Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The federal government has issued a travel warning to Americans planning to go abroad. We have heard of some local residents who take annual holiday trips to New York City or other shopping destinations canceling their plans this year. Some are even wary of patronizing local malls, stores or popular restaurants. All of this, and more, is because of the elevated concern over terrorism.

There is no question we need to be aware of what is happening in the world and that it can happen here, but we need not be paralyzed by fear.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

American’s fears about accepting Syrian refugees are growing.

A recent public opinion research poll shows that one in two Americans now believe that we should close our borders to refugees entirely. That’s up two points over last month.

One of the big objectives of the terrorist group ISIS is to raise the fear level in the U.S. and that’s certainly working. Nine of every 10 Americans polled feel that the threat of an attack on this country in the next 12 months is real, and nearly the same percentage fear an international war.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pennsylvania health and education officials are moving to close a window that allows young children to attend school for up to eight months before getting all their required immunizations.

That’s a welcome step toward keeping kids healthy.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

We disagree with Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to proceed with plans to continue to admit Syrian refugees into the commonwealth in 2016. This decision comes despite the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and reports that one of the terrorists probably sneaked into France through Greece with other refugees who were fleeing from the killing and chaos in Syria.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Understanding your enemy is the first step in doing battle and defeating him.

In World War II, our enemies were clearly identified, with Japanese expanding in the Pacific and Germany’s Adolf Hitler and Italy’s Benito Mussolini attempting to dominate Europe through fascism. The Allies had to confront and defeat these evil threats to maintain our freedoms.

Friday, November 13, 2015


There’s a hilltop there in Vietnam

deserted, cold and bare —

Except for one old rotted cross

that few men know is there.

It stands there, oh so all alone

amidst the mud and mire —

Stained with blood of men who died

no flowers, just barbed wire.

It’s here sometimes my thoughts are found

back to that lonely cross —

I think back of a friend I had

and by that cross I lost.

As friends, we shared our food and drink

in war our lives were one —

Friday, November 13, 2015


Our great-great-grandparents lived longer than us way before the technological age and the advent of modern medicine.

Now medicine is controlled by big insurance companies and subsidized by the government. Most of their medicines consisted of old-time cures.

Even though they had doctors, they mostly took care of their own aches, pains and discomforts. Remember, they didn’t have insurance back then.

Friday, November 13, 2015


To the Editor,

The Lansford Pool and Recreation area is a beautiful tree-lined park. Why would you ever consider chopping down trees when trimming is adequate for the power lines, or at least it has been for 50 years or more.

The people of Lansford obviously love the park area because they wouldn’t give it up to the highest bidder. Don’t ruin it!

Thank you,

Ann Winkler

Friday, November 13, 2015

After listening to the Democrat debate the other night it was obvious that the country’s founding principles were being challenged in a fundamental way. The Democrat presidential candidates were falling over one another to see who could give away more stuff.

On its face when you hear a candidate pledge to provide free college tuition, health care and a minimum wage of $15 an hour the less informed will enthusiastically agree.

Friday, November 13, 2015

For years, Pennsylvania legislators have been considering bills to allow voters to decide on local school budgets, but each time the effort has been beaten back.

As a possible side deal to end the four-and-a-half-month budget impasse between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the heavily controlled Republican General Assembly, Wolf has raised the possibility of going down this road again in exchange for a massive infusion of funding for education.