Cheers & Jeers
The winners and losers from this week’s news, as selected by the editors of The Citizens’ Voice.
to the largely positive reaction of South Wilkes-Barre residents to the opening next week of an opioid treatment clinic at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. Our region has a devastating drug problem and without such centers we will never address it adequately.
to the Kingston Twp. supervisors, who voted to restrict traffic on a newly rebuilt bridge linking Route 309 to South Main Street to emergency vehicles. Why spend more than $2 million in federal, state and county funds to repair a bridge the public can’t use? The bridge had been closed for 11 years without any apparent effect on emergency response.
to the legacy of veterinarian and preservationist Doug Ayers, who died last week at 56. Without Ayers’ financial commitment and passion, the nonprofit Lands at Hillside Farms would never have become a reality.
to the deficiencies in Pennsylvania’s child welfare system detailed in a report from the state Office of Auditor General. The shortcomings, caused mostly by high turnover among underpaid and overworked caseworkers, can be traced directly to the inability of the General Assembly to fix our broken tax and budgeting systems.