Saturday, February 25, 2017


Friday, February 24, 2017

Dear Sen. Toomey,

I did not vote for you in 2010. Not because you are a Republican, but because I had serious disagreement with your stances on LGBTQ rights, the ACA and fracking.

There have been times when I supported legislation you proposed. In 2013, in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, I was proud of the stance you took in trying to pass common sense gun control and, I remember thinking that it was a brave stance for a senator from a state where gun rights are a serious hot-button issue.

Friday, February 24, 2017


Even though Gov. Tom Wolf succeeded in closing only one prison, many issues were not, at least publicly, addressed.

It is a sad state of affairs in Pennsylvania that a community’s employment depends upon the misfortune of others; that closing a prison would put the whole community out of work, as well.

That closing one overcrowded prison will increase the overcrowding of the others, increasing their operating costs.

Which will lead to the government outcry of the need to build more prisons.

Friday, February 24, 2017

A survey conducted by the Center for Survey Research and Analysis at the University of Connecticut was given to more than 500 seniors at 55 of the best colleges and universities in the United States.

Designed to measure students’ knowledge of American history and government, it consisted of multiple choice questions on topics including the Magna Carta, Monroe Doctrine, Battle of Yorktown and Battle of the Bulge.

The survey results were pitiful.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Been hearing traffic complaints all my life living in Jim Thorpe. When are the county commissioners going to wake up? WinterFest in Jim Thorpe, and you can tell by traffic being backed up in all directions that something is going on. The traffic would run really smooth with a simple solution.

Move the little booth at the entrance to an exit point. Have people entering the lot get a ticket from an automatic machine and pay when they leave. Traffic would flow into the lot and off the highway smoothly.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Despite its being the Keystone State, one of the largest of the 13 colonies, the sixth-largest state in the union today in terms of population and a number of firsts, Pennsylvania has had just one president of the United States.

If you know he’s James Buchanan, give yourself a gold star. Wait, make that two gold stars.

Suddenly, this month, Buchanan’s name has become much more well-known, but for the wrong reason.

In conjunction with Presidents Day, C-SPAN released its rankings of the best and worst presidents in our history.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

During a news conference last week that most news organizations said was unprecedented, President Donald Trump lashed out at the “dishonest” media for engaging in “fake news.”

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The state Transportation Department and the state police are teaming up to make the motoring public aware of four recent and significant changes in the Motor Vehicle Code. It’s all part of the education program the two agencies are undertaking in conjunction with Highway Safety Law Awareness Week (Feb. 19-25).

One of the four is known as “Daniel’s Law,” which was signed by Gov. Tom Wolf last November and which took effect last month. This bill toughens penalties for those who cause deaths and serious accidents while texting and driving.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

This response relates to your recent article “Seniors who consume more should pay more.” While not necessarily the opinion of the Times News, the article indicates how the growing percentage of senior citizen population is responsible for rendering the Pennsylvania lottery fund short $70 million for fiscal year starting July 1. Unfortunately, the article suggests an unpopular idea for the state’s tax exemption on retirement income to be discontinued. The article omits important information.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The news that security will be beefed up at the Carbon County Courthouse annex come Feb. 27 is a relief to employees who work there, and it should set the minds of county residents who do business there at ease, too.

Although the final cost is not fully known yet, this will be a costly, but necessary, undertaking. The county has applied and has gotten approval for some grants to help shoulder the cost.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

For the first time since flu season began last fall, the number of flu cases in Pennsylvania has fallen. This does not mean that the flu season is over, says the state Health Department. Not by a long shot. The latest week’s count shows that the state is still affected by widespread flu and that most of the persistent flu cases are in the southeastern part of the state.