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Candidate vows

to aid borough

I am running for the office of mayor of Swoyersville. Although I respect the current mayor, I have different visions and new ideas.

I am a Swoyersville councilman. I strongly believe some of our top issues are finding funding to fix the many deplorable roads within the borough and to remove nuisance properties. I want to continue to work hard to strengthen our police department and public works department. I will continue to support and aid our community ambulance and fire companies, and promote our hometown small businesses. I intend to strengthen our recreation board, support hometown fundraisers and hometown organizations. We must find ways to promote community events for our youth as well as our elderly. I want us to work hard to find and apply for every grant possible to help us in any way to better our community.

I entered this race to give back to my community while being an advocate for the residents of Swoyersville. If elected, I will work diligently to keep our community safe and work toward future prosperity for our hometown.

Each month, I would donate my monthly salary as mayor to the organizations of Swoyersville.

On Nov. 5, I ask you to join me in my effort to give back to a community that has given so much to so many, including my ancestors . My goal in running is to represent what is best for our people, our town and our future. By working together we can assure our future is bright!

Christopher S. Concert


and mayoral candidate


Chacke backs 2

in Forty Fort

I am respectfully asking the residents of Forty Fort to cast a vote for Pat Meade for mayor and Deborah Troy for council in the upcoming election.

I have decided not to seek re-election after serving on council for 12 years. In my tenure we have accomplished most of what I set out to do in 2001, and it’s time for new voices and ideas to emerge.

Forty Fort has come a long way over the last dozen years. We now have the best fire and ambulance service in the region with the Kingston/Forty Fort Department. The chief-less, two-man police department is now staffed with five professional, full-time officers and a chief. This is extremely important in the face of the area’s crime rate.

We are undertaking a $2.5 million sewer project and a $1 million road paving project that will be completed in 2014. I have also proposed a 2014 budget that will cut taxes by 10 percent and reduce the sewer fee by $25 if council supports it. Factor in the other numerous projects and work we have undertaken, and Forty Fort is still a great place to live and gets better every year.

However, to continue the progress and not take three steps back, we need to elect Meade as our mayor and elect Troy to council.

Andy Tuzinski is an exemplary Emergency Management Agency director. Having stood side by side with him and Mayor Hoats in several emergencies in the last few years, I know firsthand that Andy excels in that role. Andy is a great asset for Forty Fort, but he’s not the right man for the job of mayor. In 2005 Andy led an effort as council president to eliminate the police department and rely on state police coverage. We can’t risk that happening again.

Andy seemingly has a hard time separating personal from professional and sometimes lets his emotions cloud his judgment. He has been accused many times over the last 20 years of harassing fellow elected officials or those who don’t agree with him.

Andy and his council ticket will take Forty Fort in a direction we don’t want to go. It won’t be seen or happen overnight, but if we elect them, in two to four years Forty Fort will be struggling with the socio-economic and criminal issues that are faced on a daily basis in some of our neighboring towns. I implore you to research these candidates before casting your vote on Nov. 5. Don’t believe the false promises they are making.

We need to keep Forty Fort safe, clean and a great place to live, and the candidates who will work to ensure that happens are Pat Meade for mayor and Deborah Troy for council.

Joe Chacke

Council president

Forty Fort

GOP recklessly

led shutdown

In response to Fran Spencer’s letter (Oct. 17), the Tea Party-led Republicans shut down the government. Veterans memorials and national parks are part of the federal government that Republicans shut down. Fox News viewers need to find facts, not the fiction Fox feeds them.

Republicans including U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey shut down our government at a cost of $24 billion.

There’s a petition asking the Department of Justice to charge the seditious conspirators with treason. Send Sen. Ted Cruz and cronies to Gitmo for trying to destroy our country.

M. Warner


Sportsman worried

by warming planet

The recently released report by the worldwide Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded: “Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. In short, it threatens our planet, our only home.”

So it’s no coincidence that the Environmental Protection Agency is finally moving forward with the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from new power plants.

Twenty-five years ago NASA climate scientist James Hansen warned Congress that manmade carbon pollution was accumulating in Earth’s atmosphere at a dangerous rate. Today the evidence of dramatic change bears him out. Last year was America’s hottest year on record and 2000-2009 was the hottest decade.

As a lifelong hunter and angler, I’ve personally witnessed the unnatural changes to Pennsylvania’s special places and the wildlife that inhabit them because of climate change. Habitat for cold water fish species such as our native brook trout is shrinking due to warming stream temperatures. The smallmouth bass population is crashing in the lower Susquehanna River due in part to high summertime water temperatures. The snowshoe hare population has dwindled because their wintertime white fur makes them abnormally vulnerable to predation on a snowless forest floor.

More important, the number of humans inflicted with Lyme disease has increased dramatically because of exploding tick populations. These are but a small sampling of the impacts of climate change right here at home. This is very upsetting to me, as it should be to you.

America’s sportsmen recognize a warming world is a serious threat to wildlife. But as the IPCC report warned, everyone must realize climate change is even a more serious threat to mankind.

Now that the self-induced chaos has subsided in our nation’s capital, it’s high time Congress gets behind EPA’s bold step to limit carbon pollution from new power plants.

Ed Zygmunt


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