You don’t think you’re a speeder, do you? You drive a speed you feel safe, don’t you? And most of the time you are right, since real speeding causes about 1.6% of all the accidents, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.

The radar lobby sees things in terms of how much money can be made from ticketing the 98.4% of safe drivers (it’s hundreds of millions of dollars per year). The numbers on speed limit signs are lower than the safe speeds that you decide to drive every time you get into your car, and that makes you a “speeder.” The numbers on the speed limit signs are there to make it easy to write “speeding” tickets.

The Legislature is trying as hard as it can to give radar to municipal police to facilitate ticket writing. One tactic is to proclaim “Everyone is speeding!” and too many people think this is true.



It is not true, and drivers need to fight back. Tell your representative to vote No on Senate Bill 607, radar for municipal police, or there will be speed traps everywhere.

As lifelong residents in District B in the Rolling Mill Hill area of Wilkes-Barre, we have seen the commitment and caring our councilman, Tony Brooks, has shown during the past four years to the residents in his district.

His love for Wilkes-Barre and respect for its residents comes through in his response to issues and problems for which he is called about on a daily basis. He constantly makes house calls to residents’ homes when they call with situations or concerns and represents all of us as a full-time councilman.

His consistency in voting “NO” on property tax increases and the promise to not vote for any in the future, reflects his compassion toward homeowners, especially the senior citizens who are struggling every day to stay in their homes.

Councilman Brooks and our incoming mayor, George Brown, have pledged to work together in bringing improvements and better quality of life to our neighborhoods. It is extremely important for everyone to vote on Nov. 5. A vote for Tony Brooks for Wilkes-Barre City Council for District B will help keep our district under the leadership of a dedicated councilman and protect the future of our neighborhoods.

On Nov. 5 make your vote count. Elect the county council candidate who will represent all of us, not just a chosen few.

We need fresh minds with innovative thoughts to move our county forward. Under the current county council majority, our Home Rule Charter is stagnating. Every election should contain at least one question pertaining to the county’s charter. An issue for the people to decide.

County council is the legislative branch of our government. They need to pass resolutions and ordinances that will enhance and improve its overall functions.

The three-minute time limit for public interaction must be expanded and a normal, back-and-forth response to questions restored.

Constant reliance on solicitors to interpret plain English must end and the openness Home Rule was meant to elicit restored.

Vote for a candidate who stands for all of this and more. A person who already spends hours and hours of his personal time watching out for the best interests of Luzerne County and its residents.

On Aug. 31st, I received word that my older brother, Melvin Samuel Wynn, had passed away, and it put me in a tail spin.

The first group to step to the plate was the Wilkes Barre Area School District, specifically Dr. Brian Costello and Ms. Denise Thomas. They gave us the venue of the school.

The first person was Greg Palmer of Salt & Pepper fame, now staging as Greg Palmer. Judge William Amesbury and his beautiful sister, Noreen – your love and support means the world to me.

Others to step forward included Joe Middleton (wife, Molly), Jerry Sechleer (wife, Mary Ann), state Rep. Eddie “Day” Pashinski — thank you also for your hard work in trying to assist with finding some place in such short notice – Stan Mirin from GAR High School maintenance department – who worked tirelessly that day to make our lives as comfortable as possible.

Mr. Joe Nardone. of “Joe Nardone and the All Stars” as well as the owner and operator of the Gallery of Sound, thank you for being with us on the stage. Father James E. Wynn, thank you for the prayer; and Mel Wynn III, thank you for representing his father’s family.

Thank you to the the Amber Palace for the fabulous brunch. Thank you, Pam and your staff, for the wonderful brunch you served. Thank you, Father Wynn and Ms. Valaida Wynn Randolph, for your strength and support. Thank you, Jack Foley and Robbie Walsh, for performing and and sharing a story how Jack sang at the age of 14 for Mel. Thank you, John C. Janoski and the Maseychick family, for recommending Jack and Robbie.

I want to thank Bill O’Boyle for his writing. I need to thank Ms. Katey Lick of Mountaintop on the Move for finding us a videographer as well as the picture of Mel in his leopard vest; Scott Cannon, who did a fabulous job with the program. Mr. Tom Woods, radio announcer extraordinaire, also commented as well as Dr. R. Blaum, and Charles Harvey, representing the Harvey family. And to mayoral candidate George Brown, thank you for your support.

