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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 […]

Comments - 4:08 pm

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 […]

Comments - 6:20 pm

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 […]

Comments - 6:06 pm

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 […]

Comments - 5:32 pm

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 […]

Comments - 6:31 pm

Your view: Tell your legislator to say no to Republican tax plan

Republicans in Congress are using the “grow the economy” excuse for lowering the tax rate for the wealthy when actually they just want to help those who give generously to their campaign funds. The International Monetary Fund has stated that lowering taxes for the very wealthy actually causes a decline in the Gross Domestic Product […]

Comments - 6:16 pm

Their view: Both campaigns sought dirt. Clinton’s way was legal.

There is a temptation for President Donald Trump’s supporters to approach Monday’s disclosures from Robert Mueller, the special counsel looking into Russian involvement in the 2016 election, with the shrug of whataboutery. Sure, Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been charged with money-laundering and other dirty dealings. But most of the details have been […]

Comments - 6:08 pm

Our view: It’s time to do something about the opioid crisis

In light of Luzerne County’s many budget issues, it’s easy to let it slip through the cracks — or in this case, through the prison bars. But the request for a $467,000 increase in the county’s correctional services budget is hardly chump change, and division head Mark Rockovich’s primary justification can feel particularly unsettling. Rockovich […]

Comments - 5:40 pm

Our view: Be sure to have a frightfully fun Halloween

There is a soulless mind out there dedicating every moment of every day to scaring you. It does not sleep, it does not need food, and it lurks just out of your sight at home and at work, eagerly following you almost everywhere you go. It is Shelley, and yes, it was deliberately named after […]

Comments - 6:55 pm

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