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Broken families


are true problem


Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called the jury verdict that acquitted George Zimmerman of killing Trayvon Martin “questionable.” I do not recall Powell questioning a predominately black jury of letting O.J. Simpson walk free despite overwhelming evidence of his guilt.


Powell was once considered a possible Republican presidential candidate, and yet he endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. Did the fact that Obama is black have anything to do with it? I certainly think so.


Recently, I read in the Philadelphia Inquirer that the mayor and police chief in that city, both of whom are black, said that if a white man murdered a black man, both Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would be expressing outrage, and yet they are silent about the hundreds of blacks killing blacks.


Those two should concern themselves about the dissolution of the black family, in which 73 percent of black children reportedly are born out of wedlock.


With no father figure to guide them, they are easily led to gangs and illegal drug activity, 0ften resulting in violence. Look at all the shootings in our backyard.


While I am doubtful it will happen, it would be enlightening if Jackson and Sharpton would quit blaming racism and put the onus on the black community — where it belongs.


Ralph Rostock


Carverton


Council member:


Thanks for input


I thank everyone who attended my recent Town Hall Meeting on Aug. 27. Your input and suggestions are greatly appreciated, and I will do my best to address your issues.


In response to your overwhelming support in continuing these meetings, I am pleased to announce that I will be holding a follow-up, second Town Hall Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24, once again at the Firwood United Methodist Church.


The feedback and the information you provide in these meetings are very important. Together we can make a difference.


Please do not hesitate to call me regarding the meetings or any other issue in which I might be of assistance to you as your city councilman.


Once again, I would like to provide everyone an opportunity to discuss with me the concerns and issues that are important to you.


In closing, I thank the Firwood United Methodist Church for allowing me to use its facility for these meetings.


George Brown


Councilman


District A


Wilkes-Barre


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