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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The address that Gen. Douglas MacArthur delivered to a joint meeting of Congress on April 19, 1951, lives as one of the history of great farewell speeches in history.

"When I joined the Army, even before the turn of the century, it was the fulfillment of all of my boyish hopes and dreams," MacArthur said.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sometimes things go wrong, but many times they go right, even when complications threaten to unravel plans.

Lansford borough weaved its way through a maze of red tape and potential roadblocks over the past five years in administering a $265,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

The money was intended for renovations to the Lansford American Fire Company No. 1 building and borough offices, once located on the fire company building's second floor.

But renovation costs were just too steep.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Suspicions about liberal bias in academia have been growing among conservatives, many of whom believe some educators and textbooks are attempting to rewrite history.

In Texas, the parent of a fifth-grader objected to a test question after her daughter's class viewed a film, "Remembering September 11th." The question was: "Why might the United States be a target for terrorism?"

The correct answer was: "Decisions we made in the United States have had negative effects on people elsewhere."

That kind of liberal apology had conservatives fuming.

Friday, February 27, 2015

The American writer Kurt Vonnegut once said: "I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine."

Ted Williams, a sports hero to several generations of baseball fans, once said if he had a higher calling in life it was to be a fireman because "it sure beats being a ballplayer."

Benjamin Franklin, a Founding Father and one of America's greatest citizens, was a volunteer firefighter.

Growing up in the 1950s and '60s, we considered our volunteer firefighters to be bigger than life.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Relations between police and the public last year were the most strained we've seen in decades following the shooting by police of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri, and the death of a man in Staten Island who died after being arrested by police.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Last week, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh had some advice for the thrill-seekers in his city who were foolishly recording videos of themselves jumping out of windows and into snowbanks and then posting them on social media websites.

Wise up and knock it off.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Earlier this week, State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf had us befuddled when she stated that we have to go after the root causes for what leads people to join militant groups like ISIS.

She mentioned jobs as a long-term solution to the terror threat.

Many feel Harf and the rest of the administration are living in a dream world when it comes to their global assessment of radical Islam.

It's true that recognizing the root cause is vital but it's religion, not jobs, that propels the militants.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

And Kmart makes three.

This week's announcement of the closing of Kmart at Schuylkill Mall, Frackville, marks the loss of the shopping destination's final original anchor.

There's no question Schuylkill Mall is sailing rough seas.

The mall was opened by Crown American, Johnstown developer, in October 1980, boasting anchors Sears, Hess's and Kmart, among many other stores.

The elevated location overlooking Route 61 and I-81 seemed perfect.

Back in those days, there was no Internet commerce. Brick and mortar was the way to go.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Calling the current system of capital punishment "error-prone, expensive and anything but infallible," Gov. Tom Wolf announced last Friday that a moratorium on executions will be in effect in Pennsylvania one of 32 states with the death penalty at least until he receives results of a legislative study.

The state prosecutors' association reacted quickly, stating that the governor had no authority to impose such a moratorium.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Peter Makhlouf, a Brown University student, ticked off a lot of people recently when he wrote in an article for The Brown Daily Herald that the ROTC is an "organization of criminals" and "state-sanctioned violence."

He said the thought of "extending the poisonous branches of the armed services to our campus should be wholly denounced" and favored "outlawing ROTC and its byproducts on our campus."