backs 5 at GNA
Good news for the taxpayers of the Greater Nanticoke Area School District. Our school board has reached contract agreements with our teachers and support staff unions, without raising taxes.
The school directors and Superintendent Tony Perrone have been diligent over the years to closely control spending and create a fund balance that will cover the increased costs of the contract settlements. In addition, the board negotiated a new five-year transportation agreement with White Transit Co. to transport our students. This busing agreement will save the district $100,000 over the five years.
School directors Bob Raineri and Gary Smith were members of the committee that negotiated the contracts that were fair to teachers, support staff and taxpayers.
The GNA Taxpayers Forum is endorsing school board candidates Bob Raineri, Gary Smith, Frank Shepanski Jr., Megan Tennesen and Wendy Kotsko Wiaterowski for election on Nov. 5. We feel that these candidates will best represent the interests of the taxpayers and students of the Greater Nanticoke Area.
GNA Taxpayers Forum
from W-B Twp.
Elections are coming. I urge all Wilkes-Barre township employees, their relatives, all who can vote: Get rid of the administration and Mayor Carl Kuren now and later.
The township has to have dialogue and friendships with Laurel Run, Hanover Township, Ashley, Plains Township and Wilkes-Barre.
With a new mayor and council, bringing new ideas and creativity, the future is bright for Wilkes-Barre Township.
The following are examples of how “transparent” three of the four incumbents running for Luzerne County Council really are.
One incumbent said at a meeting of elected officials and some of the public, “We are not going to let the charter get in our way!” He has proved it by serving on a board that allows pay increases to employees of the county without council approval, as required by the charter. He proclaims business knowledge yet has not made one suggestion as to how we are to solve the $430 million crisis we are in.
A second incumbent read the Bible at a public meeting, yet he fabricates numbers to be saved by eliminating the tax collectors, at a political rally, without substantial information. The only purpose was to secure votes for re-election. Further, he committed to vote for a person applying to a county authority solely to gain votes for his re-election from a segment of his party.
The third incumbent solicited an applicant for a county appointed board (whom he nominated and voted for) and also solicited the same person to apply for the deputy director’s position in the election bureau. All this was done to curry minority votes.
These are issues that the public does not know of, but are examples of the lack of transparency by these incumbents seeking re-election in November.
These same candidates voted for the 2 percent tax increase in 2012, voted for pay raises and now we are further in the hole with our budget. They all have indicated they support the 8 percent tax increase proposed by the manager. None have ever offered a way to solve our budgetary problems nor objected to the reckless spending by the manager.
These three also voted down a division head in order to hire another, less-qualified person, at a higher salary. Make them accountable to you now; do not re-elect them.
I ask you to research, vote and be very selective in your choices. And when you choose, select Mike Giamber, Eileen Sorokas, Renee Taffera and Rich “Kick” Heffron for Luzerne County Council.
Edward A. Brominski
Luzerne County councilman
EMT seeks votes
for county council
I, Paul J. Dezinski, 32, of Wyoming borough and a registered Democrat, humbly ask for the support of all voters on Nov. 5 to come out and write in Paul J. Dezinski for Luzerne County Council.
I serve the community by working full time for Wyoming Hose Co. No. 1 as an emergency medical technician on our town’s paramedic unit. When not working, I volunteer my time as a firefighter for the borough, where I serve with the title of captain. I have 14 years of experience in emergency medical services and serve on the board of directors for Wyoming Hose Co. No. 1 and as a Wyoming Recreation Board member.
My concerns are that the county has been stricken by some dark times not only financially, but most recently with the violent crimes throughout the county and, more so, the homicides within the city of Wilkes-Barre. My priority is to make our county safe again and move us forward.
I want to bring in more businesses and create tax revenue for the county and local communities, follow the home rule charter, have an open door policy with complaints and concerns and serve full time for the residents. Also, I would oppose the 8 percent tax increase and support alternative routes before passing the burden onto our residents, the working class and senior citizens who are experiencing hardship.
I once again ask you for your support.
Paul J. Dezinski
for Luzerne County Council
grateful for help
We have concluded our annual Pro-Life Flea Market to support the crisis pregnancy center on Hanover Street in Wilkes-Barre.
We thank everyone who helped to make it the success it was. We thank people who donated the items, those who prepared and sorted them, those who transported them from the center to the Presbyterian Church hall, those who helped in displaying the items and those who worked the day of the sale.
Our center offers free help to mothers of poverty level. We are open five days a week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are now in our 26th year of operation. We operate totally with volunteers.
This sale gives us some of the funding we need to keep our center open. May God bless everyone who supported this most worthy project.
Wyoming Valley Chapter
Pennsylvanians for Human Life