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Saturday, September 10, 2011

By DAVID WARGO

tneditor@tnonline.com

Local governments are where the laws are passed that affect us the most. And it is our local governments that should require the most attention from us, the citizens of these municipalities. That seems like such a simple concept, but not very many of us seem to participate at this level and it shows.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

By KAREN CIMMS

kcimms@tnonline.com

My husband hates this time of year.

He says it's because winter is just around the corner and he hates the cold, but I think he's lying.

Yes, there's a bit of a nip in the air. There are still some warm, summer days, but they are waning. Evenings are getting chilly, and the breeze carries a hint of wood smoke.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

By RON GOWER

rgower@tnonline.com

Sometimes life deals us some very painful hands.

I was thinking this week when I read about Kimberly (Mateyak) Griffith, 45, and her two young daughters, Brenna, 12, and Mikaela, 8, drowning in their minivan during a flash flood last Friday in Pittsburgh.

How painful for Kimberly's husband and their two other children! Kimberly is a former resident of Tamaqua.

That incident made me think about a tragedy that happened 45 years ago this month, when I was growing up in Weissport.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

It's late afternoon, and the sun glints off the tall aluminum ladder that Jim Cimms has propped against the southwest side of our old farmhouse. Jim's at the top of the ladder, smoothing a layer of pristine white paint on the newly scraped and sanded wooden clapboards near the roof.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

By AMY MILLER

amiller@tnonline.com

With the new school year just around the corner, college students and parents are beginning to prepare for a whole new chapter of life.

Besides moving out of their parents' home and into the world of dorm-living, these soon-to-be small fish in a very big pond are finding themselves worrying about what they need to bring, who their friends will be and how they will pay for the next four years of college.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

This may be a subject that will make some of you uncomfortable.

It is a subject that is not normally discussed in public, but it is a fact of life.

And because this is a morning paper, some of you may have already visited the place I am about to talk about.

The bathroom.

We have lived in a half of a double for almost 40 years and these types of homes do not have large bathrooms.

There are advantages to a tiny bathroom.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Well here we are on the brink and if any of us are wondering how we arrived at this precipice of financial ruin, we might want to look in the mirror and then at our voting record. If you are one of the 80 percent of this country's voting population that never wanted to be bothered with your obligation to this nation to elect responsible and ethical leaders, then let me be the first to congratulate you for helping us arrive at this point.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A few years ago when we were discussing the creation of a new TIMES NEWS website, the topic of blogs came up. I leaned over to the person next to me and whispered, "What the heck is a blog?"

Although it was explained to me, it seemed a little self-indulgent and unnecessary. I just didn't see the point.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

As a reporter, I come into contact with a lot of people. Most of the people are good people. I can't think of any, though, who impressed me as much as Hunter Wolfe did.

I only met Hunter this past March. Sad to say, I met him only one more time after that.

Hunter was only 12-years-old and on Thursday, July 7, he passed away. He lost a valiant battle he fought against cancer.

In April, Hunter, the son of Kimberly Sargeant and Tony Wolfe, both of Jim Thorpe, was one of the recipients of the annual "Courage Awards" of the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

By CHRIS PARKER

cparker@tnonline.com