Also thank you to three dear friends who assisted with the fliers. Thank you to Marsha and James Reilly, cousin Maxine Plummer and Joe Milcavage who worked everything from sound to programming – couldn’t have done any of it without all of you.

Last week, you wrote an article about a carjacking suspect tripping over a plant cart and a ceramic duck.

I stand approximately 3 feet tall, and weigh … enough. I was just freshly painted and always have on my black hat and black shawl.

Last week, I heard someone running in my yard. It was very late and very dark. He crashed into the wrought iron plant stand, and then into me. I fell on the ground first — but I stopped him!!

It’s all about deflection. “They hate me!” cries President Donald. “They persecute me!” “This is a hoax! What you see is not true. What you have heard me say, I have not said.”

Presidents are allowed to have private conversations with other heads of state. They are allowed to be crude if they want. They are allowed to curse and slam their fists on the table. They are even allowed quid pro quo … to ask for a favor. They are allowed to extort a promise of allowing for a Democratic election or improved human rights in exchange for American money or aide. And they are allowed to do all of that behind a closed door.

What they are NOT allowed to do is use the might of the United States to ask for personal favors. They are not allowed to leverage the power of the office to gain advantage over a political rival. They are not allowed to ask a foreign country to meddle in our affairs.

For those that have read the transcript of Donald Trump’s conversation with the president of Ukraine, what do you think he was doing? It is painfully and embarrassingly simple. You may decide to give our president a pass, but don’t fool yourself into believing that it did not happen. Facts are facts. The words were spoken. The intent was clear. All that is left is for his followers to not care.

No dog should ever have to suffer and die the way South Korean meat dogs do. It’s all in the name of the dinner table and so-called “health tonic” that is brewed from the grisly betrayal of humanity’s best, most steadfast friend.

If we are to permanently save dogs from agonizing deaths by beatings and blowtorches and electrocution, there are three legal loopholes to overcome to close in South Korea.

• The Animal Protection Act loophole: Dogs are legally categorized as companion animals in this act, and it’s said they “must not be killed in a brutal way.” But because the slaughter is not outlawed outright in this language, the butchering continues.

• The Wastes Control Act loophole: Most dog farms that dot the South Korean countryside gather rotten food waste from restaurants and force feed it to dogs to save money. If using food waste as animal feed is outright banned by this act, the majority of dog farms won’t be able to operate economically.

• The livestock Industry Act loophole: This badly outdated act still recognizes dogs as “livestock,” a direct contradiction to the Animal Protection Act, and results in millions of dogs being bred, raised and killed under horrific conditions for their flesh.

I would like to thank The Wall That Heals Committee and my dear friend Holly Spece and all the volunteers who put so much time into making The Wall That Heals event a huge success.

I would like to thank Wyoming Valley West School Board and all the staff, the teachers and all the students of Wyoming Valley West. Without your help, it would have not been as great as it was. Thank you.

And to all the veterans groups and families and family members of all our veterans who have served this great country — I thank you all.

And to all the people who donated money and to all business and individuals who gave us money — thank you so much

And to you my friend Bill O’Boyle of the Times Leader, thank you so much — you are a great friend to all our Vietnam veterans.

And in closing, I want to thank Plymouth Borough Council and all the fire companies from Plymouth — your people were so awesome. All of the ladies and guys really made me so proud to be from Plymouth and to be a Vietnam veteran.

The article “House GOP leaders: ‘No interest in legalizing recreational marijuana’” by Bill O’Boyle published on Sept. 29 highlights the GOP’s opposition to the overwhelming public support for legalizing adult-use cannabis.

A survey conducted during the lieutenant governor’s public forum across Pennsylvania revealed that 82% of residents support making the plant legal.

House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler uses the opioid epidemic to justify his party’s opposition. However, studies show that cannabis alleviates pain, manages PTSD and is a safer and more effective alternative to opioids.

Many states have legalized recreational use of marijuana such as Colorado, Michigan and Maine with positive results.

It is time Pennsylvania joins these states and takes a lead in this growing industry, as we have already seen with the boom of Pennsylvania hemp. This would be a substantial benefit to the state by affording us much needed revenue. Money to revitalize marginalized communities, fund quality public education and restore our crumbling infrastructure.

