I just finished reading the drivel written by yet another person lamenting the phony “war on Christmas” and felt compelled to respond.
Reporter Ron Bartizek's article Monday about the Wilkes-Barre City Fire Department's improved ISO rating does a good job of explaining the hard-earned honor recently bestowed, and I'm writing to congratulate Mayor Tom Leighton, Chief...
Consumers are finally catching a break now that fuel prices have dropped to their lowest numbers in years. And, with the holidays just around the corner, the timing couldn't be better.
Well, our outgoing governor will be leaving us with a $2 billion deficit on top of a decimated educational system. We've gone from the top 10 of job-creating states to dead last.
Once more we were reminded of the abundance of musical talent possessed by students within our area schools. Once more we celebrated the arts as more than 200 students sang and played the songs of the holiday season at the 22nd annual CAN DO Community...
On the front page of the Times Leader, on Dec. 11, there is a picture of a police officer holding a Taser.
As the transition team for Gov.-elect Tom Wolf gets down to business, members of the team dealing with the Pennsylvania State Police should address a critical area of agency operations: social media outreach.
Last Saturday, my son and his family went to Malacari's to get a Christmas tree. Their trip to find a beautiful tree at an affordable price soon turned into the most expensive Christmas tree they will ever buy: $207.
For the past six years, since President Obama has been in office, Congress has done nothing for America. During the president's first three years in office, certain congressional members only cared if he was a legal U.S. citizen while the...
It is unfathomable and an indictment of the misplaced prioritization of partisan politics well above America's safety that U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has waved a red flag before the ISIS bull in her choice to rehash the age-old, so-called CIA...
If you are driving north on Fordham Road in Laflin during a snowstorm, good luck.
As commander of the Veterans of the Vietnam War Post No. 1, the views and opinions following are mine alone and should not be construed otherwise.
I had been a lifelong Democratic voter until I received my 2015 premium notice for my Medicare Advantage PPO plan.
Regarding the editorial titled “Automatic pay raises burden state” (Dec. 1), I strongly agree that our politicians should not get a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in their pay.
I would like to submit my opinion regarding the many articles published about injustices and racism toward the poor black people of this country.
What happened to Christmas?Has anyone seen it?
Words cannot express how grateful we are for the outpouring of support we have received during this most difficult time.
An essential feature of all living things is their ability to monitor their internal and external environments to detect influences that might cause their destruction, destabilization or disorganization. All living things – bacteria, plants,...
The Times Leader frequently includes op-ed pieces contributed by one Rich Lowry, identified only as a “contributing columnist.”
The British speed camera enforcement policy has failed to reduce either road injuries or road fatalities.
The letter to the editor by Charles Davis (“Christians lose rights,” Nov. 23) is a good example of why we absolutely need anti-discrimination laws in Pennsylvania to protect the LGBT community.
When an engineering firm designs a bridge, it is the firm's responsibility to evaluate the environment, to incorporate within the design removal of any impediments, hazards and eyesores.
I am an average working individual who knows the struggle of our Luzerne County residents. They cannot hold the full burden with higher taxes on their backs.
As a result of the failure to charge the police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and the officer in New York, I want to offer our black leaders – and, in fact, all our leaders – this observation.
Not only does the Crestwood football team excel on the field, the players and coaches are also mindful of the necessity to serve and assist others in need.
Pension reform for all Pennsylvania public employees and private-sector workers is needed, but it should not be modeled after the 401(k)-style retirement plan that is great for Warren Buffett and other smart investors, but not good for Pennsylvania...
When I graduated from high school, I wasn't fortunate enough to go to college, so I started working in a shoe factory. There, they treated me with respect, and it was my first step to bettering myself through life.
It was very sad to see the students at Marywood University disrespect the American flag. I can blame it on simply the Generation of the Blind.
After reading the article “Luzerne County budget meeting accomplishes little,” Dec. 3, I was disappointed but not at all surprised by the lack of strong positions or leadership within the county council.
As you are aware, the state Department of Transportation determined that the County of Lackawanna Transit System was overpaid by approximately $4.5 million. In addition, the department tacked on interest of approximately $1.2 million and assessed a...
The recent news on national TV about 20 to 30 former Gitmo terrorist detainees now fighting for ISIS in Syria isn't really surprising to hear, being that this country decided to send those detainees back to their own countries and let them...
Well, it's official. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey claims the Keystone XL Pipeline will create thousands of jobs and make us more energy independent.
Police officers are being vilified and murdered all across America.
Republican strategist Michael Reagan wants the American public to elect a conservative to the White House in 2016, claiming we were dumb to elect President Obama.
After reading that the current mayor of Wilkes-Barre is again desiring yet another term, I'm compelled to write.
As Catholic nuns who advocate for fair and humane immigration reform, we heartily support President Obama's announcement that he will provide relief from deportation for an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants.
On behalf of the Essay Committee, a joint initiative of Family Service Association and Generation 2 Generation, I thank the Times Leader for its commitment to our project and the invaluable assistance in marketing it to the community.
As a former staunch Republican, I read with great interest Fran Spencer's letter to the editor, “Watch Obama make next move,” on Nov. 13. The elections are over, that's true; however, I would disagree that the people have...
The Times Leader's recent coverage of the circumstances around Luzerne County wanting to transfer the Moon Lake property to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources did not include any perspective from the commonwealth, and so...
In the aftermath of the grand jury's decision in Ferguson, Missouri, not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Wilkes-Barre NAACP President Ron Felton had some conflicting comments.
I recently read about the passing of Vince Kabacinski, the former director of VISION. I did not know Vince, but I knew of his work.
Ed Boito has written an immensely heartfelt commentary titled “For mercy's sake, my father's life should have ended sooner – on his terms,” published online on Nov. 20.
Why should taxpaying citizens tolerate landlords who rent their properties to nuisance tenants?People who live here more than 50 years have some priority. The fault is the landlords' improper, or lack of, screening.
I think it's important for everyone to remember how they felt immediately after receiving news of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. Certainly, every member of the Pennsylvania State Police experienced to some degree, and at least for the...
Why is Mary Yuknavich apparently president of the Wilkes-Barre Township Volunteer Fire Department? And, why is John P. Yuknavich seemingly still a member of the fire department after pleading guilty to stealing about $45,000 and lying to the...
Sometimes even newspaper reporting gets it wrong – even political science professors – not to mention the opposition's Monday morning quarterback's remarks. State Rep.-elect Aaron Kaufer did not achieve an historic political...
According to a new report by the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center, the sky really is the limit for solar energy.
There was a small bridge spanning Shickshinny Creek on Bartoli Lane, connecting to West Vine Street. It's roadway was 17.7-feet wide.
Why did some group sponsor a turkey-eating contest, as recently broadcast on the Wilkes-Barre area TV news, in which a man consumed nearly 10 pounds of turkey and won $5,000?
I'd like to weigh in with my opinion on the shooting of a sow bear and her three cubs at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.