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Editorials

Friday, December 19, 2014

This is the time of season that inspires the best, and unfortunately exposes the worst in our fellow man.

Recent stories about people paying off bills for others in store checkout lines provided some feel-good moments. Other charitable souls, who chose to remain anonymous, made their acts of giving on a larger scale.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Burglaries occur year-round, and they're common even around Christmas.

Recently, Franklin Township Police reported eight burglaries in just one area of the municipality.

They're happening in Lansford.

In fact, whether police report them to the media or not, they're happening all over the place.

The burglaries aren't just happening in the dark of night. Both Franklin and Lansford police tell us they're being done in broad daylight.

It's important you take whatever steps you can from becoming a victim. When a burglary occurs, you not only lose valuables.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Advertisers know that in our hero-worshipping society, it's image that sells.

Too many times, however, it's the jet-setting dudes who are idolized and get the endorsements. Joe Namath was one of the first to cultivate that with his Broadway Joe persona.

In our lifetime, we've seen bad boy athletes like Brian Bosworth and Dennis Rodman ride their outrageous acts to the bank. Currently, Johnny Manziel is the latest noncomformist character to cash in.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Once again, it appears a ruthless killer is on the loose not too far from home.

Police say Bradley William Stone, 35, Pennsburg, is the suspect in the killing of his ex-wife, her mother, grandmother, sister, brother-in-law and niece.

The pre-dawn Monday shooting spree brought out SWAT teams to otherwise quiet, rural towns below the Lehigh Valley and had people locking their doors and staying inside.

Bodies were found in homes in Souderton, Lansdale and Harleysville and Stone is on the lam.

Monday, December 15, 2014

As a pro basketball player, Charles Barkley was the type of star athlete who fans quickly learned to love or hate.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Hearing elected U.S. officials apologize for the CIA's use of torture and other enhanced interrogation techniques when dealing with America's sworn enemies is hard to justify when weighed against the pain and suffering endured by survivors and family members of 9/11 victims.

Horrible scenes of that infamous morning when nearly 3,000 innocent Americans died in a coordinated attack by terrorists on our homeland are still fresh in our mind.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Over 17 million Americans, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence, and several million more engage in risky drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems.

More than 7 million children live in a household where at least one parent is dependent or has abused alcohol.

This is just one of the addictions. We all know about the hazards of nicotine, plus there are opiates, cocaine and marijuana that are addictive.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

World War II ended nearly 70 years ago. The number of people alive today who lived through that trying period is rapidly dwindling.

Stories of heroism, valor and lessons learned are vanishing forever.

This is why it was great to see actual participants from the historic Battle of the Bulge visit two local schools recently.

They were at Lehighton Area High School on Veterans Day and last week spoke to the older students at the L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe.

Monday, December 8, 2014

While protests continue to swirl in a number of cities over the excessive force used by police, there is a common thread found in each of the situations.

In two of the most publicized cases Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City the failure of suspects to obey basic instructions by police fueled the confrontations.

Regarding the death of Eric Garner, former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik said if Eric Garner did not resist the police, the outcome would have been very different and he would be alive today.

Friday, December 5, 2014

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, South Carolina's poverty rate of 17 percent is ninth-highest in the nation, surpassing the national figure of 15.8 percent.

Over 23 percent of the children in the state live below the poverty line. Another reality is that one in six South Carolina families will not have enough food to feed themselves each night.