends saying that I hate immigrants. How could I hate immigrants? My great-grandparents came here from Russia in the late 1880s. If it wasn’t for them emigrating here, I wouldn’t be here today. If I hated immigrants, then, wouldn’t it be correct to say that I hated my own family? But that would be absurd. My ancestors came here legally. They wanted to become Americans citizens. What kind of immigrants do we encourage to come here when they snub their noses at our laws right from the beginning? What kind of American citizens will they be if they become citizens? Will they be law-abiding citizens? Will they be productive? Will they be taxpayers? Will it benefit America to have them emigrate here, or are they just going to be a drain on society, just taking and giving nothing in return? Immigration laws exist for a reason: to allow people to come here legally to escape political and religious persecution. But they are not supposed to come here and become a burden on our society. If illegal aliens are not going to be held accountable for upholding our laws, why do any of us have to follow the laws? We might as well just embrace anarchy. JOHN T. PETROCHKO SCOTT TWP. No vehicular fee Editor: The proposed $5 Lackawanna County vehicular registration fee is a very bad idea. Here’s a better idea. Stop letting people take home county vehicles. One employee takes home a county truck and lives on Blue Shutters Road in Elmhurst. I’m sure there are other employees who do this in the county. The commissioners need to come up with a better plan. Finally, they need to look at all avenues before taxing people more. The people voted for these commissioners not to tax us more. We are taxed enough. FRAN MUNLEY JESSUP Public transit backer Editor: I am a resident of Scranton’s Hill Section and I recently began to use the County of Lackawanna Transit System. I am very happy to see the county making the investment in natural gas buses. You cannot beat the value of riding a bus. You can hop on a bus and not have to worry about having to pay for parking. Most of all, I can open up my iPhone and see the location of the bus for which I am waiting. This way, you know exactly what time it will be at your stop. I think the time will come when more and more people will use public transportation. As a first-time rider the bus driver as well as the person working at the COLTS terminal in downtown Scranton were happy to help me. Both of these ladies went out of their way to help. I would love to see COLTS continue to expand and see ridership increase. Public transportation is something on which a substantial portion of our population depends. Let’s invest in public transportation instead of trying to make a self-driving car. Thank you, COLTS. DEREK RAINES SCRANTON No laughing matter Editor: A misogynist, a racist, a pathological liar and a xenophobe with multiple bankruptcies walks into a bar. The bartender says, “Good evening, Mr. President, what shall I get for you.” Is this the possible end result of the “American dream”? People think it can’t happen here. MIKE CARTON CARBONDALE That’s no smart gun Editor: Donald Trump Jr., currently under federal investigation for colluding with Russian officials at a discussion in Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign, was in Scranton earlier this month to apply for a gun permit at the Lackawanna County sheriff’s office. Too bad the local media couldn’t catch up with him for an interview. It seems as if he’s not around Russians, he’s rushin’ around. For what type of gun did he seek the permit? Word’s going around that it was a Dolt 45. VINCE MORABITO SCRANTON Faulty endorsement Editor: The editorial in the Jan. 21 Sunday Times, “Downtown parking costly fiasco,” was right. However, The Times-Tribune endorsed Bill Court­right for re-election in the recent Scranton mayoral race, so why the complaining? It’s too late now. The newspaper’s wish came true, as the people of Scranton continue to suffer. MAUREEN LYNN SCRANTON