Friday, May 27, 2016


Monday, May 9, 2016

On one hand, we let out a big sigh of relief that two Tannersville residents turned themselves into state police and admitted to leaving a cow’s head at a Jackson Township cow sanctuary on March 20.

On the other hand, though, we are puzzled that the pair would commit such a stupid act merely to protest that the new owner of the property had fenced off trails which had formerly been used by neighbors. We have to believe there were ulterior motives involved in this crime.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

I’m a student at Penn State University and took a geography course this semester. I have learned a lot about how humans can affect the environment in negative ways. Sometimes this is by doing everyday activities that we never even give a second thought to, such as driving our vehicles.

It’s amazing how many toxins are released into the air from just driving around town. This not only affects the world we live in today but will affect it for future generations. It is important to consider ways to help preserve the environment.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Hillary Clinton has announced, if elected, that she plans to give the 12 million illegal immigrants in this country free Obamacare. That being said, I am wondering if the federal government will supply the drug Modafinil to all of the hardworking American taxpayers who will be forced to pay for this expenditure. Modafinil is used on missions by the military to stay awake for extended periods of time.

Friday, May 6, 2016

The gas line explosion in Western Pennsylvania last week has raised the fear level of property-owners in the path of the proposed PennEast pipeline that would run through parts of our area, most notably Carbon and Northampton counties.

The blast in Westmoreland County sparked a huge fireball which left one person badly burned and caused damage to a home, utilities, melted asphalt on a nearby highway and caused evacuations of residents. The heat was so intense that it burned the sidings of two homes hundreds of feet away, fire officials said.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

This week’s news of the macabre discovery of human remains beneath floor boards in a Tamaqua attic is hard to ignore.

It shocks our sensibilities. It begs for more information.

What we know is that members of a Tamaqua family pried up a few boards and uncovered a box. Inside was a bundle consisting of old newspapers and a sweater.

Unwrapped, it revealed bones of a baby, nearly a full skeleton, estimated between 38 and 40 weeks.

The discovery suggests that a baby, perhaps stillborn or a newborn later deceased, had been carefully wrapped and hidden away.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Signs went up this week announcing that nearly 800 miles of Pennsylvania highways, including one in Monroe County, will have a 70 mph speed limit. That is a fourfold increase in mileage over the previous 70 mph roads in the commonwealth.

Leslie Richards, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation secretary, said he is comfortable with the change.

“Before moving ahead, we looked very closely at a number of factors, such as speed and traffic data and the physical characteristics of the highways,” he said.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Dear Editor,

I recently wrote a letter to Bishop Barres regarding the closing of St. Katharine Drexel Parish. This was written with the hopes that the diocese would reconsider the decision in order to meet the spiritual needs of the flock — also to take into consideration the historical value of such a magnificent structure. Apparently, those arguments meant nothing to the decision makers, and the closure is imminent.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Lehigh Township Zoning Hearing Board convened onApril 14 and granted Walmart approval for three variances so it can develop a new store and gas station on the land at Route 145 and Birch Road. Unfortunately, this project does not adhere to developing the area in a sustainable way.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
The seriousness of the day’s affairs can be seen on the face of Tamaqua cop Doug Springer in the midst of Monday’s large-scale drug offensive. DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

The streets in eastern Schuylkill County are a bit safer after Monday’s roundup of more than two dozen suspected drug dealers or users.

Agents from the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force, Schuylkill County Sheriff’s Office, state police, and local police departments joined forces to converge on drug hot spots in the Tamaqua area, executing warrants for 29 suspected drug offenders.

It was the largest drug sting operation in eastern Schuylkill County since Monday, June 16, 2014, when a similar sting took 17 accused dealers or users off the streets.

Monday, May 2, 2016
The bison could soon become the national mammal of the United States. Lawmakers called the bison the embodiment of American strength and resilience and said it reflects the nation’s pioneer spirit. AP Photo/Matthew Brown

There are few things that politicians can agree on these days.

Partisan politics run rampant in the halls of the divided Congress and the president’s lame-duck last year in office has produced little in the way of bipartisan legislation. Party infighting has made this a very divisive presidential election season.

The chasm is wide when it comes to party ideology, but there is one cause that both Republicans and Democrats have been able to unite and rally behind. Last week both the House and Senate approved a bill that designates the bison as the national mammal.