Sunday, February 26, 2017


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

You probably have heard the story about the 28-year-old father of two from Salisbury, North Carolina, who read that a pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C., was harboring young children as sex slaves as part of a child-abuse ring led by Hillary Clinton and her chief campaign aide, John Podesta.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

I’ll bet you a can of Who Hash that you didn’t realize the classic holiday special “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (based on the 1957 book) celebrates its 50th anniversary on Dec. 18.

Federal regulations require that I give the full, formal title of the program, so you don’t confuse it with “William Faulkner’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas” or “Aristotle’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Dear Editor,

We would like to thank all those people in Kunkletown and Eldred Township who did not waver in their fight to stop Nestle from taking our water.

Did anyone look at the local creeks or the Lehigh River lately? We have never seen them so low. Imagine if Nestle were pumping 200,000 gallons of water every day out of our aquifer now.

Our townships and municipalities need to make sure companies do not even try to come into this area.

Again, thank you for the successful effort you people put forth.

Rich and Connie Banko


Friday, December 9, 2016

A Berks County woman who was ordered to serve a two-day prison term because she failed to pay $2,000 for truancy fines died from medical causes during her incarceration. Her death became the rallying point for a bipartisan legislative effort to stop jail terms for these offensives.

We find this kind of punishment for this kind of offense as cruel and unusual, and we are pleased that our legislators and governor have done something about it.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Nearly 3½ months after former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane resigned, a House subcommittee has issued a report that she misbehaved in office.

Of course, we did not need a four-month-long legislative investigative to tell us the obvious. After all, she was convicted of leaking secret grand jury information, then lying about it. That was just the tip of the iceberg, but certainly the most damning and the one that sealed her fate. Kane was sentenced to 10 to 23 months in jail, but she is in the process of readying papers for an appeal.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

After months of anguish and about $400,000 later, the much-anticipated Porngate investigation has come to an end with a thud rather than a bang.

Acting state Attorney General Bruce Beemer released the report that found 13 judges or senior state government officials were identified as high-volume senders of inappropriate emails. This included two former state Supreme Court justices who resigned when the scandal first broke.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Of the cabinet appointments nominated so far, Gen. James Mattis, known to his troops as “Mad Dog Mattis,” is receiving the most bipartisan support to become President-elect Donald Trump’s Secretary of Defense.

The nonmilitary friends and Marine veterans I’ve talked to since the announcement like what they’ve seen and heard of the 66-year-old four-star general.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

This is in response to an article by Bruce Frassinelli onNov. 1. It’s about the state GOP making the road bumpier for Wolf. I think it’s time to make the road bumpier for the GOP in the state.

The voters and taxpayers want and demand property tax elimination, not just reduction. If the GOP cannot get the job done then there should be GOP elimination in the state. Just like the upset in Washington. Get the job done or move out. You do not have to be rocket scientists to figure this out.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

I am 83 years old. As a youngster when I went to the movies I saw Adolf Hitler giving speeches on the news. He promised to make Germany great again. He did, but at what cost? Beware, people, you will reap what you have sown.

Nancy Garner


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Dear Editor,

To some this may sound weird, but here goes anyway! My wife and I drive by what used to be the White Diner on Route 309, south of Tamaqua, many times. Each time I remark, “What a shame about the demise of a great diner.” I would like to take you back a few years (1953 to be exact) when I met a man in the diner who needed a truck driver.

I was having coffee with a friend of mine who took me along on his truck to New York City several times. This stranger asked me if I ever drove truck, to which I replied, “Sure!” (I didn’t tell him it was only a pickup).