Cheers & Jeers

The Citizens' Voice - - EDITORIAL -

The win­ners and losers from this week’s news, as se­lected by the ed­i­tors of The Cit­i­zens’ Voice.

CHEERS to all the vet­er­ans we rec­og­nize to­day on the 100th an­niver­sary of the ar­mistice that ended World War I. A great way to honor vet­er­ans for their ser­vice would be to at­tend to­day’s Wy­oming Val­ley Vet­er­ans Day Pa­rade, which be­gins at 2 p.m. on Mar­ket Street in Kingston and ends on Pub­lic Square.

JEERS to the nearly 48 per­cent of Luzerne County vot­ers who did not show up at the polls Tues­day. While turnout was much higher than in the last midterm in 2014, it barely ex­ceeded turnout from the 2010 gen­eral elec­tion. one half of the po­ten­tial vot­ers stay­ing home on Elec­tion Day is noth­ing to cel­e­brate.

CHEERS to news that Earth’s ozone layer is thick­en­ing 20 years af­ter the world’s na­tions agreed to ban chlo­roflu­o­ro­car­bons, which eat away at the ozone that shields us from ul­tra­vi­o­let rays. It shows that we are not pow­er­less to re­dress the dam­age hu­mans have done to the en­vi­ron­ment.

JEERS to the Scran­ton Dio­cese and other dio­ce­ses with his­to­ries of child sex­ual abuse for try­ing to stave off leg­is­la­tion re­mov­ing statutes of lim­i­ta­tions in such cases by set­ting up their own com­pen­sa­tion funds. The dio­ce­ses have proven ir re­spon­si­ble in han­dling these mat­ters and vic­tims de­serve their day in court.

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