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Saturday, June 12, 2010

BilI Cosby, along with the late Jackie Gleason and Dean Martin, are my all-time favorite entertainers.

My affection for Cosby goes back a good 40 years, when he first did a skit on Noah's Ark, and another on the sport of football. After all these years, they still evoke a belly laugh.

A reader of this column recently passed on the following. He swears it came from Cosby. I can't be certain but it certainly mirrors his humor and his attitude toward life here in the U.S.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

I know Ed "Peewee" Mantz most of my life. I grew up just around the corner from him. He lived across the street from St. John's Lithuanian Catholic Church on Coaldale's Phillips Street. It's the same church where my grandfather, Joe Urban, lived next to when he was janitor of the parish following his coal mining days.

Peewee's a funny story teller, and a great guy to share a beer with at the Coaldale Gunny. His philosophy is, "drink 'em one at a time."

As long as I can remember, he drove a big Cadillac.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Memorial Day is a day when we must put things in perspective. The following email has been making the rounds this week, and in case you haven't read it, I'm including it here so that you'll know why Memorial Day is special.


When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard.... listen to his son whine about being bored. keep a straight face when people complain about potholes. be tolerant of people who complain about the hassle of getting ready for work.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Home invasions and break-ins are crimes that are all-too common. They don't rank up there with DUI's (driving under the influence) or shoplifting, but there's enough of them that find their way into The TIMES NEWS police log to make a homeowner nervous.

How to prevent such a crime? Let's go right to the horse's mouth and find out.

An interested reader of this column sent along this information, suggestions supplied by a house thief, on how to make your home safer. I was asked to pass this along, so here it is.

Things Your Burglar Won't Tell You:

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Dress codes.

They are much in the news these days as area school districts either enact such codes, or they are contemplating such action.

Tamaqua was the first district to go in this direction several years ago. Other schools such as Panther Valley have followed suit. Now districts such as Palmerton and Pleasant Valley, and others, are looking for some uniformity in the way their students dress.

Some students are against the idea. So are some parents.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

We all remember the outrage against the Bush administration following Hurriane Katrina, and the damage done to New Orleans and surrounding areas. Critics argued that not enough was done to help bring the area back to normal, and the government was lax.

We'll see how this administration reacts to the devastation brought on by the huge oil slick that's wrecking the waters and coastline of Louisiana. This catastrophe could have longer-lasting effects than even Katrina.

There are plans to put a resort casino near the grounds of historic Gettysburg. I hope that doesn't happen.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Compared to their neighbours south of the border, Canadians live longer, healthier lives.

David Feeny, from Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Oregon, worked with a team of American researchers to study data from the Joint Canada/United States Survey of Health 2002/03. He said, "Canada and the US share a common border and enjoy very similar standards of living, yet life expectancy in Canada is higher than in the U.S. There are two distinct potential explanations for the gap: differences in access to health care and in the prevalence of poverty".

Saturday, April 24, 2010


You have to go back some time, but a lot of pre-baby boomers who live in Tamaqua will remember The Rev. Milton Detterline, who recently passed away on April 6 at the age of 80.

He was a great guy funny, articulate, personable. As pastor of St. John United Church of Christ for eight years, from 1961 to 1969, the best way you could describe "Rev. Milt" was that he made religion fun.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Last week's column, which listed a lot of English words that have double or triple meanings, got a lot of response. One in particular caught our fancy.

The reader who responded admitted that English is a crazy language.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

I took two years of Spanish in high school. Even though I passed the course, I'd be hard pressed today to deliver 20 words or three sentences in that language. It wasn't that learning the language was that tough. But, when you don't use something for more than 40 years, you get a little rusty.