Our view: City is wise to spend on police review

This space has been used on several occasions to call on the Wilkes-Barre City administration, police chief and rank-and-file officers to hash out their differences and end the acrimony that has perforated the city’s thin blue line under Mayor Tony George’s tenure. In that light, declaring the authorization of an outside review of the situation […]

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Your view: An open letter to the NFL players

Your teenage years were a struggle. The only thing that made you stand out is you weighed 225 pounds and could run 40 yards in 4.2 seconds while carrying a football. Your best friend was just like you, except he didn’t play football. You were recruited by all the big colleges. Your best friend worked […]

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Their view: NCAA money machine keeps humming along

WASHINGTON — With America’s elite college football teams closing in on the playoffs to determine a national champion and a new race to basketball’s March Madness about to begin, the burning question might be (actually is) who is in charge of the keeping the huge fortune the two events produce out of the hands of […]

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Their view: Child abuse, neglect add up to trouble

It was bound to happen … and it did. After 33 years, the Texas Instruments Business Analyst II calculator that I bought as a senior in college in 1984 no longer works. Several of the digits do not illuminate on the display and, last month, it was time to say goodbye to an old friend. […]

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Their view: Let’s require our presidents to be literate

Do you agree that those in positions of authority, shaping our nation’s history, destiny and character, should be able to prove they can read and write above a sixth-grade level? Should elected officials be able to form and understand complex sentences? In a perfect world, should they be able to pass the test given to […]

Comments - 8:03 pm - updated: 8:19 pm.

Their view: Tread lightly on opioid lawsuit

It is easy, and to some extent certainly fair, to laud Luzerne County’s lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and wholesalers. The suit’s fundamental contention is readily embraced: Big pharma helped cause the crisis by pushing modern prescription pain killers as safe from addiction woes. As Jennifer Learn Andes reported in Thursday’s paper, the suit contends the […]

Comments - 7:59 pm

Our View: Who are the real election winners?

Tuesday’s election is over — apparently a lot of Democrats won and some Republicans as well. But you might find yourself asking: “Did the people win?” And more importantly: “Do the people ever win in these elections?” Now let me qualify all this by saying there are good elected officials out there who are trying […]

Comments - 6:29 pm

Voter apathya death knellof democracy

If you fear tyranny creeping into America, it already has, and Luzerne County exposed the rule of the few in stark terms Tuesday. It is not despots and demagogues who shackle us. It isn’t autocrats or monarchs who repress our will and impose theirs. No dictator has seized power forcibly. The takeover has been far […]

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Their view: Trump’s dubious claim on gun control

President Donald Trump has quickly shut the door on increased gun control in response to the mass shooting at a Texas church on Sunday. And on Tuesday he made a highly specific — and highly dubious — claim that will turn heads. During a news conference in Seoul, Trump was asked whether he might want […]

Comments - 7:13 pm - updated: 7:15 pm.

Their view: American: We have to stop here and turn it around

When do we stop? I mean, when do we, the people of the United States of America, stop what we’re doing in our daily lives to recognize that the country is going fully in the wrong direction with guns and violence, and with almost no political leadership willing to counter it? When do we stop […]

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