Thursday, July 10, 2014


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Many of us recognize Bob Costas as the award-winning sports broadcaster for more than three decades. This year he is also the 2014 Tony Snow Award recipient, which recognizes a citizen in the public eye who has made a significant difference in the lives of injured servicemen and women.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Within just the past two weeks, three meth labs have been uncovered in the local area.

Two of them were located right in the downtown business districts of their respective communities.

In at least one of the raids, there were small children inside the residence. It makes one wonder what type of future these youngsters have ahead of them.

The first in the trio of raids happened in a home in downtown Lehighton.

One happened in a mobile home in the Nis Hollow area of Mahoning Township.

The third was discovered during a fire in an apartment in Tamaqua.

Monday, April 28, 2014

The early fallout is coming in from Colorado, the first state to legalize recreational use of marijuana, and not all the data is reassuring.

Advocates say marijuana need not be treated as a dangerous drug and that its legal sale will have economic benefits but some of the news out of Colorado has not been positive.

Friday, April 25, 2014

April 15 – tax day in America – also heralded a rare astrological event that some feel has prophetic significance.

That day brought us the first of four dark red 'blood moons' or lunar eclipses, each followed by six full moons. Called the 'Tetrad,' the event will finish on Sept. 28 2015.

The incredible alignment has only happened a handful of times in the past 2,000 years. Some Christians say this lunar Tetrad is especially significant because each of those eclipses falls on an important Jewish holiday, Passover or Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles).

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Today is Earth Day.

Since 1970, Earth Day has been observed on April 22 to bring awareness that the earth is fragile and needs protection.

Various events are planned in connection with Earth Day, although some of them won't occur until later in the week.

Jim Thorpe borough kicks off its summer festival season with a spectacular Earth Day celebration Saturday (rain date Sunday) which will include bands, demonstrations, workshops and other activities.

Monday, April 21, 2014

In a message last month, Pope Francis told how Christians suffered and died in Nazi concentration camps and under communism during many of our lifetimes. The belief that persecutions no longer exist today is not true, he said, and there are actually more people martyred today than during the early period of the church.

We hoped that his words would have inspired more world leaders to put political correctness aside at least for Easter and publicly proclaim their faith by at least denouncing Christian persecution.

Friday, April 18, 2014

After hearing Virginia Rep. James P. Moran's comments last week that congressmen are underpaid, we felt he was either very brave or just plain foolish.

Certainly his timing could have been better. The comments came just a few days after the latest Gallup poll showed that approval ratings for congress had tanked to 13 percent, not far from the all-time low of nine percent set last November.

But the Virginia Democrat really had nothing to lose with his statements. After 12 terms, he's calling it quits so he isn't facing a re-election fight like many colleagues this year.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lansford Borough Council last week received a request that parking meters be removed in the downtown area.

Dave Benevy, who owns the Lansford Mini-Mall, said merchants think parking meters are detrimental to business.

He added that several parking meters are broken and the fact that they haven't been repaired has created a type of blight in the business section.

Several council members disagreed with Benevy, countering that removal of the meters would allow residents to take parking spots intended for potential customers.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Two public shaming cases - one in Ohio and the other in California - made news last week, raising the question of whether humiliation is an effective way to discipline.

In 2012, a Cleveland Judge named Pinkey Carra made a woman wear an "idiot" sign in public for driving around a school bus. Last week, she made news again by calling for the public shaming of Richard Dameron, 58, who was sentenced to 90 days in jail for threatening officers.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Just after Gallup released the latest public poll numbers, members of Congress headed back to their districts on Friday for their two-week recess.

For some incumbent lawmakers fighting to hold their seats, it was a long flight, perhaps the last time they travel home from their Washington office for a spring break. Congress' approval rating fell to 13 percent, not far from the all-time low of 9 percent set last November.

The approval number has never been less than 20 percent before a midterm election.