Sunday, July 23, 2017


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Everything might be coming up roses in some states, but for Pennsylvania legislators, all they see is a never-ending field of weeds as the clock ticks down to a June 30 budget deadline.

Faced with a deficit of now more than $3 billion, legislators are trying to explain how their rosy predictions for tax and other revenue came up embarrassingly short. In the process, it has made a bad situation even grimmer than it had been last year.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The frosty relationship between Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack has exposed what some say is a flaw in the way Pennsylvania elects those who aspire to these high offices.

The problem occurs at the primary election level where gubernatorial and lieutenant governor candidates run separately, rather than as a team. The winners of the primaries then are supposed to run arm-in-arm in the general election, as provided in the state Constitution.

Monday, June 19, 2017

In a speech to union members during his presidency, Ronald Reagan said that the first duty of government is to protect the people, not run their lives.

The 40th president himself needed protection in 1981 when he became the target of an assassination attempt outside the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. The attack by John Hinckley Jr., who had a history of psychiatric care, wounded Reagan, his press secretary, James Brady, a Secret Service agent and a police officer.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Kidder Township Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on May 18 to oppose the redesignation of the Tunkhannock Creek watershed from High Quality to Exceptional Value Waters designation. (Kidder Township opposes basin redesignation, Times News, May 19, 2017).

The Tunkhannock Creek basin drains approximately 32 square miles of the Pocono Plateau, in an area that includes some of the Poconos’ most outstanding natural features including the Long Pond and Fern Ridge Bog nature preserves, Big Boulder/Lake Harmony, and the Mosey Wood wetland.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Dear Editor,

White House old slogan: Make America great again.

White House new slogan: Make America not matter

I remain,

Robert (Ski) Siesputowski


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Congratulations to Palmerton Borough Council for their recent update to Palmerton’s animal ordinance.

The prohibition of feeding stations for feral cats and wild cat colonies within the borough was a decision that was certainly a necessary action to protect public health and public safety. Such feeding stations out in the open would attract other wild animals searching for food. Those situations would put every resident at risk.

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.