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With mild weather, some advice for pet owners

Now that the warm weather is upon us, I felt compelled to write a letter for the dogs in all of our families.

I have noticed an alarming increase in people who take their dogs along on runs. I have four dogs and I trust the opinions of my surgeon who is Ivy League-educated, my regular family veterinarian and numerous doctors from all of the country. I also know many people who do rescue work for dogs and their experiences have been a wonderful resource for myself and my dog family.

It is not merely my opinion, but rather science-based advice from this wonderful group of practitioners I know as well as the rescue people. None of them recommend taking a dog on a long run. Practically all the big-breed dogs are predisposed to hip and joint issues. Small dogs can have these problems too.

Doctors recommend low-impact exercise such as long walks for the dogs. Many times people think the dog will let them know if they cannot withstand the run or activity. But these beautiful and selfless creatures are so intent on pleasing their owners that they will sometimes push themselves past what they can tolerate and that will result in injury.

We need to understand and implement what is in the best interest furry family members. I have one dog who runs uncontrollably in terror on a walk if he hears loud noises because his prior owner tried to kill him with his truck. I walk him at 5 a.m. to avoid this problem.

Also, please don’t allow your dog to drink out of any body of water that wild animals also have access to because the dog can ingest parasites and die.

Mary Anne Whitonis

Rice Township

County council candidate requests voter support

During the past two years, I’ve frequently attended Luzerne County Council meetings. I spoke during public comment about transparency and budget.

My goals are to hold the Luzerne County manager accountable; ensure a budget is forwarded to county council on time; prevent the manager from spending money not authorized by council; promote the use of federal dollars in the Luzerne County Community Development loan program to improve business and to create jobs.

I oppose property tax increases; they hurt homeowners and businesses. I will work to gain a consensus of other Council members to not raise taxes.

I have found through my door-to-door visits and phone conversations with constituents that taxes in this economy are the number one issue. Homeowners and businesses do not want to see property tax increases. They expressed anger at the last Luzerne County tax increase. Many people living in our county rely totally on Social Security to pay for their living expenses. Even a small property tax increase hurts people on fixed incomes.

I promise to not vote to raise taxes during my four year term in office. Many homeowners requested me to keep this promise. I will.

Information about Luzerne County finances is difficult to obtain. We need a manager and council who are open and listen to voters.

The manager should order each department to provide line by line revenues and expenditures, with easy Right To Know access for all residents. The 2012 budget raised taxes and overspent more than $2 million. This is clearly unacceptable according to the Luzerne County Home Rule Charter which was approved by voters. My goal is to work with council members and the Luzerne County Controller to determine areas where overspending is prominent and direct tax dollars for their intended purpose which is to provide quality services to Luzerne County citizens.

On Tuesday, May 21, I request the honor of your support. I will work to serve and protect your tax dollars.

Kathy Dobash

Candidate for Luzerne County Council

Frustrated in Florida but grateful for Rep. Barletta

It is 7 1/2 years since I applied for a visa for my wife living in Ho Chi Minh to be with me in the USA.

We paid our fees, submitted endless paperwork, and went to the “back” of the line. We are still there!

My question to the “Gang of Eight” is this, How is it possible for your committee to work tirelessly to draft a bill to allow between 11-30 million illegal residents to stay in this country, but after so many years of my asking for help from Sen. Marco Rubio to bring my wife here legally I am told there is nothing “we can do”?

The reasons we have been denied are more absurd then my words could ever tell.

I also must thank Congressman Lou Barletta and staff for their interest in helping us. God rest Dan Flood!

Tom and Hanh Roche

Wilkes Barre

Naples, Florida

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

AP energy story flawed; the ‘good’ story untold

A recent Associated Press analysis suggests that Pennsylvania’s abundant natural gas production – which exceeded two trillion cubic feet in 2012 – is missing an opportunity to provide critical financial resources to meet the needs of our citizens. Not true.

For starters, the AP begins with the mistaken premise that most states collect revenue based on the amount of gas produced, and if Pennsylvania copied this approach the vast amount of gas produced would translate into even higher revenues for state and local governments. One problem, though – the AP failed to cite a single state that actually assesses taxes based on production. Rather, they raise revenue based on the value of the gas sold. That’s a big difference, considering that prices plummeted in 2012 due to surpluses of natural gas.

Contrast this to Pennsylvania’s innovative approach, which collects an impact fee designed to compensate local governments for costs associated with shale development. In just the first two rounds of collections, local governments are benefiting from the more than $406 million in impact fees paid. This consistent revenue stream – enacted by Governor Tom Corbett and forward-thinking legislators in the General Assembly – is going directly to county and municipal governments all across the Commonwealth.

So what does 2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas mean then? It means job security, for the nearly 250,000 Pennsylvanians working in the oil and gas industries. It means job opportunities, for the tens of thousands of other indirect and induced jobs. It means a Commonwealth that has gone from importing 75 percent of its gas just six years ago to one that is now a net exporter. It means lower gas and electricity prices, saving nearly $1,000 a year for every Pennsylvania homeowner. That’s a story worth telling.

Patrick Hendersn Energy Executive

Office of Governor Tom Corbett

Dallas Twp. incumbents get kudos from resident

This is a short message to Dallas Township citizens to encourage continued support of the following three men who have meant so much to the wise and cost-conscious management of our community: Leonard “Pooch” Kozick, Frank “Curly” Wagner, and William “Bill” Grant.

“Pooch” Kozick has been our tax collector for decades and has long been among the most popular public servants in our township. His flawless performance in our behalf is unmatched throughout northeastern Pennsylvania.

Thanks to Curly Wagner and his staff Dallas Township enjoys superior care of our roads and highways. Curly has served as township supervisor for over four decades. Our streets are promptly cleared of snow. Storm littered trees and branches are quickly removed and pot holes repaired under the direction of Curly and his road foreman and crews.

Bill Grant brings excellent economic and financial skills to his role as township supervisor. He continues to provide experienced oversight to sound fiscal policies supporting cost-conscious township management. Each of these men deserves your support.

Clarke D. Bittner


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