Past week, we requested you for some concepts for our subsequent Town Corridor. And you arrived by means of for us.
Here is a collection of the very best prompts suggested by you, Pocono Report audience.
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Reader Debbie Boyle suggested the subsequent: “What is triggering the continuing divisiveness at each individual level of government and American modern society both political bipartisanism and ‘we/them’ loathe conduct and rhetoric? How can it be settled down?
Debbie, that is undoubtedly a matter we in the newsroom can get guiding. As the mere messenger, newsrooms are typically a springboard for that hate. I consider not to believe of it as personalized, but relatively, a make any difference of dissatisfaction with the environment at large. How do we quell these types of dissatisfaction and divisiveness, when even the resource of it all might be a little bit blurrier than it was prior to? Do men and women try to remember what we were battling in excess of to start with? Can you pinpoint the minute it all went bitter? I am not positive I can.
Reader Paul Smeltz of Stroudsburg proposed an open up discussion about election integrity… but not the 2020 election. Smeltz prompt we go back again to 2016.
“The Mueller report states that Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election occurred ‘in sweeping and systematic fashion’ but was welcomed by the Trump campaign as it anticipated to reward from these endeavours,” Smeltz wrote. “It also discovered one-way links amongst Trump marketing campaign officers and people today with ties to the Russian authorities.” An attention-grabbing believed, in fact.
Diane Worm of Stroudsburg suggested that Vladimir Putin would not have invaded Ukraine if Donald Trump was even now in office environment.
“They manage that through Trump’s presidency the tyrants of the environment were scared of us. Conversely, a lot of individuals say Putin waited for the arrival of a ‘weak’ U.S. president, this sort of as many perceive Biden to be, to attack Ukraine,” Worm wrote. Worm provided a prompt, as nicely: Do you think the character of a sitting U.S. president affects planet activities? Would Putin have invaded Ukraine if Trump ended up president now? Why do you imagine Putin waited until eventually now to attack Ukraine? Do you understand Biden to be weak, or deferential, or indecisive? Is the U.S. safer with a “solid” president or with a “weak” president?
I recognize Worm’s prompt, but also talk to the question — there are Trump voters who assert that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a farce, or that Putin is in the right. How do we reconcile the 3 viewpoints amid Trump voters?
Reader Louisa Dombloski had a number of concerns to pose.
“Does liberty as supposed by the Declaration of Independence imply that unvaccinated individuals have the freedom to infect other folks? What can be accomplished to ease signing up for Medicare to much better recognize the complexities of what is obtainable to aid simplicity confusion?” Dombloski wrote. “Need to buyers acquire discounts on all healthcare insurances, non-public and govt, if they observe preventable proof-based mostly practices and satisfy their objectives? Must we make it a lot easier for voters to be ready to vote?”
Every single 1 of these concerns absolutely sparks debate in our own social circles.
Reader Teresa Daly reported “two major difficulties came to mind” for her when publishing her prompt recommendations.
Problem No. 1: Is it feasible to see a checklist of how the county allotted CARES Act and other COVID-relief funding from the federal authorities?
“We’re chatting thousands and thousands of pounds, and there is been at the very least one particular situation of fraud that amounted to practically 50 percent a million dollars. How was the reduction dollars damaged down and distributed among organizations, nonprofits, charities, and so forth.?” Daly wrote. “What is being accomplished to safeguard against additional fraud?” Daly pointed out that she couldn’t obtain an accessible list on the Monroe County website.
“If there are hundreds of thousands of pounds in federal assist still waiting to be expended, the citizens of the county need to be equipped to have some input as to where by it goes,” she wrote.
Daly’s next difficulty: The streets.
“Our township, county, and point out roads are a mess. And repairs look to consider permanently. It is totally unacceptable. Is the county likely to do anything about the crumbling street scenario or will this just continue on indefinitely?” Daly wrote, calling streets in her neighborhood “a jigsaw puzzle.”
I myself are living close to a vacation resort, off a primary street. I see them perform on that road each individual summer (roadwork year, am I correct?) and nonetheless by the stop of our Pocono winter I see the similar potholes open right again up. I’m absolutely sure there is a scientific clarification for it, but my weak motor vehicle could use a little less of an impediment class.
Thank you to our visitors who make our Town Corridor discussions so energetic and enlightening. We will be selecting a couple of of these as prompts likely ahead. Remain tuned for the Sunday column the place we will unveil the 1st reader-advised prompt.
— Ashley Fontones is Handling Editor at the Pocono History in Stroudsburg and Tri-County Impartial in Honesdale. Get to her at [email protected]
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