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Our Opinion: Turn to Help Line if anxiety, depression or other back-to-school problems arise

For all the excitement and opportunity it offers, back-to-school season also can be a real downer. Be aware of the …

August 27th, 2015 |  

Our Opinion: 91-year-old man’s cereal diet is distressing; connect area seniors with social services

We don’t know Abram Belles’ whole story. But we do know this about the 91-year-old Wilkes-Barre Township man who is …

August 26th, 2015 updated: August 26th, 2015. |  

Our Opinion: Should school students in NEPA get lessons in good character? Yes, and here’s why

It won’t be long before area schools reopen and students again get walloped by a constant stream of what-should-I-do dilemmas. …

August 26th, 2015 |  

Our Opinion: Alligators here to stay? No, but Pennsylvania waterways will change with the climate

Our Opinion: Alligators here to stay? No, but Pennsylvania waterways will change with the climate

An alligator recently popped up in a Luzerne County pond, sending ripples of disagreement across the community about where wild …

August 24th, 2015 |  

Our Opinion: Be involved in your child’s education – from elementary school on up

Our Opinion: Be involved in your child’s education – from elementary school on up

Here’s a back-to-school checklist for parents and caretakers of school-age children to consider, and it doesn’t involve the purchase of …

August 23rd, 2015 |  

Our Opinion: Rally dads – and other role models – to greet students on first day of class

Would it be a good idea … … for fathers and other male role models to gather at area schools …

August 23rd, 2015 updated: August 23rd, 2015. |  

Our Opinion: Kudos to water company crews that ‘dug deep’ during emergency

Our Opinion: Kudos to water company crews that ‘dug deep’ during emergency

Diamonds to workers with the Pennsylvania American Water Co. A ruptured pipe in Kingston, and resulting widespread shutdown in water …

August 21st, 2015 updated: August 21st, 2015. |  

Our Opinion: Abuse victim’s letter worth sharing; tell us your reaction

A piece of mail arrived this week at the Times Leader’s office on North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, that made us …

August 20th, 2015 |  

Our Opinion: Water disruption in Wyoming Valley puts focus on precious resource – and aging pipes

Our Opinion: Water disruption in Wyoming Valley puts focus on precious resource – and aging pipes

Blame it on the heat, or the water main break that disrupted service this week to thousands of West Side …

August 19th, 2015 |  

Our Opinion: Prepare college-bound students with personal safety strategies

Talk to college-bound students about campus safety. Speak frankly about the risks – including sexual assault, alcohol-fueled violence and hazing …

August 18th, 2015 |  

Our Opinion: Entrepreneurial itch? Get business-startup advice in Northeastern Pennsylvania

If you’re itching to start a business in Pennsylvania, consider hanging your shingle in Moosic. The Lackawanna County borough ranked …

August 18th, 2015 |  

Our Opinion: Let’s work to improve NEPA’s image as well as its social ills

Northeastern Pennsylvania needs an image makeover, says area native and marketer Gerard Durling. He’s right about that, but his sentiment …

August 15th, 2015 |  

Our Opinion: This school principal’s plan for encouraging good behavior takes the prize

Would it be a good idea to … … reward students for keeping quiet in the halls and generally not …

August 15th, 2015 |  

Our Opinion: Veil lifted on would-be developer of Wilkes-Barre train station

Our Opinion: Veil lifted on would-be developer of Wilkes-Barre train station

Diamonds to area developer George Albert. He’s the lead – an no longer anonymous – investor of a Wyoming Valley-based …

August 14th, 2015 updated: August 14th, 2015. |  

Our Opinion: Fill-in-the-blank meeting agendas make WBA School Board look (___)

Reading an agenda printed in advance of a Wilkes-Barre Area School Board meeting can be a (___) experience because of …

August 13th, 2015 |  

Our Opinion: Hey, WBA School Board, please make your meetings more audience-friendly

To make its public meetings more audience-friendly and productive, the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board should approve a few, simple format …

August 12th, 2015 |  

Our Opinion: Rescue plan for Wilkes-Barre Area high schools requires careful consideration

Our Opinion: Rescue plan for Wilkes-Barre Area high schools requires careful consideration

A white knight appeared at the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board meeting Monday night, dangling the possibility of preserving the district’s …

August 11th, 2015 |  

Our Opinion: Know any dirt on misuse of state tax dollars? Alert an auditor

Our Opinion: Know any dirt on misuse of state tax dollars? Alert an auditor

Can you pinpoint places where Pennsylvania’s tax money gets squandered because of either sloppy practices or outright thievery? If so, …

August 10th, 2015 updated: August 10th, 2015. |  

Our Opinion: Are you recycling all you can? What if someone monitored your trash to find out?

Our Opinion: Are you recycling all you can? What if someone monitored your trash to find out?

Would it be a good idea to … … take a closer look at people’s trash, hoping to divert more …

August 10th, 2015 |  

Our Opinion: Can’t pay your property taxes? Explore Luzerne County’s ‘hardship program’

It’s small consolation, but certain Luzerne County homeowners who are in danger of losing their homes due to unpaid property …

August 8th, 2015 |  

Our Opinion: Converted buildings bring new life to downtown Wilkes-Barre

Our Opinion: Converted buildings bring new life to downtown Wilkes-Barre

Diamonds to D&D Realty. The developers plan to soon renovate a second building in Wilkes-Barre’s hub, adding another 16 apartments …

August 7th, 2015 updated: August 7th, 2015. |  

Our Opinion: ‘Spice’ far more dangerous than drug’s name implies

The latest drug scourge to strike the Wyoming Valley involves, not “bath salts,” but instead, a concoction called “spice.” Don’t …

August 6th, 2015 |  

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