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Thier View: Time to make way for transgender troops

The United States military is a huge organization with critical responsibilities. When it undertakes big changes, they need to be thoroughly assessed in advance and carefully formulated to minimize unwanted effects. President Donald Trump’s decision to ban transgender individuals, which he announced without waiting for a Pentagon review in an abrupt series of tweets last […]

Comments - 7:47 pm

Your view: We need a government study commission

The Luzerne County Government is broken and in a dangerous state of affairs. We currently have a dictator form of government, in which, the executive branch is not accountable to the very people that pay the bills in Luzerne County, the taxpayers. Luzerne County Home Rule went into effect in January 2012 and the taxpayers […]

Comments - 4:44 pm

Their view: Commit to health insurance for children

Americans agree that all children in our country deserve health care, which is why Republicans and Democrats have worked together for two decades to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIP provides low-cost health care to nearly nine million middle class kids whose parents would otherwise not be able to afford to bring their […]

Comments - 3:08 pm

Their View: Like election-rigging, Olympic-rigging blows up in Russia’s face

Russia’s effort to rig the 2014 Winter Olympics — a scheme for which the International Olympic Committee last week banned it from the 2018 Winter Games — bears a striking resemblance to its effort to rig the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Both were orchestrated by Russian intelligence agencies. Both were aimed at reasserting Russia’s importance […]

Comments - 6:39 pm

Their View: Here’s why California is burning

Large, high-intensity wildfires are an inevitable and natural part of life in California. The destruction of our communities is not. But many of the political leaders we elect and planning agencies we depend upon to create safe communities have failed us. They have allowed developers to build in harm’s way, and left firefighters holding the […]

Comments - 6:32 pm - updated: 6:40 pm.

Your view: Where have we seen this before?

In an account reported in 1933, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was making a radio address to the German nation when he was abruptly cut off. He had mentioned that any leader seeking to be idolized would become a misleader. He had offended Adolph Hitler, so, at the age of 27, Bonhoeffer was now considered an enemy of […]

Comments - 1:54 pm

Their view: What will it take to put sensible limits on guns?

WASHINGTON — If you ever had any doubt about the insensitivity of the U. S. Congress to the tragedy around it, it has been dispelled by the push to expand gun rights in the aftermath of two of the worst mass murders in the nation’s history. One of these slaughters of the innocent of course […]

Comments - 1:17 pm

Their view: A women’s movement — or moment?

“The Silence Breakers” are Time magazine’s Person of the Year. The voices of women are ascendant. Clearly, we’re in the midst of a new and genuine cultural movement. Unless we’re actually not. Sexual harassers are falling from grace in some parts of America, but meanwhile the deep-red state of Alabama is enduring a special election […]

Comments - 5:52 pm

Capitol Roundup: Some tips on how to avoid charity scams during the holidays

WILKES-BARRE — The holidays inspire selflessness and charitable giving in many individuals, but unscrupulous scam artists may view that generosity as an opportunity to line their own pockets. As part of Holiday Scam Protection Week, the Department of Banking and Securities is joining the Department of State to advise consumers to look out for signs […]

Comments - 4:56 pm

Beyond the Byline: A caroling we must go

WILKES-BARRE — So when was the last time you had carolers outside your door? I’ll bet it’s been a while — a long while at that. Caroling seems to have become a lost art. I can remember back in the day when carolers were everywhere — in courthouse rotundas, department store toy departments, bank lobbies, […]

Comments - 4:44 pm

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