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Editorials

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

With so much instability in the Middle East, it's impossible to know the warring factions without a scorecard. And that includes knowing who is allied with the U.S.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Why are the most obvious things sometimes ignored?

Over the weekend, The Associated Press carried an article with the headline, "Income gap widens as factories shut down."

The article was written by Michael Rubinkam, a Schuylkill County resident who has established himself as an excellent and accurate journalist.

In the article, Howard Wial, an economist with the Brookings Institute and the University of Illinois at Chicago, says, "A loss of manufacturing has contributed to the decline of the middle class."

Du-uh.

Friday, June 13, 2014

With so many Washington elitists motivated by politics these days, hearing them use words like "honor" or "hero" is not very persuasive.

A day after the Obama administration completed the exchange of five Taliban operatives for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Susan Rice, the national security adviser, said he had served with "honor and distinction." The president even had a Rose Garden ceremony with the soldier's parents to announce the exchange.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The high school baseball and softball seasons are over for local schools, and Friday the PIAA championships are scheduled in State College.

Two Schuylkill County teams made it to the state baseball quarterfinals.

Tamaqua lost a defensive struggle to Jersey shore in the AAA playoffs by a 1-0 score, while Schuylkill Haven lost to Juniata Valley in the Class A event.

In softball, Minersville will be competing Friday for the state title against Halifax in a 2 p.m. game. It's the second time in four years they've made it to states, winning the championship in 2011.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Staying active and exercising regularly are keys to remaining healthy and vibrant in our golden years.

Last month, about 200 of our area seniors registered to participate in the Carbon County Senior Games, which were first introduced 26 years ago by Victor Pituch as a celebration to health and vitality and a way to honor older adults.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ben Franklin was wrong when he said "honesty is the best policy."

Just ask the parents of 7-year-old Darin Simak.

Darin is a first grade student at the New Kensington-Arnold School District.

He recently forgot his book bag at a friend's house, so his mother gave him a different book bag. When he got to school, he realized a toy gun was in the book bag.

Knowing it was wrong to bring a toy gun to school, he approached his teacher and told her.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Graduating seniors from Simon Kenton High School in Independence, Ky., recently posted a tongue-in-cheek ad on Craigslist that was creative and quite funny.

In order to pay for college expenses, the graduates put their school up for sale in the housing, office and commercial section of the classified advertising website. The students' ad, which was quickly pulled, stated: "Going off to college, so i dont (sic) need it anymore, need to save up my cash to pay off all these loans coming up."

Friday, June 6, 2014

It was 70 years ago today that 7,000 ships and landing craft carrying 156,000 Allied troops crossed the English Channel along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France.

The assault, which penetrated Adolf Hitler's Fortress Europe defenses, remains the largest amphibious invasion in history. By day's end on June 6, 1944, the Allies had gained a foot-hold in France, the first step in defeating the Nazis. It came at a high cost as more than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summit Hill Borough Council recently approved a new garbage contract with Tamaqua Transfer and Recycling.

It's a good contract that satisfies the needs of the town's residents better than the trash collection pacts do in most surrounding communities.

In fact, some municipalities don't even provide garbage collection for their residents.

And that's a problem.

As in the past, the contract in Summit Hill provides up to five bags of trash per household.

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Rev. Allison Bauer was taking her dog for his daily walk in Beaver County recently when she approached the Frankfort Presbyterian Church in Hookstown, where she has been a minister since 2006.

She immediately noticed that the 500-pound brass bell, which usually sits beneath the front-yard sign, was gone. It wasn't the first time the bell had gone missing. After it disappeared two years ago, church members discovered three men had taken it to a facility in Ohio where they tried to sell it for scrap before police arrested them.