6/23/2015: Letter to the Editor

Well said, Leo Murray!

Fight for future

Editor: There seems to be a misconception that the grass-roots organization Friends of Lackawanna is bucking one of the area’s richest families in a fight for today.

The reality is, the group is fighting for the generations that will come after us.

Approval of the proposed Keystone Sanitary Landfill expansion would be a death knell for the region’s growth far into the future. The dump’s owners stand to make billions of dollars over the life of the proposed expansion of the landfill as it goes skyward.

However, that mountain of garbage would cast a long shadow over several hundred thousand square feet of now-empty space in the Keystone Industrial Park in Dunmore and Throop.

What chief executive in his right mind would bring badly needed jobs to the industrial park with a mountain of garbage soaring over and stinking up the area? None.

One would think that the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce would have recognized this and taken a stand on this issue, but it did not. Over the years, the chamber has become somewhat impotent when it comes to attracting employers who would bring decent jobs to this once-great area.