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Our view: Area economy turning toward the future

Not to overshadow the fact that today is Earth Day, a good time to reflect on all things ecological and sustainable, but there was big news in retail locally this week, as two more iconic chains contract, their stores disappearing from Wyoming Valley. Toys R Us, the chain that practically invented specialized big box retailing, […]

Comments - 3:04 pm

Their view: It’s up to Republicans to make marijuana legal

If only Nixon could go to China, as the saying goes, then maybe only Republicans can legalize weed. Marijuana has now been legalized for medical use in many states — only Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota still prohibit use in any form. Nine states allow recreational marijuana use, and 13 others have decriminalized recreational […]

Comments - 2:50 pm

Help us deliver another 100 years of service

2018 has been an exceptional year so far — a year of reflection and celebration for Northeast Sight Services’ 100 years of service – and it’s not even at the halfway point. Not many organizations can say they’ve been around for a century. We’re one of the lucky ones. Imagine … in the year 1918, […]

Comments - 2:37 pm

Your view: Teaching in the digital age

Teachers throughout Luzerne County are working harder than ever to educate their students. Why? Because many students are not being nurtured by the traditional American values of hard work, self-respect, integrity, manners and individual accountability. Technology has created a generation of students with the inability to focus and concentrate. Current research is painting a very […]

Comments - 2:25 pm

Your view: Thanks for making Easter egg hunt a success

I would like to thank our amazing team of partner organizations who helped to make the Special Needs and Open Easter Egg Hunts such a success on March 24. Thanks to the efforts of these wonderful people we put smiles on several hundred faces. A special thank you goes out to the South Wilkes-Barre Skyhawks […]

Comments - 6:16 pm

Their view: Officials Must take a better look at Laurie Merritt’s death

After four years of living with mysterious circumstances surrounding Laurie Merritt’s death, family members now demand answers. They don’t mind if police and prosecutors get upset with their insistence. People who loved the 51-year-old Wilkes-Barre mail carrier will tell you law enforcement owes them and not the other way around. Four years is simply too […]

Comments - 5:37 pm - updated: 10:52 am.

Our view: Diamonds for county’s online mapping system

Diamonds to the Luzerne County Geographic Information Systems (GIS)/Mapping department for putting basic GIS data in a searchable, interactive map format for the entire county. For most people, GIS data is a case of getting too deep in the weeds, but such information, including basic property lines on an overhead-style map, is a fundamental part […]

Comments - 5:24 pm - updated: 9:02 pm.

Their view: A pilot, a judge and a first lady

With much justification, Americans bemoan the state of our political discourse and the poor character of many our politicians. With the election of President Donald Trump came the depressing realization that decency, kindness and humility weren’t needed to reach the highest political office; these qualities might even be a hindrance. But we should not leap […]

Comments - 6:48 pm

Your view: Crestwood board looking in wrong place for cuts

On March 15, 2018, in a presentation by Superintendent Joseph Gorham, the Crestwood School Board revealed a plan to address a “financial crisis,” outlining district-wide changes, beginning with the realignment of the elementary buildings. This adjustment would increase transportation time for many of the district’s youngest students as well as decrease their instructional time. Citing […]

Comments - 6:35 pm

Their view: Book puts Comey down in the dirt with Trump

WASHINGTON — I bought fired FBI director James Comey’s book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,” so you don’t have to buy it. I read it so you don’t have to read it. It’s not a bad read, especially if you like to know details of what goes on behind the headlines and are […]

Comments - 6:29 pm

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