Saturday, January 21, 2017


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

On the first day of the semester, I ask college students in my political science class where the Electoral College is located. Most believe it is in Washington, D.C., at some undisclosed location. Few know that it is actually there and in 50 other locations — each state capital. So it is not surprising that the students’ concept of the Electoral College is as vague as it is to most in the general public, or, at least it was until this year.

Saturday, December 17, 2016


I see the governor signed a paper to allow semi-automatic weapons for hunting. Why not tanks and cannons? Hunters, if they are hunters, were doing fine with what they were using — why the change?

President-elect Trump, are you going to bring your jobs back to the United States to Americans can get more jobs? Or are you going to charge these companies to import your products? Are we going to put boots on the ground against ISIS?

These are just questions. How about some answers?

I remain,

Robert (Ski) Siesputowski

Summit Hill

Saturday, December 17, 2016

If I could wish on Christmas Day For one dream to come true — Then all I’d need from Santa’s sleigh My darling, would be you.

You see, to me you’re everything That makes my dreams come true — The happiness and joy you bring In all you say and do.

Some men might wish for sparkling gold Or jewels that glow and shine — But all I want is you to hold And always to be mine.

And some might say that Peace on Earth Would surely be worthwhile — To them, I’d say for all it’s worth I’ve found it in your smile.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Twice in recent days, our neighbors to the west of the Keystone State have given us moments whereby fathers can better try to explain to their children the meaning of the word hero.

The name John Glenn, who passed away at the age of 95 last Thursday, is one recognized throughout the world. He was a true American icon after becoming the first American to orbit the Earth in 1959.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Since the Nov. 8 presidential election, there have been a number of incidents targeting African-Americans and other minorities, and a disturbing number have been occurring in schools, including several in Eastern Pennsylvania.

While none has been documented officially in the Times News circulation area, there have been incidents that have been aired publicly in the Saucon Valley district in Northampton County and the Southern Lehigh district in Lehigh County.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

You probably have heard the story about the 28-year-old father of two from Salisbury, North Carolina, who read that a pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C., was harboring young children as sex slaves as part of a child-abuse ring led by Hillary Clinton and her chief campaign aide, John Podesta.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

I’ll bet you a can of Who Hash that you didn’t realize the classic holiday special “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (based on the 1957 book) celebrates its 50th anniversary on Dec. 18.

Federal regulations require that I give the full, formal title of the program, so you don’t confuse it with “William Faulkner’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas” or “Aristotle’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Dear Editor,

We would like to thank all those people in Kunkletown and Eldred Township who did not waver in their fight to stop Nestle from taking our water.

Did anyone look at the local creeks or the Lehigh River lately? We have never seen them so low. Imagine if Nestle were pumping 200,000 gallons of water every day out of our aquifer now.

Our townships and municipalities need to make sure companies do not even try to come into this area.

Again, thank you for the successful effort you people put forth.

Rich and Connie Banko


Friday, December 9, 2016

A Berks County woman who was ordered to serve a two-day prison term because she failed to pay $2,000 for truancy fines died from medical causes during her incarceration. Her death became the rallying point for a bipartisan legislative effort to stop jail terms for these offensives.

We find this kind of punishment for this kind of offense as cruel and unusual, and we are pleased that our legislators and governor have done something about it.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Nearly 3½ months after former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane resigned, a House subcommittee has issued a report that she misbehaved in office.

Of course, we did not need a four-month-long legislative investigative to tell us the obvious. After all, she was convicted of leaking secret grand jury information, then lying about it. That was just the tip of the iceberg, but certainly the most damning and the one that sealed her fate. Kane was sentenced to 10 to 23 months in jail, but she is in the process of readying papers for an appeal.