WILKES-BARRE — Seated alone before city council Tuesday night, Darla Carey spoke for many people concerned about crime in the city.
Her three-minute appearance seemingly overshadowed the other speakers and business council handled during its nearly two hours of meetings, even the call for ending the prayer said after the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the public sessions.
Carey, of Gates Street, read from a letter, chastising Mayor Tom Leighton for being “self-centered” and “selfish” and abandoning her and others who can’t sit on their porches, go to the store or walk the streets for fear of being robbed or killed.
“I know Wilkes-Barre’s past, but I’m afraid of its future,” said Carey, 53, who said she is a lifelong city resident. “You should be ashamed of yourself for what the city has become. Are you that blind when traveling around town how disgraceful it is?”