Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Tuesday, April 5, 2016
The Lansford Recreation Center Pool stands empty and might not be filled for the coming season without an all-out effort to overhaul the popular 72-year-old facility.

Last week, Lansford Borough Council learned from Wade Associates that the town pool needs a major overhaul.

Without repairs, the pool might not open this year.

“It’s outlived its life,” said consultant Randy Galiotto.

Children and adults of the Panther Valley need the pool.

It’s the anchor of the Lansford Recreation Center, a fresh-air vista that also includes a wading pool and adjacent playground area named Ashton Hill Park, plus other recreation and picnic facilities.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Route 93 on the Broad Mountain is more than a highway.

It’s a launchpad for 80,000-pound missiles.

It’s been a concern for decades. But now with three tractor-trailer crashes in three days, it’s become obvious something needs to be done.

There’s already a safety pull-off at the top, along with no fewer than 38 warning signs.

There’s also an emergency runaway truck ramp midway down the mountain, used by out-of-control tractor-trailers.

Monday, April 4, 2016

At our March 17 meeting, the Eldred Township Planning Commission approved our submittal to the Zoning Hearing Board for the Nestle Waters application. This was a prodigious effort and I want to emphatically thank my fellow planners and the numerous citizens for their hard work, valued and constructive input. By unanimous vote the Eldred Township Planning Commission recommended the Nestle Application be denied. The proposed use is not in harmony with purposes, goals, objectives and standards of the Township Comprehensive Plan and its ordinance.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Dear Editor,

Have you been watching the three-ring circus? No, not Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus. But the Democratic and Republican presidential debates going ultra-strong on TV for some time. Now it’s becoming violent as the crowds are beginning to physically punch one another. It’s literally turning into a free-for-all as violence is erupting during the debates.

If our forefathers could witness this mudslinging, and downright despicable actions, they’d be truly offended and disgusted with our horrific modern-day tactics.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

To the Editor,

Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Department of Justice want to make it a crime to deny global warming and climate change.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Ludlow Park: One important jewel in Summit Hill.

However it only flies the American flag on certain days.

The park has two flagpoles and light fixtures for both.

The town, like most Pennsylvania towns, has a lot of veterans.

In my opinion, not flying the flag from Memorial Day to Veterans Day and keeping flags and monuments in good shape is not showing the respect the towns veterans and the state and country deserve.

If other towns can do it, why can’t we?

It’s less expensive to keep things in good shape than to replace them.

Friday, April 1, 2016

One of the most chilling and graphic scenes in the movie “The Godfather” was when a Hollywood producer who wouldn’t play ball with Don Corleone found the head of his prized thoroughbred horse severed and tucked under the sheets of his bed.

An equally grisly scene played out in Monroe County in March when a severed cow’s head was found on the property of the Lakshmi Cow and Animal Sanctuary at 163 Possinger Drive, near Reeders in Jackson Township.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

If you are like I am and enjoy a daily walk while listening to programming and/or music on a smartphone, then you will want to pay close attention to this:

New Jersey Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt, D-Camden, has introduced legislation which would fine and possibly jail pedestrians caught using their phones without hands-free devices while walking on public sidewalks and along roadways.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The primary election is April 26, and the Times News will accept candidate support letters through April 19. Letters will be published in our daily and Saturday opinion pages by April 22. 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, March 30, 2016

Charles E. Kiessling has a novel idea about how Pennsylvania should perceive heroin deaths.

The Lycoming County coroner is tired of the plague of drug overdoses and says it’s time to “call it what it is.”

From now on, any death due to heroin in his county will be listed as a homicide on the death certificate.

The other available options are natural, accidental, suicide or undetermined.

But Kiessling says the answer is easy.

“If you are selling heroin to someone and they die, isn’t that homicide?”