Thursday, March 6, 2014


It was nice to see reading emphasized in elementary schools this week.  I sincerely hope it was more than the yearly Dr. Seuss publicity stunts, and the focus on reading continues all year long.

Wilkes University has purchased the old Bartikowsky building and intends to create a gateway to the campus off South Main Street.  For a while, Scranton fought expansion of the U of Scranton.  Thankfully, we don't see that in Wilkes-Barre.  Colleges and universities build, spend money, educate young people, and spur development.  Yes, some property reverts to tax free status, but look at the big picture.  They are economic and image magnets.  I wish Kings and Wilkes would get together to buy the old Irem Temple on North Franklin Street before we get another Sterling on our hands.

Target's technology chief has quit because of last year's data breach.  Someone had to pay for it, and Beth Jacob is our winner.  Even if it wasn't her fault, someone had to pay for it as Target attempts to regain public trust.

Russia doesn't seem worried about sanctions imposed by western nations.  That, in and of itself, is frightening.

We're coming up on the first of a few "parade weekends" here in our area.  Let's hope everyone behaves.

Walter Cronkite walked away from the CBS Evening News 33 years ago tonight.