Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Friday, June 16, 2017

There was a crime-drama TV show in the early-1950s called “Racket Squad.” At the end of each show, after the bad guy was caught and charged, Capt. Braddock would look right into the camera at us and say, “I’m closing this case now — or, rather, the courts will — but there’ll be others, because that’s the way the world is built. There are people who can slap you on the back with one hand and pick your pocket with the other. And it could happen to you.”

Thursday, June 15, 2017

By the end of this month, hundreds of thousands of high school students will have gone through the time-honored ritual of commencement.

At first blush, the word “commencement” seems to be an oxymoron. Why do we call it “commencement” when it denotes the completion of 13 years of schooling?

My Summit Hill High School Class of 1957 motto explains why perfectly: “Not finished, just begun.” It’s the “commencement” of the rest of a graduate’s life.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Once the backbone of communities across the United States, service organizations continue to lose membership at an alarming rate. Some, such as the Nesquehoning Lions Club, officially went out of business at the end of June. Others are hanging by a thread.

The big question in the 21st century is: Does anyone care anymore, or are these organizations too old, too much of a bother for the frenetic pace of modern life?

Monday, June 12, 2017

Given the amount of hostility aimed at this White House by liberals in Congress and the leftist media, President Trump can expect obstruction to his agenda during his time in the White House.

Mainstream media pundits had listeners believing that last week’s testimony by FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee would be an apocalyptic moment for Trump.

Friday, June 9, 2017

As the opioid crisis continues, officials here and in other cities are trying new strategies for targeting suppliers and protecting victims. That’s what has to be done — keep trying until we find the combination of tools that works the best.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Dear Editor,

Upon reading Ms. Andrade’s article on June 3, I was shocked by several statements made by Slatington Councilman Melvin Gildner. Mr. Gildner stated that Mayor Walter Niedermeyer and Borough Secretary Karen Gill were “untruthful” in their testimony. In addition, he said that Gill was pressured to be dishonest, and that the mayor has a history of “not telling the truth.” It should be noted that Gill’s and Niedermeyer’s testimony confirmed statements made by councilman Bryon Reed.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Vaccinations that block life-threatening diseases are one of mankind’s most important health accomplishments. They have saved millions from premature death and save millions more from serious illness. While vaccinations carry some risk, the medical, social and economic benefits they have brought about have led all 50 states to pass compulsory childhood vaccination laws to stop the spread of major diseases.

Monday, June 5, 2017

After President Donald Trump announced last week that the United States would pull out of the climate accord, liberal Democrats and the left-wing media went into hysterics.

Pulling out of the Obama-era accord was one of the president’s major campaign promises and it’s doubtful many Trump-haters even know what is in the nonminding agreement. Bottom line is that American families would be paying more while making less.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Dear Editor,

In regard to the number of council members on council in Coaldale Borough: If below 3,000 residents, the number of council members can be reduced from seven to five.

The Court of Common Pleas may, upon petition of at least 5 percent of the registered electors of any borough, which, according to the latest official census, the sufficiency of the number of signers to any such petition shall be ascertained as of the date when the petition is presented to court.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Distracted driving is a dangerous habit — good reason to support a proposal in Harrisburg that would ban cellphone use among 16- and 17-year-olds hitting the road for the first time.

Last year, 69 people died in crashes involving distracted drivers in Pennsylvania, according to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation statistics.

Over the past 10 years, 590 people have died in such accidents.