Public interest loses
Editor: In August, state Rep. Marty Flynn phoned to wish me a happy birthday. He soon regretted it.
I said I would not vote for him because he refused to stand up to Dunmore businessman Louis DeNaples. He had described the local landfill as a “state of the art” facility. When I mentioned the leachate problem, he became incoherent.
He said that I know Keystone will only be granted a 10-year expansion. I don’t know that. Neither does he.
The Keystone Sanitary Landfill is actually a tri-state dump. We are left with leachate, but most of the garbage deposited there comes from New Jersey and New York.
Money seems more important than the surrounding community to DeNaples. He often mentions “my family’s business” as though it should be a priority for the region.
Mr. DeNaples is so accustomed to getting his way, he can’t see the incongruity of his position. At the July public hearing on Keystone’s proposed expansion, there was one statement in expansion’s favor; 41 supported the stance of Friends of Lackawawanna — that the landfill is not sustainable.
Colleen Connolly, community relations coordinator for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, has tried to be “evenhanded.” But if it’s all about community, this is a nobrainer. Are Mr. DeNaples’ private interests more important than the public interest? RICHARD J. YOST
SOUTH ABINGTON TWP.