Friday, October 9, 2015


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Day 38 of the Pennsylvania state budget impasse, and neither side is budging.

Issues keeping apart Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican Legislature are as deep as the chasm of education funding shortfalls on which Wolf staked his campaign for governor and as entrenched as opposition to Marcellus shale extraction tax, liquor store privatization and the debate over the best way to solve the public pension crisis.

The differences are so sharp that it seems improbable the two sides can agree on anything.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
ARCHIVES/DONALD R. SERFASS  The interior of the Albrightsville one-room schoolhouse, showing original furnishings to be stored, freeing up space for community programs.


Something special is happening at a former school in Kidder Township and it deserves an A+.

Volunteers have teamed with the township to repurpose Albrightsville School.

Nancy Shields, Carl Fricke, Raelene Eckley and others launched Schoolhouse Central Inc., a charitable organization focused on creating a community cultural, education and arts center at the old one-room schoolhouse.

The township already spent $10,000 for necessary renovations at the old building and will charge the nonprofit rent of $1 per year.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Earlier this year, during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, the men and women who take 911 emergency calls and dispatch police, fire or emergency medical services personnel were recognized in Carbon County.

With the volume of emergency calls increasing each year, the county's 23 police departments know the importance of dispatchers.

In awarding the local proclamation, Carbon County commissioners noted that last year, the 14 full-time and six part-time employees who make up the dispatching staff answered a total of 146,363 calls.

Monday, August 3, 2015
Times News file photo The statue of Jim Thorpe throwing the discus is the second in a series of statues designed and cast by sculptor Edmond Shumpert of Europa, Mississippi.

It is not often that a case from our area winds up in the Supreme Court, but that is precisely where the issue rests now about whether Jim Thorpe's remains should rest in peace in the borough, which renamed itself in his honor, or whether they should be reinterred in Oklahoma.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Something is missing in the quest by immigrant groups to make Pennsylvania the 13th state to allow undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses: a compelling rationale.

Before we elaborate, it's important to state a couple of premises: No one should be denied vital health care due to immigration status; no child should be made to suffer due to his/her parents' status; no child should be denied an education. Doing so would be inhumane and immoral.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The data are still being sifted and analyzed, but Pennsylvania's one-year experiment with a higher speed limit on rural stretches of interstates and the Pennsylvania Turnpike points to one conclusion: The 70 mph limit is here to stay.

That undoubtedly will lead to the higher limit on other sections of limited-access highways, although it isn't expected to show up in the Lehigh Valley, whose primary problem is traffic congestion that keeps outpacing capacity and expansion.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

It's mid-July, and we're no closer to the governor and state Legislature agreeing on a budget than we were in mid-June ... or mid-May, or mid-April, or mid-whenever.

In fact, the battle over the state budget has turned into an election-style campaign pitting the Republican-controlled Legislature against Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. And it looks as though both sides are digging in for a long fight.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


It's one of the worst epidemics facing our schools bullying.

Most students say they've experienced bullying at some point while inside or around school, maybe before class, or after class or at recess or lunch, or in hallways.

The website defines bullying as "unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time."

Monday, July 27, 2015

The past century witnessed some of the most ruthless regimes and barbarous dictators in world history. What is most astonishing is the number of people murdered by their own government.

Since the beginning of the 20th century, R.J. Rummel, professor of political science at the University of Hawaii, and author of "Death by Government," estimates that governments have murdered 170 million of their own citizens.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Once they leave service life, many veterans, particularly those from the post-9/11 period and in the 18 to 24 age group, are having trouble integrating into the civilian workforce.

A recent survey found one in five vets are unemployed and currently seeking employment, a rate that translates to roughly 20 percent unemployment. Among the younger demographic group of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, the unemployment has soared to as high as 30 percent.