Letter to the Editor: Wilkes-Barre benefits from top-notch fire department and emergency responders

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 Jay Delaney, my former colleagues on the department, and the city at large.

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Letter to the Editor: Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s tax on natural gas would spell trouble for state’s economy

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.Nonetheless, I fear the pain-at-the-pump relief we are getting will be short-lived if Gov.-elect Tom Wolf moves forward with his plans to enact a severance tax on the natural gas many use to heat their homes.Make no mistake, Pennsylvanians will bear the brunt of any new energy taxes. ...

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AP sources: Cops’ killer angry at chokehold death

NEW YORK — A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said.The suspect, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, wrote on an Instagram account: “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let’s take 2 of ...

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Letter to the Editor: Tax on natural gas drilling needed to put Pennsylvania on solid footing

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.Let’s hope we remember these facts when it comes time for a vote on a severance tax on natural gas drillers.We’ve already been seeing the expensive TV ads about how much the drillers are paying in taxes. One claimed to have paid more than $400,000 in per-well taxes. $400,000? Wh...

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Letter to the Editor: Catch rebroadcasts of CAN DO’s Community Christmas event on WYLN

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 Christmas.For the second year, the event was held at Christ Lutheran Church in Hazleton, which was a fantastic venue.

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Letter to the Editor: Taser seen as the latest tool of intimidation in America

On the front page of the Times Leader, on Dec. 11, there is a picture of a police officer holding a Taser.Quoting from the relevant part of Ecclesiastes 1:9, it states, there is nothing knew under the sun. Regretfully, in the Southern states, prior to the Civil War, a leather whip was used to keep the slaves in check. At the sight of one, a slave reacted with fear and intimidation.It seems now we have the electronic whip, the Taser, that makes the same cracking noise whe...

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Making the Team

Throughout their careers, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin players had to prove themselves at various levels and tryout for a team or two. Not every tryout went their way and the experience often provided a learning lesson that would be applied throughout their careers. Each week we’ll ask a Penguin player to look back at some of their tryouts over the years and what they learned from the experience.Player: Nick D’AgostinoAge:...

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Caught on Camera

Take a look at the coyotes in the photos taken by Lee Aument’s trail camera and remember that many believe the coyotes in Pennsylvania bred with wolves in Canada as they made their way into this part of the country. The sheer size of the coyotes in Aument’s photos seem to prove the theory. The photos were taken in October in Tioga County, and Aument wondered if the coyote in the foreground of the photo with two coyotes was part domestic dog based on its size - particularly the che...

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A season to avoid

Every year the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins work through the preseason, regular season and push to make a long run in the postseason.Yet there’s one season they hope to avoid - one that has no stats or championship.Cold and flu season.While the recent mumps outbreak in the hockey world has captured headlines and put teams on high alert, its not the only contagious bug that teams must battle. Just like the rest of us, hockey players are susceptible to c...

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Triple the memory

Brian Kozloski Jr. had a lot on the line when he made the decision to pass up a four-point buck on the opening day of deer season this year.For the 13-year-old hunter from Uniondale, Susquehanna County, Kozloski wasn’t just passing up a chance to harvest a buck when he let the four-point walk, he was also risking an opportunity to complete the elusive “triple trophy” - harvesting a gobbler, bear and buck all in the same season.

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