The Rick Santorum who would like to meet you is a curious mixture of better timing and clearer focus than the 2012 Republican nomination silver medalist.
State Rep. Stan Saylor, of York, has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that will reduce school property taxes by 50 percent.
Just a small thank-you note to all the people who helped me get elected on my first run into politics.
Even as Pennsylvania's adolescent casino industry shows signs of its first breakdown, certain lawmakers are poised to further tie the state's fortunes to gambling.
At a recent budget hearing, a senator asked, “If you were to advise us as to an investment that we should be making in another agency, in another part of government, that would impact what you do, change the outcome of what you do, what would...
The Wilkes-Barre Township Republican Party candidates swept the May primary election in the township, solidifying the party's position for all elected seats including mayor and all five council members.
Would it be a good idea to …
The last coal breaker in Pennsylvania will be dismantled in a matter of months, putting to rest all hopes of preserving one of the super-sized, historical structures that once defined our region.And that's a crying shame.
One of my favorite parts of the Sunday paper is Christine Young's Consumer Watchdog column. This past Sunday's column about the poor experience Sue Adams of Shavertown had with 1-800-Flowers.com really struck a chord.
I am a licensed social worker with more than 40 years of experience as a drug and alcohol counselor. I am certified at the highest levels both as a clinician and supervisor. I have lectured overseas on drug prevention on behalf of the U.S. Department...
I would like to say thanks and congratulations to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on a job well done this year.
What would happen if we didn't have the National Labor Relations Board?
In the Pennsylvania Senate, where I preside, we've witnessed several unfortunate attacks recently on public employees. A bill that would interfere with collective bargaining has passed, and several more are receiving serious consideration.
I want to thank Patrick J. Conway, formerly from Wilkes-Barre Township, who now resides in Plains Township.
It is bad in these high-rises. They should not take young tenants.High-rises are supposed to be for the elderly. It needs to change.Alex S. PartikaWilkes-Barre
Diamonds to students at St. Jude School. Carrying jars of peanut butter, noodle packages and other non-perishable edibles, youngsters at the Mountain Top elementary school lined up...
I am very disappointed in our local government. The Wilkes-Barre Police Department says there isn't anything much it can do (at the former Market Street train station) since the county will not prosecute the people it does catch as...
Here's a simple question: Did you vote in the primary on May 19?
Tell the state's transportation officials what you see as the most pressing road, rail and aviation projects in Northeastern Pennsylvania.Chime in regarding the region's biking and walking thoroughfares, too.
I cannot believe how stupid this country is getting about politics. We keep voting in these phonies who vote against the working man all the time.
To me, college always had seemed like an idea that existed in the distant future – an incredibly stressful idea for someone who would be the first one in her family to go to college. However, as time went by, the distant future became the...
Deteriorating bridges dot Pennsylvania's landscape, including here in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, and movements are afoot to fix or replace many of the worst ones.
As we've read in the newspapers, the fate of Elmer L. Meyers Junior/Senior High School is still uncertain. Once again, there has been talk about closing Meyers, though the latest feasibility study states: “Despite the settlements, the...
On May 7, at 6:50 a.m., a man tried to break into my home through my front door, my window and my privacy gate leading to my yard. My son and I had to cower on our back porch while staying on the line with 911 until the police arrived.
Your vote is important; voting matters. If you don't vote, you can't complain. These are all the catch phrases we use to encourage people to vote.
Motorcyclists, be smart out there.
This one's for the “evil” New Yorkers, Philadelphians and suspect New Jerseyans who frequently get credited for Wilkes-Barre's abysmal crime rate.
I thank all those people who last week supported my candidacy for Luzerne County Council.
At 3 p.m. today, take a moment.
I am writing with a strong sense of gratitude.On May 14, the United Way of Wyoming Valley held its annual Day of Caring and our awards breakfast. Both were record-breaking events for us!
Rather than a dull affair, the municipal primary in Luzerne County last week turned madcap. Here's a rundown of the good, the bad, the ugly – and the outright bizarre.
The town of Boalsburg is in Centre County and has a population fewer than 4,000. It sits in a beautiful valley in the shadow of Mount Nittany.
There is an old saying that ingenuity comes from youth, true wisdom comes from experience and experience comes with age. May is Older Americans Month. We have the opportunity to reflect on the contributions of older adults in our lives as well as...
“The Diamond On The Square” was the theme of the Fine Arts Fiesta this year, as we celebrated our 60th anniversary of this very special event.
In this beautiful time of the year, the Polish group held its annual debutante ball. Ten of our finest young ladies and their escorts were presented to society in an age-old tradition.
Responsible adults should never give alcohol to a minor. In cultures that encourage giving children a little wine with their meal, the rate of alcoholism is astronomical. Everyone I know whose parents let them drink with the family as children...
On Memorial Day, we remember soldiers who died in wars. They are not forgotten.They died so that we would have freedom.Alex S. PartikaWilkes-Barre
Diamonds to the Luzerne County leaders who led an effort to restructure government debt. This week, investors scooped up the county's bond offerings, putting the government – and taxpayers – in better shape for the...
The purpose of the Downtown Residents Association is to work to promote and improve one of the oldest neighborhoods in Wilkes-Barre.
To the surprise of virtually no one, our area was among the nation's worst when it comes to residents feeling safe about where they live.
For more than 60 years, I've enjoyed the beauty of Pennsylvania's outdoors. From the age of 6, when my Dad took me fishing in a small Centre County limestone creek, to my most recent week along Pine Creek in Lycoming County, as a sportsman...
Well, they're back to talking about the flat tax idea.
After an election night thumping at the polls, aspiring public servant Jared Kane probably would be happy to put his ill-fated campaign far behind him and go on with his life.Sorry, not so fast.
This is a note of gratitude and acknowledgment for the wonderful program at Wilkes University that encourages students to participate in community service.
It pains me to see the way pit bulls are misrepresented in the media.
FLASH FORWARD: An imagined talk given in 2019, as the arena in Wilkes-Barre Township turns 20.Welcome to today's tour of the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
The Times Leader was in error to trash the Redevelopment Authority regarding the deplorable condition of the former New Jersey Central train station.
By the summer of 1985, Eddie Gayeski had built Northwest Basketball into a state powerhouse.He had just wrapped up a run of two state titles and an Eastern Final appearance. It was during that summer that he passed.
Gina Barreca's column (“Pick your words carefully,” May 4) on toxic phrases was a “work of art.”
There will never be a truly homosexual marriage. The “homosexual marriages” that are being forced on our country by the courts are pretend marriages. One person pretends to be the husband and the other person pretends to be the...