Letter to the Editor: ‘Clean Power Plan’ will put many Pennsylvania seniors in financial squeeze

On behalf of the millions of senior citizens living on fixed incomes in Pennsylvania, I thank Sen. Pat Toomey for his opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule on carbon emissions and urge him to stand his ground in the face of this announced smear campaign. The National Resources Defense Council Action Fund and the […]

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Letter to the Editor: Match elderly homeowners with people needing shelter so both can benefit

The Times Leader’s editorial (“Sharing can make Valley better place,” Sept. 8) regarding sharing and the recent news article about the elderly man who was assisted in paying his property taxes reminded me of an idea I had a while ago. Would it be a good idea for elderly people who are on their own, […]

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Letter to the Editor: Require natural gas firms to pay for third-party monitoring of air quality and noise

Recent studies released by the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh and the state of Colorado reassured New York and Maryland officials to continue their bans on the natural gas drilling technique known as fracking. The studies found a higher rate of cardiovascular events and babies too small for their gestational age. In view […]

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Letter to the Editor: Grab a ‘passport’ to Luzerne County’s outdoor places; discover your community

The summer may be winding down and the kids are going back to school, but local parks and trails are open well after pools and camps are closed and vacations are only memories. There is still plenty of good weather left to enjoy Luzerne County’s beautiful natural resources with the Keystone Active Zone Passport – […]

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Letter to the Editor: EPA’s Clean Water Rule a real blessing, deacon says

Thank you for your Aug. 19 editorial titled “Water disruption in Wyoming Valley puts focus on precious resource – and aging pipes.” It is true that we need to prepare ourselves for water disruptions, and that our community is poised to do so. I want to add that I am grateful that the likelihood of […]

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Letter to the Editor: Full promise of 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act goes unmet

Like many other people with disabilities, I attended segregated schools until being mainstreamed as a teenager and used driveways when curb cuts didn’t exist. I was among hundreds at the White House who watched President George H.W. Bush sign the Americans with Disabilities Act into law on July 26, 1990. He proclaimed the need to […]

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Letter to the Editor: Trophy hunting lacks ‘sport;’ it should no longer be acceptable

I am writing in response to the Tom Venesky column “What about lions without names?” that was published Aug. 2. I am in agreement with some of Mr. Venesky’s points about the unethical practices of baiting and poaching. However, he misses the essential issue, which is the unnecessary cruelty, worthlessness and depravity of “trophy hunting.” […]

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Letter to the Editor: Turn your grocery store triumphs into a boon for local food banks

To everyone who has been bitten with extreme coupon clipping, as I have, please check the shelf life that is marked on items you buy. Being excited about a bargain can be a wonderful opportunity for you to share your savings with charitable organizations. For example: Stocking tons of canned soups, vegetables and fruits in […]

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Letter to the Editor: Expand Pennsylvania families’ access to pre-kindergarten programs

As a parent whose children benefited from a high-quality pre-kindergarten program, I know firsthand how it can help young learners and why Pennsylvania’s leaders need to increase funding for it. My two boys had the opportunity to attend Luzerne County Head Start during the 2014-15 school year at the Back Mountain Center. The staff made […]

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Letter to the Editor: Ensure students vaccinated before start of school year

With the start of school just around the corner, the Pennsylvania departments of Health and Education are deeply concerned that not all children in the commonwealth will be fully vaccinated before the start of classes. In most states, children are required to have all recommended immunizations prior to entering school. However, current Pennsylvania regulations allow […]

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