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Letters To The Editor 5/17/2019

May 17, 2019 GMT

Stroke awareness

Editor: BE FAST to save a life.

A stroke happens when blood flow is cut off to an area of the brain or an artery in the brain bursts open. A stroke can have far-reaching effects on your movement, your speech, your emotional health, your brain function and even how you swallow. In some cases, a stroke can lead to death or long-term disability.

The first hour after someone begins experiencing a stroke is the period when doctors are most successful in minimizing or reversing damage by restoring blood flow to the brain. Would you know what symptoms to watch for if you or someone you love experiences a stroke? May is National Stroke Awareness Month, so take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the symptoms of stroke, using the acronym BE FAST: look for balance difficulties, eyesight changes, face drooping, arm weakness, or speech difficulty. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s time to call 911.


Stroke risk increases with age, but about 10 percent of the 800,000 strokes in the United States each year are among adults younger than 45. Researchers believe this is partly due to rising rates of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure among younger adults. But there’s good news: These strokes are preventable. The same foods that help keep our weight at manageable levels and prevent diabetes and heart disease can help prevent stroke, because heart health and stroke are closely linked. Focusing on nutrient-rich foods that are good for your heart, like fruits and vegetables, fish, whole grains and low-fat dairy products, can help cut your stroke risk.

Many health complications, including stroke, can be avoided by watching your diet, exercising more, cutting back on alcohol use and giving up cigarettes. But even with proper preventive steps, strokes will occur. And when they do, BE FAST. You could save a life.




Wrong location

Editor: Frank Keel (“Treatment center squabble unjustified,” May 8) tries to convince Times-Tribune readers and the Scranton Zoning Hearing Board that Lakeside Treatment Center, a proposed 24-hour addiction treatment facility near Lake Scranton, should be sited in a residential neighborhood among some of the most expensive homes in the city.

The high-taxed neighborhood adjoining Lake Scranton is zoned R-1, designating it limited to residential housing. Keel’s deceptive attempt to influence the zoning board’s decision and readers with his misleading and unsupported claims reflects directly on the lengths the center’s owners will go to get their way.


There are multiple locations throughout our area that are properly zoned and available for this type of facility. The proposed treatment center owners won’t have to import a lobbyist to open their facility where its properly zoned.





Objectionable plan

Editor: Shortly before a recent zoning hearing, people in our neighborhood learned that a treatment facility sought permission to convert the former Geisinger medical clinic on Route 307 in Scranton into a drug and alcohol treatment facility described as a step-down program.

No other information was provided. Neighbors rightfully said the planned facility is not allowed in an R-1 zone. The zoning board solicitor opined that Geisinger’s use had somehow changed from a variance granted by the board into a nonconforming use that could be changed to another nonconforming use and was no more objectionable than a medical clinic.

The applicant’s evidence lacked transparency and the applicant’s expert witness admitted he had never seen the application. The matter was referred to the City Planning Commission, which voted unanimously to recommend the application be denied.

On May 8 The Times-Tribune published a letter, “Treatment center squabble unjustified,” by Frank Keel, who spoke for “Lakeside Treatment Center, Scranton.” It is filled with errors and gives the impression that it was written by an employee of the center. The letter implied that the neighbors had no justification for their position and were against helping addicts.

Keel is a Philadelphia public relations consultant and lobbyist who was hired by the applicant to influence the zoning board and spin this application without identifying himself as a lobbyist. These efforts included allegedly recruiting people from outside the East Mountain neighborhood to attend the hearing.

Neighbors presented strong evidence that the proposed use does not belong in this R-1 zone, when there are many other locations with proper zoning. People of the East Mountain section are in the best position to inform the zoning board that the proposed center is more objectionable than the Geisinger clinic. Scrantonians do not need Keel spewing “fake news” to influence members of the zoning board.




Trump under siege

Editor: When are the Democratic investigations going to end? Don’t they realize what they are doing to our country?

They spent millions on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and it didn’t satisfy them and they still persist. They haven’t done a thing about our national problems in the last 10 years. It’s just President Trump they are after.

We are paying a great deal of money to these people and getting nothing but hate. Shame on them. Democrats are going crazy and want everything free, such as education and medical care. Yet, they continue to investigate Trump and his friends and family. How come?

I can’t believe that a political party is more powerful than our president. They are told by the House and Senate leaders what to do and have no minds of their own.

We are the stupid ones for putting up with this stupid performance. I can’t understand it. I think Trump is on the right track to make our country No. 1 again if given a chance.

If voters get rid of Trump we will have what we had before he became president, nothing.