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Fat cats


Lady Justice

Who said money can’t buy happiness?

Here is yet another “Kids for Cash” abuse by power, another tragedy in this shameful saga. The wealthiest and best connected walk away from their crimes while their pawns pay the highest price for the crimes of their masters.

Mel Brooks was right: It’s good to be king (or at least rich enough to buy your way out of your crimes)!

Peter Wolman




area history

On the frigid morning of Jan. 22, a group of interested citizens and relatives of victims gathered at Spring and Pine streets in the East End section of Wilkes-Barre to witness the unveiling of a Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission marker. The marker was placed to commemorate the area’s second worst mining disaster, the Baltimore Mine tunnel disaster of 1919. Ninety-two miners lost their lives and 44 others sustained horrific injuries due to an explosion on that June morning 95 years ago.

I lost two uncles, Michael and Victor Harris, in that disaster. They were my mother’s older brothers. The tragic loss forever troubled my mother and grandmother.

As an adult, I struggled for many years to seek recognition for the victims of the disaster and the affected families, but to no avail. Then, in 2012, I presented information on the disaster to Mayor Thomas Leighton, hoping for some success. Mr. Drew McLaughlin, of the mayor’s office, contacted King’s College history professors Dan Clasby and Tom Mackaman. With the support of the college, the professors designed History 471: “The Baltimore Mine Disaster Memorial Project.” The ultimate goal of the class was getting a marker.

Professors Clasby and Mackaman supervised the students through two semesters of research, the application and the presentation of the project in Harrisburg. The students and professors received approval with their first request, a rather unusual occurrence.

Mr. McLaughlin, professor Clasby, professor Mackaman and several students attended the marker unveiling.

I would like to thank and recognize the efforts of everyone who worked so hard to see my dream come true. Because of the collaboration of government, education and citizens, a marker will forever remind us of the sacrifices of the brave miners and their families so long ago.

Catherine (Kate) Lavery



Take action

on ‘eyesore’

All of you dysfunctional politicians in Wilkes-Barre Township are not helping to provide a better quality of life for the residents of Stanton Hill because of that dump. It’s a major eyesore.

Where is solicitor Bruce Phillips?

Why are Mayor Carl Kuren and council still sending money to the township fire department. Contract over to Ashley and Hanover Township until the legal system says otherwise. Decertify the firehouse. Stop the money and wait. To whom is volunteer fire Chief John Yuknavich reporting? Is he providing receipts and sales slips to prove accountability and responsible behavior for the taxpayers and property owners?

Mayor Kuren and this administration are an embarrassment to all Wilkes-Barre Township residents, and it has to stop.

We the people have to bring leadership and quality government back to our community.

Joseph Naperkowski

Wilkes-Barre Township


Pa. rules

on telecom

In today’s telecommunications marketplace, consumers upgrade to the latest and greatest products and services at every opportunity. Unfortunately, the regulatory statute that governs Pennsylvania telecom companies has not evolved with the market and reflects a rotary phone era which is long gone.

A bill, HB 1608, currently before the House Consumer Affairs Committee will modernize old rules to reflect how consumers of all ages communicate today. The bill will ensure Pennsylvania remains open to new investments from communications providers, which will lead to more choice, better services and competitive prices.

We at the 60 Plus Association believe Pennsylvania’s seniors and residents are best served when minimal government intrusion and robust competition combine to create an environment of more choice and better service. HB 1608 would do just that.

Why should seniors care about reforming old telephone rules? Because seniors need access to innovative communications services and they are using these services at an increasing rate.

Don’t be fooled by the special interest groups that would have you believe seniors aren’t adopting the same technologies as their grandchildren – they are. Technology innovations and advancements qualitatively enhance the lives of seniors every day.

It is about time the Legislature considers updating the state’s telecom regulations and our organization strongly encourages the House Consumer Affairs Committee to move this bill forward. Pennsylvania has much to gain by bringing telecommunications regulations into the 21st century.

Jim Martin

Founder and chairman

The 60 Plus Association

Alexandria, Va.

High praise


on church

St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Wilkes-Barre is the best church in the country. It has a lot of righteous parishioners. That is what church is all about.

Alex Partika


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