Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Monday, April 25, 2016
Our Lady of the Angels Academy in Lansford was created in 1999 after the last in a series of consolidations. DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Churchgoers learned Saturday that three parishes will merge and a popular grade school will close.

The news stunned the Panther Valley, even if a program of consolidation has been underway for years.

The Diocese of Allentown says it will move ahead and consolidate St. Francis of Assisi parish in Nesquehoning and St. Katharine Drexel parish in Lansford and have them become part of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Summit Hill later this year.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Anyone who has seen and heard the Band Concerts Under the Stars with Mr. Paul Smith in charge has had the very best that Lehighton area could offer.

Mr. Paul Smith was a very fine gentleman, a true American patriot and citizen of our United States of America, good husband and family man, and a leader of many fine musicians and actors and actresses of theatre and grand shows, right here in our own hometown.

I, myself, feel very privileged to have known him and to have seen and heard his accomplishments, and I’m sure everyone else who knew him, feels the very same way as I.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

I was very disappointed to read in the Times News that Judge Nanovic appointed David Krause to the Lehighton School Board. Although voters chose to remove him from office several years ago, the judge chose to reappoint him. Why?

Friday, April 22, 2016

Plan makes no sense

I read the article on the Route 93 truck issue. Frankly the plan that is being discussed does not make sense. If 38 signs don’t address the issue, why would 87? What is the magic number 76, 101? And imagine what that scenic road will look like with 87 signs on it.

So, other than banning traffic outright, I would suggest the creation of a commercial traffic lane for approximately a quarter of a mile, ending with an overhead and right side flashing red traffic light with a sign “All commercial vehicles must stop.”

Friday, April 22, 2016

Thousands of commuters and tourists drive into the Keystone State every day greeted by a “Welcome to Pennsylvania” sign.

It’s a good bet few, if any, of those travelers have the same sense of appreciation as that of former slave Harriet Tubman when she crossed the Mason-Dixon Line into Pennsylvania in 1849.

The legacy of heroine Tubman is in the news now that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said a portrait of Tubman will replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Carbon County formalized its participation in the newly forming county council of governments.

We applaud the 17 Carbon County municipalities which have become charter members of the Carbon County Council of Governments. But what about the other six, which are not members?

The county commissioners on Thursday enacted an ordinance setting up the agreement among the 17 under the auspices of the state’s Intergovernmental Cooperation Law. It all becomes official on May 14.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Great choices

Hello Republicans in Carbon County,

We have two great Republican candidates running for U.S. Congress.

Matt Connolly, hoping to “renew the American dream” for the family, country and community, plans to fight for us to restore prosperity, reduce taxes and regulations, rebuild our military and national defense, repeal Obamacare, and provide proper care for our veterans.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

As Pennsylvania gets ready for its most exciting primaries in years, some of the candidates’ most fervent backers have found out that they need not bother going to the polls on April 26 to vote for their favorite candidate, because if they do, they will be disappointed and frustrated.

Under state rules, only registered Democrats can vote in the state’s Democratic primary; only registered Republicans can vote in the GOP primary.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Voter anger has never been higher, as evidenced by results in state primaries and caucuses. Party rules give us terms like delegates and superdelegates, thus adding to the frustration of average voters who wonder if their vote really makes a difference in the election process.

Voter distrust is especially apparent on the Republican side where there is a widening gap between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz forces. “Establishment politician” is another negative label which has doomed the campaigns of candidates like George Bush and Lindsey Graham.

Monday, April 18, 2016
A 2018 bridge replacement project in Tamaqua will send all traffic, including tractor-trailers, onto steep Spruce Street, seen here, and Stadium Hill. DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

A bridge replacement project will divide east and west Tamaqua near Broad and Railroad streets in 2018.

There will be new traffic patterns and parking restrictions. Some two-way streets will become one-way.

Yogi Berra might say, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

In some ways, it’ll be similar to the East Broad Street bridge project of 2013-14 which resulted in 50 miles of detours in effect for 16 months.

This time, though, altered traffic patterns necessitated by major excavation of the roadway might be even more concerning.