Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

There are some flaws in the Sunshine Law.

For example, the words “council,” “committee” and some other key words are not in the definition section of the act. Because information is dispensed at and deliberation occurs — even though no official action is taken — at committee meetings, they are instrumentalities of municipal boards and agencies, meaning that the public should have a reasonable opportunity to be heard at these meetings.

From the Sunshine Law:

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dear Mr. Frassinelli:

I am the Slatington Borough solicitor. I don’t usually respond or comment on newspaper articles, but your recent publication concerning public participation in municipal meetings caught my attention. An implicit assumption made by you and your unidentified experts deserves further focus.

I am hoping you can appreciate some of the back story here and, perhaps, even acknowledge room for reasonable disagreement. Despite the atmosphere portrayed in your editorial, including identifying me specifically, I observe that you never contacted me for any insights.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

State Rep. Martina White, R-Philadelphia, has introduced a bill that would throw a dark blanket over public accountability for police officers.

Her bill would forbid the release to the public of names of police officers involved in shootings or use of force unless criminal charges are filed against the officers.

White referenced recent high-profile cases in which police officers have been targeted by criminals to bolster her argument.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Critics complain that politicians have a bad habit of talking the talk but not walking the walk.

This is certainly true of the budget impasse, which has turned into a battle of wills and a hardening of hearts between Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

Monday, October 5, 2015

When a person considers running for public office, especially at the municipal level, it is rarely with the thought of enriching oneself. In the borough of Slatington, for example, a member of council makes about $1,900 a year; the council president gets an additional $600 for the extra duties and conducting the meeting. Obviously, the motivation must be something else.

Residents hope it is because candidates want to try to help improve their community, and, in a way, give back for the opportunities given to the candidate. I like the phrase “paying one’s community rent.”

Friday, October 2, 2015

The general election is Nov. 3 and the Times News will accept candidate support letters through Oct. 27.

Letters will be published in our daily and Saturday opinion pages by Saturday, Oct. 31.

Letters should focus on the qualifications of the candidate, rather than tear down the opponent. Letters should be no more than 300 words and be signed by the author. The writer’s name, address and phone number should be included for our files.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Gov. Tom Wolf properly has vetoed a “stopgap” budget passed by legislative Republicans, which would have funded a few things as they wanted them funded and diminished pressure to pass an actual budget.

Meanwhile, the absence of an actual budget has begun to create substantial costs of its own. State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has reported that 22 of the state’s 500 school districts have borrowed more than $350 million so far to make up for state subsidies that have been delayed by the budget impasse.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Pennsylvania State House of Representatives last Wednesday approved an amendment that would provide for a jury duty exemption for breastfeeding mothers. The amended bill now faces final consideration in the House.

State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, introduced the amendment to a bill which would allow for voluntary exemption from jury duty any Pennsylvanian who is 75 or older.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Forty years ago, New York Yankee baseball legend Yogi Berra was an honored guest of Lansford to help dedicate a new Little League complex on the east end of town.

The Rev. Emil Sopoliga, then pastor of St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, used his chaplain connections with the Yankees to help arrange the visit with Berra, who was then managing the New York Mets.

Friday, September 25, 2015


Dear Editor:

The following is a list of reasons Caitlyn Jenner is my new hero ...

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