June 25th, 2015 5:15 pm - updated: 5:15 pm.

First Posted: 8/14/2013

W-B District A

Town Hall meet

I would like to invite the residents of District A in Wilkes-Barre to attend an informational “Town Hall” meeting. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 27th at 6:30 pm at the Firwood United Methodist Church located on Old River Road in Wilkes-Barre.

Wilkes-Barre police officer Phil Meyers will be on hand to offer suggestions and a general discussion regarding safety in our neighborhoods.

I would also like to promote an open discussion with those in attendance who reside in District A.

As your councilman, I would like to take this opportunity to make myself available to you to discuss your concerns and issues.

George C. Brown


Member of Council

Wide help needed

to fix district

I would be remiss not to respond to the very complimentary letter to the editor, by E. Elaine Schuster. I was deeply moved because the writer is a person of stature.

First, it is very unusual for anyone to serve 32 years on a public school board.

Attorney Schuster, a corporate attorney, has recently been named the 2012 alumnus of the year by Sweet Briar College in Virginia. The Oklahoma City/County Historical Society nominated her as a “Pathmaker of Oklahoma County.” This award honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership to their community and state.

The OKC assignment was my first superintendent position. As a board member and board president she was an excellent mentor for this novice educational leader.

The first board was appointed by the governor, an astute group of community leaders, and one the commanding general of Tinker Air Force Base. Ms. Schuster was a standout in this group. I am both proud and grateful for her recognition.

The most important sentence she writes: “We can attest to the fact that we have followed the master plan developed by Dr. Holodick and the many community leaders and advisory groups he recruited and coordinated.” It was the hard work and diligence of these people that created a new school district now visited by educational leaders from across the country.

As for working as a consultant for the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board, an offer was made at no cost or obligation for an international facility and master-planning consultant who assisted in Oklahoma City to speak to the board. Dr. Robert Paullen, president, now retired, also did the massive citywide school district study in Racine, Wis. I participated in that master planning activity.

There was no reply by this board; thanks but no thanks?

It was pointed out in the Schuster letter that I established and worked with advisory groups, and community leaders to accomplish the awesome task of creating a new school district. This process is what is mandated for the sinking Wilkes-Barre Area School District. No super single person can change what appears to be a disastrous turn of events.

One would believe that following 33 percent of the board admitting to federal fraud charges the fear would set in. Not so, as one of the indicted was elected board president. The employment of friends and family continued, if not accelerated.

Public outcry, I believe, moved the board to employ the services of the school boards association to seek a superintendent at a cost of $10,000; they hired an internal person.

Public outcry, I believe, moved the board to utilize an internal interviewing committee. This was just a few weeks ago; they neglected to hire the recommended person, hiring the mayor’s brother.

The aforementioned is why this city and county will need to assist to get this school district whole again. Yes, I have a protocol of actions that could lead to restoration of a once award winning school district. Our children and senior taxpayers are counting on us.

Richard A. Holodick

Wilkes Barre

City golf course

is not gold mine

I know the Wilkes-Barre Taxpayer’s Association keeps putting out there that Wilkes-Barre City is sitting on a gold mine with over 500 acres in Bear Creek surrounding the Wilkes-Barre golf course.

I have tried over and over to say the city cannot sell this land in Bear Creek, but nobody will listen.

I want to clear something up publicly about this land. First, the city does NOT own this land; the general municipal authority holds the deed. It is their property and council or mayor cannot tell them what to do with their land.

Also, this land was bought with ACT 70 funds, which means it has to stay recreational.

So even if the general municipal authority wanted to unload the land it would have only two options. Trade an equal amount of land in the city of Wilkes-Barre and it could only again be used for recreational use. So if people want to donate their houses in the city to be torn down so a park could be erected say so at council.

If the city could not give land equal or greater size in exchange for the Bear Creek land, they would obtain funds, but those funds could only be used to buy equal or greater size of land and would have to create another recreational area.

The ACT 70 program is very strict and it was put in place to preserve lands from development. So please look up this program and see the rules and regulations to what can be done.

Just ask city administrators and they will be happy to tell you about the Act 70 program and why that land holds no value.

I know a lot of people are upset with Wilkes-Barre administration, but they are not hiding this land from the public and not lying - they can’t sell it.

Stephanie Harris


Writer’s opinion

restores hope

I read McKayla Cook’s article on food stamps and welfare. I do not know this young lady, but I admire her candid opinion.

I agree with her 100 percent. This country cannot continue this downward spiral of giving food stamps and welfare to those who should be working and are taking advantage of the system.

The system was designed, and rightfully so, to help those in genuine need.

I have real concerns about the future of this country as we continue to have more takers than contributors to the system.

After reading McKayla’s article, it gives me hope that more people will get some pride and do their share in turning this country around.

Good job McCayla!

Charles Austin

Harveys Lake