Monday, September 25, 2017


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.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

We were really surprised when some residents of Hazleton were critical of Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon’s remarks on nationwide TV about his hometown. He gave the Luzerne County city a million dollars worth of publicity when he appeared last month on NBC’s news magazine — Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

To the Italian-American community of Eastern Pennsylvania, including those in the Panther Valley and Schuylkill County, former Philadelphia Mayor and Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo was the embodiment of saint and sinner.

The placement of a statue of him in 1998 at the front of the Philadelphia Municipal Services Building was controversial from Day 1. That controversy is front and center again after the statue was vandalized three times during the past 10 days by protesters demanding its removal.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The controversy surrounding the march in Charlottesville, Virginia, reminds us that hate groups, such as those advocating white supremacy, and neo-Nazi sympathizers aren’t limited to other states.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says that nearly 1,000 organizations that meet its criteria as a “hate group” are active in the United States, including 40 in Pennsylvania, which has the fifth largest number of such groups. The others with more are: California, Texas, New York and Virginia.

Monday, August 21, 2017

The extreme rhetoric and violent language that marked the divisive presidential election in 2016 have deteriorated into physical violence and bloodshed in the last two months.

On June 14, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and three others were shot in Alexandria, Virginia, while practicing for the annual congressional baseball game. The Facebook page of James Hodgkinson, the shooter, a volunteer for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, was littered with hate speech toward President Donald Trump, Republicans and other conservatives.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Dear editor,

All right you Trump haters … knock it off! Hasn’t Republican President Donald Trump had enough bad publicityagainst him to fill a football stadium? I believe the president is trying his utmost to bring America back to some sense of normalcy since it’s been in dire straits for years. Obama didn’t leave the White House with the country in perfect standing. “Obamacare” is in sad shape, which Trump is truly doing his best to bring about some form of decent health insurance for those who do not have proper coverage.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Dear Editor,

I would like to reply to the Times News article regarding the Lansford Borough Council’s meeting of Aug. 9. In particular, the statements made by Bob Silver regarding various residents’ “delinquent” accounts.

Mr. Silver, as well as many other residents, is able to obtain, through the Right to Know Act, many and varied borough records; financial accounts, sewer transmission accounts, sanitation accounts, etc.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

With the Pennsylvania General Assembly deadlocked over how to fund the 2017-18 budget, you might think the 253 legislators are burning the midnight oil. Well, you would be wrong.

In fact, neither the House nor Senate has any session days scheduled for August. Nice work if you can get it, right? Not only that, but the House has just 78 scheduled session days in all of 2017, while the Senate has 68.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Extreme caution is needed Monday to protect eyes that are drawn to the skies for a heavenly happening.

The coming Great American Eclipse is a rare event in which the moon will completely cover the sun, exposing a view of the sun’s fiery atmosphere, or corona.

This type of celestial wonder occurs when the sun, moon and Earth align in just the right way.

However, our area will witness only a partial eclipse. This means the moon will cover only part of the sun’s disk.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Last weekend’s rioting in Charlottesville, Virginia, ignited the culture of deep hatred and disrespect for authority that have plagued society.

In addressing the attacks, President Donald Trump said there are wounds of division that have affected the nation for decades and it needs to stop right now.

He is correct about racial divisions being a long-standing problem but finding a quick, peaceful solution has been an impossibility. Since the new millennium, we’ve seen a steady upswing in street lawlessness and challenges to the rule of law.