LETTERS
Your view: Controller has hotline for county residents

I’d like to share to all the readers this letter about a great resource available in the Luzerne County Controller’s Office. In 2014, my staff and I set up a hotline — CESIL – “Citizens and Employee Suggestion and Idea Line” — so that any Luzerne County employee or resident can have a voice. CESIL […]

Comments - 11:59 am

Your view: Catholic Church moved too fast in case of alleged misused funds

The Catholic Diocese of Scranton yelled fire too soon when one of its flock was accused of misuse of charitable funds. The diocese embarrassed the church, St. Ignatius and the people of the Catholic faith. It should have handled this problem as a in-house problem. No district attorney is going to bring charges for this […]

Comments - 6:35 pm

Your view: Support elimination of school property taxes

I live in the Abington Heights School District, which is currently enduring a school teacher’s strike. These labor disputes pit residents, teachers and school boards against each other. Teachers want to be fairly compensated but property owners don’t want to see their property taxes increased yet again. In Pennsylvania, approximately 10,000 people each year lose […]

Comments - 4:36 pm

Your view: Pashinski wrong about budget proposal

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski in “Robbing agricultural funds no way to balance the budget,” criticizes the Republican state budget proposal despite its efforts to protect taxpayers and the agricultural programs he strongly supports. The budget proposal redirects money from unassigned, growing savings accounts to eliminate the deficit and balance the budget without tax hikes. […]

Comments - 4:42 pm

Does Sanders’ plan have a shot?

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” plan, unveiled last week, is an ambitious and (to many) enticing idea: a single, government-run health plan with generous benefits for everyone — just like most industrialized countries have enjoyed for decades. If only it were feasible in today’s United States. Alas, Sanders’ proposal is a pony without a […]

Comments - 4:35 pm

Your view: Leave ‘Kids for Cash’ judge in jail

The disgraced, former judge that championed the harshest, most severe , most punitive action against children for minor infractions once again seeks to embarrass Luzerne County with his pathetic pleas of “not me.” This embarrassing felon told children and their parents they needed no legal representation in his courtroom, basically leaving them defenseless, and then […]

Comments - 2:25 pm

Your view: Shame on Barletta for vote

I was so disappointed to once again see that my congressman, Lou Barletta, last week voted in favor of turning federal lands in Alaska into killing fields. With his “yes” vote, he has now sanctioned unspeakable killing methods on National Park Service lands in Alaska – lands that had been federally protected for noble reasons. […]

Comments - 6:40 pm

Your view: Shame on Toomey for voting against aid to victims of hurricanes

Businesses and citizens across America are opening their hearts and wallets to aid our fellow countrymen in Texas and Florida. Wal-Mart, the NFL, the American Red Cross and the Diocese of Scranton, to name a few, are all raising funds for the unfortunate victims of the two recent hurricanes. The U.S. Senate approved billions of […]

Comments - 2:23 pm - updated: 2:26 pm.

Your view: Change unfair school, municipal tax system

Dick and Jane build a home. Dick dies suddenly. Jane continues working. It does seem unfair to Jane, however, that since her income has been cut in half (also lost her healthcare) her property taxes remain the same. Jane resigns from her job due to health problems. She is no longer able to work full […]

Comments - 5:16 pm

Your view: Speak out against work-zone speed cameras

State HB 1748 calls for speed cameras in highway work zones in order to gain a predictable flood of revenue into Harrisburg. The premise of HB 1748 is false: there is no epidemic of speeding and no crisis of highway workers being mowed down by crazed drivers run amok. The fact is that 25 percent […]

Comments - 5:42 pm

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