Letters to the Editor: July 23, 2014

Thank you, Loc­al 401

On May 31, my son Joel Gold­berg set out to the base­ball field at George Wash­ing­ton High School to per­form his Eagle Scout pro­ject. As a mem­ber of the boys varsity base­ball team for the last three years, Joel wanted to make some im­prove­ments to a place where he spends much of his after-school time. 

One of the many pro­jects that day was to re-do the spec­tat­or bleach­ers that had not been used for many years. This task could not have been ac­com­plished without the as­sist­ance of pro­fes­sion­als. 

I would like to ex­press my grat­it­ude and ap­pre­ci­ation to two won­der­ful gen­tle­men from Loc­al 401 Iron Work­ers Uni­on. Frank Marsh and Ken Dando ar­rived bright and early that day and gave up their Sat­urday to get this pro­ject done. Without Frank and Ken, this would have been an im­possible task. 

Thank you to coach Geiser, coach Juhas, Troop 18, mem­bers of the base­ball team, friends and fam­ily for mak­ing Joel’s pro­ject pos­sible. We also would like to thank Sher­win Wil­li­ams Feasterville, Lowe’s Roosevelt Boulevard and Home De­pot Ben­s­alem for their dona­tions. The field surely looks great.

Gail Gold­berg


Jury duty is ne­ces­sary

Mar­vin Garber writes that serving jury duty is too in­con­veni­ent and doesn’t pay enough to make it worth­while.  

I sup­pose that means if someone killed a mem­ber of your fam­ily (God for­bid) and you wit­nessed the crime, you wouldn’t ap­pear as a wit­ness be­cause it’s too in­con­veni­ent and doesn’t pay enough. Or how about vot­ing, is that also in­con­veni­ent?  

Be­ing a good cit­izen isn’t al­ways con­veni­ent but that’s the price you pay for liv­ing in Amer­ica.  

Get with the pro­gram.

Joe Oren­stein


City Coun­cil should ask, ‘Why do people want to get high?’

What City Coun­cil should be ask­ing is, “Why do people want to get high?” Guid­ing them should be ex­perts in the field such as psy­chi­at­rists, so­ci­olo­gists and cer­ti­fied ad­dic­tion coun­selors.

Former Chan­nel 10 news­caster Edie Hug­gins in­ter­viewed the late Sammy Dav­is Jr. be­fore his un­timely death in 1990, at the age of 64. She stated he ad­mit­ted us­ing many leg­al and il­leg­al drugs over his life­time. 

Dav­is had a the­ory: “They don’t make drugs that can get you high enough to make your prob­lems go away.” It was his the­ory that people used in­tox­ic­at­ing products to numb them­selves from their troubles. 

These is­sues in­clude the fol­low­ing: ill­ness and death of a loved one; job loss; di­vorce. These mat­ters, from the simply solved to the trau­mat­ic, will be con­fron­ted by all of us. How we re­spond to them is the most im­port­ant path to­ward sound men­tal health.

The drugs people use today are more power­ful than ever.  Those that think they will just smoke a little marijuana or any oth­er nar­cot­ic will be sur­prised how much of the drug they need in the fu­ture be­cause their tol­er­ance level in­creased.

Any­one in gov­ern­ment who thinks they’re pro­tect­ing a cit­izen’s crim­in­al re­cord by de­crim­in­al­iz­ing marijuana is mis­guided.

State Sen. Daylin Leach re­cently ran for Con­gress on a sim­il­ar plat­form. He was well fun­ded and re­ceived a paltry 17 per­cent of the vote. The pub­lic spoke their mind and re­jec­ted his can­did­acy on May 20.

People need love, high pay­ing jobs and self-es­teem, not a drug ad­dic­tion. I move for the ad­op­tion of that res­ol­u­tion in City Coun­cil.

Myles Gor­don


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