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Philharmonic hits a high note

In my 20-plus years attending the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, in my opinion, Saturday night's performance (Nov. 17) is in the Top 10.

Compliments to the organization and talent.

Michelle Merrill, apprentice conductor, was outstanding and has a great future in front of her.

W. Jack Kalins

Lake Harmony

Focus U.S. charity on home shores

Another terrible natural disaster for the United States. I see the hurt in the faces of these Americans after Hurricane Sandy and I really get mad at this government.

But not to worry. I'm sure all of those countries we've been aiding the last 40 or so years are going to show they care about the American people. (Don't hold your breath).

Never mind $3 billion for Egypt or any other country. Israel is our only friend in that part of the world.

Let Japan and China worry about the rest of the world. They can afford it; Clinton gave us NAFTA and as a result they got all our factory jobs.

Charity begins at home.

Jim Jag Jr.

West Pittston

Find dental info on FDA website

My prior letter to the editor expressing outrage over dentists inserting Chinese dental crowns without advising their patients as to their origin produced some interesting information.

A new law that became effective last month contains the following requirement. If you import, your business activity in that arena will become public record on the FDA website as foreign establishments must now identify their U.S. lab and dental customers, even those who send work through a U.S. agent or broker. Basically what this means is that pressing your dentist for information about your crown or denture is no longer your only option.

You now will be able to check the FDA website to find out if any of these Chinese crowns are ending up in his or her office.

This requirement alone should discourage bargain-basement shopping in dentistry, but asking your dentist that simple question is still a good first step.

Every once in awhile the government gets something right.

S.C. Brooks

Wright Township

Heartfelt thanks from heart patient

To cardiac surgeon Dr. Alfred Stanley Casale, Dr. Berger and the medical staff of Pearsall Heart Hospital, including its Intensive Care Unit and Cardiac Step-Down Unit: Thank you so much for the professionalism, care and thoughtfulness shown to me during my recent open heart surgery performed at Geisinger Heart Hospital in Plains Township.

Your dedication and true compassion were evident throughout the entire process, from my diagnosis to discharge. Your treatment of me as a human being, and not just a number, made my acceptance of the diagnosis, repair surgery and recovery period an acceptable and meaningful continuance for human life.

I might have scarring for my entire life, but it will be a positive reflection of those who saved my life. You always will be in my prayers and someday you will sit at our Lord's side with eternal comfort and peace.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

William K. Jones and family


Employee feels job loss unjust

A recent episode of 20/20 discussed workplace wrongdoings. In it, a former human resources manager who quit her job and wrote the book Corporate Confidential: 50 Secrets Your Company Does Not Want You to Know – and What to do About Them revealed the backdoor antics of many employers.

I found it enlightening, perhaps because I feel that I recently was the victim of ongoing harassment and an unjust termination.

I was employed for nearly 35 years at a local manufacturing company that recently was bought out by an even larger company. When I was involved in a near-miss accident because of what seemed an OSHA violation by the company, I was drug-tested and suspended.

When I reported damage to the building by a tractor-trailer driver, I was drug-tested, suspended and eventually terminated. I was drug tested so many times (always with a negative result) that the people at the Health & Wellness Center came to know me by name.

The company asked me to sign an agreement, saying that I had done the damage to the building. I also would have signed away my rights to file a grievance and permanently given up the job I was doing. I refused.

While this company's mantra is do the right thing, apparently that did not include reporting conditions that needed attention to make the workplace safer. So here I am, along with my disabled wife, at the age of 55: jobless and without health insurance.

Gary B. Somits


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