Monday, September 29, 2014


Monday, September 29, 2014

Student handbooks are important in reinforcing the schoolwide code of conduct, rules and expectations for student behavior.

The mother of an eighth-grader, however, feels the school district went too far after her son received detention for giving up part of his lunch at an elementary school in northern California.

Kyle Bradford, 13, gave a friend some of his chicken burrito because the student didn't like the cheese sandwich being served in the cafeteria that day. Kyle explained he wasn't that hungry and instead decided to share.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Courthouses around the nation have "In God We Trust" on their walls and every U.S. denomination of bills has "In God we trust" on the reverse side.

Groups like Freedom From Religion Foundation would like to change that. It recently sent a threatening letter to Allegheny County because of a potential measure to display "In God We Trust" along with the Pennsylvania state motto of "Virtue, Liberty and Independence" and one of the currency mottos, "E Pluribus Unum."

Thursday, September 25, 2014

As Pennsylvania legislators come your way this fall, courting your vote in November's election, here's a question you may want to ask them:

Given the scandal involving the four Philadelphia Democratic legislators who were secretly recorded taking cash gifts from a lobbyist, why haven't you passed a law banning the practice?

Pennsylvanians were shocked to learn that as long as the legislator doesn't promise anything in return for a gift of cash, and discloses taking more than $250 from any one influence-seeker, it's perfectly legal.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

At a state Senate Education Committee hearing last week, Mark Zilinskas, a teacher from Indiana Area High School, testified on behalf of a bill to allow Pennsylvania teachers and other school employees to carry guns at work.

Citing the 2012 massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and an April knife attack at a school near Pittsburgh that injured 21 people, Zilinskas told the committee that the bill proposed would enable licensed and trained school employees to use guns to potentially prevent such mass shootings, rather than react to it.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A tragic crash happened Saturday on Route 115 near the village of Effort in Monroe County. A woman and four children were killed.

The woman, Destini Watson, 23, of Blakeslee, was the driver of the SUV in which the four children were passengers. Watson was wearing a seat belt. So was another adult passenger, who survived.

State police said none of the children were wearing seat belts or child restraints.

We can't say if the children would have survived had they been restrained. But they likely would have had a better chance.

Monday, September 22, 2014

With the number of black lung cases on the rise, it's good to know there are some in Washington going to bat for coal miners affected with the potentially deadly disease caused by exposure to coal dust that accumulates in the lungs and causes shortness of breath.

The effort by Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Bob Casey was fueled by a yearlong investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News that examined how doctors and lawyers, working on behalf of the coal industry, helped defeat the benefits claims of sick miners.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Interpreting and then making quick policy decisions not only takes sound judgment but often requires common sense.

A South Carolina school administrator and a townhouse management company were recently stung by public criticism in their attempts to be too politically correct regarding the American flag.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

In Jim Thorpe, collapsing horse stalls and an old carriage garage have been shored up and turned into a jewel commanding statewide recognition.

The reborn 1878 Kemmerer Carriage House has earned distinction by Preservation Pennsylvania, the only private, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the state's historically and architecturally significant resources.

The building reflects a shimmering past. It tells us of contributions by affluent citizens of old Mauch Chunk, residents of Front Hill mansions whose entrepreneurship helped to drive the Industrial Revolution.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hearing a preschooler recite the Pledge of Allegiance during a patriotic holiday like 9/11 for a television rodeo series sounds like an advertiser's dream.

Washington state real estate broker Dave Retter created such an ad to run during CBS's broadcast of the Wrangler Champions Challenge rodeo. It stars his 4-year-old granddaughter whose recitation of the pledge on the YouTube video is too cute for words (Google: Windermere Our Future H264 1).

CBS Sports however, didn't think so and rejected the ad, terming it "too political."

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A West Broadway resident complained about the parking situation on the street in Jim Thorpe at the council meeting last week.

Barry Andrew, who is a former Jim Thorpe police chief, termed the parking "ridiculous."

He said people who live in apartments take up parking spaces. So do the tourists who don't want to pay to park in the county lot.

The problem is so bad that he said sometimes he has to pay to park in the county lot.

Broadway and West Broadway have some unique issues.