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for Mattey


The family of Walter Mattey Sr. would like to acknowledge and thank everyone who took part in the care of and services for our father.

A special thanks to The Associated Family Care, Wilkes-Barre Veterans Association, Ss. Peter and Paul Church and Plains American Legion, Joseph E. Colon Post 558.

Throughout his life our father brought happiness and love to everyone he encountered. We are grateful to you all for being a special part of his life.

Rose Mary Hrycyk

On behalf of Walter Jr., Kathy and JoAnn


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Two very informative pieces appeared on the March 17 Opinion page.

The first, by column writer Susan Schwartz, asks, “Lawmakers keeping you in the dark?”

The answer is, “Oh, yes!”

Especially telling is the secrecy surrounding Penn State University’s disbursal of the gift of state taxpayers’ money amounting to approximately $167 million. I believe it’s still impossible to obtain a Penn State professor’s salary if you wanted to.

If any school needed an open-air policy, it’s Penn State University.

The second, an editorial titled “Remove pavers posing hazard,” was certainly on the money.

However, buckled pavers are only a small part of the general, “it’s-good-enough” attitude of some of our citizens.

Driving through or shopping in Wilkes Barre reveals drainage grates clogged with leaves and papers. Flower containers are dearly holding onto their scorched, dry, dead flowers – and that’s in the middle of summer. Street curbs are littered with cans, cigarette butts and non-skid material from two winters ago.

Rather than this being a Wilkes-Barre or Scranton problem, it’s a Northeastern Pennsylvania problem.

Thanks for bringing it up again.

What to do? Take a lesson from the birds; they refuse to dirty their nests.

Phyllis Podolak

Wright Township

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