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Select candidates


with real vision


Where there is no vision, the people will perish. What will the vision be for the people of Luzerne County on Tuesday, Election Day? Will we perish, or have a new vision?


George J. Kochis


Kingston


Vote for progress


in Luzerne County


Two years ago, when Luzerne County voters decided to govern ourselves differently through home rule, many predicted that change would not come quickly.


Taking one step at a time, I believe we are now on a path toward more accountable, effective and ethical county government. It’s important to vote in the election on Tuesday. It does matter.


Help Luzerne County Council keep moving forward to a more promising future. Vote.


Rick Williams


Independent candidate


for Luzerne County Council


Kingston


Medico Olenginski


backed for post


The Luzerne County Controller’s office is up for election Tuesday. This is an extremely important position since this is one of the few remaining countywide elected offices.


Under the county’s home rule system of government, the role of controller is an independent watchdog and voice of the people. Luzerne County is governed by the county manager who is appointed by the elected council. It is very important that there be a strong, elected, independent controller under this form of non-elective government. The row offices are all appointed by this county manager.


Some history is necessary. I had the honor of serving as solicitor for the former controller, Steve Flood. Mr. Flood served until he lost the election in 2005. Mr. Flood was one of the few voices standing up against the judicial corruption in Luzerne County. In 2004 and 2005, Mr. Flood very courageously spoke up and had public hearings on the corruption. He and I presented evidence as to the problems with the juvenile system. Unfortunately, no one listened to Steve Flood and he lost the election. But, Mr. Flood laid the groundwork for the later FBI investigation, which ultimately resulted in criminal convictions and major changes in Luzerne County.


Having seen firsthand the pressures that were put on Mr. Flood as the controller, I am well aware of the need for a strong, independent person who will report directly to the people.


One of the office holders in Luzerne County who I also have respected is Carolee Medico Olenginski. As the prothonotary in the early 2000s, and again most recently, she was one of the few people who would stand up and speak out about government corruption, questionable financial activities, etc. I served as her solicitor on two occasions and gained a great deal of respect in watching her integrity.


Carolee Medico Olenginski has served Luzerne County well as a prothonotary. I am well aware of her credentials, having worked with her in many areas of reform in the prothonotary’s office. She was an outspoken voice for good government and also a great innovator. It is she who brought electronic filing and electronic records to the Luzerne County Prothonotary’s Office, which will ultimately save quite a bit of money for Luzerne County.


Carolee Medico Olenginski is well qualified and well educated. She has the personal courage and sense of outrage to ensure that there is good government. She would not owe her position to anyone other than the voters who will elect her.


Luzerne County is in dire need of an independent, honest spokesperson who will bring integrity to county government. The citizens of Luzerne County are very lucky to have a choice in the general election for controller. I would urge each citizen to seriously consider the candidacy of Carolee Medico Olenginski.


Samuel C. Stratton


West Chester


Piazza seen as


Kingston savior


This letter is directed at the taxpayers of Kingston, a town that has deteriorated from a high-class community of the past to a new extension of Wilkes-Barre and Edwardsville.


Numerous empty storefronts, poor attendance at the municipal council meetings, an unfair high mercantile tax driving, no crime watch effort, a multi-term mayor who is out of touch and scandals in the police department, which is headed by Mayor Haggerty. Yet, over and over, the voters keep electing the same wrong people.


There is one honest and caring individual running for office: Curt Piazza, the Democratic candidate for mayor. Stop voting the party line and look closer at the individual. The reputation of your town has a lot to do with your property value. Wise up, wake up and get your act together on Election Day. Fire Jim Haggerty as mayor. This might be your last chance to bring Kingston back to her old glory.


The bottom line is that you have the power to change this unfortunate situation. I call upon the former supporters of John Cordora, Barry Adams, Jim Burns, Steve Radzinski and Drew Klinges to unite in electing Curt Piazza mayor on Nov. 5.


John Cordora


Luzerne


Sandy taught


costly lessons


Tuesday marked one year since Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Mid-Atlantic, claiming more than 100 lives, destroying homes and knocking out power for millions. The recovery continues: Communities in New York and New Jersey are still struggling to rebuild.


What will we learn from this? We know extreme weather events such as Sandy are likely to become more severe and more frequent unless we tackle global warming now.


We have solutions, from wind and solar power to home weatherization projects. Most immediately, President Obama is moving forward with new rules to limit the carbon emissions from power plants. I urge Pennsylvania’s elected leaders, including U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, to support strong limits on carbon so we can protect our children’s future from the worst impacts of global warming.


We can’t just commemorate Sandy; we need to act.


Elowyn Corby


Global warming


and clean energy associate


PennEnvironment


Philadelphia


Writer: Carolee


gets high marks


I have watched the political career of Carolee Medico Olenginski and her accomplishments via newspaper articles.


She was successful in streamlining and updating the prothonotary office’s procedures, always looking for better ways to accommodate the needs of the people, the taxpayer (you and me).


Carolee computerized the office, thus lowering operating costs and ultimately saving thousands of dollars. A dedicated servant to the people, she leaves no stone unturned serving the taxpayer (you and me).


Is Carolee qualified to be country controller? You bet! A-plus on all counts.


A vote for Carolee to be Luzerne County controller would be an A-plus for taxpayers (you and me).


Joseph Antellocy


Wilkes-Barre Township


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