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Ed Zygmunt: Warming planet puts familiar Pennsylvania species in peril

Ed Zygmunt: Warming planet puts familiar Pennsylvania species in peril

Many Pennsylvanians remain blissfully unaware that every decade for the past 40 years has been warmer than the previous decade. …

February 7th, 2016 |  

Zeroing In: Army vet John Nolan and his faithful companion are back home in Shavertown

Zeroing In: Army vet John Nolan and his faithful companion are back home in Shavertown

This is the story of a man and his best friend, a friend he credits with saving his life. Without …

February 6th, 2016 |  

Consumer Watchdog: Customer getting hot about waiting for furnace

Consumer Watchdog: Customer getting hot about waiting for furnace

If you’re a homeowner, chances are, at some point, you’re going to hire someone to perform repairs on or make …

February 6th, 2016 |  

State Rep. Mike Turzai: Gov. Wolf’s spending plans sap too much money from your pocket

State Rep. Mike Turzai: Gov. Wolf’s spending plans sap too much money from your pocket

Three fiscally responsible budgets for 2015-16 were placed on the governor’s desk, none requiring increases in personal income tax or …

February 6th, 2016 |  

Life Deconstructed: In the throws of high school wrestling season, Maria ponders why some kids, and parents, just can’t respect sports coaches

Life Deconstructed: In the throws of high school wrestling season, Maria ponders why some kids, and parents, just can’t respect sports coaches

We are enmeshed in the season of high school wrestling. You all know my sons are wrestlers because you all …

February 4th, 2016 |  

George Spohr: Outgoing editor won’t miss the potholes, will miss the pizza

George Spohr: Outgoing editor won’t miss the potholes, will miss the pizza

Since announcing last week that I’m leaving for a new opportunity in Indiana, the one question I’ve fielded more than …

February 3rd, 2016 |  

Consumer Watchdog: Older investors should be wary of annuity sales pitches

Consumer Watchdog: Older investors should be wary of annuity sales pitches

About two years ago Esther Hanstein of Scranton noticed her investment portfolio was looking anemic and decided it needed an …

February 3rd, 2016 |  

Leslie S. Richards: Technology takes some guesswork out of winter travel in Pennsylvania

Leslie S. Richards: Technology takes some guesswork out of winter travel in Pennsylvania

Much of the state recently experienced historic snowfall that brought, in some cases, a winter’s worth of snow over a …

February 2nd, 2016 |  

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey: End sanctuary-city policies that make Philadelphia and nation less safe

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey: End sanctuary-city policies that make Philadelphia and nation less safe

“Help me, Dad. …” Those were Kate Steinle’s final words as she died in her father’s arms last July, bleeding …

February 1st, 2016 |  

Zeroing In: When it comes to police, justice for all is what truly matters

Zeroing In: When it comes to police, justice for all is what truly matters

Because of some tragic, yet isolated, incidents throughout the country in which a white police officer killed a black person, …

January 30th, 2016 |  

Consumer Watchdog: Older investors should be wary of annuity sales pitches

Consumer Watchdog: Older investors should be wary of annuity sales pitches

About two years ago Esther Hanstein of Scranton noticed her investment portfolio was looking anemic and decided it needed an …

January 30th, 2016 updated: January 30th, 2016. |  

Priya Abraham: Allow teachers in Pennsylvania to routinely vote on union representation

Priya Abraham: Allow teachers in Pennsylvania to routinely vote on union representation

Debates. Straw polls. Primary elections. With 2016 underway, Americans soon will have their say in our nation’s leadership. But imagine …

January 28th, 2016 |  

Life Deconstructed: Caring for a loved one who has breast cancer is easy with Maria’s helpful tips

Life Deconstructed: Caring for a loved one who has breast cancer is easy with Maria’s helpful tips

With my recent columns regarding breast cancer (and I promise, this is the last one), I’ve received multitudes of correspondence …

January 28th, 2016 |  

Ed Perry: Column on Clean Water Act misportrayed its impact on Pennsylvania streams

Ed Perry: Column on Clean Water Act misportrayed its impact on Pennsylvania streams

Congressman Lou Barletta’s recent commentary on the Clean Water Act contains so much misinformation that I scarcely know where to …

January 26th, 2016 |  

In Focus: Well wishes for the home with the wishing well

In Focus: Well wishes for the home with the wishing well

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — It was a posting on the website GoFundMe.com that hit home. “Parents lost everything in a fire …

January 24th, 2016 updated: January 25th, 2016. |  

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta: EPA’s rule muddies water for farmers and home builders

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta: EPA’s rule muddies water for farmers and home builders

Imagine, if you will, a Pennsylvania family farm like many others, with pleasant fields growing crops meant for market – …

January 23rd, 2016 |  

Zeroing In: If you’re prone to headaches, don’t bother applying for Wilkes-Barre’s assistant attorney job

Zeroing In: If you’re prone to headaches, don’t bother applying for Wilkes-Barre’s assistant attorney job

Attorney Peter Moses was looking forward to his appointment as Wilkes-Barre’s assistant city attorney. Until the thought of it gave …

January 23rd, 2016 |  

Life Deconstructed: Cry me a river for no good reason

Life Deconstructed: Cry me a river for no good reason

It’s a fact that I have enormous issues with general anesthesia. It used to be that after surgery, I’d spend …

January 21st, 2016 |  

Stephen Payne: Ringling Bros.’ animals are well cared for, despite columnist’s ‘unsupported’ claims

Stephen Payne: Ringling Bros.’ animals are well cared for, despite columnist’s ‘unsupported’ claims

Following the announcement last week that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey was transitioning all of the elephants currently touring …

January 19th, 2016 |  

Bill Jones: Help area’s United Way counteract the sting of childhood poverty

Bill Jones: Help area’s United Way counteract the sting of childhood poverty

I have a very low tolerance for pain! I have known for the past three years that I needed to …

January 18th, 2016 |  

Zeroing In: It’s a new day in Wilkes-Barre City but will the rank and file support a female police chief?

Zeroing In: It’s a new day in Wilkes-Barre City but will the rank and file support a female police chief?

Wilkes-Barre, we may have a problem. Apparently, some city police officers don’t like their soon-to-be-boss Lt. Marcella Lendacky, who will …

January 16th, 2016 updated: January 17th, 2016. |  

Andrew R. Campanella: Is your child’s school the right fit? If not, explore Pennsylvania’s options

Andrew R. Campanella: Is your child’s school the right fit? If not, explore Pennsylvania’s options

When it comes to kindergarten through 12th-grade education, America’s parents want more choices. In fact, almost two thirds of parents …

January 14th, 2016 |  

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