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May 02. 2013 10:42PM
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Writer: County controller has served public well

I have spoken to many people who have expressed their approval of the job Luzerne County Controller Walter Griffith has done. I do not know him personally, but have observed him at several public meetings. I am a federal retiree from the VA Hospital and learned body language. There is no pretense in Mr. Griffith. What you see is what you get.

I do not believe in telling people how to vote. That is their American privilege, but I do believe that has gone on for years under former administrations. He has been upbeat on programs that would save or benefit the county and taxpayers.

He attended all meetings where his expertise was needed. In addition, and most important, he has been visible and available at public meetings to answer questions, thus giving of his personal time away from his family.

Mr. Griffith has proven himself to his peers and taxpayers to be a man of integrity, honesty and a servant of the people. He occasionally has to perform duties such as challenging the questionable spending of a nonprofit organization, whose acquisition of 6 million dollars of taxpayers’ money was supposed to refurbish the Hotel Sterling. The issue is under investigation. Because Mr. Griffith is doing what his position as Controller requires, he is vulnerable to accusations prior to his seeking re-election. Anyone with a grudge, with the availability of the latest electronic technology can manipulate accusations against him or any other candidate.

No matter what party a voter is registered with, Walter Griffith has served you – not the political parties.

Elaine Givens


Recent commentary prompts sorrowful laughs

I was amused to read the April 30 editorial cartoon depicting an air traffic controller - whose associates have recently been laid off, creating flight delays - wondering why the FAA administrator who can’t figure out how to manage a 2 percent cut without seriously disrupting the entire industry isn’t fired himself. Very good question.

Immediately following that cartoon is commentary from an LA Times columnist extolling the virtues of the Obama administration’s cost cutting activities. Just the headline was funny - “Obama’s fight to streamline federal regulations”. Even funnier, the article states that Cass Sunstein, who brought the few successes thus far left the government 8 months ago, and Obama has not chosen to fill the open position. In other words, the one man who seemed concerned and capable of actually managing the government in a way to make it more efficient, is gone, and there seems to be no urgency to replace him.

The CEO of any company performing as has the leader of our federal government would have been fired a long time ago for incompetence and malfeasance in office. Instead, this guy is reelected for another four years. Still funnier.

Were it not for the serious damage being done, one could have a real belly laugh.

Bruce Kerr


Credit sheriff for stance on machine gun permit

I would like to commend Luzerne County Interim Sheriff John Robshaw for his decision to not approve the required “Class III” permit needed to buy a machine gun. It is refreshing to read about a public official who has the courage of his convictions. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the Commonwealth gives sheriffs the discretion to make these serious decisions.

Judith Weintraub Harveys Lake

Elected officials guilty in failure to support checks

I am completed disappointed in our elected officials. When 90 percent of the people support background checks I would expect our elected officials to vote accordingly. But I guess they are more interested in their jobs and what the NRA wants rather than what the people want. In my view these officials are no better than the people that pulled the trigger and slaughtered so many people, so many babies.

Diane Milligan


Shameful government allows terrorists on dole

Those two cowards who were responsible for the Boston carnage had plenty of help from the United States government. Both of those cowards received welfare benefits.

Allegedly, they used taxpayer dollars to kill Americans, bought material for the bombs with our money, attended our schools, traveled to Russia and back. Seventeen Muslim terrorist lived among us also as neighbors and killed 3,000 people on 9/11, and the same excuses - law enforcement failed to exchange information. Those cowards along with family came here for the American dream and the citizens of Boston received a nightmare. The governor of Massachusetts refuses to release any information on government benefits those cowards received under the privacy act.

George J Kochis


Plymouth councilman is seeking re-election

I would like to clear up the rumor that has circulated around Plymouth for the last few weeks. The rumor is that I have resisgned my seat on borough council. That is completely false! I am still a member of Plymouth Borough Council I have not resigned my seat.

This rumor was started when on March 8 I had to make what was one of the most difficult decisions I had to make while serving in public office. The decision was to step down as Council President and only as presdient for personal reasons. I will continue to work and fight hard as I can for the benefit of Plymouth Borough and all our residents.

I feel that there is so much more that I would like to see done for the betterment of our town. This is why I am running for re-election to the councill.

I would like to thank all the residents of Plymouth for their continued support.

Frank Coughlin


In wake of Boston attacks they’re proud Americans

To all the families and loved ones who lost loved ones, who were hurt and who are going to go through a lot of recovery, you are all in our prayers, hearts and have all our love.

To all the police, EMTs, hospital personnel, state police, FBI, Special Task Force, our president and to all of Boston: thank you so very much!

You did a terrific job and are truly our finest. Even though we are from Wilkes-Barre, your tragedy has touched us deeply.

Personally, I am so proud to be an American, thanks to you, I feel so much safer knowing our land has protectors such as you.

God Bless.

Aggie and Mike Barberio Sr.

and Elizabeth Kowallic


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