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Their view: Banning tackle football for kids? There’s nothing ‘nanny state’ about it if the science is sound

As the sports-loving part of the population recovers from Sunday’s Super Bowl, legislatures in New York and Illinois are zeroing in on a different aspect of the nation’s most popular sport: brain injuries among young players. Lawmakers in both states have introduced measures that would ban tackle football for children under age 12. Making kids […]

Comments - 4:04 pm

Their view: Charter school pitch a smart plan for Meyers

Wilkes-Barre Area School Board members may not see it this way, but Gabby Richards did them and district taxpayers a service by announcing efforts to launch a charter high school in or near Meyers High School, if the district completes it’s plan to merge Meyers and Coughlin into a new building. Make no mistake, such […]

Comments - 10:30 pm

Blight committee one diamond of an idea

Diamonds to members of Luzerne County’s blighted property review committee for delaying steps toward possible dissolution. The committee, formed in 2016 by county council, has lingered in limbo because it was expected to get administrative and legal help from the county Redevelopment Authority, but that organization has determined it doesn’t have the resources. It is […]

Comments - 6:15 pm - updated: 11:08 pm.

Their view: Just a game, yet it’s so much more

Well, you’ve got a week. Not to pooh pooh excitement over the Super Bowl, but there always is that niggling notion that, you know, it’s just a game. How does it manage to rate for so many? Let’s do a little math. Roughly 1.6 million residents in the City of Brotherly Love. The New England […]

Comments - 4:21 pm

Our view: Diamonds to those who preserve farmland

Diamonds to the new Pinecrest Mennonite Church members purchasing land for a dairy farm. Diamonds, for that matter, to all those who take various steps to preserve our farmland. Mennonites may bring a different sensibility to the art and business of farming than others practice here, but the important thing is to keep the arable […]

Comments - 5:07 pm - updated: 11:00 pm.

Our view: Time for GOP to heed its own words on gerrymandering

Funny, seems like just a week or so ago state Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati was lamenting the high cost of wrongheaded legal action regarding Pennsylvania’s partisan legislative districts. The exact words were “Taxpayers are paying a hefty price for … attorneys to argue gerrymandering.” Scarnati, along with Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, insisted […]

Comments - 7:54 pm - updated: 9:20 pm.

Their view: Deal to reopen government leaves opening for Trump

Congress moved back from the brink of total dysfunction Monday when the Senate voted to end the Democratic filibuster blocking a House-approved bill to continue funding for the government. A vote to approve the temporary funding bill was expected to easily pass later in the afternoon. The welcome breakthrough came after three days of fruitful […]

Comments - 7:09 pm

Their view: Bigger than the shutdown

One byproduct of the day-to-day chaos of the Trump presidency is that the nation’s biggest, long-term challenges are often forgotten. While Washington spent last week agonizing over the prospect of a totally unnecessary government shutdown, what should have been far bigger news went nearly unremarked. According to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, […]

Comments - 5:08 pm

OUR VIEW: Congress’ use of children as bargaining chips disgraceful

It is a melancholy object to those who walk through this great town or travel in the country, when they see the streets crowded with beggars followed by three, four, or six children, all in rags and importuning every passenger for an alms. This prodigious number of children is a very great additional grievance. Therefore, […]

Comments - 12:46 pm

Our view: Diamonds for Scranton’s Brain Bee

Diamonds to the University of Scranton for hosting a local “Brain Bee” for high school students Feb. 3. There are many such academic competitions that too often get short-changed in favor of the ever-popular athletic contests. This one is distinctive because it focuses on neuroscience, the effort to understand the brain, that thing that lets […]

Comments - 5:11 pm

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