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The violent crime in Wilkes Barre has reached an epidemic level, to the point where the news of another homicide in our city is no longer shocking.

The loss of lives is appalling; but after 13 homicides, I’m no longer surprised to hear the news. I have become desensitized to it.

Yet, Mayor Tom Leighton gets on the news and says the city is better off than it was 10 years ago, except for the violent crime. That’s a bit like saying, “I have cancer, but I’m in perfect health.”

Unbelievable! This city is not better off than it was 10 years ago. It has become a haven for criminals, and we are no longer safe. Mayor Leighton, the bottom line is you have failed us and it is time for you to resign.

Thomas P. Shipkowski

Wilkes Barre

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US ‘drama’

Now that the government shutdown has ended until February when the drama begins again, all that happened was that the can was kicked down the road. Nothing was done to get the national debt reduced and under control for this country’s economic future.

It’s insane what our elected representatives in Washington are doing to all the voters in this country, and the possible consequences for all of us.

The Republicans should ease up on the rhetoric about “Obamacare” and just let whatever happens to it happen. If it ends up being a train wreck, the Republicans can say, “We warned you.” Whether that happens remains to be seen.

The Democrats should ease up on their borrowing and spending habits that buy them votes from people who really don’t need help to make ends meet, like some recipients of the food assistance and other programs that will cause the national debt to eventually bankrupt this country if something isn’t done about it.

Both parties have the opportunity between now and February to do something meaningful for everybody in this country. Let’s hope they do.

Otherwise, we should vote them out when their terms expire.

John Hollenback

Greenfield Township

Lackawanna County

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