Earlier this month, the Wyoming Valley Striders hosted a pizza party for club members who finished its C25K program. We all ran our first 5K; it was a benefit held in Wilkes-Barre's Miner Park for veterans.
The holiday shopping season will be a pitiful one for The Mall at Steamtown. While the Scranton shopping center wasn't in great shape this time last year, it's in even worse shape this year.
Now that Eric Frein has been caught and the costs of the manhunt tabulated, it's time to reflect on the resources that went into his capture.
Although it would be beneficial to a few children to learn the effects of gunshot wounds (“Show teens grim facts on gunplay,” Nov. 10), more focus should be aimed at actually educating the students on the streets and giving them future...
More woodchucks were harvested last year in Pennsylvania than any other game species.Surprised?I was when I read the Pennsylvania Game Commission's estimated small game and furbearer harvests for 2013-14.
If tradition holds, families much like yours will gather around tables heaped with food on Thursday, give thanks and then argue.
With Thanksgiving only days away, I thought this space would be a good opportunity to publicly express gratitude toward my colleagues. Many are unsung heroes who help make the Times Leader better every day.
I recently heard at my church service that Bloomsburg is considering passing an anti-discrimination law to force all businesses to serve gay and lesbian couples. This issue came up when a bridal shop in Bloomsburg refused to sell to a lesbian...
I read about Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick O'Malley's idea to buy the former Globe Store for use as government office space. What a sensible idea.
It's a shame that Gov. Tom Corbett lost re-election.There are more pro-choice than pro-life. Pennsylvania will never be a red state.Alex S. PartikaWilkes-Barre
I couldn't agree more with the title of Diane Dreier's Nov. 8 commentary: “No denying climate change.” Anyone with a brain and above the age of 2 knows that there is a climate and, yes, it does change hourly, weekly, monthly,...
Luzerne County government unions benefit their members but can harm our local economy when salaries are unreasonable or out of sync with prevailing wages. Monopolies are inefficient, lack innovation and become complacent over time.
Would it be a good idea to …… devote more space in the Times Leader to spotlighting the good things happening locally?
Diamonds to Kistler Elementary School Principal Margo Serafini. She scaled a ladder and spent a day earlier this month atop the Wilkes-Barre school's roof, reading aloud. Her attention-grabbing stunt, in which her renditions of...
In a letter to the editor, Marcella Starr indicated the provenance of the two guns located at the Wyoming Monument was not known.
Two weeks ago, I watched as my father drowned.
On Wednesday, a police officer shot a man during an investigation outside of Family Dollar on Carey Avenue near the border between Hanover Township and Wilkes-Barre. Weeks earlier, a shooter took out windows at businesses and cars within a...
I'm tossing out a friendly suggestion pursuant to the Keystone Sanitary Landfill's “no space left” problem.
WILKES-BARRE — Local Jewish community leaders are welcoming the public to attend a community-wide memorial service to remember those killed and to pray for the recovery of those injured in the terror attack on the synagogue in Har Nof,...
The recent death of Tom Magliozzi, co-host of NPR's popular show “Car Talk,” from complications of Alzheimer's disease is a reminder that dementia is a terminal illness. While Alzheimer's is only one type of dementia, it...
Do you care about the welfare of kids growing up in Greater Wilkes-Barre?Do you know a thing or two about large-scale construction or, perhaps, how to create an environment conducive to learning?
We need to put the recent election in perspective. Many supporters of property tax reform from both parties in the House and Senate won their races, giving us a good starting position for 2015.
Characterizing author Temple Grandin and me as “birds of a feather” might be a bit far-fetched, but there are some similarities and core beliefs that I am proud to claim are in line with those of the autism lecturer who recently appeared...
On an average, cruelty-marred day in Luzerne County, police respond to calls of family violence not two times, or three, or seven, or even 10.
As a veteran of Vietnam, I think about Veterans Day for two reasons. It is a day for the country to pause and think of all those who have served and died in order for this country to remain free. The other reason is that my Dad, a World War II...
Once again, I thank all of the businesses in the Valley who honored all veterans in many different ways on Nov. 11, Veterans Day. I am aware of several that showed honor, respect and courtesy to the veterans who went to these businesses.
As with so much else surrounding prison inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Revictimization Relief Act has been distorted to suit the needs of this egocentric killer and his deluded followers.
Cash-strapped Luzerne County shouldn't toss in the towel, declaring government bankruptcy a la Detroit.
Thank you, residents of Pittston, Pittston Township, Yatesville, Jenkins Township, Duryea, Dupont, Avoca, Hughestown, West Pittston, Harding, Exeter, Exeter Township, Falls, Wyoming and West Wyoming.
The potential is there, and in the case of bear, turkeys and pheasants, it's being realized.
On Nov. 6, I attended the Wilkes-Barre City Council meeting and witnessed the passing of a $44.6 million budget for 2015, an increase of $1.6 million over last year's budget – and it was done without raising property or income...
The alleged investigation by District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis of the missing gasoline in Wilkes-Barre seems to be taking a long time even by Luzerne County standards.
Today's seniors are very lucky.
Education Support Professionals work in every public school throughout Pennsylvania. On Wednesday, we celebrate “National ESP Day,” which is a day to salute the contributions that education support professionals make to public education...
Every year at this time, the Spartan Golf coaching staff reflects on the season: the highs, the lows, what accolades need to be handed out and where we can best improve.
What is it going to take to return us to sanity?
Diamonds to Rear Adm. Scott Giberson. The Wyoming Area High School alumnus, now 45, serves as acting deputy surgeon general of the United States. Moreover, he is engaged in the struggle this year to keep the Ebola virus contained in...
Would it be a good idea to …… encourage Northeastern Pennsylvania lawmakers in both houses of state government to band together as a voting bloc?
Pennsylvania's rising workers' compensation costs impact employers across the state, which can threaten new investment and job growth in our communities. Fortunately, thanks to the efforts of state Sen. Lisa Baker, a common-sense...
Once again, the holiday season is upon us. In addition to shopping for the right gift, enjoying the company of friends and family, watching football and putting on a few extra pounds, it is truly a time of year to be genuinely thankful for what we...
For nearly two decades, Ron Felton raised his voice at injustice even when it often meant he would bear the brunt of the backlash.
For years, Lawrence Street in Nanticoke had to be the worst street in the Wyoming Valley.
OK. The elections are now over. The Republicans have won an overwhelming majority. The people have spoken, but will the president listen?
A few years ago I watched in horror as a television commercial showed a dull young woman dancing around the screen to a giddy pop music beat.“You can go to college in your pajamas!” the announcer squawked.
Arts Seen Gallery brought a brightness to an otherwise empty storefront on Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, five years ago, adding to the aura of a gritty downtown on the rebound.
Thanksgiving is almost here. Most of us are thinking about where we will eat this traditional meal and who is cooking. It's a time for families to get together and discuss old memories while making new memories.
In the Oct. 19 online article “Lawmakers get low grades by environmental groups,” I was surprised state Sen. John Yudichak touted the stream buffer bill he supported as rationale for how his poor score of 38 percent is flawed.
I recently wrote to the America Outdoors Association, asking if it can explain to me the adverse impact of the proposed, small hydropower plant on the Lehigh River at Francis Walter Dam?
Through a long primary season and a general election, Tom Wolf, now Pennsylvania's governor-elect, touted his vast experiences again and again. His political ads, commercials and stump speeches repeatedly boasted a résumé full of the...
Take a bow, Big Bird.