Friday, September 22, 2017


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

When Tropical Storm Sandy ravaged the New Jersey coast in 2012, Gov. Chris Christie was relentless in stopping price-gouging. Today, five years later, because of the shutdown of refineries in Texas and a key pipeline supplying the northeastern states in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, gasoline prices in our area have soared some 43 cents a gallon in a matter of days, yet there has been barely a peep from our state officials in Harrisburg or those in Washington about the situation.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Whether in times of war or in cases of a natural disaster like the tropical storm that flooded Texas, Americans perform at their best when faced with hardship and adversity.

The attacks of 9/11 in 2001 was a time when citizens placed all differences of race, religion and identity politics aside and rallied together as one nation to confront the evils of terrorism.

Friday, September 1, 2017

In a recent news article in the Times News, Chris Reber pointed out the difficulty volunteer fire companies are having in attracting and retaining new members.

It is not only a problem in our five-county area, but it is showing up around the state. The number of volunteers has decreased about 500 percent in the past 40 years. Pennsylvania had about 300,000 volunteers in the 1970s; today, the number is closer to 50,000.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that protests on city streets have finally led to the heartbreaking death of a young woman in Charlottesville.

Many say there’s been much hate and tough talk on the national level.

Interestingly, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested recently that President Donald Trump doesn’t support violence.

“The president in no way, form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence,” she said.

It’s always a good idea, of course, to try to depict the president as a pious altar boy.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to reduce the addictiveness of cigarettes and eventually wean Americans off them entirely.

“The overwhelming amount of death and disease attributable to tobacco is caused by addiction to cigarettes — the only legal consumer product that, when used as intended, will kill half of all long-term users,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said late last month.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

For the first time since Pennsylvania introduced a state lottery in 1972, cash winnings are now taxable.

The law took effect with the 2016-17 budget last year, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2016. Winnings of more than $5,000 and prizes valued at $600 or more are subject to the state income tax of 3.07 percent.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Hate groups like the neo-Nazi and white-supremacists on the far right and anti-fascist radicals like Antifa on the far left have made Confederate statues and monuments a trigger for racist protests in our nation.

Given the fact there are an estimated 718 Confederate statues and monuments across the nation — 300 alone are in the southern states of Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina — the rioting we saw in Charlottesville could just be the opening act to more violent clashes.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Dear Editor:

I grew up in Tamaqua but moved to South Florida after graduating high school in 1972. Many of my family members still live in the area.

Twenty-five years ago our family found out just how much my hometown, Tamaqua, and the surrounding area cared. On Aug. 24, 1992, we sat in our hallway crying and praying for God to spare our lives as Hurricane Andrew came in the front door of our home and went out the back. Our home was torn apart.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Most great nations have decayed from within. In early history great nations were invaded by foreigners, their cultures drastically changed, and decay set in. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians all disappeared. Their cultures lasted hundreds or thousands of years. Our nation is merely going the way of those greats.

Friday, August 25, 2017

We taxpayers get enraged when we find instances where the justice system is gamed by laws with loopholes.

The latest instance involves a state Supreme Court ruling last November that is having implications on a scam perpetrated by two Lackawanna County businessmen, who sold many local municipalities a bill of goods that could save them thousands, even millions, by buying streetlights instead of leasing them.

State Sens. Lisa Boscola, D-Northampton, and Pat Stefano, R-Fayette, introduced bills recently to try to plug this unintended omission in a state law.