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May 27. 2013 11:04PM
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Customer likes AVP, but not airline service

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has a beautiful airport with friendly, efficient personnel — so I’m sorry to say I won’t be using it any longer for the frequent travel I do.

In recent years, I have had countless flights between Newark and AVP and between Philadelphia and AVP delayed, delayed, delayed and finally cancelled. The airlines appear to put several daily flights on their schedules to attract passengers; then, they keep passengers waiting and waiting at gates, rounding them up like fish being netted in a pond until there are enough passengers to make a flight profitable.

There are only so many times one can believe that a crew is short one member who is on the way, or that an incoming flight had maintenance problems. It would be nice — and might persuade flyers such as me to return to AVP — if airlines could be persuaded to schedule only flights they intend to actually provide and to stop treating passengers’ time as if it had no value.

I’m sorry to avoid AVP, but I’ll also be avoiding the carriers that provide such shoddy service to AVP passengers.

Patricia Hinchey Dallas

Therapy dogs offer patients great comfort

It was with great pleasure that I read your paper’s recent feature on pet therapy.

As the Volunteer Coordinator of Celtic Healthcare/HCC, I am proud to acknowledge many of the local TDI group who are also hospice volunteers.

I have witnessed the amazing impact that these caring canines have on all types of patients. Not only do our patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s react favorably to these furry volunteers, but it is amazing how the therapy dogs react so gently and empathetically to actively dying patients.

Another important aspect that pet therapy in hospice offers is the unconditional love and support that these canine volunteers give to our patients’ families and our clinical staff.

The comfort that these therapy dogs provide is worth its weight in golden dog bones!

Kelly McAndrew


Climate change concerns may reach meal plans

A review of 12,000 papers on climate change, in the May 15th issue of “Environmental Research Letters” found that 97 percent of scientists attribute climate change to human activities.

Although we’re unlikely to reverse climate change, we can mitigate its effects by reducing our driving, energy use, and meat consumption.

Yes, meat consumption. A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat consumption accounts for 18 percent of man-made greenhouse gases. A 2009 article in the respected World Watch magazine suggested that it may be closer to 50 percent.

Carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas, is generated by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to confine, feed, transport, and slaughter animals. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are discharged from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively.

Each of us has the power to reduce the devastating effects of climate change every time we eat.

Our local supermarket offers a rich variety of soy-based lunch meats, hot dogs, veggie burgers and soy and nut-based dairy products, as well as an ample selection of vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts. Product lists, easy recipes, and transition tips are at

Trenton Lloyd

Wilkes Barre

Nuns on the Bus tour is nothing to be feared

This regards the concerns of the woman from Scranton who worries about the cross country speaking tour by Nuns on the Bus. It appears that a group of nuns are scheduled to speak on issues of immigration at St. John Neuman Church on May 29th. This group of “women religious pretend to speak on social issues” like women’s ordination, gender adjusted language in the liturgy…..the stuff of revolution!

This dear woman is worried that hosting this speaking event by a church “rises to the level of scandal”.

I would like to put her and her like-minded friends at ease. The Roman Catholic church has survived the Crusades, numerous synods, ecumenical councils, two Vatican Councils, the Great Schism, the Reformation, World War I and World War II and an open apology to the Jewish Nation for its silence during the Holocaust.It has endured a few non-Italian Popes, and now a Jesuit, non-European Pope. Which really shocked me.

I think the American Catholic Church and its members can survive an open discussion on issues of immigration without instigating the onset of the Apocalypse.

This country was built on free-speech (as well as the right to bear arms).

Ann Anderika

Wilkes-Barre Twp.

Candidates in Forty Fort appreciate recent support

We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude and appreciation for the encouragement and support we encountered during our recent door to door campaign for mayor and council for the borough of Forty Fort.

It was truly an all-around positive experience for us; we enjoyed meeting many new faces and reacquainting ourselves with old friends. Most importantly, we appreciated the opportunity to listen to folks and get their input on how we can keep Forty Fort a great place to live and raise a family.

We wish to thank all of those who placed a sign in their yard, helped to hand out our flyers, spoke to their neighbors on our behalf and most importantly everyone who exercised their right to vote on Tuesday.We are especially grateful and humbled by the large number of people who took the time to write in our names.

The Forty Fort Forward Team.

Andy Tuzinski for Mayor

Dottie Craig, Jeff McLaughlin and Rob Swaback for Council

Thanks to elected officials who challenged the IRS

Hearing South Carolina’s Congressman Trey Gowdy challenge IRS Chief Lois Lerner, renewed my faith that all is not lost. Thank God that there are courageous officials such as Trey Gowdy, Michele Bachmann, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz who understand the anarchy taking place in the Obama administration. (I wish I could say the same about Sen. Lindsey Graham.) Hopefully the attack of the IRS on groups who love our U.S. Constitution and churches that still believe in moral values will precipitate an investigation as to how the IRS sent out tax returns to about 1,200 applicants using the same address.

Unfortunately, Associated Press dominates our newspapers with White House propaganda reminiscent of the work of the late Joseph Goebbels.

It is ironic that Obama even turned on AP because they dared to release a story one day before the White House could fully capitalize on it.

Joseph DuPont


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