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May 17. 2013 10:44PM
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Questioning candidates’ service, heritage, character


Alex Milanes: You are making false and inflammatory remarks about my father Joe Naperkowski.


My father served in Vietnam for 18 months as an Airborne Ranger, honorably. My father’s DD form 214 is a private document, not for the public. Alex, what branch did you serve in?


You are a coward for not coming face to face with my father. You also were not born or raised in Wilkes-Barre Township. You are and always will be an outsider. My father, his parents and entire family were all born and raised in Wilkes-Barre Township.


All prior administrators did care for the people of Wilkes-Barre Township. Mayor Kuren is for himself.


Lydia Naperkowski Wilkes-Barre Township

School board candidates in Wyoming get support


Dedicated teachers are the backbone of any school district. The quality of that backbone in Wyoming Area has been nationally acclaimed. In the last 25 years the state of Pennsylvania has been “heartless” in its gradual reduction of the education subsidy. In a recent newspaper article candidates Mr. DeAngelo and Mrs. Valenti stated that the resolution of the teachers’ contract is primary and imperative.


Politics is often defined as the “art of the possible.” Intelligent and reasonable adults know that politics can be noble or politics can be petty. Many district residents know that Mr. DeAngelo and Mrs. Valenti discern life and make decisions with their hearts. Attempting to live one’s life following one’s heart is never a petty undertaking.


Which agenda will reflect the reputable stature of the Wyoming Area School District?


Mr. DeAngelo and Mrs. Valenti submit the following:


A just and professional teachers’ contract


Equitable consideration for the taxpayers financial limits


Continuation of the stellar-quality education for all of the district’s children


On May 21, vote with your heart.


James T. Tracy School Counselor/ Teacher (Ret.) Exeter

Shickshinny candidates offer their game plan


Shickshinny Borough is ready to turn the corner and we need your help. This is our chance to bring Shickshinny out of the dark ages to become the borough it could be. This year’s election will prove to be a pivotal point affecting how we shape this borough for years to come. If you are happy with the way things are, think this borough is heading in the right direction, and operating in an efficient manner, then Lewis, Noss, and Wido are your candidates. If you think things could be better, then read on.


Our current mayor has worked painstakingly over the past few years to get Shickshinny listed as a Pennsylvania River Town. This will go a long way to support businesses in the area. With the boat launch coming soon, the trail through the borough and the River Town status, I see the future of Shickshinny looking positive. Replacing the mayor now would only send our borough backwards.


Noss and Wido represent two votes in the current council majority. They stand for things such as the current code issues, parking meters, sign ordinances, and tax increases. Yes, tax increases. In December they voted to raise property taxes in Shickshinny Borough. Even though we balanced the budget, they still wanted to raise taxes for no apparent reason. With Mike Steeber being absent the vote ended in a tie, with Morris and R. Noss voting no for the increase. The mayor broke the tie also voting no for the increase. We are not against tax increases if they are for a good reason. We will never vote to raise taxes “just because we can.”


Although some of these issues affect the taxpayers greatly, they are minor compared to the illegal meetings, the harassment and cutting the hours of the police department, and the “Better Homes and Gardens” ordinance they are trying to pass. It won’t be long that, left in power, they will dictate what color you must paint your house.


There are even bigger issues that need to be discussed. Codes and zoning in this small borough are out of control. The current zoning officer tells the borough what to do and it does it. It doesn’t matter what ordinance he wants, the borough will pass it.


Mayor Moore and Councilman Morris, along with newcomer, Kathy Llewellyn, are committed to working with our businesses and community groups, such as Shickshinny Forward, the historical society, Rails to Trails, and others, to promote Shickshinny Borough. We don’t support things such as parking meters, sign ordinances, illegal meetings and harassing police officers, firefighters and ambulance workers. We do support working hard and working with others to make Shickshinny a better place in which to live, work, visit and do business.


These are just a few items we think the new council could work on. Instead of buying a $70,000 loader, let’s try trading services with our neighbors. Mocanaqua has a loader, we don’t. We have a police department, it doesn’t. I wonder if we can barter and satisfy the needs of both communities. Instead of our small street department spending all of its time mowing grass in the summer, contract some of the work out and free up some hours to work on other projects. Snow removal could be handled the same way.


The sewer authority has a part-time secretary and the borough has a part-time secretary. Why can’t we have one full-time secretary for both and split the costs? Maybe we can do the same with the part time workers.


Along with all this we still have to develop the downtown flood area. A new basketball court? A small grove, fairgrounds for car shows, the 5k run, family reunions, festivals, etc? A multi-sports field for little league, mini football, filed hockey and soccer? The possibilities are endless. With the right team we can make many things happen.


We certainly don’t have all the answers. We don’t even know if some of the answers and ideas we do have will be cost-effective. But, they are worth looking into. We also understand that council alone cannot solve these problems. That is why we are open to working with any and all organizations that want to make Shickshinny a better community.


If you agree with this entire letter, or even just parts of it, please support us in the upcoming primary election.


Republicans: vote Kevin Morris, Kathy Llewellyn, and Cassandra Villano for council; and write-in Beverly Moore for mayor.


Democrats: vote for Beverly Moore for Mayor and write in Kevin Morris, Kathy Llewellyn, and Cassandra Villano for council. Together we can make a difference.


Beverly Moore, Mayor

Kevin Morris, Councilman

Kathy Llewellyn, council candidate

Shickshinny

Chef’s time on TV show was good news for NEPA


As a Wilkes-Barre native living outside the region, I follow the news from the place that will always be my home. Unfortunately, much of that news, recently, has been bad. Political corruption and stubborn unemployment sap spirits as gunfire and drug abuse claim lives.


Since March, however, Northeastern Pennsylvania has been served good news from an unlikely source: reality television. By competing on Hell’s Kitchen, Chef Michael Langdon of Plains Township risked humiliation and degradation from infamously mercurial and demanding Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay. While some current and previous Hell’s Kitchen contestants appeared more interested in attracting attention through antics, Langdon demonstrated qualities essential to success: dedication, discipline, and passion.


Display of such traits is refreshing regardless of the source, but is remarkable in a medium more known for immaturity. While Langdon’s time under Ramsay’s broiler appears to have ended, and he is back at 279 Bar and Grill on South River Road, his representation of our area gave the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania reason to be proud.


Michael Thomas Mechanicsburg




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