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Sterling merits

corner tribute

For years, every time we passed by the corner of River and Market streets in Wilkes-Barre we saw the Hotel Sterling. Now, it’s just an empty lot.

We have such wonderful memories of the hotel; it should not be forgotten. Perhaps a sign can be put on that corner saying: The former site of the famous Hotel Sterling.

Gloria Dymkowski


Pope consistent

on defense of life

Some members of the mainstream media continue to distort what Pope Francis said regarding the church’s focus. The Associated Press is reporting that Pope Francis, during an audience with Catholic doctors on Sept. 20, denounced abortions as a symptom of today’s “throw-away culture” that justifies disposing of lives.

The pope issued a strong anti-abortion message and cited Vatican teaching on the need to defend the unborn. In his comments, Francis said doctors in particular had been forced into situations in which they are called to “not respect life.” He also said: “Every unborn child, condemned unjustly to being aborted, has the face of the Lord, who before being born, and then when he was just born, experienced the rejection of the world. And every elderly person, even if he/she is sick or at the end of his/her days, bears in him/herself the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded!”

Pope Francis ended his talk to the doctors with the following, “Never neglect to pray to the Lord and the Virgin Mary to have the strength to do your work well and to witness with courage the ‘Gospel of Life.’”

Barbara Yanchek


Yuengling proposal

leaves bad taste

This goes out to all hardworking and beer-drinking people. Yuengling brewery owner Dick Yuengling Jr. apparently wants Gov. Tom Corbett to turn our state into a right-to-work state, and said he was thinking of building his next plant in another state. These big business people seem to have a problem with working-class people making a living wage with benefits.

Where would they be if not for the worker who not only works for them, but also the working men and women who drink their product?

After big business shipped all the good-paying jobs out of the country, we now have low-paying jobs; and the rich guy wants lower-wage jobs so he can make more profit. Like the late U.S. senator from Massachusetts Ted Kennedy said, when will the greed stop?

I know I will not buy another case of Yuengling beer. That is all I drank, but no more. If more people would feel the way I do, maybe Mr. Yuengling Jr. would have a different attitude.

How many people are working at poverty-level jobs while their employees are making record profits? There are a lot of good employers out there who pay good wages and don’t have unions. They treat their employees with respect.

Costco is a great example of treating the employee like a human being; the guy who built Costco takes a six-figure base salary a year and puts the rest back in the company and the people. Those employees reportedly make an average of $21 an hour with good benefits. It’s time to stand up for your fellow workers.

Dale Eastman


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