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People-watching yields an epiphany

On a recent trip to the Wyoming Valley Mall and after a little shopping, I bought a cup of coffee and sat on one of the benches. As most of us do in such a situation, I observed the different people walking by.

It’s often been said watching people come and go is an education. As I sat there seeing the people passing, noticeable were the styles of dress; in particular, the young and older ones.

Multi-style hairdos, colors, lengths, braided, half-bald, Mohawks, pony-tailed, shoulder-length, etc. Nothing decent.

Others with all types of body piercings, tattoos, dirty looking, facial hair of all sorts, sloppy clothing, revealing bodies, etc.

Nothing of a decent respectful nature. All for attention.

My advice: Be careful of your appearance and what you might be advertising.

As I was sitting drinking my coffee, I noticed a young man approaching who seemed to be different from those I just described. He was dressed with a nice sport shirt, neatly ironed, khaki slacks with nice crease, a pair of highly polished loafers, clean shaven and neatly combed style brown hair. He stopped in front of a store opposite from where I was seated.

Shortly, a young girl, neatly dressed in a non-revealing blouse, navy blue slacks, black slippers, pretty face unblemished and nicely groomed hair style came out of the store and greeted the young man with a hug and little kiss.

They exchanged a few words and holding hands, walked away.

As I sat three I thought to myself what a refreshing appearance this young couple displayed in comparison to what I had been witnessing.

I was so pleased to see this young couple I began to reflect on how people dressed in the past. Today’s style of dress is on total contrast to the couple I described. The neatly-dressed couple at an earlier period were the norm. By today’s standards, they are the “odd couple.”

In many areas of style, the adults (parents) are just as bad in today’s society.

The solution? Prayer. Once this nation turns back to God, we will see a turnaround.

Jim Walsh


School food letter prompts questions

On April 13, 2013, there was a letter written by Mr. Seip regarding obesity in the United States and how our school system may be a contributing factor by allowing the food industry to place soda/snack vending machines throughout the public school system.

Was money made from the vending machines the reason why? By the way, how was this money used to improve the school?

Mr. Seip, do you know how the food industry was able to put what is considered to be junk foods into our school systems? How is the United States Federal School Meal Program contributing to America’s obesity problem through the meals they provide to America’s children? Who monitored this program? I heard that it’s getting better than a french fry and pizza diet mentality but I really don’t know how much better. Maybe it’s time someone with authority looked at what our local school system is providing to its students in addressing the obesity problem.

Can PTAs, school boards or the federal government do this? I read in the local paper that statistics about the “No Child Left Behind” initiative and the results our local school have achieved. Can anyone tell me how the No Child Left Behind initiative has affected the physical activity provided in our schools and if this can also contribute to the obesity program? Better yet, maybe someone can explain what factor our government plays in providing and enforcing the rules/laws they have enacted with regard to the national school meal program and how the rules have evolved regarding the nutritional standards that were adopted over time to address the health of American.

Did the food industry lobby the federal agency which monitors our National School Meal Program? If so, did it have any effect on the direction this federal program chose? Did Congress, the food industry, parents and the American school system drop the ball on the health of America’s children?

I heard that our national school meal program costs taxpayers 9 billion dollars a year to serve 30 million students while the state of California spends more to feed its prisoners. I wonder who receives healthier meals?

Stanley Halas


Ex-president Carter inspires art students

Inspired by the painting created by former President Jimmy Carter of the Wyoming Monument (Times Leader, April 14, 2013) which is expected to sell in the vicinity of $15,000.00 at auction to benefit his hometown in Georgia, some of my art students used their talents to create the same scene from photographs.

The students are all in grades kindergarten through 4th grade. I invite the public to view their drawings and paintings , the photographs, and the Carter article in the front window of my studio at 35 Main St. Dallas and compare their artworks with those of former President Carter.

I am so proud of our students!

Sue Hand

Artist, art instructor


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