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Saturday, May 25, 2013

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

Memorial Day. It's my favorite holiday weekend of the year. Everybody feels patriotic. The weather has finally warmed up. School's almost out and summer has unofficially begun. Enjoy it everyone. It only comes around once a year.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Here's some mind twisters to help you keep aging gray cells active on a spring Saturday. Don't peek at the answers below until you're finished taking the quiz.

1. Johnny's mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. What was the third child's name?

2. There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall and he wears size 13 sneakers ... What does he weigh?

3. Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?

Saturday, May 11, 2013
Howdy Doody

By BRUCE FRASSINELLI

tneditor@tnonline.com

(Editor's Note: Bob Urban, whose column normally runs in this space, is out looking for a Mother's Day gift for his wife, Mary. Substituting today is Bruce Frassinelli, a Summt Hill native and life-long journalist).

Several of my grandchildren will dutifully sit and listen to me reflect on highlights of my childhood. I am realistic enough to know that, given the prism of time, some of what we recall from the "good old days" was never as spectacular as we have enshrined it in our mind's eye.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

As we move toward another primary election (May 21), I admire the local residents who run for borough, school and township positions. Public office isn't fun. There's little or no pay, and not much respect. But I'm glad that someone is willing to do it.

I'm hoping Tim Tebow catches on with another NFL team and becomes a pro-bowl quarterback, silencing his many critics. Also it would be nice to see him come back some day and beat the Jets, who cut him this week.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

According to an Associated Press story, 16 percent of illegals who crossed the border from Mexico into California in the last year escaped capture.

You're probably thinking, well, that's not too bad. That means 84 percent were caught and sent back home.

That 126 percent figure, however, equates into 85,467 people, and that's a lot.

Thanks to the Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent capture of the second suspect, the fertilizer plant story in Taxas, which killed 14 and injured 200 more, didn't get the media attention it deserved.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

Eighty one percent of the taxpayers in the U.S. are getting a refund this year. Wish I could say the same. The average refund is $2,794, according to the IRS: Pew Research Center.

That seems awful high to me, both the percentage and the average refund.

The Masters Golf Tournament last weekend was great sports drama. Script writers couldn't have written a better ending - two birdies on the 72nd hole. A sudden death playoff. Adam Scott, the first Australian to win the coveted green coat, really worked for his title.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Think finding a job isn't tough?

A McDonald's Restaurant in Massachusetts now requires prospective employees to have a college degree.

Also, before they can work the cash register, they must have one year's experience in that area somewhere else or they won't even be considered for the job.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

(Bob Urban steps aside this week from his usual Back Again column. And back again, pinch hitting, is veteran journalist Bruce Frassinelli, a 1957 graduate of Summit Hill High School and an adjunct instructor at Lehigh Carbon Community College.)

By BRUCE FRASSINELLI

tneditor@tnonline.com

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan invited me to a White House Press Conference.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Today is the oldest you've ever been, yet the youngest you'll ever be. So, enjoy this day while it lasts, and have a Happy Easter.

And, for those of us in the Winter of our lives, here are some thoughts:

~Your kids are becoming you......but your grandchildren are perfect!

~Going out is good.. Coming home is better!

~You forget names.... But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!

~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything.... especially golf.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Why can't winter ever go away quietly? Two weekends ago I was sitting out on my deck, enjoying the warmth and the sun, thinking it wouldn't be long until trees start budding and flowers start springing up through the ground. Today I'm looking out my window (it's too cold to sit out on the deck) and I see snow. It's spring. So, Mother Nature, give us a break. We've waited long enough.