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Our Opinion: Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Department can clear the air by embracing best financial practices

The Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Department recently cleaned up its act enough to satisfy the state Auditor General’s Office, which isn’t …

February 9th, 2016 |  

Our Opinion: Brace for presidential race to hit Pennsylvania; register early, get the facts and vote

It has promises, so many big and tantalizing promises made to you. It contains drama, intrigue and more than a …

February 8th, 2016 updated: February 8th, 2016. |  

Our Opinion: Can Irem Temple become rallying point in Wyoming Valley – and beyond?

Our Opinion: Can Irem Temple become rallying point in Wyoming Valley – and beyond?

Would it be a good idea to … … mount a campaign in 2016 to preserve Wilkes-Barre’s Irem Temple mosque? …

February 7th, 2016 |  

Our Opinion: Hunt for Luzerne County’s next manager requires utmost professionalism – and a little luck

Do you have a bachelor’s degree and a desire to earn a six-figure salary? Apply to be Luzerne County’s next …

February 6th, 2016 |  

Our Opinion: Our feud with Punxsutawney Phil thawing

Our Opinion: Our feud with Punxsutawney Phil thawing

Diamonds to Punxsutawney Phil, for finally seeing things our way. The state’s most famous you-know-what supposedly couldn’t spot his shadow …

February 5th, 2016 |  

Our Opinion: Rocky start to Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George’s tenure, but he can recover

Our Opinion: Rocky start to Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George’s tenure, but he can recover

Tony George pledged to bring law and order as Wilkes-Barre’s mayor, but his first few weeks in office have been …

February 4th, 2016 |  

Our Opinion: Lay out Wilkes-Barre high school consolidation plans for all to see and, possibly, appreciate

Our Opinion: Lay out Wilkes-Barre high school consolidation plans for all to see and, possibly, appreciate

Rather than rally public support for a planned new high school, Wilkes-Barre Area School District leaders continue to bumble along, …

February 3rd, 2016 |  

Our Opinion: WVIA-TV documentary ‘Our Town Dallas’ gives borough residents rightful reason to boast

Our Opinion: WVIA-TV documentary ‘Our Town Dallas’ gives borough residents rightful reason to boast

Our Dallas – not the rootin’-tootin’, oil-spewin’ Texas city, but rather the borough in Luzerne County – will get its …

February 2nd, 2016 |  

Our Opinion: Cancer fight likely to intensify; are you doing your part?

If Vice President Joe Biden’s “moon shot” to cure cancer succeeds, count on Pennsylvania supplying the life-saving mission with a …

February 1st, 2016 updated: February 1st, 2016. |  

Our Opinion: Let’s hear money-saving ideas for state government

Would it be a good idea to … … gather people’s money-saving suggestions for state government and then put the …

January 31st, 2016 |  

Our Opinion: Make the right call, NEPA; report suspected corruption to FBI

For the umpteenth time since January 2009, we’re asking you, pleading really, to report any credible information you have about …

January 30th, 2016 |  

Our Opinion: Figure skating champion and NEPA native Adam Rippon delivers golden lesson

Our Opinion: Figure skating champion and NEPA native Adam Rippon delivers golden lesson

Diamonds … make that, gold, to figure skater Adam Rippon. The Clarks Summit native captivated at the U.S. Figure Skating …

January 29th, 2016 updated: January 29th, 2016. |  

Our Opinion: Scrap home rule in Luzerne County? No, instead, first tackle this to-do list

Our Opinion: Scrap home rule in Luzerne County? No, instead, first tackle this to-do list

Toss out Luzerne County’s home rule government or at least rewrite some of its rules, say critics of the not-yet-5-year-old …

January 28th, 2016 |  

Our Opinion: Juvenile Law Center continues, after ‘kids for cash’ scandal, to reshape legal system

Our Opinion: Juvenile Law Center continues, after ‘kids for cash’ scandal, to reshape legal system

Marsha Levick had another big January. On Monday, the Philadelphia-area lawyer learned the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court case …

January 27th, 2016 |  

Our Opinion: Sex talk? That’s part of it, but Pennsylvania Teen Health Week addresses much more

Our Opinion: Sex talk? That’s part of it, but Pennsylvania Teen Health Week addresses much more

For teenagers, the health troubles that pop up during those awkward school years go well beyond acne. Teens cope today …

January 26th, 2016 |  

Our Opinion: Goodbye to those head-scratching SAT words; we won’t miss the grandiloquence

Say so long and good riddance to the SAT’s abstruse vocabulary words. Uh, we mean difficult words. The brainy bunch …

January 25th, 2016 |  

Our Opinion: Panthers on prowl eastward; could Pennsylvania cope with predator?

Our Opinion: Panthers on prowl eastward; could Pennsylvania cope with predator?

Would it be a good idea to … … brace for the eventual return to Pennsylvania of mountain lions? Don’t …

January 24th, 2016 |  

Our Opinion: Join ranks of Rotary and other civic clubs shaping our communities

Our Opinion: Join ranks of Rotary and other civic clubs shaping our communities

Suppose you could make the lives of the Wyoming Valley’s disabled children and their families a bit better. Or maybe …

January 23rd, 2016 |  

Our Opinion: Home and Garden Show allows spring to take root (in spirit)

Our Opinion: Home and Garden Show allows spring to take root (in spirit)

Diamonds to optimists who can sense spring’s approach and beckon it by, for instance, going to The Northeast Pennsylvania Home …

January 22nd, 2016 |  

Our Opinion: Ex-NFLer Lou Michaels recalled for more than tackles and Super Bowl appearance

Our Opinion: Ex-NFLer Lou Michaels recalled for more than tackles and Super Bowl appearance

Using brute force, Lou Michaels reached the top of his profession: a dominating lineman for a dozen-plus years in the …

January 21st, 2016 |  

Our Opinion: Coughlin’s school newspaper on its last legs? That’s largely up to students

Our Opinion: Coughlin’s school newspaper on its last legs? That’s largely up to students

NEWSPAPER ON DEATHBED! A sensational headline – apologies to William Randolph Hearst – suits the situation today involving the Coughlin …

January 20th, 2016 |  

Our Opinion: Locally produced outdoors show points combat veterans toward deer, turkeys and potential healing

Our Opinion: Locally produced outdoors show points combat veterans toward deer, turkeys and potential healing

After the horrors of Middle East combat missions, Erik Olson needed a tonic for his soul. The Hazleton-area resident appears …

January 19th, 2016 updated: January 19th, 2016. |  

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