Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Friday, June 27, 2014

Superhero, a descriptive USA trademark co-owned by DC Comics and Marvel Comics, is defined as a type of hero or savior possessing extraordinary talents and dedicated to protecting the public.

In recent days, we've seen some of them in action. Last week in southwestern Pennsylvania, two men helped keep a robbery suspect from escaping. Matthew Smith, a heroin addict looking for money, tried to rob Rich's Trading Post in Greene County. Store owner Rich Rosendale, 68, was beaten after being tied up with electrical and duct tape.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Kathleen Kane ran and won her race for attorney general in part by promising to see whether Tom Corbett slow-walked the Jerry Sandusky investigation to help his winning campaign for governor.

A year and a half later, the answer to that potentially explosive question is a resounding, definitive "no."

It was a reasonable question to ask, given public skepticism about the case, and Kane's investigator, Geoffrey Moulton, has given it a fair answer.

Friday, June 20, 2014

The popular comedy shows of the 1950s and '60s had similar plots.

In the story lines, characters like Beaver Cleaver or Dennis The Menace inevitably found themselves in hot water that was made worse by their attempts to cover-up or lie their way out of a predicament. The family shows ended on a positive note with the kids and sometimes adults, learning a practical life lesson.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Philip Datz, a professional video journalist on Long Island, New York, was filming the aftermath of a police chase on July 29, 2011 when a Suffolk County police sergeant demanded he leave the scene.

Though no police lines had been established, Datz moved a block away.

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."


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.