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Candidate wants to lead in Forty Fort Borough

My name is Dave Williams. I am running for council in Forty Fort Borough.

I still live on Slocum Street with my wife, Alice.

Recently, some council members tried to abolish the borough’s full-time fire department. I want to maintain full-time fire and police departments.

Below are items I would like to implement in Forty Fort:

• A program where seniors can get borough property reduction in trade for performing work in the borough.

• A program that would match residents who need help with yard work, snow shoveling, etc with young residents who can do the work.

• A long-term street reconstruction program.

• Municipal trash collection in lieu of private haulers.

I was on council from 2000 through 2011; involved in the day-to-day business of the borough. I helped secure grants for paving several streets.

My name is in last place on the ballot. I ask that Republican Party members vote for me and Democrat Party members write my name on the ballot.

Thank you very much.

Dave Williams

Forty Fort

Pittston Township voters should weigh experience

Dear voters of Pittston Township:

On Tuesday, May 21, you have an important decision to make in the election of a supervisor. Some of you have already made a decision on your candidate of your choice. This letter is for those voters still undecided.

What you have to do when selecting a candidate is to evaluate the candidate’s experience and knowledge in the position that is being sought. Therefore, the candidate of my choice would be Barbara Attardo.

Allow me to introduce Barbara to those who do not know her. Barbara is the wife of the late Antony “Tony”Attardo who was a supervisor in Pittston Township. Tony died while serving his second term in office.

Barbara was chosen to fill Tony’s office for one year. She was encouraged by many citizens in the Township to seek the position after Tony’s passing. Now, Barbara is seeking the office of supervisor to continue the programs that Tony initiated, along with Joseph “Murph” Adams and John Paglianite; free garbage and the reduction of the sewer charges along with many other programs that benefited the citizens of Pittston Township. These programs were started during Tony’s term with the residents in mind, especially the senior citizens, and they are still being implemented.

Barbara is employed in the main office in the municipal building. Tony and Barbara owned and operated the All Seasons Travel Agency. Tony managed many decisions from their office while Barbara was present. She has the knowledge to be a supervisor with the decisions she made with Tony and the time she already spend as a supervisor.

She also holds a position on the Sewer Authority Board and has compassion to hold the line on expenses. She recently motioned to reduce the users fee for the residents that are still paying a large amount in the Houston City section of the township, on Spruce, John and William streets. She also voted to contribute money to defray the costs of the planned Suscon-Poslusney sewer project, which is not in progress.

Yes, the other candidates are good citizens, but do they have the experience that Barbara has?

Joe Sperrazza

Pittston Township

Hoping pipeline will bring energy independence

I am writing today to encourage Secretary of State John Kerry to approve the Keystone XL pipeline as quickly as possible. I believe that every day that this important is delayed is another day that our economic growth as a country is inhibited and our energy security is threatened.

I, like many Americans, am tired of buying oil from countries that hate us. It would be far better to purchase our oil from our northern neighbor, Canada. When the Keystone XL pipeline is completed, it is estimated to bring an additional 830,000 barrels of North American Oil – not Middle East oil – to our refineries. It’s time to approve the Keystone Pipeline.

Allan Lispi

Old Forge

An advocate for bill that bans horse slaughter ban

I was shocked to learn President Obama signed a bill that restores horse slaughter to the United States and passionately feel this action must be reversed.

The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (House Bill 2966) must be passed by the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate and signed into law immediately. The Act would prohibit shipping, transporting, moving, delivery, possessing, purchasing, selling or cremation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption.

Because of inaction on the House Bill, the meat men are already sharpening their knives. The horses are repeatedly stabbed in the back until they can’t stand. The brutal slaughter of horses must end. What was the president thinking?

Joan Tucker


Public defenders faulted, and pay questioned, too

Flora, Fannick, Ruzzo, three of a kind that can beat any full house. Do these people ever defend anybody who is innocent? More money from taxpayers for people who are guilty for sure.

Why don’t you pillars of society work on the cheap if you are so worried about criminals’ rights (yea, right).

Prosecuting attorneys are the only ones that deal with the facts about any case.

Jim Jag Jr.

West Pittston

Old solider’s message has not faded away

As I was going through several bags of memorabilia I had gathered after the death of my father who passed away a few years ago. I discovered a special message that I would like to share as we prepare to honor our military brothers and sisters on Armed Forces Day.

First let me say that dad was a very proud young man who entered the Marines after graduation from high school. Dad as a veteran of World War II fought in several fierce battles for our country in the South Pacific and I will always remember him as a true hero.

This old brittle, folded, piece of paper I referred to contained a special message for the men and women who served in the military service of our country. I would like to share the writings that were on this paper with you that was titled:


“Star of the Sea shine brightly down, upon our Sailor men; guide them to victory and renown, then safely home again. When Soldiers battle on the field, when they in trenches go, O Mary Mother, be their shield; protect them from the foe. Once again, thank you Dad and the men and women who have served our Country in the past or who are currently serving our Country in the Armed Forces.”

George Brown


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