Sunday, September 21, 2014


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.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Officials at one high school in Michigan and at an amusement park in New Jersey had some explaining to do after recently disrespecting two members of the military.

When Lt. Col Sherwood Baker, a 24-year Army veteran, stopped at Rochester Adams High School in the Detroit area to discuss an issue regarding his daughter's class schedule, a security guard told him that he could not enter the school wearing his uniform because it could offend people. He was given the choice of phoning the office with his business or going home to change his clothes.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tomorrow, regular citizens will stand shoulder to shoulder with military, clergy, police and emergency responders at 9/11 ceremonies across the nation to honor the victims of that infamous day in U.S. history.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Write down this number:

Ÿ 570-732-0089.

It's the new drug tip line in Carbon County. It went into effect within the past couple of days and allows people to report suspected drug activity including use, dealings or manufacturing.

Anyone in law enforcement or Carbon County's judicial system can tell you that drugs are a big problem locally.

Some weeks most of the criminal hearings at magistrate offices are defendants with drug arrests. The monthly court schedule is filled with drug cases.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

So you're in line at the grocery store. The kick-off to the big game is just minutes away. You plunk your three six-packs down for payment. And the cashier's face creases.

Sorry, he or she tells you, under state law, you can only buy two six-packs at a time. If you want that third one, you're going to have to buy two, bring them out to your car, and then come back inside to buy the third one.

Or, say for instance, there's a spirit or wine that you happen to love, and, by happenstance, it's not available in Pennsylvania. Under state law, you can't have it shipped to you.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Alzheimer's disease is going to be an increasingly acute problem both around the world and in this country as life spans stretch even further and the large cohort of baby boomers march into senescence.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Life can be a day-to-day struggle for those adults raising children and also caring for elderly parents.

Sen. Robert Casey estimates the number of Americans over age 65 with chronic health conditions at 30 million to 38 million. About half of those in their 40s or 50s are providing for children of their own while also helping care for parents. They are known as the "sandwich generation."