Monday, December 5, 2016


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Dear Colin Kaepernick,

It’s great that you have the money and the time to let us all know how dedicated you are to your principles, but maybe with all your free time you should read some football history and check out some YouTube footage (I recommend “Golden Age of Football”). You should not get down on one knee as you do — that is wrong!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Paraphrasing Secretary of State John Kerry — he recently stated the media SHOULD NOT report terrorist acts in our country. Why? Why not tell American people the truth? He doesn’t want you to know about the truth of the consequences of terrorism.

John Kerry would NEVER espouse that dog unless approved by President Obama — that’s how it works in the military and politics.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

When baby boomers were growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, many of the sports heroes we read about in the newspaper actually lived in the neighborhoods and communities they represented on the professional ball fields. They were literally in touch with their fan base, and when they used a phrase like “I know what you’re going through” or “I feel your pain” they weren’t just paying lip service.

Monday, October 3, 2016

I am sure that most of you have heard of the stereotypical anecdote of yesteryear, where a welfare recipient drives up to the surplus food distribution center in a new Cadillac and leaves with a large box of groceries. I have spoken to at least a half-dozen welfare recipients who swear they have actually seen such scenarios.

Nothing makes our blood boil more than when we learn that cheats are gaming the system and taking advantage of our generosity and hard-earned tax dollars.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Dear Editor:

The article by Matt Guedes and Joao Sequeira that appeared in the Times News on Sept. 20 really should have appeared in the editorial section, since it not only told the rather sweet story of the Sequeira family of Palmerton, but also included misleading propaganda on Donald Trump’s proposals on immigration.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Dear Editor:

The prayer service held to acknowledge the 125th anniversary of the founding of St. Michael parish in Lansford was a beautiful, well-planned event. The program was arranged by the group “Coal Region Catholics for Change.” The organization appealed the closing of St. Katharine and St. Francis churches and Our Lady of the Angels Academy school by the Allentown Diocese. God gave us gorgeous weather to celebrate with prayer, readings, hymns and a review of parish history.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Every once in a while, our state legislators come up with what they believe is a bright idea to require high school seniors to go through a new set of hoops before they can get their diplomas.

They are at it again. Pennsylvania students who can’t name the father of our country, the name of our national anthem or the name of the territory the U.S. bought from France in 1803 could find it tougher to get a diploma.

Thursday, September 29, 2016
The Bloomsburg Fair, shown in 2014. ARCHIVES/DONALD R. SERFASS

There are many flags and balloons soaring upward at the Bloomsburg Fair.

But none are floating as high, nor have received as much notice, as the red flag raised this week when a vendor was booted from the fairgrounds and told not to return. The “family fun fair” had to evict the vendor after public outrage, which, quite frankly, gave the otherwise-upbeat event a black eye.

It started when attendee Chloe Winters was shocked to see a large Nazi flag on display right next to a Trump flag. She posted the photo on Facebook and it went viral.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

You might be inclined to think that we are clowning around by writing this, but we are not. A wave of spooky clown sightings has touched off what some police are describing as mass hysteria, paranoia and dozens of copycat incidents from pranksters hellbent on trying to get a rise from freaked out children and their parents.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

In a report released this past July by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Philadelphia field office, we were staggered to find that 3,300 people died from drug overdoses in Pennsylvania last year. This is a nearly 25 percent increase from a year earlier. The way things are going, DEA projections predict that there will be another substantial increase in drug overdose deaths this year.