Tuesday, February 21, 2017


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.

Monday, February 13, 2017

The massive outdoor political rallies and demonstrations leading up to and following the last presidential election shows just how divided we are as a nation.

The great cultural differences are reflected in the halls of government in Washington as well with many Democrats, still stung and deeply wounded by the election, doing their best to resist and slow all cabinet appointments by the Trump administration.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Dear Sen. Toomey,

Your constituents have spoken. We’ve spoken so voluminously and so loudly that we’ve been unable to reach you by phone or fax. Today, I am dismayed at your written response, in which you relay that you will support Mrs. DeVos despite the flooding of opposition to her from your constituents.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The time-honored ritual unfolds annually in early February — the governor of Pennsylvania gives details of his budget proposals to both houses of the General Assembly.

Throughout the speech, legislative members of the governor’s party applaud frequently, while members of the opposition party stare and sit stoically, applauding occasionally, but in the past, they also have booed.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

In his whirlwind first week in the White House, President Donald Trump’s 14 official presidential actions included four executive orders, one of which was to cut off funding to so-called “sanctuary cities” that refuse to turn over undocumented immigrants to federal law enforcement.

The Center for Immigration Studies has estimated that there are around 300 sanctuary jurisdictions in the U.S. that could lose federal funding if they do not change their sanctuary polices and refuse to comply with immigration officers seeking to deport illegal aliens.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Regarding Mr. Siesputowski’s letter of Jan. 14, 2017. Very well-written and quite to the point. He is surely right in everything he wrote. I can only add my own thoughts here:

Saturday, February 4, 2017


President Trump — face it, you won. Now it’s time to wake up. It’s not what you want.

It’s time you found out you’re working for the country, and that means everyone, not just the rich.

You want the wall. Now you say we have to pay for it. You want an investigation and we have to pay for that.

All I hear is, “I want this or that.” How about what most of the country wants?

I’m starting to think you’re too self-centered. I’m starting to think you really don’t care about the people.