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Writer blames auto crisis on his fellow ‘Americans’

The reason why our car companies are going under is because the so-called Americans who drive imported cars, trucks and SUVs are more worried about saving a buck than investing in their own country.

Blame no one but yourselves, my so-called fellow Americans. (Ya, right!)

This Memorial Day, I couldn’t help thinking “look at all the nice, Japanese vehicles on the road this solemn holiday.” Shame on all of you!

Keep shopping at Wal-Mart and the “dollar stores” (with all Chinese products) and keep saving every penny you can. Remember this: You can’t take it with you!

Take this to the bank too: If you’re broken down in your imported vehicle, I will render no assistance. I will beep my American-made horn and wave my American flag in your general direction.

I know it’s against the law not to render assistance to a disabled driver, but I don’t care. You don’t!

Resident says corruption an act of local terrorism

As a resident of Luzerne County, I feel less frightened by the North Korea’s nuclear testing than by corrupt elected politicians who commit economic terrorism against their own neighbors.

Elected leaders in our judicial system, where Lady Justice is supposed to be blind, committed economic terrorism and the final monetary damage is not known, now that individuals are filing civil suits in the federal courts.

School board members – part of the education process, teaching our children to be the best they can be – make a mockery out of the education process. Every school district is now under the microscope about nepotism, kickbacks, etc.

The damage is irreparable to the confidence and trust given to those elected to office. The FBI has uncovered a nuclear environment of corruption in Luzerne County and the end is nowhere in sight.

Bilingual ballot backing called a divisive idea

The Times Leader’s May 28 editorial about bilingual ballots was the biggest bunch of claptrap and blatant waste of ink that I’ve seen this year.

Would someone explain how “Our right to freely choose our elected leaders” has anything to do with past mistakes, errors or the convoluted logic that has produced people who have not learned English, as have Polish, Russian, Italian, German, Welch, ad infinitum, when they came to America?

Instead of recognizing the initial error and opining that it should be corrected, The Times Leader goes blithely on its way to creating another error by supporting a plan to put Spanish on the ballot. Are the winning candidates going to give speeches, introduce bills or send updates to constituents in Spanish? If not, then these voters will neither know nor understand what this elected official does, says or writes. How does this make sense?

To correct another statement in that editorial, concerning those of us “who harbor nativist notions” – England and her language are not native to America by any stretch, since Indians occupied these lands the prior 27,000 years. Probably stemming from our allegiance to the crown, English was “adopted” as the unofficial language to create a powerful and unified nation.

So now we have The Times Leader promulgating a divisive, sectarian idea of bilingualism, which is the antithesis of “things that historically bind us as a nation.”

Don’t provide opportunity for criminals to strike

According to the FBI’s 2007 “Crime Clock” report, there is a property crime every 3.2 seconds. As president of the Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch Coalition, I want to remind residents that a few steps can be taken to avoid becoming a victim of property crime.

Do not leave anything of value in plain sight in your vehicle. Thieves will take cell phones, CDs, iPods, loose change, GPS systems, laptop computers, purses, shopping bags and backpacks. If they think it’s valuable, they will take it.

Most criminals prefer to take the easy path. Given a choice of homes in a neighborhood, they will choose to break into the homes that are darkest and/or most secluded. If your house is not among the easiest to burglarize, criminals will likely pass it by. Sufficient lighting around a home can be a deterrent to criminals. Use porch lights, landscape lighting and lighting around the doors. Consider installing motion-activated lighting on the exterior of your home. Company burglary alarm signs and “beware of dog” signs also can be a deterrent. Trim shrubs that block the view of windows or doors. Always make sure doors and windows are locked at night, or when you are not home. Most important, observant neighbors who call 911 might be your best defense against burglary.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. And last, but not least, while shopping do not leave a purse in the shopping cart. Do not turn your back on it, even for a second.

Often, crime is a result of opportunity. If the opportunity is not there, it does not happen. If the bike is not left in front of the house, it is not stolen. If the car is not left running unattended, it is not stolen. Take the extra time to put away and lock up things.

Please take an hour a month to attend your neighborhood crime watch meeting. Meeting specifics are listed on the back of your city-issued calendar and at this Web site: wbcrimewatch.org. Together, we can make a difference.

Apprehension of fugitives would serve as justice

What is the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) doing to try to stem the rising Hispanic crime rate in this country? The fact is most U.S. cities with a large Hispanic and/or black population are also among the most dangerous.

If MALDEF truly wants justice, it should help apprehend the fugitives (the vast majority of whom are Hispanic) wanted for murder at this link: www.fbi.gov/wanted/fugitives/vc/murders/vc_murders.htm.

Plymouth resident happy with any type of paving

I am a resident of Plymouth. I live on Railroad Street, which runs behind the new Dunkin’ Donuts. I want to thank whoever put the excess blacktop on the road.

From what the neighbors tell me, this street hasn’t seen any new blacktop in 20 years. It mostly looked like a minefield until a narrow strip of blacktop was put down.

I am assuming the blacktop is the leftover from the new business. If the borough actually is going to pave, then thank God. Otherwise, thanks Dunkin’ Donuts!

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