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Saturday, May 13, 2017

To whom it may concern:

Friday, May 12, 2017

Woman dies in Carbon fire

Conchita Perschy, 81, of Lower Towamensing Township, died in a fire that destroyed her home just outside of Palmerton.

State police at Lehighton said she was found inside the home by firefighters as they were extinguishing the fire. She lived alone, troopers said.

Bill George, fire chief, Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company, said the fire was fully involved when firefighters responded to the scene, only to find the woman was trapped inside her home.

Postmaster is arrested

Friday, May 12, 2017

Next to watching paint dry, primary elections in Pennsylvania can be among the most boring events on the calendar. So, it is no mystery why even many registered voters yawn or don’t pay attention, especially after the kind of exciting and memorable presidential election we had last November.

If history repeats itself, Republicans and Democrats will head to the polls May 16 in sparse numbers to choose their parties’ nominees for the general election on Nov. 7.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The death of a 19-year-old sophomore from Lebanon, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, has thrust Penn State University back into the national spotlight in a troubling way.

Timothy Piazza died during pledge night activities when he stumbled down a fraternity’s basement steps, but numerous fraternity members failed to call for medical help until the next day. If they had acted sooner, they may have saved his life.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Lt. Gov. Mike Stack now knows what it feels like to be sent to the woodshed by his boss. Stack and his wife, Tonya, had what the lieutenant governor calls “Stack moments” in berating household help, even members of their state police detail.

Well, he won’t have to worry about the state police, because Gov. Tom Wolf has canceled Stack’s protective detail and ordered the Department of General Services to provide only limited cleaning, groundskeeping and maintenance at the lieutenant governor’s home in Indiantown Gap.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

I am supporting the six Lehighton Area School Board incumbents (Gloria Bowman, Stacey Durst, Duane Eidem, Stephen Holland, Larry Stern and David Krause) who have moved the district forward, including increased educational opportunities and improved facilities. This has all been accomplished without tax increases for the past three years:

• Retaining a fiscally stable fund balance

• New and more functional athletic facility

• Renovations to the middle school and high school

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The primary election is May 16, and the Times News will accept candidate support letters through May 9. Letters will be published in our daily and Saturday opinion pages by May 13. 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.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

This letter is in reference to the re-election of Rod E. Green for Franklin Township Supervisor. Green has been dedicated to the township since moving here 29 years ago. He and his wife raised both of their children here. He sincerely believes in keeping the township a safe place to live and work and will continue to do so.

Monday, May 8, 2017

While President Donald Trump hosted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on board the USS Intrepid in New York last Thursday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, throngs of police lined the street outside to keep order over protesters shouting from behind barricades.

Some demonstrators yelled “shame!” at the dignitaries and honored guests as they headed to the dinner aboard the carrier. Eight of those attending the dinner were American and Australian veterans of the four-day naval battle in 1942 which halted Japan’s advance toward Australia.

Friday, May 5, 2017

I was interested to read very different stories in the Times News and Sunday’s Allentown Morning Call about Neil Makhija’s experience at President Trump’s speech in Harrisburg.

The Call reported the following. He was pushed and shoved by a few men until a state trooper intervened. He said the men mistakenly thought he was with a group of hecklers but he said he was just listening to the president. He is quoted as saying, “I have no idea why they did that. I didn’t vote for him but he’s still my president.” Makhija hoped Trump would talk about the opioid and heroin crisis.