Letters To The Editor 8/18/2018

August 18, 2018 GMT

Honor Gloria Jean

Editor: On Aug. 24, 1939 a young girl walked up Lackawanna Avenue and was cheered by 40,000 people at the release of her movie musical, “The Under-Pup.”

She was Gloria Jean Schoonover from 1705 Lafayette St., in West Scranton. She was 13 years old, a child prodigy with a cultured, soprano voice. She was crowned at the train station by the mayor, who proclaimed Aug. 24 Gloria Jean Day in Scranton.

She is still living, 92 years old now, and writes to me. I have 22 of her 26 movies and a beautiful picture of her at her 92nd birthday party. We are best friends.


Gloria Jean was asked by first lady Eleanor Roosevelt to cut the birthday cake for President Franklin D. Roosevelt in January 1940.

Every Aug. 24, we should celebrate Scranton’s greatest childhood star. It would be nice for the city to pay her a tribute while she is still with us.




No call to hall

Editor: The 2018 baseball Hall of Fame inductions recently took place in

Cooperstown, New York.

Former Philadelphia Phillies star Richie Allen — later referred to as Dick Allen — is one player who has been overlooked by the hall. Based on his accomplishments in baseball, it can be argued that Allen belongs in Cooperstown.

Allen was one of the best hitters baseball from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s. Over a 15-year career Allen hit .300 or better seven times. He also had six seasons with 30 or more home runs. In addition, he was No. 1 in overall slugging average three times.

While playing with the Phillies in 1966 Allen had the highest slugging average in the National League. Playing with the Chicago White Sox he led the American League in slugging average during the 1972 and 1974 seasons. Allen made seven all-star teams and won the American League Most Valuable Player award in 1972.

Allen posted great offensive numbers during an era when pitching dominated

baseball. This is something the Hall of Fame committee needs to consider when

evaluating his career. In the late 1960s and early 1970s pitching dominated baseball

more than any other period except the “dead ball” era of the early 1900s.




Assure coverage

Editor: As president of the Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians, I commend The Times-Tribune for reporting on the issue of out-of-network emergency care.

Our organization agrees that no Pennsylvanian should have to worry about insurance networks in an emergency. During an emergency, everyone should go to the closest, most appropriate, emergency department and expect that their insurance company will fulfill its promise to pay the bill. As emergency physicians, we provide 24/7/365 care to all people who come to us. It is our moral obligation to provide care and it is our legal requirement under federal law to do so without consideration of ability to pay or insurance status.


The real issue is that insurers create a gap when they sell policies that “cover” emergency care, but do not follow through on their reimbursement obligations. Insurance companies take advantage of the fact that emergency physicians will care for any patient by narrowing physician networks and paying unreasonably low reimbursement rates. This leaves patients with high out-of-pocket costs. We agree that the Legislature should take patients out of this issue while ensuring that reimbursement to physicians is fair. Such reimbursement should be based on the usual and customary rate for such services in the community where they are being provided, based on an independent database, and not be determined exclusively by an insurance company. A national database already exists due to a settlement against an insurance company for unfair practices.

Emergency physicians and emergency departments are the health care safety net for Pennsylvania and the nation. To make sure we all have access to excellent emergency services, the issue of out-of-network billing should be resolved legislatively in a manner that protects patients and ensures that insurance companies provide fair emergency care reimbursement.





Powerful symbol

Editor: I commend the people responsible for the placement of our national treasure, the American flag, outside a business at Viewmont Mall. I see it as I travel Viewmont Drive in Dickson City.

I marvel at the grace and beauty as it flows in the wind as if in slow motion because of its enormity. It’s simply spectacular.

To all immigrants who generations ago came to this country to make and shape into its current way of life, thank you. To all members of the armed services who have served, currently serving, and those who paid the ultimate price for our privilege to fly our flag, we honor you.

For everyone else who passes by this flag or any flag of our great country and doesn’t feel a sense of pride and honor, I feel nothing but sorrow for you. We live in the greatest country on earth.




No second term

Editor: Some letters being written about President Donald Trump are from people who voted for him and realize now how bad he is.

I hope before the next election that Americans wake up and do not for him for another four years. The United States is in such turmoil. Why can’t people see what Trump really is? He hires people and fires them. He engages in nonsense with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

When will Congress wake up?

His constant slurs against Hillary Clinton prove that he hates women of culture. I will not acknowledge him as our president.