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Editorials

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 55,000 centenarians now living in the U.S., and that number is projected to grow to 442,000 by 2050.

In this area so far this year, at least two residents have hit the 100-year mark – Helen Rizzo of Penn Forest Township and Gordon Chandler, a resident at The Village in Palmerton.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A tragedy happened on Route 209 Monday afternoon between Nesquehoning and Jim Thorpe.

A police cruiser collided with a car, resulting in the death of 69-year-old Carola Sauers. She was a passenger in a car driven by Michael Sauers, age 64. Michael Sauers was seriously injured.

The police officer also suffered injuries.

The investigation is in its preliminary stages, so full details aren't available.

As with any sensational event, there are conflicting reports.

There was one report that the crash happened during a chase.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Here are two lines from a familiar song title that we regret few people can probably identify:

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."

These are the middle verses contained in the fourth stanza of our "Star Spangled Banner," which was written during the War of 1812.

Friday, May 9, 2014

In just two weeks it will be Memorial Day weekend, when we remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sunday is Mother's Day.

It's not just another day. If you had a loving mother, one who cared and stood by you all your life, then you will agree that Sunday is special. Because your mother is special.

We have Christmas and Easter where we give gifts to many different people. We have birthday celebrations with gatherings of friends and relatives. We have Thanksgiving where entire families congregate.

Mother's Day is designated for one special someone. It's a day set aside to honor someone who has been special to you all your life.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The city of Lancaster in the Antelope Valley region of Southern California is justly proud of its military heritage.

The area reportedly contains more veterans per capita than any other place in the country, the Air Force's B-1B bomber was built here and it was at Edwards Air Force Base that legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager became the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound.

Now, a group in Lancaster has again put their city on the map – while also bringing pride to their school – by helping a wounded veteran.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state under President George W. Bush, was invited to speak at the commencement at Rutgers University and to receive an honorary degree.

This past weekend, Rice changed her mind and won't be speaking at the commencement.

That's because a handful of students as well as some professors protested her visit with such anger that damages were done at the university.

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Merriam-Webster dictionary says the term "Redskin" is "very offensive and should be avoided."

Some feel just the opposite, saying it is a term of endearment for the Native American people. Case in point is the battle being waged by Washington's professional football organization to retain its 'Redskins' trademark. Other sports teams are watching this case, including the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Blackhawks.

Friday, May 2, 2014

This week we learned that the high school graduation rate in the United States has reached 80 percent for the first time ever.

That's good news but there's still much work to be done to improve our standing in the global classroom.

Building a GradNation, a group of organizations dedicated to raising graduation rates, attributed the latest success to greater awareness of the issue, new accountability laws, the closure of under performing schools, improved "early-warning" systems that detect at-risk students and reforms that offer better chances to finish high school.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Back in 2011, when the Lake Harmony and Albrightsville fire companies co-sponsored the first-ever Pennsylvania State Firemen's Association Convention and Parade in Carbon County, there were a lot of surprised people.

It had been announced over a year in advance, and people wondered how a rural community like Lake Harmony could hold such an event.

They did hold it, and those who attended had nothing but praise for the local volunteers who put together a week of events in one of the most picturesque regions of the state.