Pub­lic in­ter­est loses

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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


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