Saturday, August 30, 2014


Friday, August 29, 2014

With all the clever advertising these days, it's getting harder to distinguish between honest marketers and frauds.

Thanks to the Internet, the schemers have been busier than ever. It's especially difficult when the perpetrators hide behind official looking logos or with appealing notices like "You have won!" or that "there's an official check in the mail awaiting you."

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A discussion in Schuylkill County this week by police officers and state officials centered on the growing use of illegal drugs.

Especially of concern was heroin. The low monetary cost of the drug is one of the reasons for its popularity among addicts. It was stated that a bag of heroin costs less than a pack of cigarettes.

Of course, the cost to society and the cost to the user's body is significantly higher.

Overwhelmingly, people testifying called for more funding to help combat the ever-growing wave of opiate addiction.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A History Channel documentary series titled "Ancients Behaving Badly" takes a modern look into some of history's most infamous rulers.

Although they may not be in the class of ruthless leaders like Nero, Caligula and Genghis Khan, we have our share of politically motivated characters behaving badly. Last week, Brian McGinnis, a party chairman in southeastern Pennsylvania, received a second citation for public urination.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Franklin Township supervisors said that expenses for police protection now make up 25 percent of the municipality's entire budget.

The township has four full-time officers and three part-time patrolmen. This means that despite the high expense, the township doesn't have 24-7 local police protection.

Other municipalities face a similar problem. Local police protection is expensive. Besides the salaries, there are costs for uniforms, firearms, vehicles and insurance.

But local police protection is necessary.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Recent news on the education front has ranged from positive to bizarre to embarrassing and troubling.

First, the positive. Pennsylvania has become more proactive regarding youth suicide after Gov. Tom Corbett signed legislation requiring all schools to adopt age-appropriate youth suicide awareness and prevention policies for students in sixth through 12th grades.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Never one to be short of words, the outspoken Curt Schilling has always thrived on the big stage.

He helped pitch the Philadelphia Phillies to the World Series in 1993, and won World Series championships with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Boston Red Sox.

His career postseason record of 11–2 ranks first all-time among pitchers with at least 10 decisions.

On Wednesday, the 47-year-old Schilling announced that he has been battling oral cancer, which makes even the World Series game seem minimal in comparison to such a life-altering event.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

It was an act of boldness and it sent a message.

The armed robbery that took place at HT Commons Shopping Center this week on an otherwise peaceful morning was a demonstration of sheer audacity.

And it served notice that nothing can be taken for granted.

In so many ways, Monday was just a typical mid-August day when families prepare for fall and the school year.

Shoppers were busy grabbing up back-to-school bargains at the Walmart Supercenter.

Others were patronizing a beauty supply store, shoe store, dollar store and other businesses.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Texas politics are known to get down and dirty but the rule of law should always trump the kind of baloney we're seeing in one county in the Lone Star state.

In April of last year, Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg was arrested and charged with drunken driving. Her blood alcohol level measured .23, three times the Texas legal limit. It would have required about 10 alcoholic drinks in one hour to achieve that rating.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

In the criminal law system, you're innocent until proven guilty.

If police claim you have illegal drugs, they must test the items in a certified laboratory before you can be found guilty.

In all criminal offenses, there must be just cause to make an arrest. Then you are entitled to a trial.

Prison sentences are not given out by a judge until you're proven guilty.

Children in school don't have such rights. They can be tarnished with a "record" for innocent acts.

Monday, August 18, 2014

During a recent television interview, Mark Arabo, a Chaldean-American leader and California businessman, described in shocking detail the savagery in Iraq by troops from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He called it a Christian holocaust and an evil the likes of which the world has not seen for generations.