One reason I support Bernie Sanders for president is that he is the only candidate in support of legalizing cannabis. I have seen its positive effects, and if you are laughing you probably have too. I urge everyone today to call their state representative to co-sponsor House Bill 50 to legalize recreational adult-use cannabis.

Contrary to anecdotal information that we hear, the National Institute of Drug Abuse states that marijuana can be addictive and can serve as a gateway drug to other mind -altering substances such as opioids, heroin, and fentanyl.

The opioid crisis has been killing people in Luzerne County by the hundreds, in Pennsylvania by the thousands and in the nation by the tens of thousands. It is baffling to me that we would want to take steps to add to those numbers.

As with many proposals, it’s said to follow the money. The figures recently released for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania in the first year told us that gross sales amounted to $132 million and $2 million in state taxes. I guess that’s peanuts, but a new sin tax to enrich the state coffers always seems attractive to some legislators. It would be interesting to see projected figures on the cost of dealing with the needs of addicts who can no longer provide for the necessities of life for themselves and their families. Can we guess the numbers of arrests for driving while stoned?

Of course those are just statistics. But for those who have had the misfortune of seeing the effects of drugs on friends or relatives, it becomes the pain of seeing changes in personality such as the loss of initiative other than for feeding the habit. We’ve seen individuals who could have made major contributions to society instead become a drain on public resources.

I fear the train has already left the station on this proposal. I’m certain the potential sellers are solidly behind this for their own enrichment, and policy makers in Harrisburg see this as a comfortable way to obtain new revenue. The polls indicate the public supports recreational marijuana. Be careful what you wish for folks for in the final analysis there will be costs in terms of dollars and wasted lives and you’ll be picking them up.

As a bit of an animal lover, I have been scouring the Internet for some special occasion celebrating animals. I came across an international observance called “Day for Animals,” but it wasn’t quite what I expected.

I was shocked to learn that nearly 99 percent of all domesticated animals are bred and raised for food. That, unlike our cats and dogs, they get no compassion or respect from the meat and dairy industries.

Male baby chicks are suffocated in plastic garbage bags or ground up alive because they lay no eggs. Groups of laying hens are packed into small wire cages that tear out their feathers. Breeding sows spend their entire lives pregnant in metal cages. Dairy cows are artificially impregnated each year, and their babies are snatched from them at birth, so people can drink their milk.

Like many others, I always thought of cows, pigs and chickens as simply “food on the hoof.” Now, I realize that each dollar I spend on meat and dairy products at the checkout counter subsidizes animal atrocities. I will be replacing animal products in my diet with the new healthful, cruelty-free plant-based meats and dairy items offered by my supermarket.

You don’t think you’re a speeder, do you? You drive a speed you feel safe, don’t you? And most of the time you are right, since real speeding causes about 1.6% of all the accidents, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.

The radar lobby sees things in terms of how much money can be made from ticketing the 98.4% of safe drivers (it’s hundreds of millions of dollars per year). The numbers on speed limit signs are lower than the safe speeds that you decide to drive every time you get into your car, and that makes you a “speeder.” The numbers on the speed limit signs are there to make it easy to write “speeding” tickets.

The Legislature is trying as hard as it can to give radar to municipal police to facilitate ticket writing. One tactic is to proclaim “Everyone is speeding!” and too many people think this is true.

It is not true, and drivers need to fight back. Tell your representative to vote No on Senate Bill 607, radar for municipal police, or there will be speed traps everywhere.

President Trump is trying to attain trade equity with China, but his trade war is having a devastating impact on U.S. farmers, which could lead to long term losses of the Chinese market for our agricultural products since they are being replaced by competing countries. The $12 billion farmers subsidy is just a temporary reprieve for farmers.

China typically imports large quantities of U.S. fruit, pork, cotton, soybeans and other farm products. It imports 60% of U.S. soybean exports, about 30 million tons per year. Although the European Union agreed to import more soybeans, its 14 million tons falls far short of the 30 million tons to China.

Brazil is the largest exporter of soybeans to China. It has increased its soybean exports to China by 27% to 71 million tons, and it is clearing large swaths of the Amazon Forest for soybean production. Unfortunately, the forest is being cleared with set fires that are out of control, and the clearing has a huge adverse impact on the world since the rain forest absorbs millions of tons of carbon emissions each year; along with trees throughout the planet.

