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W-B's lifestyles of rich, infamous not tolerable

A few comments for the city of Wilkes-Barre's elected officials and highly paid insiders: How much is enough? How much money do you need in order to be happy?

You have brought our city to its knees and bankrupted us.

The practice of rewarding certain pals with excessively high-paid jobs for votes in order to maintain your lifestyles is passé. We know your game.

We live within our means and always have. We punched a clock or logged our hours and didn't expect a fellow employee to cover for our absence from our job.

We won't pay for your ridiculously excessive salaries and benefits, campaign donations to local pals, new homes, vehicles, gas, cellphones, vacations, pricy clothing and shoes, private-school educations or your family lifestyles with our money any longer.

Your wealth and social prestige is all because of us, so remember that when you walk or drive through our dying neighborhoods or bask in the sun aboard a cruise liner or on a southern Florida beach.

I suggest that those of you who have been milking us for decades go and try to find a non-taxpayer-funded job that even remotely compares to what the city salaries are. Even from years ago!

Greed has destroyed our city.

So again, how much is enough? Reduce your salaries or clean out your desks. We cannot afford your lifestyles.

Linda Urban


Life without pal Rebel remains harsh for family

On Oct. 14 our beloved Yorkshire terrier, Rebel, was killed by another dog in our backyard. The loss has been extremely hard on our whole family.

My husband and I thank everyone for their calls, cards, flowers and kind words during this difficult time. You will never know how much it has meant to us.

We also thank Terrie Morgan-Besecker, of The Times Leader, for the wonderful article she wrote about Rebel (A family's loss, Oct. 16).

Some say it's only a dog, but Rebel was a huge part of our family. He will be forever missed by us and his Yorkie buddy, Brandy.

Carol Macko


Rich Macko


Syracuse, N.Y., rolls out welcome mat this holiday

We are writing to invite residents in your community to consider planning a trip to Syracuse, N.Y., this holiday season. Centrally located in the heart of the state, at the crossroads of Interstates 81 and 90, Syracuse is the perfect destination to shop, dine, explore, play and embrace the holiday spirit.

Gift shopping is made easy at Destiny USA – a 2.4 million-square-foot tourist destination with more than 200 retailers. After shopping at some of the most popular luxury brand outlets available in the Northeast, have fun racing an electric go-kart at speeds up to 45 mph, or test yourself on the largest indoor ropes challenge course in the United States. Along with other venues of fun for the entire family, you can dine in one of several high-quality, on-site restaurants. A stunning, three-story, glass atrium provides perfect weather year round.

Destiny USA is expected to be the second most visited shopping center in the United States, according to Travel and Leisure magazine. We're confident your community members will enjoy a dynamic experience at Destiny USA.

While in Syracuse, visit our award-winning Rosamond Gifford Zoo, home to approximately 700 animals on 43 acres, and featured on Discovery Channel's Ultimate Guide to Elephants. Take in a national touring company production of the popular Broadway show Wicked, sing along with the timeless musical classic White Christmas or catch one of our highly competitive NCAA Syracuse University basketball games. Our Everson Museum of Art offers world-class exhibits, including an upcoming exhibition that will showcase American art from the first half of the twentieth century.

Enjoy Lights on the Lake, a Syracuse holiday tradition that attracts more than 160,000 people annually. This two-mile-drive light extravaganza features life-sized light displays, themed sections and a memorable grand finale.

Of course, there are many more reasons to visit Syracuse this holiday season, and we look forward to welcoming you soon.

Joanie Mahoney

County executive

Onondaga County, N.Y.

David Holder


Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau


David Heymann


Greater Syracuse Hospitality

& Tourism Association

Syracuse, N.Y.

Kitty dumpers destroy lives, neighborhoods

I'm sure ours isn't the only neighborhood where it happens, but I live in the Hanover section of Nanticoke. It is a neighborhood, not a cat dump.

The poor souls usually turn up when they are obviously pregnant. No matter how affectionate and people-friendly your cat might be in your home, if you turn it out on the street in a strange neighborhood, it is going to be frightened. No matter how sweet or attractive that cat might be, most households that want pets usually already have them, and a disoriented, confused cat is not going to be willing to trust a stranger.

Domestic alley cat types sometimes will band together to form a colony for mutual survival. Some kind people in my neighborhood provide feeding stations on their back porches with dry food and water to try to help them survive.

One recent night I was beyond disturbed to see a Seal Point Siamese feeding on my back porch. By their nature, Seal Point Siamese will not blend with an established colony. With winter coming, that poor cat has almost no chance of survival. The minute I opened my door that cat took off like the devil was chasing it. I can only hope it comes back and that over time I can win its trust and get it to the shelter.

Please, if you no longer can care for your pet, take it to the shelter. Yes, because of irresponsible owners who allow pets to breed out of control, our local shelter is usually overburdened. Your unwanted pet might not be adopted, but at least it won't die a slow horrible death on the street.

Please support our local shelter so that it is able to handle more unwanted animals. And please stop discarding unwanted pets in neighborhoods with the hope that someone will take them in. By discarding that pet you already have broken the first bond of trust for humans.

Anna Jesse


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