Friday, July 22, 2016


Friday, July 22, 2016

The pollution caused by fossil fuel burning, such as some natural gas and coal-fired power plants nearby has had devastating impacts on the health of residents and the environment by contributing to climate disruption. Growing up in the coalfields and living surrounded by fracking operations I am experiencing these impacts. Currently, I purchase bottled water because the water from the tap is not safe to drink and I will be purchasing an air filter to keep my soon-to-be-born daughter safe from air pollution.

Friday, July 22, 2016

For the past eight years, every new year resulted in toll increases on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Come next January, make it nine.

Things won’t be getting any better any time soon. In fact, Mark Compton, the commission’s CEO, warned drivers to expect 6 percent annual toll increases until at least 2044, maybe longer.

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Sierra Club and the Pennsylvania Chapter support the development of wind energy in Carbon County. Pennsylvania has an opportunity to transition its energy production from old, outdated and dirty coal and gas, and into the future of clean energy. The Sierra Club has, and always will, work to protect sensitive environments and wilderness areas. However, in this case the environmental impact will be minimal, especially when compared to the degradation wrought by coal and natural gas extraction and combustion, which this project will help to displace.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Unless you are self-employed, you probably report to a supervisor or boss. Imagine what it would be like if you had a public sector job where you reported to and supervised yourself.

“Impossible,” you say.

Well, hold on, I am here to tell you that there are some public officials who report to themselves, yes, even supervise themselves. It’s bizarre to imagine the conversation if there were an annual or semiannual job-performance review.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

When in doubt, sin taxes win out. That’s precisely where Pennsylvania legislators turned earlier this month when they approved a revenue package that relies heavily on a $1-a-pack increase in the $1.60 cigarette tax and a significant expansion of casino gambling, although all of the wrinkles of the latter have not yet been worked out.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Equipment costs are a big part of the expense of operating amusement parks. Here, officials tend to riders stranded atop a stalled roller coaster at Knoebel’s Amusement Park in 2008. ARCHIVES/DONALD R. SERFASS

Pennsylvania’s state parks include free admission. Some say that advantage encourages attendance, leading to maintenance and cleanliness issues along with overcrowding.

In contrast, amusement and theme parks also are fun places to take the family, but come with steep price tags.

One mother who took her family to an amusement park posted an interesting statement online. She says her family enjoyed a total of five minutes of fun at $40 per minute.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Islamic terrorists are waging war against humanity and the civilized world must come together to stop them. As of last week, there have already been 1,272 Islamic attacks in 50 countries this year, in which 11,772 people were killed and 14,303 injured.

The latest horror was in Nice, France, where a Muslim migrant used a rented refrigerator truck to mow down revelers on Bastille Day, leaving 84 dead and 202 injured. He wheeled the 19-ton vehicle while shouting praises to Allah.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

If this were a year ago, Gov. Tom Wolf would have told state legislators to take this year’s budget along with the revenue package to fund it and shove it, but that was then, and this is now.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Earlier this year, a San Francisco based photographer named Thomas Sanders visited the Belmont Village Senior Living facility in Dallas, Texas, to view the portraits of soldiers that are part of an exhibit in its long hallway.

Many of the portraits were published in his book, “The Last Good War: The Faces and Voices of World War II.” He realizes that with the number of old soldiers leaving us each day, we are literally losing our history.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Volunteer fire companies throughout the commonwealth face two similar problems, funding and recruitment.

Historically, both have been an issue within the volunteer fire service and continue to be highly recognized concerns for volunteer fire departments and elected officials. The public seems to be unaware of this concern.

Most fire departments use an annual fund drive letter to seek funds and use the same opportunity to seek new volunteers.

Funding continues to remain a major consideration for all fire departments.