Diamonds to J. Allen Nesbitt, head of Luzerne County's Correctional Services Division. He has boosted the number of hours that inmates spend doing community-improvement projects. Prisoners benefit by getting a break from the...
Why doesn't the Wilkes-Barre Area School District build just one, centrally located school?
Despite being born into a wealthy family or possibly because of it, Gov. William Scranton devoted his life to public service, believing that his family had an obligation to give back to the community that had given them so much. While serving in...
Wouldn't it be wonderful if Luzerne County Manager Robert Lawton and the county council put as much effort into taxpayer problems as they do into problems that affect only them?
One thing won't change as Moon Lake Park and the Seven Tubs Nature Area move from Luzerne County control to state ownership.
If you overdid it on holiday spending and dread the arrival of those credit card bills, don't despair. Help is available.
In the sequel to “Alice in Wonderland,” the Red Queen tells Alice, “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.”
The question shouldn't be whether you're “in” the holiday spirit, or whether you managed before Christmas Day to “find” it – as if it were tucked away in the attic since last year, buried below boxes of...
On Dec. 16, it was cold and damp. Still, it was a chance to be a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. This was not on my “bucket list,” but it should have been.
On Christmas Eve, expectations soar.Christians, of course, anticipate and soon will celebrate the birth of a savior.
We wish a merry Christmas and a happy new year to all the American Legion posts of Luzerne County, to their members and families.
While sitting in church on a Sunday (Feast of Christ the King), I was in prayer and went through my missal.
In this season of generosity and giving, it seems fitting that one of our country's most respected journalists has co-authored a book, “A Path Appears: Transforming Lives and Creating Opportunity,” in an effort to bring to light the...
Christmas is approaching. But this year, instead of thinking about Christmas cards, Advent preparations and entertaining, you wonder how to celebrate the Lord's birth while the loss of a loved one weighs heavily on your heart.
It was year ago today that our dear sweet Eric, 14, became free of cancer and gained his angel wings.
If the people at Harvard University's ethics center want a real education on the state of corruption in America, we invite them to visit Northeastern Pennsylvania.
I just finished reading the drivel written by yet another person lamenting the phony “war on Christmas” and felt compelled to respond.
Recent reports have begun to unveil the extent of the structural financial hole that will be left behind by the Corbett administration.
When the Pennsylvania Game Commission Board tabled the idea of creating a user permit during their meeting in September, it didn't mean the idea would disappear.
Reporter Ron Bartizek's article Monday about the Wilkes-Barre City Fire Department's improved ISO rating does a good job of explaining the hard-earned honor recently bestowed, and I'm writing to congratulate Mayor Tom Leighton, Chief...
Consumers are finally catching a break now that fuel prices have dropped to their lowest numbers in years. And, with the holidays just around the corner, the timing couldn't be better.
Well, our outgoing governor will be leaving us with a $2 billion deficit on top of a decimated educational system. We've gone from the top 10 of job-creating states to dead last.
Once more we were reminded of the abundance of musical talent possessed by students within our area schools. Once more we celebrated the arts as more than 200 students sang and played the songs of the holiday season at the 22nd annual CAN DO Community...
On the front page of the Times Leader, on Dec. 11, there is a picture of a police officer holding a Taser.
As the transition team for Gov.-elect Tom Wolf gets down to business, members of the team dealing with the Pennsylvania State Police should address a critical area of agency operations: social media outreach.
The holiday season is a time for family, friends … and Christmas trees!
Last Saturday, my son and his family went to Malacari's to get a Christmas tree. Their trip to find a beautiful tree at an affordable price soon turned into the most expensive Christmas tree they will ever buy: $207.
Diamonds to all the people, perhaps including you, who entertain audiences during December. We're referring, of course, to pageant participants and “Nutcracker” dancers, set designers and school...
Would it be a good idea to …… become a “waste watcher,” cutting back on the amount of recyclable material that wrongly gets tossed in the trash and ends up in a landfill?
When was the last time you tested the smoke alarms in your home? Was it last week? Last month? A year ago?
For the past six years, since President Obama has been in office, Congress has done nothing for America. During the president's first three years in office, certain congressional members only cared if he was a legal U.S. citizen while the...
Dear Santa,If it's not too much to ask, kindly squeeze these things on the sleigh and deliver them while making your rounds this week through Northeastern Pennsylvania:
By all rights, Boscov's shouldn't be in Wilkes-Barre.
This holiday season, for the first time ever, shoppers are buying more of their gifts online than in brick-and-mortar stores. Forty-seven percent of Americans are doing their shopping on the Internet, compared to 37 percent who say they still prefer...
It is unfathomable and an indictment of the misplaced prioritization of partisan politics well above America's safety that U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has waved a red flag before the ISIS bull in her choice to rehash the age-old, so-called CIA...
If you are driving north on Fordham Road in Laflin during a snowstorm, good luck.
The shopping revolution continues in the United States, with more people – perhaps including you – choosing to hunt for and buy holiday gifts and other merchandise online.
As commander of the Veterans of the Vietnam War Post No. 1, the views and opinions following are mine alone and should not be construed otherwise.
I had been a lifelong Democratic voter until I received my 2015 premium notice for my Medicare Advantage PPO plan.
Regarding the editorial titled “Automatic pay raises burden state” (Dec. 1), I strongly agree that our politicians should not get a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in their pay.
I would like to submit my opinion regarding the many articles published about injustices and racism toward the poor black people of this country.
Many of us pack and deliver holiday meals to strangers, sing to shut-ins and devote our time to other volunteer efforts, especially during these final, frantic weeks of December, but to what end?
What happened to Christmas?Has anyone seen it?
The indictment of Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State University employee, for child sexual abuse became a Penn State scandal only because the university's trustees allowed Sandusky to define Penn State.
As Wilkes-Barre prepares to take control of the 2-acre empty lot once home to the magnificent Hotel Sterling, these words leap to mind:Don't mess up this opportunity.
Words cannot express how grateful we are for the outpouring of support we have received during this most difficult time.
It's nothing to complain about, but some anglers are doing just that.
An essential feature of all living things is their ability to monitor their internal and external environments to detect influences that might cause their destruction, destabilization or disorganization. All living things – bacteria, plants,...
The Times Leader frequently includes op-ed pieces contributed by one Rich Lowry, identified only as a “contributing columnist.”
The British speed camera enforcement policy has failed to reduce either road injuries or road fatalities.