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February 27. 2013 8:44PM
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Little by little Wilkes-Barre Township crumbling

Because of no leadership from Mayor Kuren down, no common sense, no integrity, the citizens of Wilkes-Barre Township are being embarrassed and dragged down with them.

Mayor Kuren in his wisdom honors two veterans; well, that’s all well and good, except it should have been all WWII and Korean veterans. Another slap in the face to all the residents and their families.

What about the public works department? They are unappreciated; they work hard all year round. They should be given a weekend of thanks at our Georgetown Settlement Camp with their families. Remember Kuren, it’s the townships camp, not yours.

All these chains and stores opening in the township of Wilkes-Barre , that’s all through the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, not Mayor Kuran and administration, but he leads you to believe it’s me, me, me mentality. Also, put more emphasis on our senior citizens and youth of Wilkes-Barre Township.

Wilkes-Barre Township High School, ours should be used for recreation, a day care, a senior citizen center, and a library. It makes complete sense. Also, at Kennedy Park a community swimming pool. All things that can be done; but not with this dysfunctional mayor, administration and stagnant council.

And finally, the Wilkes-Barre Township Volunteer Fire Company. Why are they still getting $101,000 per year? They lost $26,000 a year since 2008. How many firemen are there? How many fires have they not responded to? Who is the fire chief? Who’s on the board? Where is the mayor and council? Contract out to Ashley, Hanover Township, even Wilkes-Barre. Stop fueling money to firehouse. The lives of all Wilkes-Barre residents are at stake. Is it worth the cost of lives? Responding is crucial.

Joe Naperkowski

Wilkes-Barre Township

Don’t let Tom Corbett give away a valuable asset that benefits ALL Pennsylvanians!

The Pa. Wine and Spirits stores generate more than $500 million a year in taxes and profits that benefits all Pa.residents. Corbett’s plan would bring in revenue one time only. Then the asset would be gone— forever. His friends who stand to profit would make out great,while Pa. taxpayers are left holding the bag.

In April 2012 the U.S Centers for Disease Control(CDC) recommended against any furthur privatization of alcohol sales. PA has the nation’slowestrate alcohol related deaths in the country, according to CDC.

United Food and Commercial Workers in Pa’s Wine and Spirit Shoppes conduct more than one million ID checks every year. Employees are trained to spot phony ID’s. Their record of doing so is unmatched anywhere in the US.

Five thousand men and women work in or support today’s Wine and Spirits Shoppes. They have family-sustaining jobs with decent benefits. Our economy is recovering. Why would we put 5,000 people out of work? Privatization would destroy current jobs and turn the work over to low-wage, no benefit jobs that do nothing to grow our states economy.

Wayne Namey

Wilkes Barre




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