Our Opinion: TV station’s Halloween event for special needs children is treat for entire region

Diamonds to WNEP-TV and supporters of its annual “Trail of Treats,” an invitation-only Halloween activity for special needs children and young adults. Nearly 800 costumed participants collected goodies during this week’s indoor, trick-or-treating event at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Plains Township. The ABC affiliate in Moosic holds a similar holiday gathering for residents in the […]

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Our Opinion: In quest to raise high school graduation rates, don’t shortchange students

Since becoming president at United Way of Wyoming Valley, Bill Jones has helped to shift the agency’s focus to programs that can reduce childhood poverty, with education nabbing a big chunk of his attention. Jones and the agency’s staffers deserve praise for that long-term emphasis, which will be on full display Friday during the GradNation […]

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Our Opinion: Avoid ‘scares’ that can spoil Halloween fun; follow these safety tips

Eliminate the most frightening part of Halloween. We’re talking about the nagging worries, shared by most parents and adults, that someone might get seriously hurt while collecting treats in the neighborhood or masquerading at a school or neighborhood party. Follow the tips given below – and other sensible Halloween-related advice supplied on the websites of […]

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Our Opinion: Ex-attorney general Kathleen Kane’s self-interest sabotaged the public interest

Scranton native Kathleen Kane’s rise and rapid collapse – from darling of the state’s Democratic Party to potential prisoner – represents more than a personal tragedy. It’s a public one, too. A judge on Monday sentenced Kane, 50, the state’s former attorney general, to 10 to 23 months in prison for crimes she committed as […]

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Our Opinion: Reuse Meyers High School in Wilkes-Barre as regional school for the arts

Would it be a good idea to … … morph Wilkes-Barre Area School District Superintendent Brian Costello’s proposal to preserve Meyers High School auditorium into a more ambitious, regional performing arts charter high school? A little background: Insisting that studies show renovation of the venerable Meyers building in South Wilkes-Barre would be too costly, the […]

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Our Opinion: Keep presidential election frenzy in correct perspective

Take a deep breath, America. At this point in the 2016 presidential campaign, lots of you – goaded by wildly false claims (a common occurrence in political races) and egregiously nasty insults (not nice to hear, but not unprecedented in U.S. election history) – might be on edge. Even if you’re not closely attuned to […]

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Our Opinion: Environmental stewards in NEPA deserve moment in the sun

Diamonds to caretakers of our region’s environment. Nature advocates belonging to a coalition called The Northeast Environmental Partners this week held their annual awards dinner near Wilkes-Barre, recognizing several groups and individuals committed to safeguarding the area’s open spaces and protecting its air and water. Among those honored from Luzerne County were the Lehman Sanctuary, […]

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Our Opinion: United Way inviting Wyoming Valley to focus on raising graduation rates

This invitation goes – in particular – to the area’s school board members. It also applies to anyone in the Greater Wyoming Valley with a passion for curing our community’s most stubborn social ills, from food insecurity to crime. Your presence is requested at next week’s Wyoming Valley GradNation Community Summit – a first-of-its-kind event […]

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Our Opinion: Use National Teen Driver Safety Week as springboard for family conversation

Be straight with the teenage drivers in your house about the risks they face on the road, but spare them any unnecessary drama and scare tactics. That’s our advice to parents and guardians of young adults during this week, billed as National Teen Driver Safety Week. The yearly awareness-raising campaign – promoted by the National […]

Comments - 8:13 pm - updated: 8:18 pm.

Our Opinion: Teachers obligated to report peers if they suspect sexual misconduct, hear student ‘rumors’

The names and circumstances might change, but the stomach-churning accusations sound strikingly familiar. An area teacher or coach gets charged for supposedly engaging in an inappropriate and ultimately sexual relationship with a student. It happened – again – in Wilkes-Barre last week, as prosecutors filed multiple corruption of minors charges against 36-year-old Robert J. Havard […]

Comments - 7:23 pm - updated: 7:28 pm.

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