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Editorials

Thursday, February 12, 2015

We support newly elected governor Tom Wolf for restoring a moratorium on natural-gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on state parklands. His action last week reversed a move by Gov. Tom Corbett, a guy who never met a fracker he didn't like, who lifted an earlier ban on the activity less than a year ago.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Almost 100,000 veterans are cared for at Veterans Affairs facilities around the country, and the volunteers there are seen as a priceless asset by the veterans.

It's almost impossible to calculate the exact number of man hours that the 140,000 volunteers give in the caring and sharing they provide for patients, but they are certainly appreciated by the families of veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Law enforcement across the country have once again been warned by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security about terror threats.

According to Michael Steinbach, the head of the FBI's counterterrorist division, it's individuals who fall under the radar screen those who have training but aren't known to the agency that worry him the most.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Last Sunday's Super Bowl provided one of the great finishes in football history, thanks to New England's Malcolm Butler, a 24-year-old undrafted rookie who clinched the game with a last-minute interception that cemented his name in pro football history.

Butler, who played college ball at West Alabama, is the new poster boy for small college players everywhere.

It was also encouraging to see how easily he handled his instant fame during post game interviews.

"I just had a vision that I was going to make a big play," he said seconds after the game ended.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Transparency was a word that we heard a lot when the Obama administration came to Washington six years ago.

History will be the judge on how well they were able to deliver on that promise to the American people.

On the state level, Pennsylvania's new executive seems to be taking a more proactive approach for employees.

After Gov. Tom Wolf imposed a gift ban on employees within the executive-branch, two agencies the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board followed his lead of not accepting gifts.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

It happened again Saturday, three more times.

A car crossed the median on Route 309 near Hometown and smashed head-on into an oncoming passenger van.

Eleven people were injured.

Then, two more crashes within the next 12 hours at the same general location on the same road.

More injuries.

Week in and week out, it's more of the same on Route 309, which runs 132 miles from the Philadelphia area to Tunkhannock.

The section passing through the Tamaqua area is particularly troublesome.

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Senate Armed Services Committee was trying to conduct a hearing last week when a group of Code Pink members holding signs began chanting "Arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes."

Kissinger, who served as Secretary of State under two administrations and was to be a witness, had taken his seat when a group of the protesters stood over him shouting while one of them dangled a pair of handcuffs over the head of the veteran statesman.

Friday, January 30, 2015

One sports pundit on talk radio came up with a great observation regarding Deflate Gate, the name connected to the New England Patriots for allegedly deflating footballs to gain an advantage in their last playoff game against Indianapolis. He said if space aliens were observing earth and tapped into the endless amount of news coverage devoted to the suspected sports scandal, they would leave our plant wondering what kind of idiots are running the most advanced society earth has to offer.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Weather forecasters came under attack this week for being wrong on the course of a blizzard that formed this week.

Projections were that New York City would get up to 2 feet of snow (10 inches fell), Philadelphia would receive about 12-16 inches (about 1 inch fell), and we would receive 6-8 inches (we got just a couple inches).

How could a forecast be so wrong?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

If there was an all-star game for hypocrites, last week's annual World Economic Forum in Switzerland, which was billed as a conference to discuss global warming and income inequality, was the place to be.

Many of the billionaires and world leaders who are avowed climate change advocates and environmentalists flew to the event in 1,700 private jets that were not exactly environment friendly. During the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, it was reported that "more than 95 percent of our total carbon footprint resulted from air travel."