Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Monday, April 17, 2017

A news story from our archives in 2008 reported that Monroe County police were investigating graffiti left at more than a dozen locations in Mount Pocono.

Messages at a bank location referenced the violent street gang known as MS-13 and contained derogatory statements to police. More messages were painted on 15 locations at an apartment complex in Mount Pocono.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Dear Editor,

In regards to one Coaldale Borough Council member not attending council meetings, it was not stated if this one council member attended committee meetings. If he doesn’t, he should be asked by the borough council to resign his seat on council. I would also like to know if this one council member is being paid for not attending council meetings or committee meetings. If he is, he is having a free ride on the taxpayers. That is why he is paid to be on council. Put someone on council that will do the job.

Just my thoughts.

Robert Benek


Friday, April 14, 2017

Past president of Slatington Borough Council needs to know the definition of unethical: lacking moral principals, unwilling to adhere to proper rules of conduct not in accord with the standards of a profession.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The primary election is May 16, and the Times News will accept candidate support letters through May 9. Letters will be published in our daily and Saturday opinion pages by May 13. Letters should focus on the qualifications of the candidate, rather than tear down the opponent.

Letters should be no more than 300 words and be signed by the author. The writer’s name, address and phone number should be included for our files.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Someone once said it is easier for a whale to swim through a keyhole than it is for a write-in candidate to defeat a person already on the ballot in Pennsylvania.

Last month, in a special election in the 197th Legislative District, write-in candidate Emilio Vasquez saved the Democratic Party from another embarrassment by besting the Republican ballot candidate, Lucinda Little. It shows how dominant the Democrats are in the state’s largest city but how woefully lacking in most rural areas.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Throughout our five-county Times News area, there are five boards of county commissioners, hundreds of municipal bodies and any number of boards of education.

Those who hold these seats perform an invaluable public service to their fellow citizens. Most of these are part-time positions which pay a pittance for the amount of work required, or, in the case of school directors, no compensation at all.

Monday, April 10, 2017

A tragic image from last week’s horrific gas attack in Syria showed a Syrian father clinging to the corpses of his infant children. The Associated Press reported that Abdel Hameed Alyouse lost 22 family members after warplanes dropped toxic gas over his town in rebel-held Idlib. Abdel said in an interview that he was on his way to see his family when he saw people falling down on the road. Some had started to foam at the mouth.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Much debate about SB 76 is centered on the tax shift aspect of the bill. The bill’s economy stimulating domino effect is perhaps its greatest gift. Designed to help low income — WIC items and clothing under $50 are tax free. Many in lower income would qualify for a mortgage where previously they would not qualify.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

All Obama, our previous president needed was paper and pen and he signed executive order after order with no one to stop him. He got his “czars” into place in no time, even thought that, to me, meant communists! But no one wanted him stopped! They just let him go on and on with his “fundamental transformation of America,” and even when he told us “things will necessarily skyrocket” everyone was happy because he gave them “free” stuff!

Friday, April 7, 2017

We wish we had better news on the state of the health of the residents in our five-county Times News area, but, according to an annual well-respected national survey, we don’t seem to be a very healthy group.

The County Health Rankings, a joint project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New Jersey and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, recently released its measures of the health of virtually all counties in the United States, and, for the most part, ours do not measure up very well.