In the otherwise admirably reported Aug. 3 news article “Trump rallies in Pa. to boost GOP Senate candidate,” about the Trump rally the previous night in Pennsylvania, Wilkes-Barre was described as “this northern Pennsylvania hamlet.”
The Census Bureau estimate of the population of Wilkes-Barre in 2017 was 40,806. Most dictionaries define a hamlet as “a small village.”
I suggest “hamlet” was not the correct word to use. And speaking as a former resident of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I believe Wilkes-Barre is usually considered to be in the northeastern part of the commonwealth rather than merely northern.
James Conaghan, Herndon