Saturday, February 13, 2016


Saturday, February 13, 2016

You may have read or heard about the huge crowd at the Feb. 8 Slatington council meeting.

However, it may not be clear why they are so upset about the new ordinance which mandates annual fees, inspection fees, and unknown repair costs on rental property owners. The crowd was not so upset about the fact that inspections of properties needed to be done.

The outrage was over the new bureaucracy which was created, and the new fees and costs to property owners.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

I am responding to an article I just read regarding Cheerios. Although the story had some humor to it using puns and poking fun at the breakfast industry, I don’t find it funny that Mr. Serfass sees no harm in the false advertisement.

Friday, February 12, 2016
The practice of affixing small registration stickers to Pennsylvania license plates will become obsolete at the end of this year. DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

In 10 months, those little square registration stickers you place in the corner of your vehicle’s license plate will become obsolete.

The final sticker will be issued Dec. 30 of this year.

That’s because of Act 89, signed into law in November 2013.

It puts an end to an annual annoyance that was costing the state, meaning taxpayers, more than $3.1 million a year in producing the stickers and mailing them, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

My, my, where has the time gone? It was about 11 months ago that then-incoming Gov. Tom Wolf delivered his first budget address.

That budget was to have been passed by June 30, 2015. Well, here we are more than eight months later, and we still don’t have a complete budget in place.

Wolf this week delivered his second budget address – this one for 2016-17. New budget, yes, but the same old rhetoric and name-calling.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

They may be the “in” thing, but hoverboards can injure, even kill. We advise parents to think twice before buying one of these latest fad “toys,” and if your kids already have one, don’t let them take another ride until you read this.

Last week, 6-year-old Luke and 8-year-old Jack Habash of Whitehall, Lehigh County, were riding their hoverboards through a course that had been set up inside the family home when Luke smelled his hoverboard smoking.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Growing up as a baby boomer during the decade known as the Soaring Sixties, the early Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space mission astronauts loomed as large to me as any of the venerated sports heroes of the day.

The world lost a true space pioneer last Thursday when Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon and one of only 12 humans to set foot on the lunar surface, died at age 85 in a West Palm Beach hospice after a short illness.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Dear Editor,

A recent guest editorial in the Times News addressed the issue of prison inmate population in our nation. Citing federal government statistics, the author claimed there is an inordinately high percentage of U.S. citizens languishing behind bars because of an unfair criminal justice system, and that we should let them out — if, for no other reason — to save tax dollars.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Dear Editor,

It’s Tuesday, Jan. 26, the big blizzard is over and we all made it! Although around here it was more a snow event than a blizzard. That’s my opinion anyhow, but you know what opinions are like. Everyone has one and each thinks the other guys stinks.

Friday, February 5, 2016

We favor the move by the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee to give the Subcommittee on the Courts the authority to conduct its investigation and to recommend impeachment proceedings against Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

The full House needs to approve the resolution before the committee — made up of four Republicans and two Democrats — can get started. The committee would have subpoena powers, so it would not be just a paper tiger.

The impeachment process can also be used as a backup in case the removal process underway in the State Senate loses steam.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

There are 253 legislators in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly. It is the largest full-time legislature in the United States and the second largest overall. Only New Hampshire’s is larger with 424 members.

There are 203 members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and 50 members in the state Senate.