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Convert station


into brewpub


The Central Railroad of New Jersey Station is a historic railway station, in Wilkes-Barre, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.


There has been recent discussion as to what to do with the building: whether it will go the way of the wrecking ball like the Hotel Sterling or be reclaimed and refurbished for a suitable use.


The other day, while driving up the boulevard, I noticed its proximity to the former Stegmaier Brewery and thought what a great idea it would be to combine the building’s past with the brewery’s products — using it as a local, independent brewpub. I would hate to lose more architectural links to the past that have more character and integrity than a newer structure. The station is already a recognized treasure.


So, for the folks at Stegmaier, if you read this, who knows? A brewpub might be a fun way to say “Cheers!” to the past.


Claudia Williams


Dallas


Shutdown exposed


ugly administration


Looking back at the last couple of weeks, I found two things most troubling.


I was very upset by the shutdown of the national parks, specifically the World War II Memorial. This memorial was funded by private contributions; I actually made a donation in honor of the veterans in my family. I do consider these veterans to be heroes, and we are free because of their sacrifices. I want to thank all who helped remove the barricades so the veterans could enter the memorial that they helped build. I also want to thank U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, who scolded the director of the National Park Service for treating demonstrators in the Occupy movement with more respect than the nation’s war veterans.


Also, during this time, another example of a loss of religious freedom reared its head. Besides the Health and Human Services mandate that forces employers to violate their religious beliefs by having to supply policies to their employees which include contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations, Catholics at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia were denied religious services.


The Catholic priest who serves this community had been prohibited from even volunteering to celebrate the Mass without pay, and was told that, if he violated that order, he could be subject to arrest. Protestant services did take place. Only Catholic services had been shut down. The Thomas More Law Center filed a lawsuit on behalf of the priest, Father Ray Leonard.


The administration definitely crossed the line, as evidenced by a Park Service ranger in Washington who said, “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”


Barbara Yanchek


Jermyn


Rep. Mundy urged


to advance bill


State Rep. Phyllis Mundy, when are you going to get HB 76 out of committee and on to the floor?


We, as taxpayers, deserve to get an up or down vote. We should know how to vote the next election to get rid of people who are not with us, including liberal judges who are not for the people.


Donald A. Nallon


Kingston Township


Sen. Cruz rightly


held his ground


In a recently published letter to the editor (‘Resist Tea Party before harm done,’ Oct. 22), the writer seems to be confused or misguided.


While condemning “a freshman senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, who … has lured … zealots to not only disrupt our Congress, but now attempt to ruin our credit worthiness,” the writer goes on to champion the whole cause of the Tea Party: “The answer is for decent, law-abiding citizens to encourage their representatives to get back to the basics of speaking ‘of and for the people’ who elected them to office.”


That is exactly what Sen. Cruz is doing. He is representing his constituents.


Whether you agree with the Taxed Enough Already Party, or not, Sen. Cruz is fulfilling the promises he made while campaigning. Isn’t that what we all expect? We need more representatives like him.


Bill Dress


Wilkes-Barre


Speeding persists


on Middle Road


Despite the efforts of the state Department of Transportation and state Rep. Gerald Mullery to make South Main Street (aka Middle Road) a safer place to live, the speeding problems still exist.


The only way to curb the speeding problems is to have Hanover Township commissioners and the Hanover Township Police Department take a more active role in solving the problems.


With the new pavement in place this past summer, the speeds have risen, school buses are being ignored and passing on the double yellow line is a common practice. The residents living on and along South Main Street must endure these problems on a daily basis, especially during the morning and evening drive time.


We would appreciate the presence of the township officials and police department patrols to help us with these ongoing traffic problems.


Don Casterline


Hanover Township


Marino debt vote


worth recalling


Were you pleased when the federal government shut down?


Did you chuckle to yourself when there was talk of defaulting on our promises to pay our debts and the world economies got more nervous every day? Were you whistling a happy tune when you thought Social Security checks might be delayed or interest on home mortgages might skyrocket, or when you learned all of this has cost the United States at least $20 billion in revenue?


Well, if you said yes to any of these questions, don’t forget to vote for Congressman Tom Marino from the 10th District when he runs for re-election After all, he voted no to reopening the government and no to paying our debts.


And if that’s not reason enough, don’t forget he’s a man who can consistently get things done. Why else would he vote 42 times to repeal ‘Obamacare’ with the same results each time. You’ve got to admit, he’s quite a guy!


On a side note, I recently heard, “When you start your day with the idea of doing nothing, you frequently succeed.” I bet the Tea Party has heard this story and is emboldened by its success.


Lastly, you might want to put a copy of this letter on your refrigerator so you won’t forget who you want to vote for next November.


Marty Spotts


Muncy Valley


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