Letters To The Editor 11/07/2017

November 7, 2017 GMT

Skepticism absent

Editor: In the process of making the movie “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” actor Brad Pitt left his wife, Jennifer Aniston, to conjoin with Angelina Jolie. So brusque was his departure that Aniston observed he didn’t have a “sensitivity chip.”

Appearing in the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre newspapers on Oct. 14 and reported by Jonathan Lemire and Ken Thomas of the Associated Press was an article headlined in The Times-Tribune, “Trump, unlikely religious hero, hails Christian values.”

The first paragraph reads: “President Donald Trump’s evolution from twice-divorced casino owner viewed warily by Christian conservatives to evangelical favorite defending religious liberty was on full display as he promised conservatives a return to traditional American values, including ‘Merry Christmas’ to the national discourse.”


The dynamic here should be obvious. This news report is about a large audience being won over by a solicitous and calculating power broker. They apparently don’t have a valuable chip, one known as “healthy skepticism.”

It is something that St. Paul tried to inculcate in members of the early church. “They were new Christians, often uncertain about the implications of their faith and struggling hard against the pull of their old lifestyles.” (“How to Read the Bible,” R. Ray Evelan, 1984)

Such an excuse can’t be made for the faithful at the Value Voters Summit, who presumably have been Christians for some time. Why would they not be more aware, so as not to be taken in?

All citizens especially need to exercise a healthy skepticism during Trump’s time, because this president has not demonstrated — as Sen. Bob Corker stated — “the kind of stability and competence” necessary to move our nation forward.

It is important to remember that U.S. democracy, like the church in history, is just one generation from extinction.



Forge new path

Editor: I read The Times-Tribune Oct. 29 election endorsement of the city’s current mayor with a mixture of disbelief and disappointment.

Given Mayor Bill Courtright’s incompetence and fiscal missteps — actually mentioned in the editorial — I have to wonder whether the endorsement was motivated by something other than facts and what is best for Scranton. Courtright’s administration already has dimmed the lights on the Electric City and keeping him in office is sure to lead to a blackout.


I am one of many former Scrantonians who migrated for better employment opportunities. However, to half-quote singer Tony Bennett, I left my heart in Scranton — and it breaks every time I read negative news stories about my hometown, a place ranked among the 10 best cities to raise a family.

My Scranton upbringing lends support to that ranking. I had a wonderful childhood full of traditions my four children now enjoy, hardworking parents who put their own four kids first, wonderful teachers, neighbors and friends, many of whom had to leave their beloved hometown for the same reason I did.

A regeneration of industry and job creation to keep more of the good people of Scranton in Scranton is long overdue. It’s time to forge a new path and follow a leader who is committed to that goal — to lighting up every corner of the Electric City once again. Jim Mulligan’s vision for the future of Scranton clearly defines him as the best choice in the 2017 mayoral election.

Another native Scrantonian, former Vice President Joe Biden, has described Scranton as “the kind of place where you’re taught to never give up.” I believe the newspaper’s editorial advised Scranton residents to do exactly that.

Attention Scrantonians: Don’t give up. You have a choice and the power is in your hands.




Write-in for judge

Editor: My friend, Pamela Wilson, is running a write-in campaign for Wayne County judge.

In the months since she lost in the primary election, people approached her to say they intend to write in her name for the general election.

Pennsylvania’s closed primary election system denies third-party and independent voters a say about which names will appear on the ballot in the general election. More than 5,000 Wayne County voters who are registered as independents, libertarians and Green Party members didn’t get to vote. Out of the 27,320 registered Republicans and Democrats in Wayne County, only 7,744 came to the polls in May. A mere 1,534 votes separated the two candidates.

Pam has a private law practice in Honesdale and serves as a master in custody and divorce cases. She has gained judicial experience in hearing these cases and she has a wide range of experience in civil matters from her law practice. As a former assistant district attorney and the current special prosecutor for the Dessin Animal Shelter, she also has experience in criminal law.

As the owner of a small business, she understands the challenges that most people face because she faces them herself. She is not a politician and works hard in an area of the law that doesn’t get accolades, but is arguably the most important part of the law because it deals with families.

I am proud of her for having the courage and conviction to once again put her name before the public and ask for their vote.



Support tax change

Editor: Today, voters will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed constitutional amendment to the Homestead Property Tax Assessment Exclusion.

The question is on the back of the ballot. If you support the elimination of school property taxes please vote yes on this question.