Thursday, May 26, 2016


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Dear Editor,

Another sad day in the life of America! I read with interest the article “Elephants perform for the final time at Ringling Bros” (Times News,May 2). I’ve never been to a real circus, but at the age of 4 or 5, while living in Bethlehem, my father took me to the train station to watch the circus people unload the elephants from the rail cars. The care and concern for those giant animals was unbelievable.

Friday, May 13, 2016

When you’re walking down the street and almost step in dog poop, don’t you wish you could get the animal’s thoughtless owner and rub his nose in it?

Unfortunately, this type of response would probably be banned by the U.S. Constitution as being “cruel and unusual punishment.” But it certainly fits the crime.

Last month, in the face of numerous complaints from residents, members of Nesquehoning Borough Council were dogged in their resolve to step up enforcement of the community’s ordinance that pet owners must pick up after their animals.

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Schuylkill County is home to dozens of wind turbines 500 feet high, similar to 40 proposed for undisturbed wooded acres of Penn Forest Township in Carbon County. DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Sometimes life imitates art. In literature, brave Don Quixote tilts at windmills he perceives as giant enemies.

In Penn Forest Township, some are jousting against a similar concept — giant windmills, or turbines, proposed for a pristine, undisturbed forest area of Carbon County.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

An overly cautious father in nearby Hazleton launched an all-out manhunt for an alleged abductor on Friday.

The father claimed a man who didn’t speak English, driving a car, tried to kidnap his daughter.

The incident occurred as the girl was arranging a ride home from Laurel Mall.

The father ranted and made claims and accusations. The resulting investigation involved state and local police.

But after all was said and done, everyone learned that sometimes a ride is just a ride.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The great beat reporters of my youth gained their stripes and separated themselves from competitors by being fast and accurate.

One of my early heroes of news journalism was Merriman Smith, White House correspondent for United Press International who was the senior reporter on the beat when President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade made that fateful 45-minute ride through downtown Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. Riding in the “wire” car with Smith were Jack Bell of The Associated Press and Bob Clark of ABC radio.

Monday, May 9, 2016

On one hand, we let out a big sigh of relief that two Tannersville residents turned themselves into state police and admitted to leaving a cow’s head at a Jackson Township cow sanctuary on March 20.

On the other hand, though, we are puzzled that the pair would commit such a stupid act merely to protest that the new owner of the property had fenced off trails which had formerly been used by neighbors. We have to believe there were ulterior motives involved in this crime.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

I’m a student at Penn State University and took a geography course this semester. I have learned a lot about how humans can affect the environment in negative ways. Sometimes this is by doing everyday activities that we never even give a second thought to, such as driving our vehicles.

It’s amazing how many toxins are released into the air from just driving around town. This not only affects the world we live in today but will affect it for future generations. It is important to consider ways to help preserve the environment.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Hillary Clinton has announced, if elected, that she plans to give the 12 million illegal immigrants in this country free Obamacare. That being said, I am wondering if the federal government will supply the drug Modafinil to all of the hardworking American taxpayers who will be forced to pay for this expenditure. Modafinil is used on missions by the military to stay awake for extended periods of time.

Friday, May 6, 2016

The gas line explosion in Western Pennsylvania last week has raised the fear level of property-owners in the path of the proposed PennEast pipeline that would run through parts of our area, most notably Carbon and Northampton counties.

The blast in Westmoreland County sparked a huge fireball which left one person badly burned and caused damage to a home, utilities, melted asphalt on a nearby highway and caused evacuations of residents. The heat was so intense that it burned the sidings of two homes hundreds of feet away, fire officials said.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

This week’s news of the macabre discovery of human remains beneath floor boards in a Tamaqua attic is hard to ignore.

It shocks our sensibilities. It begs for more information.

What we know is that members of a Tamaqua family pried up a few boards and uncovered a box. Inside was a bundle consisting of old newspapers and a sweater.

Unwrapped, it revealed bones of a baby, nearly a full skeleton, estimated between 38 and 40 weeks.

The discovery suggests that a baby, perhaps stillborn or a newborn later deceased, had been carefully wrapped and hidden away.