Friday, September 30, 2016


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

This fall, the state Legislature is expected to pass an extension of the gaming law that will help fund the 2016-17 budget. At the center of this move is the introduction to online gaming and fantasy sports.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Except for the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and the tragic events of 9/11 that launched the War on Terror, Americans have not had to experience war on a massive scale in their home land.

The Middle East, meanwhile, is a place of constant turmoil where death and destruction occur daily.

After an airstrike in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo a few weeks ago, a video surfaced on social media reminding us how innocent children are among the most vulnerable victims of war.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Dear Editor,

Thank you for the very fine opinion from Jim Zbick inthe Times News on Aug. 16, 2016. I’ve been worried about this and our dear nation and our offspring’s knowledge of it all ever since I understood about this thing called “common core.” I’ll not even try to improve upon his words because he tells it like it is.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

To the editor:

I wish to thank the Palmerton United Veterans Organization and all of the veterans groups, and all of the many people who remembered and honored the Carbon County Vietnam KIAs/MIAs from July 21-25.

What a wonderful, moving tribute to those brave men who gave their lives in the service of this country, including my husband Maj. William C. Whitehead Jr.

A cousin sent me the Times News clippings and the program about this beautiful event.

Unfortunately, my own health problems prevented me from attending this ceremony.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Recently, residents of Eldred Township banded together and fought off the efforts of Nestle to extract many thousands of gallons of water from their local aquifer, and I commend them for doing so. Nestle’s plan was to use the water for their bottled water business. I am not aware if there was to be compensation of any kind to Eldred Township.

Friday, August 26, 2016

It’s time for the Federal Trade Commission to launch an antitrust investigation into the pharmaceutical industry.

The current EpiPen controversy is blowing the lid off a simmering pot of suspicious activity that isn’t good for health, medicine or the country.

It started when Mylan Pharmaceuticals bought the rights to EpiPen in 2007.

The EpiPen Auto-Injector is a lifesaving device. Those suffering a dangerous allergic reaction can receive a dose of emergency epinephrine at a critical time.

This could be you or your parent or child.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The framers of the U.S. Constitution used 16 words in the First Amendment to address the separation of church and state, and we have been sparring over the meaning of that handful of words ever since. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

In two separate incidents on the same night, two Easton area teens were robbed at gunpoint while playing the nation’s latest fad game — Pokemon Go.

This was one of just scores of incidents that have been reported across the nation as players scour the landscape for “game pieces.”

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay has housed prisoners taken captive in the war on terror since 2002. Last week, the president released 15 prisoners at the detention center, marking it the single largest release of his administration.

According to the Pentagon, an interagency review board considered their potential threat to security and unanimously approved six of the 15 for release to the United Arab Emirates, and a consensus was reached on releasing the remaining nine.

Monday, August 22, 2016

What do Walt Disney, John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Jackie Robinson, Dwight D. Eisenhower and I have in common?

We all started as newspaper carriers. When I was 12, I was so excited to get a morning newspaper route, delivering 47 newspapers seven days a week in the Woodside section of Summit Hill.