I have had enough! I have had my fill up to here with the supporters of The Citizens Voice and their union bull shit! Wake up Rip Van Winkle, the CV is no longer a union paper. When it was purchased several years ago, the out of towners somehow did away with the unions. My guess is they bought them out. I have been in the newspaper business for over 25 years now and have had the opportunity to work for both the CV and The Times Leader. Many years ago when the Leader was owned by Cap Cities, it was the big monster owned by the out of town company beating up on the poor little CV. I was called everything from dog crap to scab. The people of the valley supported and pulled for the underdog Voice. Now, the tables have turned. The CV is now owned by the big shots up north in Scranton and is supported by the many newspapers and radio stations which are owned by Shamrock Communications. The Times Leader, who has gone through several owners since Cap Cities is now locally owned by investors who will remain nameless. The TL has taken on the role of the little guy trying to survive in a two newspaper town with a poor economy. It appears to normal human beings that the roles have reversed. Of course, there is a group of cement heads that have not figured this out yet!
What has not reversed is the notion that many people still think the Voice is the union paper fighting the big corporate demon. Frankly, the CV is an inferior product with questionable delivery to its subscribers. The facts are very clear. The CV is not a Wilkes-Barre newspaper. It is not printed in Wilkes-Barre, customer service calls go to Scranton, the classified ad calls go to Scranton and the corporate headquarters are in Scranton. They maintain a shell of a building on South Washington St with minimal staffing. On the other hand, The Times Leader does everything here in Wilkes-Barre. All calls go to Wilkes-Barre. The paper is printed in Wilkes-Barre and we are headquartered right on North Main Street in you guessed it, Wilkes-Barre. There is nothing out-of-town about the Leader what-so-ever. When you look at these facts, a light bulb should go off in your head that say's, "Hey wait a minute, I'm not supporting those parasites from Scranton"!
The question I have here is why has some of the community not noticed these facts. The lunk head union people would rather go to their graves than get the Times Leader. They still think that the CV is a union offshoot from the big strike in 1978. Wake up you pig headed morons! Open your eyes to the fact that the Lynett family in Scranton despises everything about Wilkes-Barre. They have no interest in the community other than to become the only newspaper in town so they can milk us dry. If you think I am kidding, take a look at their ad rates in Scranton for The Scranton Times Tribune. They are astronomical! They are the only game in town and they take total advantage of it. That is exactly what they would love to do here in Wilkes-Barre. Bottom line, the people of the Wyoming Valley need to support businesses here. PERIOD! Without this support, our local businesses cannot exist. Don't be fooled by the Scranton wolf in Wilkes-Barre clothing.
House of Kroy tour - *...sans the basement and garage.*
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