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Our View: WBPD communication sorely lacking

On Monday night much of Wilkes-Barre’s North End was plunged into chaos and fear. We know someone fired shots on Wyoming Street near the home of a city police commander who confronted him. We know no injuries were reported. We know no one had been arrested as of Tuesday night. There’s a lot we don’t […]

Comments - 10:47 am

Our View: Is it time to kill off the Census as we know it?

The ad blitz and ground work is still more than 18 months from now, but the 2020 Census is already making headlines due to a hastily added citizenship question. Pennsylvania intends to fight it, and California has already sued to block it because they fear it would discourage non-citizens from taking part in the once-a-decade […]

Comments - 11:32 pm

Our view: Remember to register and vote

Pennsylvania’s primary election is set for May 15. While that may seem like a long way off, it does mean that another important date is right around the corner. April 16 is the deadline to register to be able to vote in this year’s primary. If you aren’t registered, we highly recommend you take the […]

Comments - 6:11 pm

Our view: Nothing wrong with having a good laugh

• Diamonds to Swoyersville Mayor Chris Concert for really getting into the holiday spirit last weekend. Concert gave the whole West Side the chance for a good laugh on Sunday when he turned his Luzerne photography studio into the “Pooper Scooper Ice Cream Shop” for April Fools’ Day. The shop had an air of authenticity […]

Comments - 1:53 pm

Our view: Council dropped the ball with rec funding decision

It’s not often that local governments turn down outside funding. And yet, Dupont Borough did exactly that, Councilman Stanley Knick Jr. said Tuesday, because the $4,424 in natural-gas recreation funding they have coming from Luzerne County won’t cover the $11,271 Dupont wanted to spend on improvements to the borough’s Community Park. Knick said the remaining […]

Comments - 10:13 pm

Our view: No easy answers in fight against drug abuse

Sunday’s front page presented two very different stories about families dealing with drug addiction here in Pennsylvania. In one, Wilkes-Barre Pastor Vince O’Boyle talked about his journey from addiction to sobriety, and how members of his family, including his namesake son, have fought the same battle — not always successfully. The son’s first wife died […]

Comments - 8:56 pm - updated: 12:01 am.

Amid grim statistics, remember those who help the kids

As you gather to celebrate the bonds of faith and family today, do not forget those among us who are considerably less fortunate, particularly those children in Luzerne County who suffer from abuse and neglect at higher rates than across Pennsylvania as a whole. Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children released its annual report, “State of Child […]

Comments - 12:37 pm

Our view: Shoring up flood protection the right move

Diamonds to the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority for pushing forward on plans to fill gaps in the levee system. The seven gaps in the system require extensive manpower to temporarily block every time the Susquehanna River threatens to flood. To be blunt, more reliable and less labor-intensive methods should have already been built into […]

Comments - 3:21 pm - updated: 4:30 pm.

Our view: Time to take action on nuisance bars

You look at the list, and it seems pretty clear something bigger has to be done. Ali Baba may be grabbing headlines right now, but it’s hardly the only area bar that developed a sketchy record that started to sound, rightly or not, like a public safety concern. The Wyoming Valley in general and Wilkes-Barre […]

Comments - 4:41 pm - updated: 11:24 am.

Our view: Diamonds and coal

Diamonds to Greater Nanticoke Area science and physics teacher Tony Fleury for not only temporarily snagging a genuine Russian space suit worn by a real American astronaut, but for showing it off to all his students, including a chance for a few of them to try it on. “It was really life changing,” senior Madalyn […]

Comments - 6:19 pm - updated: 11:25 am.

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