A veteran’s story: Jack Hubert

A little about myself. Not the best family life; barely got out of high school. No college calling me . . . so what to do? Join the Marines, visit hot, mosquito-ridden islands and shoot people. Guess what? They shoot back. … Because of my wounds and a stint in the hospital I was told my service was no longer needed. I lost my family once again. The guilt I was feeling was overwhelming. You may leave Vietnam, but Vietnam doesn’t leave you.

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Concealed carry legal assistance: don’t leave home without it

Like most everyone else, I drive a car and I have car insurance. Likewise, I own a home and so I carry homeowners insurance. We have health insurance . . . and on and on. Fortunately, at one point I came in contact with an organization that provides financial assistance with attorney fees to those who carry firearms for self defense, should the need arise to “lawyer up.” That organization is the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network, Inc. The money for the legal defense of Network members is drawn from a legal defense fund. While not technically “insurance,” legal assistance is available from the Network.

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In defense of individual liberty: Luzerne County councilman weighs in on county chicken ordinance matter

As an elected official sworn to uphold the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I believe it would be a constitutional violation to infringe on a person’s inherent and indefeasible rights to not allow someone to acquire property, e.g., chickens, to pursue one’s own happiness. Who am I to tell our responsible neighbors and constituents what they can or can’t have on their lands, especially when it is not harming anyone else in their community? It reeks of our county becoming a “nanny state” and takes away their freedoms as taxpaying citizens of our county, Commonwealth and freedoms of living in the United States of America. By doing so we limit individuals’ happiness to love a pet or pets and/or limit their ability to pursue healthier and organic sources of food for their family.

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Schizophrenia and psychosis as states of chronic fear and terror

Fear leads to great emotional turmoil. Other so-called mental disorders also often arise from a sense of fear: a fear of individuals, a fear of society, a fear of having been hurt and possibly being hurt again, a fear of life, a fear of death, a fear of not understanding who we are or maybe even being afraid of discovering who we are or who we were, a fear of the uncertainty surrounding what we may become. A fear that maybe we are not a person, or our identity as a person. A fear of challenges, a fear of not knowing the answers, or maybe a fear of not understanding the question, or even a fear of not knowing what questions to ask.

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Letter to the Editor: A job well-attempted by NASA

A rocket launched by NASA from Virginia recently with intention of delivering supplies to the International Space Station malfunctioned and went down across the Virginia waterfront with quite the spectacular light show. This, much to the chagrin of the Russians, Chinese, French, Germans, Indians, etc. etc. etc. who seem to have little problem getting even a bottle rocket off the ground.

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