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L-L taxpayer is tired of tax increases in district

I find it absolutely appalling that the Lake-Lehman School Board has once again applied and received approval to go over the tax cap.

It has raised school taxes for the past three years that I have resided in Harveys Lake. The board is not replacing retired teachers and the only maintenance I can see being done is for sports programs.

There have been potholes which are now craters at the Lake Noxen Elementary school. I contacted the director of maintenance and was advised that they would get to it when they get to it.

These potholes have been there since the beginning of the school year! How long do they think the residents of the Lehman School District will stand by and let them keep raising our taxes?

Let me tell you, this is the last time. I urge everyone in the school district to attend as many school board meetings as possible. It is time to let the board know enough is enough.

But only you, the taxpayer, has that right and that voice.

Time to be heard!

Holly Eichenlaub

Harveys Lake

A purse is restored as is the faith of this customer

I just wanted to thank the wonderful mystery person and staff at Wegman’s for returning my missing purse the evening of March 27.

Not only did you make my day because it was found, but you did my heart good to know there are still nice people in our midst.

May all good things come to you and yours. Thank you! Thank you!

Janet K. Borowski Hughestown

Walk to draw attention to those with mental illness

It is no one’s fault when a person is born with a genetic and/or biological predisposition toward having a mental illness. Millions of people suffer from mental illness disabilities. According to SAMHSA (The Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration) nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population suffers from mental illness. However, only a very small group of individuals shows any violent behavior. Most people with mental illness are not violent and most people who are violent are not mentally ill.

Each year, mental health advocate organizations recognize May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Health is essential to our overall health and well-being. We all know how events and life changes can affect us. It could affect a veteran struggling with the invisible wounds of war or someone coping with the stress of caregiving. The trigger could include a divorce or losing a loved one. Sometimes people are dealing with depression associated with a chronic disease, such as diabetes, cancer or hypertension. There are many ways people’s mental health can be affected.

Please join us in bringing awareness and understanding of mental illness by participating in the NAMI-PA Recovery Walk, sponsored by the Mental Health Community at noon on May 19 at Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre.

For more information on more events, call 570-371-3844, or visit the website, http://namipawilkes-barre.tripod.com.

Paul Radzavicz, President

National Alliance of Mental Illness

(NAM)-PA Wilkes-Barre Chapter

Reader shares support for Recovery Inc. group

Those people suffering from panic attacks, anxiety, depression, sleepless nights, fear of leaving their homes, etc. should know there is help.

I had these symptoms for more than five years and got well when I found a self-help group called Recover Inc.

The programs was founded by Dr. Abraham A. Low, a psychiatrist. The program is run by lay people (18 years of age and older.)

You can get more information at www.Recovery-Inc.com or by calling Peg at 288-0266.

Meetings are held at 7 p.m. Mondays at Holy Trinity Church, Wyoming Avenue, Kingston and 7 p.m. Thursdays at Dorranceton United Methodist Church, Wyoming Avenue, Kingston.

Mike Turoski

Hanover Township

Former colleague backs Holodick for school board

Please consider this as a letter of reference for Richard A. Holodick, Ph.D. an applicant for the Wilkes Barre Area Schools Board seat which was vacated by Robert Corcoran. Dr. Holodick and I have been associated professionally and personally for more than 20 years, I as the owner of The Paullin Group Inc., an educational facility consulting firm, and Richard as the chief administrator of a number of those projects, in four different states, upon which we worked together. I submit this letter of recommendation based on his integrity, broad-based knowledge, educational background, his ability to work with and motivate people and his passion for high-quality education.

Because of the role and responsibilities of a member of the Wilkes-Barre Area Board of Education and the present challenges it is facing, Dr. Holodick is in a unique position to make a significant contribution.

I first worked with Richard when he was the superintendent of Oklahoma City Metro Area Vocational Technical District 22. The next time I worked with him, he was administering the upgrading of the delivery system for the Chicago City Colleges.

This involved a needs assessment based on manpower demand statistics and determining the areas of need. I also worked with him to conduct a needs assessment for the Green County Area Vocational Technical Center and the Harrisburg Vocational Center. In addition we teamed up to assist Pittsburg Public Schools in determining some of its facility needs.

Last, but not least, because of his talent and expertise, The Paullin Group Inc. hired Dr. Holidick to assist with developing plans to upgrade all 30 of Racine Wisconsin Public Schools K-12 facilities.

I apologize for the length of this letter, but it is difficult, if not impossible, to adequately communicate the talent and resource this gentleman offers. Wilkes- Barre would be very well-served by hiring Dr. Holodick to fill this board vacancy.

Robert J. Paullin, Ph.D.

President, The Paullin Group Inc. Grand Rapids, Mich.

Re-elections of mayor show townships support

This is in response to Joe Naperkowski’s letter “Wilkes-Barre Mayor Kuren, quit being a baby” dated April 12, 2013.

Joe Naperkowski starts his letter with a rant regarding “freedom of speech”, but later suggests the mayor may find himself in court for utilizing that same freedom.  Hypocrisy is not the best way to honor someone’s freedom of speech just because Joe Naperkowski didn’t like what he read.

Mr. Naperkowski has in the past and continues to mention his military service to the public through his letters to the editor, but will not make his military discharge papers available to the public, what does he have to hide?

Joe Naperkowski has moved from Wilkes-Barre City to Wilkes-Barre Township recently, but his tax dollars will continue to contribute to the growth of the township and I am sure Mayor Kuren thanks Mr. Naperkowski.

Now that Joe Naperkowski is a resident of the township, he can attend all the great functions Mayor Kuren provides such as July 4 fireworks, kids’ hay rides, the Christmas tree-lighting, the fishing derby, Memorial Day parade and events honoring veterans. I look forward to seeing Mr. Naperkowski at these events if he decides to show.

The people in Wilkes-Barre Township have spoken and re-elected Mayor Kuren in the last mayoral election … four terms now, more than any other mayor in township history. Naperkowski and all other critics are in the minority.

Alex Milanes

Wilkes-Barre Township

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