Their view: Losers in GOP’s tax plan can afford the loss

It says something about the politics of tax reform that some of the best parts of the new Republican bill are its most politically vulnerable. Tax cuts are easier to enact because they produce only winners — at least if you put any resulting deficits out of mind, as a lot of people do. Reform […]

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Their view: Why we cling to clothes we never wear

We buy shoes we don’t wear, wear shoes we don’t like and have — buried at the bottom of a drawer — a cute bra that no longer fits. This is true even if we are men. Well, some men. If we are other men, what we have at the bottom of the drawer, usually […]

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Their view: Mussari taught us about the good in America

“Few will have the greatness to change history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events by standing up for an ideal, and sending out a tiny ripple of hope,” said Robert F. Kennedy, a U.S. senator who became an icon of modern American liberalism. Anthony Mussari, of Dallas, who […]

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Our view: A sincere thanks to Buffett and Guard Insurance

An open invitation to Warren Buffett Mr. Buffet, You’re a busy man with a massive business empire to run, so the big news here may not even have blipped on your radar, but many, many thanks all the same. Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance has not only decided to stay here in downtown Wilkes-Barre, it has […]

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Their view: Selective outrage about Kevin Spacey

I first saw Kevin Spacey in an old crime series called “Wiseguy.” It was about three decades ago, and he played a character who had biblical knowledge of his sister, who obligingly shot him full of heroin through his big toe. I was enchanted. I followed his burgeoning career, through two Oscars and an Emmy-winning […]

Comments - 4:37 pm

Our View: Festival is a win-win for everyone

Diamonds to Wilkes-Barre Area School District for the seventh successful Harvest Festival held Friday at Heights Murray Elementary School. The festival is family help disguised with food and fun, and was a smart idea from the start. The district offers free turkey dinners, snacks, games, music and chances to win gift baskets, all while helping […]

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Your view: Where is Senator Toomey?

A group of concerned citizens have tried on a regular basis to meet with U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, in Wilkes-Barre — usually in small groups, sometimes individually. We have also requested town-hall style meetings, but he is not available. Several times on Tuesdays, with the group “Tuesdays with Toomey,” we have met with office […]

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Their view: A solid choice for Fed chair

President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated Jerome Powell to chair the Federal Reserve. Second only to the Supreme Court, selecting who will lead the Fed may be the most important appointment a president makes. Though we would have preferred to see current Fed Chair Janet Yellen retained for a second term, Powell is a good […]

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Their views: Don’t use New York deaths to make a political statement

On Tuesday afternoon, a green card holder from Uzbekistan mowed down some innocent tourists in New York, causing the greatest loss of life to terrorism there since September 11, 2001. Of the eight people who died, six were foreigners themselves, here on visitor visas. The other two were U.S. citizens. I have to talk about […]

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Their view: Congress wades into the social media swamp

Congress is grilling Facebook, Twitter and Google this week for allowing Russian agents to hijack their social networks. The grilling is long overdue. When Mark Zuckerberg took his company public in 2012, he said his mission was “to bring people closer together” and “create a more open culture,” not merely to make money. Facebook made […]

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