Saturday, July 23, 2016


Thursday, July 14, 2016

If this were a year ago, Gov. Tom Wolf would have told state legislators to take this year’s budget along with the revenue package to fund it and shove it, but that was then, and this is now.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Earlier this year, a San Francisco based photographer named Thomas Sanders visited the Belmont Village Senior Living facility in Dallas, Texas, to view the portraits of soldiers that are part of an exhibit in its long hallway.

Many of the portraits were published in his book, “The Last Good War: The Faces and Voices of World War II.” He realizes that with the number of old soldiers leaving us each day, we are literally losing our history.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Volunteer fire companies throughout the commonwealth face two similar problems, funding and recruitment.

Historically, both have been an issue within the volunteer fire service and continue to be highly recognized concerns for volunteer fire departments and elected officials. The public seems to be unaware of this concern.

Most fire departments use an annual fund drive letter to seek funds and use the same opportunity to seek new volunteers.

Funding continues to remain a major consideration for all fire departments.

Monday, July 11, 2016

When Beltzville State Park opened in 1972, it promised to be a popular recreation area.

Today, 44 years later, it’s exceeded that promise and has become so popular the gates occasionally are closed.

It happened once again over the Fourth of July weekend.

Part of the problem, it seems, is that Beltzville has been adopted as the destination of choice by residents of the Delaware Valley. And no wonder.

The 3,002-acre park offers free swimming, a sandy beach, and nearly 20 miles of shoreline. Biking, hiking, hunting, boating. Beltzville has it all.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Dear Editor,

He had a handsome face. But his beauty ended there. He had a twisted mind that became a web of vicious complexity. God gave him good looks, but not to become a murderer. A brutal savage who killed 49 innocent people and seriously injured dozens more. It’s a nightmare Americans will never erase from their memories.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Dear Mrs. Clinton,

Who are you the champion of, really? You claim to be the champion of women.

However, you tried to viciously destroy and ruin the reputations of the women who claimed they were sexually assaulted by your husband, Bill Clinton.

You claim to be the champion of the African-American community. However, under the Obama administration in the past eight years, their wages went down and black youth unemployment is a staggering 56 percent.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

What an honor for the A.J. Baddick family (parents Joe and Ann) to have the bridge in Jim Thorpe named after their son. It was to be a historic day for the family, to have their hero and our town’s hero to receive such a great honor.

The work on the bridge, done by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Myers construction company, is both breathtaking and beautiful. Unfortunately, someone dropped the ball.

So I think I will fill in the gaps with things that didn’t happen.

Friday, July 8, 2016

The recent proclamation by the archbishop of the Philadelphia Roman Catholic Diocese that divorced and remarried Catholics and some others must not have sexual intimacy has set off another shock wave through the community.

No similar edicts have been issued in the Allentown Diocese by its bishop, the Most Rev. John O. Barres, or by the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, bishop of the Scranton diocese, which includes Monroe County parishes, and it is not certain whether any will.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

There is no question that the elephant herd in the room is public pensions. By some estimates, the state needs about $6 billion to fully fund the pension system, which has fallen further and further into debt.

State legislators have anguished session after session and wrangled over how to fix this major problem, which, by the way, is of their own making, but, so far, no workable solution has been found.