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TIME FOR A stirring admonishment about … maybe just a quick analysis of… perhaps a few moments of introspection on …

Oh, who's kidding whom? It's the last week of August, the psychological end of summer. For most it's a week of pining for more vacation, cramming more outdoor activities into waning days of warmth, or grumbling about all the time that yard work, housework or just good old fashioned job work sucked out of another summer.

So instead of reaching for the profound, let's remember the basics as we count down single digits to another Labor Day weekend:

• School starts for most students this week. Put down the smart phones and keep both eyes on the road. Tens of thousands of children will be walking, driving and riding the bus to their futures. Make sure they arrive safely.

• On the same topic: those students come to class without having had any say in budgets, curriculum changes or contracts. Teachers, parents and pols should try to start the year united in making school work, regardless of ideology or politics. The first day of school is the day to reset and make sure the focus is literally, and not merely rhetorically, on the kids.

• Speaking of resets, Luzerne County's big "back-tax auction" Thursday seems like a good opportunity to encourage responsible ownership and development. We've had enough properties fall into arrears or into ruin. It's time for property owners to put building community ahead of building personal bank accounts.

Simply put, we're talking perspective, not hard facts. Consider using the demise of summer not as another ending, but as a fresh start.

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