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Back Again

Saturday, November 14, 2009


The following was a "letter to the editor" that appeared in August in a Jackson, Ms. newspaper. It's worth sharing with readers of any newspaper.

Dear Sirs:

Saturday, November 7, 2009

How much is a judgeship worth?

One courthouse veteran told me that the two Carbon County candidates, Carole Walbert and Steve Serfass collectively spent more than $200,000 seeking the position in this year's election.

That's a pretty steep price in any election, especially a local one.

Harry Wynn's cheerful presence will be missed at the Lehighton Post Office, now that he's retiring. We wish him many years of happiness as he continues his involvement in affairs concerning military veterans.

Friday, October 30, 2009


I remember a time when I visited nearly 30 Coaldale bars on Halloween night. And came away cold sober.

Of course, I was only 12-years-old, and kids back then quickly learned that trick-or-treating in bars proved to be a most lucrative pastime. The patrons would require the tricksters to perform a song or a dance, then we proceeded to pass the hat around the bar, and it usually came back filled with pennies, nickels, dimes, peanuts and candy bars.

Today there's not enough bars remaining in the local towns to make trick-or-treating there worthwhile.

Friday, October 23, 2009

"Jeepers, creepers,

where'd you get those peepers?

Jeepers, creepers,

where'd you get those eyes?"

Ever get a silly song in your head and it won't go away? It can drive you nuts. There it goes again

"Jeepers creepers,

where's you get those peepers?

Jeepers, creepers,

where'd you get those eyes?"

It's absolutely driving me nuts. Over and over and over again, through one ear and out the other.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Just two thoughts for today, both sent to this writer by loyal readers.

The first, sent to me by an old friend, Jack Evans who lives in South Carolina, deals with the economy.

The second deals with something we all know is lacking these days common sense.

First, the economy.


The Obamaconomy is so bad that I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

It's so bad, I ordered a burger at McDonalds and the kid behind the counter asked, “Can you afford fries with that?"

Friday, October 9, 2009

All of a sudden, funnyman David Letterman, embroiled in a sex scandal involving interns in his television production company, doesn't seem that funny anymore. It's tough making light of something when it seriously affects your reputation.

I think Pennsylvania should legalize table games to go along with the slot machines at the state's casinos. It can only help the state's coffers, and we all know, as the only state still without a budget, that we can use all the help we can get.

Friday, October 2, 2009

The best part of returning from a great vacation? I'll let you know as soon as I figure out what that is. The worst part? Feeling like you've never been away.

Here's a thought that may keep you awake at night, especially if you're creeping closer to retirement age. Social Security will soon be paying out more than the system takes in. What does that spell out for the future? We're not talking about a small deficit here. Next year's shortcoming is estimated at $10 billion and $9 billion in 2011.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


(Editorial comment: Bob Urban, whose Back Again column regularly appears in this space, is on vacation. Substituting today is First Lieutenant Jed Fisher, who is currently serving as a United States Army platoon leader in the First Armored Division in Iraq. He has spent his whole life in the Palmerton/Carbon County area, and "misses it dearly."

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I realize we just recently met, but I wanted to send a few thoughts along while they're still fresh in my memory. You probably don't know it yet, but we're going to be best buddies, hopefully for a long time.

I can't wait until I find out what you're going to call me – granddad, pop-pop, pappy, poppy, gramps, grandpa. It's going to be your call. I'll wear the title with pride.