Thursday, February 23, 2017


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Like it or not, Donald Trump is our president-elect.

I did not vote for him or for Hillary Clinton, but as a citizen of this country, I accept the results of our voting process and I will pledge my support for Trump to “make America great again.”

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The tax bite is bad and about to get much worse. Statewide, a severe budget shortfall is projected at $1.7 billion for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Gov. Tom Wolf has been proposing a multibillion-dollar tax increase but has met resistance with the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Eventually, someone will have to pay the piper, and you can bet your taxes will figure into the answer.

Monday, November 21, 2016

For Veterans Day this year, a friend who is a Marine veteran of the Korean War sent me a YouTube video of the moments before the season opener of the Toledo Walleye hockey team.

It features Joe Everson, an artist who can do remarkable things with a brush in the time it takes to sing a song, which is what he does in the video. During the short clip, which builds to a surprise ending, Everson synchronizes his artistic talents of singing and painting.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Dear editor,

I think it is sad that those young men will not stand and put their hand over their hearts for the national anthem. I wonder if they ever think what the flag-draped coffin means? I wonder if they have ever been to a military funeral? I wonder if they ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America flag 13 times?

Well, the first fold of the flag is a symbol of life.

Second fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.

Saturday, November 19, 2016


After watching TV news and seeing students (Pennsylvania included) and hearing all that hate, chanting white power and build the wall, I think it’s time for teachers to start doing their jobs. Before it gets out of hand, the hate has to go. There is no place in this country for this kind of thinking.

Too many people worked and died in this country to make us one. I don’t care where this came from. IT’S GOT TO GO. We don’t want troublemakers trying to separate this country. Weed them out and either change them or get rid of them.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Good morning, America! And hallelujah!

We have a real commander in chief on the new horizon! Congratulations and good luck to Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence as they prepare for their new life as president and vice president. And may they ask and receive God’s great guidance as they take on the great task of making America great again!

There’s hope of the future, after all!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

According to the New York Daily News, the 2016 presidential election is dividing families on Thanksgiving.

Don’t be surprised if the occasion brings empty seats at the table, heated debates, awkward silences and (at potluck meals) a confusing array of dishes labeled “Not my casserole” and “Not my cranberry sauce.”

The earliest Thanksgivings I remember took place when the Vietnam War was escalating and the Sexual Revolution was exploding, so I have enough perspective to realize that holiday tension is not unprecedented.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

After the Nov. 8 election, the dust has settled, and we can report that the Republicans have picked up three seats in the state Senate and three in the state House of Representatives.

This gives the GOP a supermajority in the Senate and a bigger majority in the House, meaning that a Gov. Tom Wolf veto is getting closer to becoming meaningless.

It also means that Wolf’s determination to get more money for education in the 2017-18 budget, to say nothing of the rest of his legislative agenda, will be a long shot at best.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
The Tamaqua Has Heart project, organized by volunteer Kyle Whitley, seen in the background, will deploy 10 heart sculptures to kick off what promises to be new activity and a level of resurgence in the downtown in 2017. DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua resident Kyle Whitley says his town has a lot of heart.

He says he sees it firsthand because he volunteers in the community to make a difference.

In April, the energetic young man won the 2016 Joseph M. Plasko Citizenship Award.

But Whitley wants people in other regions, too, to know about the special qualities of the Tamaqua area.

He thinks the best way to spread the word is to capitalize on the heart theme and let the resulting publicity and goodwill spark resurgence.

The ambitious project, Tamaqua Has Heart, is up and running.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Every election in our country is decided by popular vote with one jarring exception — selecting the president of the United States. For this arguably most important office, we use the Electoral College, where the winning candidate must amass at least 270 electors before being confirmed as president.