Cheers & Jeers

The Citizens' Voice - - EDITORIAL -

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.

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