Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

With the Independence Day holiday approaching, many American families will be celebrating with the traditional barbecues and fireworks.

For residents of Chicago, predominantly in the black and Latino neighborhoods on the South and West sides, the hope will be just staying alive. People living in those sections of America’s third-largest city tend to be poorer, less educated and predominantly African-American, and the street gangs have been menacing those neighborhoods, turning them into war zones.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Welcome to the not-so-wonderful world of politics, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.

It took 18 months for the novice businessman from York County to get the message, but his recent announcement proved that he has returned from a fantasyland in outer space and back to reality.

Earlier this week, Wolf dropped proposals to increase the state income and sales taxes to boost funding for education, one of the most important promises of his campaign that is widely believed to have gotten him elected in 2014 over incumbent Republican Tom Corbett.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

To all veterans,

Today I’m asking you to think about joining a veterans organization. I know people have ideas of what these organizations are about.

Most of these are wrong. Right now many organizations are in the danger of going away. Too many veterans are gone.

If the membership gets too low, the organization will be gone. We need new members, but even more than that we need new ideas. You can make the organization better. We want to help the areas we’re in. But fewer members means less things we can help with.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Letters concerning the imminent closure of St. Katharine Drexel church have one common question: Why?

My questions concern what I considered as unnecessary and wasteful spending from 2008 through 2016. In 2006 new roofs were put on a convent and garages used by OLOAA and our church respectively.

Around 2008 both were razed to construct an unnecessary parking lot. Out of submitted bids for the lot, the highest of close to $200,000 was accepted.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Recently on the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, an honor guard lined a walkway in Cypress, Texas, to pay tribute to an American hero.

But this wasn’t a military-inspired event.

The honor guard comprised fire department, police rescue and other emergency service personnel. They were saluting a golden retriever named Bretagne (pronounced Brittany), the last of the ground zero search dogs to serve in New York City after the 9/11 attacks.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

To the Editor,

At the conclusion of the fiscal year of 2013, the pastor of St. Francis Parish in Nesquehoning issued a financial summary comparing the previous fiscal year to the current year.

It was surprising to see this since it was the only time in my 43 years as a parishioner that anything concerning finances was put on paper for all the parishioners to see. I considered it precious enough to save it.

The first item showed for the previous year the income to our church was $218,612. The current year showed income of $236,705. That’s an increase of about 9 percent.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Dear Editor,

Mandatory Spanish for eighth graders? Why? You don’t suppose it’s because all the immigrants are refusing to learn our language do you?

Stop in any store on any given day any you will hear the constant chatter in the background in the background somewhere that says you are among immigrants.

I can go back in time because I am 81 years old and I remember growing up in the Pennsylvania Dutch country where everyone spoke “Dutch.” However, they also spoke American, which to most of us is English.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The black gnat problem this year is horrendous. The outdoor quality of life is near zero under the onslaught of these blood thirsty pests. The state administers and provides a spray suppression program that vastly reduces the gnat problem. The program is administered in conjunction with individual counties. According to the State’s gnat suppression website Carbon County, and its commissioners, declined to participate in the suppression program.

Friday, June 24, 2016

A sesquicentennial observance refers to the 150th anniversary of a “significant event.”

Such an event occurred in 1866 when the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania decreed that Lehighton shall be a borough.

As befits all significant events, Lehighton’s past, present and vision for a promising future will be celebrated through week-long events starting with opening ceremonies at noon on Saturday,and culminating with the sesquicentennial parade at noon, the closing ceremonies at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m. onJuly 2.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Just two days before Omar Mateen murdered 49 people at an Orlando nightclub, House Speaker Paul Ryan released a national security plan called “A Better Way.”

The four-step plan on the campaign’s website zeros in on how to “defeat the terrorists,” “protect the homeland,” “tackle new threats” and “defend freedom.”