Friday, November 21, 2014


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.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

It was 20 years ago that Republicans came out with its Contract with America, a document that detailed the actions the party promised to take if they became the majority party in the House of Representatives.

Since it came six weeks before the first midterm election of President Bill Clinton's administration, unveiling the contract proved to be good strategy. Republicans won 54 House and nine U.S. Senate seats in those midterms, which party leaders such as Minority Whip Newt Gingrich considered a win for the GOP and the conservative movement in general.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

With the departure of state Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery and the coming retirement of Chief Justice Ronald Castille, Pennsylvanians will get a brief look at a better way of selecting judges for the state's appeals courts.

In Pennsylvania, appellate court judges are elected in partisan statewide races. But when there is a court vacancy, the governor will nominate candidates who then must win confirmation by two-thirds vote in the Senate. The new judge serves until the next statewide judicial election, when anyone can run for the seat.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Waitresses and waiters have been called the unsung heroes in our society.

They are the quintessential multitaskers, having to do many different things in a short window of time ... and with a smile. They must be agile of feet and of mind, having to keep track of several tables while remembering who ordered which food at what table and then taking care of the bill payment at the end.