Saturday, December 10, 2016


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.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Research polls show that the economy and terrorism are the top two national issues among voters this fall.

James Carville, a political strategist, coined the phrase “It’s the economy stupid” for the 1992 presidential race and that slogan still rings true 24 years later.

The 9/11 attacks 15 years ago also brought the term homeland terrorism to our social lexicon.

Monday, September 26, 2016

The general election is Nov. 8 and the Times News will accept candidate support letters through Nov. 1. Letters will be published in daily and Saturday opinion pages byNov. 5.

Letters should focus on the qualifications of the candidate, rather than tearing 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.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

In an ideal world if you were president, what would you do? I would do the following:

A) Ensure the safety of the American people by keeping out all undesirables and by building the strongest military in the world.

B) Promote education, especially for school children by eliminating common core, promoting school choice and returning control to state and local authorities — remove all federal interaction.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Well, now, you have seen the grand Lehighton Athletic Stadium? I guess it makes the athletes “feel like college athletes” … I think I read that somewhere, recently. We have track, field hockey and I don’t know what else, as I’m not a sports person, and of course there is FOOTBALL! I hope our falling-down school in the swamp is able to teach as well as the athletes expect to play at this several-million-dollar playground! I also wonder about the students in comparison to the number of students who will benefit from this high-priced, ego-building “athletic complex and arena.”

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Dear Editor:

He’s trying to crucify Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton by manufacturing false accusations against her. Most of them are big white lies. Republican candidate for the White House presidency Donald Trump never gives up. Now he’s playing dirty politics, due to the fact he realizes ex-first lady and ex-Secretary of State Hillary is gaining momentum votes over Trump by at least, 12 to 15 points and climbing.