A short ride through the City of Wilkes-Barre will find neighborhoods falling into disrepair, garbage collecting everywhere, and street signs hanging, as well as graffiti-adorned mailboxes and light poles. I still recall my grandmother’s wisdom, and surely many of the older generation can recall the same: “It’s okay to have holes in your jeans as long as they are kept clean.” It was not about the money or lack of it. It was about the pride — pride in yourself and pride in your community.
As you review these pictures, remember, it’s not about the funds it would require to fix the problems, it’s about spending the time to do it, for the corrections of the pictured defects surely would cost little. It’s about beginning to restore a sense of satisfaction to our communities and neighborhoods.
It is time for this administration — and council — to lead the way, and to begin to restore the pride in the city they pledged to serve. Mr. Mayor, lead the way, grab a maintenance person, a shovel, a screwdriver, and with a little elbow grease make some easy fixes.