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More thorough approach needed to stop bullying

All schools need to take bullying more seriously. Recently, at my school, I saw someone bullying a little kid on the bus. Someone told the kid to stop; thankfully he did, and never picked on the little kid again. The child is now safe, but there are still millions of other people getting bullied.

That moment made me realize that schools needs to take more steps to try to solve bullying. Teachers in my school have put up posters about bullying on their doors and given out pamphlets and magnets to kids.

However, not all have brought up the issue. I think that every teacher, guidance counselor and other school district officials need to talk to all students about bullying. We should have assemblies, or have a speaker come to our classes and inform us. These steps could make a huge difference.

No one should ever be bullied and no one should ever bully someone else. Bullying is a big problem that needs to be dealt with now, not later.

Here's milk in your eye: This reader skips dairy

A frequent bugaboo of the fiscal cliff debacle was the milk cliff – the threat of milk prices doubling – if Congress failed to extend dairy subsidies. Parents were forgoing other necessities, because their children had to have milk.

Most industries would gladly give up their tax loopholes for that kind of product loyalty. But this one is totally undeserved. Consumption of dairy products, laden with saturated fats, cholesterol, hormones and drugs, elevates the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. This is particularly critical during childhood years, when dietary flaws become lifelong addictions.

A study of 12,829 children by the Harvard Medical School found that drinking cow's milk leads to weight gain. Several proteins in cow's milk can thicken mucus secretions, leading to respiratory problems in children.

Most African-Americans and Asian-Americans suffer from cramping and diarrhea because they lack the enzyme to digest lactose in cow's milk.

The good news is that green leafy vegetables and legumes supply all the calcium and proteins touted in cow's milk, without the excess calories and other yucky factors noted.

Every supermarket offers a huge line of dairy-free milks, cheeses and ice creams made from healthy nuts and grains. This is why USDA's current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, shunt dairy (and meat) off the recommended plate of vegetables, fruits, and grains.

Cow's milk is produced for bovine – not human – babies. Let's give our kids a healthy start.

Balester family grateful for attention to crimes

Thank you for bringing attention to the unsolved murder of my brother Jonathan as well as to the unsolved deaths of others.

Please remind your readers that the Balester family is still offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest.

Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers is offering another $2,000.

Proposed power line cuts through special terrain

It is interesting to note that in the Citizens' Voice article of Jan. 1, PPL does not address the route that the high voltage line will take from Buck Township in Luzerne County to Hawley.

This oversight is probably due to the fact that this section of the route goes through the pristine Lackawanna State Forest and residential areas in the Thornhurst area in Lackawanna County.

As currently proposed, this route will cross seven trout streams that have been designated as exceptional value due to their high quality water and environment.

This route also goes by homes whose residents could be subjected to cancer-causing, high-voltage emissions. Imagine the damage that will be done by a right-of-way that is 150 feet wide and employs towers that are 145 feet tall.

This massive, high-voltage power line will destroy an environment that several conservation groups, such as the Nature Conservancy, are trying to protect due to its unique habitat for plants and animals.

As a stockholder of record, I demand that PPL be forthright in calling this project what it really is -- another huge power line that it will use to sell electricity from its Salem Township nuclear power plant to New York and New Jersey.

Kudos to the group of concerned citizens who have worked hard to propose the Citizens' Route, an alternate route that will minimize the damage to the environment and people's homes. Unfortunately, this effort apparently is being ignored by PPL.

I expect that PPL will have a fight on its hands this time in getting PUC approval for a line that is so destructive and invasive.

Gen. Patton, the dog, brought him inspiration

Dear General Patton,

Little did I know when I brought you home as an eight-week-old, little round ball of fur on Aug. 17, 2007 that you were to become the love of my life. Before you, I thought dogs were great companions: cute, (but) just pets. I was so naïve.

I am, and have always been, a keen historian who admired strong leaders with great power. This is why I chose your name. As your character developed it was apparent that you possessed not an ounce of aggression or fighting spirit. Instead you touched everyone you met with your enthusiastic and abounding love.

Each day you brightened our lives and shared your joy. You prompted me to reach out to my family to help me put a roof on the Blue Chip Animal Shelter. It was you who kept me visiting the residents at Timber Ridge Nursing Home.

When Janice and I had to take you to The University of Pennsylvania, we had the highest hopes that they would be able to get to the root of the problem with your legs. Instead, we were shattered to learn you had an inoperable cancerous spinal tumor and we wouldn't be taking you home with us.

Now I cry out daily to Jesus for the strength and courage to deal with losing you. I ask myself, how, at only 5 years old, could you be taken from us? How, when you did good for so many people visiting them and brightening their days, could God not heal you? I pray that the Lord will reveal the purpose of your passing. I am reminded: He healeth the broken in heart and bindeth up their wounds - Psalm 147:3.

I will always love you and never forget you and our life together. Until we meet in heaven, my friend.

Olivia Jankowski Mountain Top Wilbur Tillman Wilkes-Barre Valerie Balester College Station, Texas Ron Ashton Gouldsboro Bill Sarnak Harding

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