Dobash: May I
have your vote?
I have more than 25 years of work experience educating and helping people. I worked in the public school system, cared for my elderly mother and rejoined the work force as a therapeutic staff support worker assisting autistic children. Currently I am employed as a problem solver for a Fortune 500 company.
I have served the residents as a volunteer in my hometown of Hazleton with the Chamber of Commerce during annual community events. I also served the residents across Luzerne County by volunteering many hours at the Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency during the 2006 and 2011 flooding disasters.
I am writing to ask Luzerne County residents for their vote and support. With your help, we can return trust and respect to county government. We deserve it.
You can vote for up to five county council candidates on Election Day. I am asking for one of your votes. I have worked hard to promote transparency in Luzerne County government. When Luzerne County Council’s members first took office I requested the audio minutes from the meetings because the written approved minutes were edited. Also, to promote openness I submitted a Right-to-Know request that revealed more than 43,000 county council emails were sent within 14 months. Decisions and deliberations have gone on since January 2012 with the new council through email correspondence.
The Right-to-Know Law requires government agencies to provide access to public records and information.
The Sunshine Act requires official action and deliberations from a quorum of the members of an agency to be at a public meeting, unless the meeting is closed based on a permissible exception.
As a result of my efforts, we now have county council meetings on audio available on the website and county council email correspondence posted starting as of Oct. 1.
I humbly request your vote on Nov. 5.
Candidate for Luzerne County Council
spark déjà vu
Does anyone else see a very disturbing trend with regard to the Obama administration?
When the sequester was initiated, the first thing effected was the closure of the White House tours. Children raised money in an attempt to reopen the White House. Pretty sad. More recently Americans were faced with the closure of our national parks. We continued to be affected daily by these cuts. Do you think this administration is intentionally trying to hurt Americans?
Our World War II veterans were shut out of their memorial. These brave men risked their lives and yet were denied entry to pay homage to their fallen comrades. Where is our leader on this? What happened last week is nothing less than disgraceful. Five soldiers lost their lives and their families were denied burial benefits. A private organization had to come to the rescue. Thank God there are still generous people in our country. When did our president know there would be no benefits?
Allow me to refresh your memories about this “disturbing trend.” When the press secretary was asked when the president knew of this denial, he could not give a definitive answer. When asked about the IRS, AP and Benghazi scandals, of course he could not say when the president knew. My understanding is that the president read about the IRS situation in the newspaper. Really?
Perhaps his newspaper carrier overslept that day. Why is everything such a mystery with this president?
It appears that our president wants to hurt as many as possible.
My plea to anyone reading this letter is to stay informed and get involved. Call, email and tweet your representative. Believe me, he or she will respond.
We must take back the America we once knew. In my lifetime, I have never seen such utter destruction to our economy, morale and families.
Please wake up, America. You still have a voice. Use it!
In response to Sterling Dougherty’s letter to the editor (‘Six at Hanover dressed to nines,” Oct. 10), kudos to you!
We are very appreciative of your comments. I’m a grandmother to one of those beautiful girls. It is nice to know there are people who acknowledge something so special.
Thanks to you.
of white canes
Every year White Cane Safety Day is celebrated throughout the United States on Oct. 15 by proclamation of the president. This day is reserved to recognize the immeasurable achievements of Americans who are blind or visually impaired, and it serves as a reminder that the white cane, in addition to being a practical mobility tool, is a symbol of independence, freedom and dignity.
White Cane Safety Day provides an opportunity to review the state’s driver and pedestrian laws. The Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to any totally or partially blind pedestrian carrying a clearly visible white cane or accompanied by a guide dog and shall take such precautions as may be necessary to avoid injuring or endangering the pedestrian.”
Among many services, the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services provides orientation and mobility instruction by a trained professional in the use of the white cane and techniques for safe, independent intersection negotiation.
The Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services provides rehabilitation services to Pennsylvanians of all ages experiencing vision loss. Our mission is to assist those who are blind or visually impaired to maintain independent lives in their homes, at work and in their communities. There are six regional offices throughout the commonwealth. Our Wilkes-Barre office covers 15 counties in the northeast. If you would like to learn more about the white cane and our services, you can reach us at 570-826-2361.
Assistant district administrator
Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services
Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry