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Saturday, January 14, 2012

By JIM ZBICK

jzbick@tnonline.com

Heading into the new year, Tamaqua Courier readers knew that times were tough for many families in the region.

That was evident in the tone of the children's letters to Santa Claus which the newspaper had received for Christmas. Instead of toys, many children were asking for family necessities, such as food and clothing.

Just how desperate conditions were again surfaced in mid-January when a Tamaqua mother, with no means of support, offered her baby up for sale.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I like the start of each New Year.

I like to think each January gives me a clean slate.

Maybe that means starting over or just putting a patch on a little piece of life that's rough around the edges.

My January introspection could lead me to change the course of some part of my life.

Always, the start of a New Year means doing some fine tuning of my own personal inventory.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The year 2011 was interesting and the week of August 21, particularly so. Pennsylvania was hit by an earthquake and hurricane within four days.

For me, the unusual week began when I stopped at our local community center for a New Age Expo held that Saturday. The Expo was a gathering of special people who feel a deep connection with the greater universe.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

I know Christmas has come and gone but I just have to share this story of gift-giving with you.

I've known Beth Anthony Thompson since she was a little girl. Always a sweet person. After hearing this, she just got sweeter.

A few weeks ago, her mom told me about how Beth does something special at Christmas time for the last few years and thought it was a great story. I agree.

Beth says as a child, kindness and selflessness was instilled in her by her parents, Ray and Virginia Anthony of Kunkletown.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Several news stories caught my eye this week as I was preparing to write this article.

The first was a Shell executive stating that converting their trucks to run on natural gas would cut their fuel costs in half.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

I hope everyone had a wonderful and warm 2010 Christmas and holiday season along with a safe and Happy New Year as we ushered in 2012.

This year brings with it excitement and hope as well as anticipation and probably for the superstitious among us a degree of trepidation. We look forward to Federal elections as well as the 2012 Presidential election.

For many this election is expected to be a critical one that will decide the long term direction in which our country continues or changes its bearings. Only time will tell.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

Life is evolving so quickly, with the technology changing almost daily. But did you ever step back and think about how low you have actually been on this earth, and the changes that have occured since you were born?

A reader sent this to me. Read it and stay with it the answer is at the end. It should surprise you.It did me.

Here's how it goes:

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

By RON GOWER

rgower@tnonline.com

At one time, virtually every newspaper ran obituaries for free. Rising newsprint costs and the use of integrated technology which allows obits to be displayed on common Web sites - at a cost to newspapers - forced newspapers to begin implementing a charge.

I was appalled, at first, at such a policy. I always argued that obituaries were news and should be free. They attract readers.

I've changed my mind that they should be free. Here's why.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Every night it tries to snare me into its traps.

"It" is a well-known villain and I should stay away.

I lock the house and stay on guard, trying not to let myself fall into the trap that turns minds to mush and bodies to replicas of the Pillsbury Dough Boy.

I know it's bad for me. It sucks up my energy and my time. I know I should stay away. I try, but I don't always succeed.

In fact, to be honest, I fail far more times than I succeed.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

By Jim Zbick

jzbick@tnonline.com

The new year of 1912 was just days old when a cold wave descended over much of the eastern portion of the country.

On Jan. 6, a weather forecaster said that the single-digit temperatures were the coldest weather the eastern portion of the nation had experienced in years. After a slight moderation over a few days, the thermometers again plunged during the second week of the month and this time, there were fatalities.