Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Charles E. Kiessling has a novel idea about how Pennsylvania should perceive heroin deaths.

The Lycoming County coroner is tired of the plague of drug overdoses and says it’s time to “call it what it is.”

From now on, any death due to heroin in his county will be listed as a homicide on the death certificate.

The other available options are natural, accidental, suicide or undetermined.

But Kiessling says the answer is easy.

“If you are selling heroin to someone and they die, isn’t that homicide?”

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

There’s not much more violent than Jesus’ death by crucifixion, which was solemnly remembered by Christians around the world last Friday.

The Easter story is one of sacrifice and atonement, then Resurrection and victory.

British-born Anglican theologian and philosopher Sarah Coakley feels that sacrifice is central to human experience and needs to be restored as a central biological, ethical and theological principle.

With so much chaos and evil in the world, it’s fortunate to see acts of sacrifice and heroism evident in society.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Nestle Water North America is currently seeking a permit to allow them to “harvest” 200,000 gallons of water per day from two extraction wells they drilled on an 80-acre leased parcel or property in Kunkletown. Four hundred gallons is the equivalent daily water usage for a family of four. Therefore that amount of extraction would support 500 homes. However, this water is to be hauled to Breinigsville to their bottling plant.

Monday, March 28, 2016

After being a record 271 days late, Pennsylvania finally has a 2015-16 budget, now that Gov. Tom Wolf blinked.

While the freshman Democratic governor from York believed he had right on his side throughout this nasty nine-month stalemate, the Republicans prevailed by showing that they had might on theirs. With commanding leads in both houses, Republicans refused to yield to Wolf’s call for an increase in the state income tax and an extraction tax on drillers in the Marcellus Shale area.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

We, as a nation, are on the brink. Not close to or near the edge of destruction, we are teetering on the edge. This country has been slowly sinking toward socialism since the first progressive, Theodore “Bull Moose” Roosevelt arrived on the scene in 1901. He took land which should belong to states and made it federal. The fed has no need for land unless it is needed for military purposes.

Our currency was standardized at $16.96 per ounce of gold in 1900. War debt for WWI hurt our economy and we headed for our first Great Recession (called the Depression).

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Now, about Mr. Trump:

Seems to me he’s the one who could bring America back to what she used to be. Maybe he and Vice President Dr. Ben Carson, or Vice President John Kasich.

Mr. Trump tells it like it is, and that’s that.

As for the protesters who shut down his rally, well, I wonder who is paying them. We have many choices on that — Hilly and Billy or good ol’ Bernie himself, and then there are Pelosi, Reid, Soros, so many I can’t remember all of them and perhaps, even Mr. Trump’s own party hopefuls? Would any of them do such a thing?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

An Associated Press story on Monday proves some folks have a long way to go to reach civility, even at the holiest time of the year.

Police in Jersey City, New Jersey, say a mall Easter Bunny and a father got into a scuffle after the man’s child slipped from a chair while getting her photo taken.

Here’s what we know.

A father placed the 1-year-old into the clutches of the bunny inside Newport Centre Mall.

A photo was taken.

Then, somehow, the child slipped from the grips of the bunny and fell off the chair.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Redistricting or reapportionment is the exercise by which new state legislative and congressional district boundaries are redrawn every 10 years after the U.S. census.

In less than four years, another census will be undertaken to determine how many people live in the United States and to take a snapshot of the sociodemographic characteristics of the nation’s population.

Monday, March 21, 2016

There are few things that annoy or frustrate us more than being placed on hold by an automated message.

The recorded voice message system sounds something like this:

“Thank you for waiting. Your call is important to us. I’m sorry, but all of our operators are busy at the moment, but please stay on the line. Your call will be answered shortly.”

What happens if there’s an emergency situation that must be addressed right away? Unfortunately, it has already been happening to veterans, some of whom suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and other hidden injuries.

Friday, March 18, 2016
William Pelletiers

The Times News and Lehigh Valley Press co-sponsored the 2016 It Can Wait Essay Contest in conjunction with the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation and AT&T.

The winner competed at state level for a $500 prize.

State winner:

By Kyleigh Balint, sophomore, Sullivan County High School, Laporte

As submitted to The Sullivan Review, Dushore.