Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Lehighton Area School District held discussion about whether it should hire an independent construction manager for a proposed building project or have the contractor overlook the work.

No official action was taken, but for the district it should be a no-brainer.

The district should hire a construction manager.

Quandel Construction Group of Harrisburg made a pitch to Lehighton's school board claiming it could save the district around $2 million on $52 million worth of work.

"Corners are cut when nobody is watching," said John Koury, Quandel vice president.

Monday, November 24, 2014

In talking about the roles of museums and their relevance today, Ford W. Bell, president of the American Alliance of Museums, called them educational institutions that are as essential to our communities as schools, libraries and utilities.

There are some eye-opening statistics to support these facilities that are the keepers, protectors, interpreters and exhibitors of our history. It's estimated that 850 million visit museums annually in this country, which is more than the attendance at all major league sporting events combined.

Friday, November 21, 2014

If there was a Hall of Fame for the mentally challenged, we have some worthy candidates.

Two cases that emerged involve a total lack of individual responsibility regarding highway safety. A third has to do with our inept government leaders.

In the first case, a teenager was arrested after driving himself to his driver's test in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Driving without a license was just the start of troubles for the 19-year-old. In trying to elude police by speeding away, he struck a patrol car outside the state testing facility.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

On Monday, Summit Hill Borough Council is scheduled to act on an ordinance which calls for abolishment of the town's water authority.

Hopefully, council won't act on that ordinance.

This isn't to say that the borough taking over the authority is wrong. On the other hand, there hasn't been enough research done to show that this would be in the best interest of borough residents.

There certainly hasn't been enough information released publicly to justify the conversion from an authority to a council-controlled water department.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

There are instances in our history, especially during times of war, where this country has treated its own shamefully.

The treatment of Native Americans, especially during the late 1800s, is a dark chapter for the U.S. as was the relocation of Japanese Americans to internment camps because of the fear of sabotage during World War II.

Despite their treatment, both groups fought with valor in World War II.

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an all-Nisei U.S. Army regiment, became, for its size and length of service, the most decorated unit in U.S. military history.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The system is so unfair it's almost humorous.

But there's nothing funny in this case because our children are the victims.

In Pennsylvania, the quality of public school education, it seems, is directly proportionate to the value of real estate within the school district.

Take Panther Valley, for example. That district received just $12,022 per student in local and state funding during the 2005-06 school year. And this despite the reality that the district has an equalized tax millage rate that happens to be 27th highest of some 500 districts in the state.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Berwick School District is authorized to have an armed police presence in its schools.

Although Berwick Area High School and two elementary schools are within the Columbia County borough, the district also has facilities in Luzerne County. Last Thursday, Luzerne Judge David W. Lupas approved a petition to allow the district to establish an armed force of school police officers in those schools. It had received earlier approval from a Columbia County judge, and two retired state police troopers have already been working as school police officers for about two months.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Parents in a number of schools across the nation are sounding off about the type of curriculum and materials being used.

At Porter Ridge High School in Union County, North Carolina, one parent was upset about the emphasis placed on the study of Islam. She was especially disturbed with one fill-in-the-blank worksheet in a study comparing Muslims to Christians.

The full statement was "Most Muslims' faith is stronger than the average Christian."

The mom felt that posing such a question amounted to an opinion and not a factual statement.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

In a scandal-driven year, none was more appalling than the mistreatment of our veterans after a VA audit showed that nearly two-thirds of VA health facilities surveyed were misrepresenting waiting times for veterans.

Hopefully, the new GOP majority of the U.S. House and the Senate will assure that the misconduct or mismanagement, along with the possible cover-ups of long appointment delays, gets corrected.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn will be leaving his seat at the end of this year but it's not because he lost in last Tuesday's midterm election.

When he was first elected to the Senate in 2004, Coburn pledged to his constituents that he would only serve two terms so he could focus on what is best for the nation and not on his next re-election. That's a rare quality among today's lifetime politicians.