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It’s educated electees, not cuts, that should worry us

In lieu of the recent sequestration absurdity, allow me to disabuse those who would think of education/military cuts as worrisome or disastrous. About 95 percent of our Congress is college-educated, so I hope you see the irony there. The best definition of the word education was given by Dr. John Hibben, a professor at Harvard for 40 years. “The ability to meet life’s situations, not knowledge, but action. Knowledge is not power; the application of knowledge to a problem is power.” So, meeting life’s situations is not enhanced nor is the truth told by our present education system or the media.

One example is the near (1929-like) total collapse of the business/financial world in 2008 and another is the ballyhooing of President Obama as the first African American president, which he is not; he is just as much white, and the descriptive term has no negative import unless you are illiterate or have an “agenda.” So, skewing the meanings of words and manipulating financial markets are products of today’s “education.”

The other issue about cutting military spending begs the question: what did we accomplish in Korea, 1950-03; Vietnam, 1962-75; or the Middle East, 2004-present? Nothing that I can bring to mind and I was a 13-month Marine veteran of third division in Vietnam. So, why worry about funding more disastrous policies promulgated by our “educated” electees.

M.S. Mundy Plymouth

Writer stands behind integrity of controller

I am appalled that Luzerne County District Attorney Stephanie Salavantis is considering bringing charges against Walter Griffith, our country controller, for illegally recording conversations with officials from City Vest.

I have had the privilege of knowing Walter for several years and I can unequivocally say that he is a man of impeccable integrity who has proved by far to be the most accountable of all county officials, both elected and appointed (even the most cynical of local political observers would be compelled to agree with this). Though some of his actions and decisions have not been so popular with the personnel of a few county departments such as the sheriff’s office, he has always rendered those decisions with the utmost consideration of the welfare of the taxpayers.

It is absolutely absurd to believe that Walter would indulge in any illicit activity. He has denied any involvement and this is one time when a man’s credibility should, without question, trump that of the government. The D.A. should, therefore, immediately reject any notion of formal charges against him.

This is a situation that has all the makings of a set-up because of Walter’s steadfast efforts to hold City Vest accountable for $6 million of public funds for the Hotel Sterling project.

The tragic irony of this affair becomes especially acute and disturbing when one examines the failure of our judicial system in prosecuting others who have more definitively indulged in criminal activity through an egregious violation of the public trust. Cases in point: Anthony Lupas, ex-solicitor of the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board, who, along with current solicitor, Ray Wendeloski, availed themselves of at least $500,000 over a two-year period. Though a forensic audit has revealed ambiguities in their billing of the school district, both the D.A. and the school board have refused to take any action regarding the prosecution of these individuals or a recovery of some of these missing funds. Wendeloski has even been rewarded with a new three-year contract, while Lupas continues to evade the law’s arm for a Ponzi scheme through the questionable legal maneuvering of his attorney, Mark Ciaveralla ally William Ruzzo.

Let us hope and pray that justice prevails in these cases and that Walter will be vindicated and the nefarious schemes of Wendeloski and Lupas will be exposed.

Sam Troy Wilkes-Barre

Hall of Fame induction fills wrestler with pride

Last month I, along with former State Finalist Chuck Chulada, received the honor of induction into the Coughlin High School Wrestling Hall of Fame.

When I first heard about its establishment last year, I was extremely happy that our current coaching staff was embracing and recognizing the traditions and wrestlers of our storied past. So you can imagine the immense pride I felt when I was contacted about my induction. I would like to thank Steve Stahl, Rubin Prophete, Mark Popple, Bob Hawkins, Dave Parsnik and the Coughlin Wrestling Club for bestowing me with this honor.

The real honor was being able to share the night with the coaches who made my wrestling success possible. Without Andy Kuhl’s encouragement to keep fighting after I received weekly beatings in 7th and 8th grade or his brother Dave Kuhl teaching me how to wrestle strategically when I was in 9th grade, I may never have stepped foot into the Coughlin wrestling room as a sophomore. The thought of that makes me shudder.

Dana Balum’s influence on the athlete I was and the person I have become is immeasurable. Coach Balum is one of the best coaches and teachers I ever had. Then there’s Darren Keen. Coach Keen had more to do with my on-mat performance than anyone. He was the person who worked with me day-in, day-out for three years. He went as far as gaining weight during my senior year in order to challenge me even more. My thought was that if I could score one point on Coach Keen, I could score at least four or five on any heavyweight in the state.

Thank you coaches Kuhl, Balum and Keen for being there to see the result of your hard work.

I wish continued success to Coach Stahl and the Coughlin wrestling team. Crusader Pride!

Paul “Bucky” Greeley

Charlotte, N.C.

Coughlin High School, Class of 1993

Yoga doesn’t require costly designer clothing

While happy to see the large photo of people practicing yoga in Thursday’s Life section, I was dismayed at the article’s suggestion that people should wear expensive, designer wear to workout.

At our yoga studio, Balance Yoga and Wellness in Forty Fort, and most other studios throughout NEPA, all are welcome, regardless of whether or not they are attired in high-end gear.

T-shirts and shorts work just as well as $70 tank tops and leggings for practicing yoga and meditation and most other forms of exercise.

We hope that the article, “Exercise Your Right to Style,” doesn’t deter people from trying yoga or other forms of exercise.

Jennifer Ciarimboli Owner, Balance Yoga and Wellness Forty Fort

Businesses thanked for helping autism fundraiser

The “Liv With Autism Foundation” would like to thank Stanton Lanes, Price Chopper and Grico’s for helping support the 3rd Annual Liv With Autism Foundation Bowling Fundraiser.

The fundraiser was held on March 17 at Stanton Lanes. Price Chopper and Grico’s provided food, drinks and tons of fun for children and families with Autism. www.livwithautismfoundation.com

Bill Malarkey Mountain Top

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