WILKES-BARRE — Hollenback Cemetery Association board members Tony Brooks and Bill Lewis will host a walking tour of Hollenback Cemetery, 540 N. River St. on Saturday at 11 a.m. The tour will explore the life […]

One area movie house has been added to the number of theaters nationwide that will screen “The Irishman” next month, and another will expand its already scheduled run. The Cinema & Drafthouse in West Hazleton […]

Bruce J. Phillips, a well-known and respected civil attorney who served as solicitor for Wilkes-Barre Township since 1988, has died. Phillips, 62, died overnight at his Dallas Township home. “Bruce was a man of great […]

SCRANTON — The Diocese of Scranton will be cutting services provided by Catholic Social Services starting at the end of the year, affecting Wilkes-Barre, Scranton and Milford. The announcement comes from diocesan spokesperson, Eric Deabill […]

The state Department of Corrections on Friday released a statement regarding remarks made by Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections John E. Wetzel regarding plans to close the State Correctional Institution at Retreat. As reported on Thursday, […]

SCRANTON — Christine Schreck was diagnosed with breast cancer last year at a younger age than most women are advised to begin getting mammograms. She was 39. Routine mammograms typically are recommended at 40, sometimes […]

WILKES-BARRE — City police on Friday released a picture of a man they say is a suspect in a robbery on Sambourne Street. Anyone who can identify the man is asked to call police Det. […]

WILKES-BARRE — It seems safe to assume the first lesson is not that a principal has principles. Anyone taking advantage of the new King’s College Principal Certification program surely has mastered the differences between the […]

WILKES-BARRE — Outdated water lines dating back to the 1880s will be replaced in several Luzerne County communities as part of a $1.7 million project. Pennsylvania American Water on Thursday announced upgrades to nearly two […]

WILKES-BARRE — A notice of appeal was filed in Luzerne County court of a magistrate’s ruling in favor of a dog owner who sought payment of more than $4,200 for veterinary bills for the animal […]

WILKES-BARRE — Jayden McCloe took obvious delight in showing state Sen. John Yudichak the screen that created a three-dimensional view of things like the human body — as long as you wore the funky shades. […]

PITTSTON TWP. — On Oct. 1, 2020, travelers will be required to get real, as in Real ID. Less than one year from now, you will need a Real ID compliant driver’s license, photo ID […]

Vote the PERSON – not the PARTY! In the Nov. 5 election, the easy choice is to vote straight party. In that case, your decision has been made for you. We want to elect the […]

October always feels like a double-edged sword to me. It is an opportunity to tell everyone about the value of breast cancer screening and early diagnosis, but it’s also a painful reminder for many patients […]

When I hear the word “lynch,” I immediately think of the black experience of torture, persecution and dehumanization that was so prevalent in the first half of the last century in the American south. I […]

Elsewhere in today’s edition, you will read of how an accidentally public utterance by Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections John E. Wetzel has become the latest flashpoint in the debate over plans to shut down the […]

As lifelong residents in District B in the Rolling Mill Hill area of Wilkes-Barre, we have seen the commitment and caring our councilman, Tony Brooks, has shown during the past four years to the residents […]

It was a bad week for retail in the United States. I haven’t looked up statistics, but I am The Generic Consumer, and I can tell you that America is failing Retail 101 and is […]

What makes any place liveable is its curb appeal. Ask any real estate agent or HGTV expert that behind location, what a place looks like on the outside is what attracts people to it. That’s […]

On Nov. 5 make your vote count. Elect the county council candidate who will represent all of us, not just a chosen few. We need fresh minds with innovative thoughts to move our county forward. […]

Attorney General William Barr recently gave a speech on religious freedom at the University of Notre Dame law school. He said that that mainstream faiths were being attacked by secularists, mass media, academia, movies, TV […]

A rare, underappreciated drama broke out in last week’s Democratic presidential debate in Ohio: The candidates had a serious argument over foreign policy. Asked about President Trump’s decision to let Turkey seize northern Syria, the […]

My granddaughter Rowan loves Halloween. All year long she asks to watch “Scary, but not too scary,” animated Halloween songs on YouTube. She’s especially partial to Steve and Maggie, a British guy and his magpie […]

This was a remarkably challenging week for President Donald Trump’s ever-fearful, fawning, but increasingly fed-up Republican congressional claque. An eruption of stunning Trump Team admissions and disasters has just propelled them toward inevitable impeachment decisions […]

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