Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Friday, April 14, 2017

The primary election is May 16, and the Times News will accept candidate support letters through May 9. Letters will be published in our daily and Saturday opinion pages by May 13. Letters should focus on the qualifications of the candidate, rather than tear down the opponent.

Letters should be no more than 300 words and be signed by the author. The writer’s name, address and phone number should be included for our files.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Someone once said it is easier for a whale to swim through a keyhole than it is for a write-in candidate to defeat a person already on the ballot in Pennsylvania.

Last month, in a special election in the 197th Legislative District, write-in candidate Emilio Vasquez saved the Democratic Party from another embarrassment by besting the Republican ballot candidate, Lucinda Little. It shows how dominant the Democrats are in the state’s largest city but how woefully lacking in most rural areas.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Throughout our five-county Times News area, there are five boards of county commissioners, hundreds of municipal bodies and any number of boards of education.

Those who hold these seats perform an invaluable public service to their fellow citizens. Most of these are part-time positions which pay a pittance for the amount of work required, or, in the case of school directors, no compensation at all.

Monday, April 10, 2017

A tragic image from last week’s horrific gas attack in Syria showed a Syrian father clinging to the corpses of his infant children. The Associated Press reported that Abdel Hameed Alyouse lost 22 family members after warplanes dropped toxic gas over his town in rebel-held Idlib. Abdel said in an interview that he was on his way to see his family when he saw people falling down on the road. Some had started to foam at the mouth.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Much debate about SB 76 is centered on the tax shift aspect of the bill. The bill’s economy stimulating domino effect is perhaps its greatest gift. Designed to help low income — WIC items and clothing under $50 are tax free. Many in lower income would qualify for a mortgage where previously they would not qualify.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

All Obama, our previous president needed was paper and pen and he signed executive order after order with no one to stop him. He got his “czars” into place in no time, even thought that, to me, meant communists! But no one wanted him stopped! They just let him go on and on with his “fundamental transformation of America,” and even when he told us “things will necessarily skyrocket” everyone was happy because he gave them “free” stuff!

Friday, April 7, 2017

We wish we had better news on the state of the health of the residents in our five-county Times News area, but, according to an annual well-respected national survey, we don’t seem to be a very healthy group.

The County Health Rankings, a joint project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New Jersey and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, recently released its measures of the health of virtually all counties in the United States, and, for the most part, ours do not measure up very well.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Because of the death of one of its members and the frequent absence of some of the others, Coaldale Borough Council finds itself between a rock and a hard place.

The situation came to a head on March 21 when its regular monthly meeting had to be scrapped because just three of its six remaining members showed up, but at least four are needed in order to conduct official business.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Next month marks the 90th anniversary of one of the deadliest school violence incidents in U.S. history.

Forty-five were killed — most of them children aged 7 to 12 — and another 58 were injured when three bombs exploded inside a school in Bath Township, Michigan. Andrew Kehoe, owner of the property who died in one of the blasts, was involved in a property tax dispute that triggered him to kill his wife and set his farm on fire before targeting the school campus.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Dear Editor: