Letter to the Editor: Minimum wage too low; urge state Sen. Lisa Baker to advance bill allowing increase for Pennsylvanians

I am writing to express my concern regarding Pennsylvania’s state minimum wage. While federal programs such as Social Security routinely undergo cost of living adjustments, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has not made any changes to the state minimum wage since 2009 when it raised the hourly rate to $7.25 an hour. As a citizen of […]

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Letter to the Editor: Keep woods tranquil for a day; oppose expansion of Sunday hunting

I am writing to encourage readers to contact their state representatives and senators to oppose the bill introduced by state Rep. Frank Farina, D-Jessup, to repeal the ban on Sunday hunting of deer and turkey. The 95 percent of state residents who engage in outdoor hobbies that do not involve killing animals for personal entertainment […]

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Letter to the Editor: Gov. Tom Wolf’s pipeline task force will do more harm than good

For the last five years, I’ve been telling Pennsylvanians that they will be paying out of their own pockets for the natural gas development of our neighborhoods and farms. It seems no one pays attention to these issues until it affects their own wallet. Well, with the proposed sales tax hike to fill the state […]

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Letter to the Editor: ‘Gig economy’ not all it’s cracked up to be

In his opinion piece titled “An opportunity the poor can’t afford to miss,” Michael A. MacDowell points out the benefits of the “sharing” or gig economy, and how it potentially makes everyone a capitalist. I was left wondering when was the last time I wanted to drive in a “poor” person’s car, or sleep in […]

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Letter to the Editor: Luzerne County Councilman-elect Eugene Kelleher will be accessible to ‘the taxpayers’

I humbly express my thanks to the people who helped me and voted for me Tuesday to serve as a Luzerne County Council member. The county is financially stressed and faces some very difficult decisions. Cooperation based on communication is the best option to guide us through the troubled waters of debt left by pre-home […]

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Letter to the Editor: Confused on Medicare options? Get guidance by calling these phone numbers

Every year, from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period takes place. Over 2 million Pennsylvania use Medicare programs. These programs include standard Medicare (which is provided directly by the federal government), Medicare Advantage (which is offered by private health insurance companies), and the prescription drug benefit (Medicare Part D). Because of the […]

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Letter to the Editor: Harveys Lake residents deserve government with ‘fiscal responsibility,’ says council candidate

Democrat Michelle Boice of Harveys Lake has submitted a letter to the editor that has portrayed the Republican candidates for Harveys Lake Council as not applying for vacated positions in the community, not going to council meetings and not being active in the community. I addressed this with the council at its monthly meeting on […]

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Letter to the Editor: Luzerne County Council requires newfound sense of cooperation

Running an extremely large, exceedingly demanding, very complex county government is not only a rigorous task, it is a vigorous challenge – requiring multi-skilled, diversified leadership. And to handle this task capably and resourcefully we need a highly functional, problem-solving, decision-making team, a team that strives continuously to provide what every single voter wants: a […]

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Letter to the Editor: Harveys Lake made progress under our watch, says incumbent council candidate

I’m running for re-election to Harveys Lake Borough Council along with Tom Kehler and Ed Kelly. When we were elected four years ago we made tough decisions and turned a deficit into a surplus. We led by example, giving up our monthly council stipend and then freezing wages and stopping all unnecessary spending. We hired […]

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Letter to the Editor: Catholic institutions shy from condemnation of natural gas drilling

A recent environmental study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University concluded that in Bradford and Susquehanna counties hydraulic mining (fracking) for natural gas has resulted in increased hospitalizations. Brown University and the Colorado School of Public Health’s study of fracking found that many of the chemicals used in underground natural gas drilling […]

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