Letters To The Editor 5/15/2019

May 15, 2019 GMT

No Exelon bailout;

firm profitable

Editor: While Exelon works the halls of government in Harrisburg for a $500 million annual handout it says it needs to keep its Three Mile Island nuclear plant open, the Fortune 100 company just had an earnings call for current and potential investors.

Although it says it needs the handout, which would be paid through higher electricity bills by residents and businesses, Exelon just reported $907 million in net income during the last quarter.

A recent article, “Exelon has hit the regulatory jackpot,” details the Fortune 100 company’s efforts in securing handouts from states like Pennsylvania. It notes a recent $300 million windfall handout from New Jersey and more potential wins in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Instead of letting the free market determine winners and losers, bills have been introduced in the Pennsylvania House and Senate to do just that at great expense to working families, schools and small businesses.

It would affect everyone and everything.

When electricity bills go up, the increased costs for business are passed on to customers.

School districts would have increased costs that may affect their taxpayers. Residents dealing with higher electricity bills will have less money to pay for those tax increases.

Meanwhile, Exelon already is laughing all the way to the bank.





School prayer backer

Editor: It’s a paradox that Congress opens sessions with prayer but public schools cannot start their day with prayer.

For more than 200 years both chambers have chaplains open each session with a prayer. In a 1963 landmark decision the Supreme Court ruled that prayer must not be allowed in public schools. If Congress usurps the First Amendment by praying in public, then public schools should have the same right.

It’s evident Congress accepts that America was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles. Out of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention 93 percent were members of Christian churches. Consequently, it’s easy to understand why Congress began the tradition of praying before each session. I am in favor of Congress continuing the tradition of prayer, for our nation needs fervent and continual prayer. Taking God out of public schools started America on the path of moral decline.

While it doesn’t get much public and media notice amid the nasty fights in the House and Senate, prayers from chaplains remain important to Washington political life. Recently, there has been movement by atheists and agnostics to have guest nonbelieving chaplains offer the invocation. Considering the diverse religious makeup of Congress it’s surprising they fight it.

Atheists have used litigation to try to force Congress to let them preach their message. We live in the age of relativism where traditional values, morals, ethics, principles and freedoms are being compromised. The legal and political climate will give atheists the right to preach their message in Congress.

Atheism is a belief in nonbelief, inconsistent with the scientific method. Yet in 1963 members of the Supreme Court supported the reasoning of an atheist to strike down prayer in public schools. At least Congress follows a belief that is impossible to govern without God and the Bible.




Women endorsed

Editor: Progressive Women of NEPA has endorsed six candidates in the May 21 primary election.

These women have requested our endorsement and have completed our multi-tiered vetting process.

They are: Scranton School Board candidates Sarah Cruz, Catherine Fox and Ro Hume; Scranton City Council candidate Jessica Rothchild; Dickson City Borough Council candidate Judith Senkow-Richards and Lackawanna County commissioner candidate Debi Domenick.

Progressive Women of NEPA is a grass-roots organization with membership open to any woman residing in the 12-county area of Northeast Pennsylvania. Our members are patriots who share the common vision of strong communities supported by responsive and effective governance.

Our sole purpose is to improve government by working to recruit, train, fund and elect qualified, progressive women to political leadership at the state and local levels.








Pols dodge blame

Editor: We elect people to help us when we need help.

We have to ask ourselves if those running for office should be elected again. Well, as for Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick O’Malley, is he a Republican or Democrat or whatever suits him?

He hired a chief of staff, Fran Pantuso, who hasn’t paid some Scranton property taxes since 1998 and gets paid $70,000 annually. She should have resigned or O’Malley should have let her go.

Now, if you hadn’t paid your taxes for that many years what would happen to you? I am disabled and can’t pay the whole $300 Scranton garbage fees. I pay what I can. The tax office sends me threatening letters. I am only behind by $150 and get this treatment.

O’Malley has been a commissioner for too long. He also blamed someone else for the county baseball tickets that were up for auction recently.

In Scranton, Councilman Tim Perry hasn’t done anything for the city. You can see at council meetings that no one gets help or gets their questions answered. I emailed him for months about a problem and called the city clerk’s office and never got an email or phone call from him. He is not working for all the people.

No one ever takes blame in Scranton for their actions. Perry voted to set the garbage fee at $300 and always seems to agree with whatever Mayor Bill Courtright wants. He needs to go. We need someone who will stick up for all the people. Let’s make Scranton great again.