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Friday, July 18, 2014

We have no idea what it's like to live in a country surrounded by enemies and under the constant cloud of war.

With about 170,000 rockets and missiles now pointed at their tiny nation from enemies on all sides, Israel has been under the threat of attack since becoming a nation in 1948. Thanks to an Iron Dome missile defense system, most of the rockets currently being fired into Israel are being intercepted.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The amount of recent media coverage about illegal immigrants flooding through our southern border has deflected attention from the reported problems at our veterans' facilities.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

With all we hear of the wasteful spending in Washington and how big government continues to throw money at problems, it's good to know that there are some officials on the state level who are thinking outside the box.

Last week, we learned that goats were hired through Eco-Goats, a Maryland firm, to clear weeds and invasive vines from a Pittsburgh park as the first stage in a restoration project. The nonprofit group Tree Pittsburgh is spearheading the effort to improve and plant more trees in the city's Polish Hill neighborhood.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Schuylkill County government, it seems, has been besieged with more turmoil in the first seven months of 2014 than in any other time in its 203-year history.

In March, it was learned that the FBI, state auditor, and state police launched an investigation into alleged misappropriation of funds in the office of Clerk of Courts Stephen M. Lukach Jr. That office is where criminal court documents are processed.

Lukach, who'd held the job for 27 years, retired a month later.

According to Controller Christy D. Joy, irregularities surfaced during a 2012 audit.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Rapper-singer Nicki Minaj, English singer Ed Sheeran and comedian Marlon Wayans should be thankful for being able to perform in a country allowing free speech.

After their recent July Fourth performance in Philadelphia, many feel they totally abused that right.

During a pre-fireworks concert last Friday, they used the kind of obcenity-laced jokes and song lyrics that certainly shamed the family-friendly celebration. There were many children among the thousands gathered at the Art Museum for the concert.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Friday marks 60 days since a tragic crash occurred on Route 209 between Jim Thorpe and Nesquehoning. A police cruiser collided with a passenger car, resulting in a woman's death.

Nesquehoning police officer Steven Homanko was traveling from Nesquehoning toward Jim Thorpe when the incident occurred.

His police car collided with a car driven by Michael Sauers, 64, of Hazleton. Sauers was hospitalized. His wife, Carola, 69, was killed.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

These optimistic words at the Statue of Liberty welcomed many of our ancestors to Ellis Island, the nation's busiest immigrant inspection station for millions of immigrants entering the United States from 1892 until 1954.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The group attempting to resurrect a National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem is hoping to get to a long-delayed opening with two new sources of revenue – a $3 million gift and the proposed conversion of a decades-old $5.5 million fund set up by Bethlehem Steel employees to indemnify them from lawsuits after the corporation's demise.

Monday, July 7, 2014

One of the more disgusting news stories this year involves Justin Ross Harris, 33, a married Georgia father charged with messaging nude photos and explicit texts to six females while his 22-month-old son was left to die inside his sweltering locked car.

Harris said he forgot his 22-month old son in his SUV while he was at work at Home Depot.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

It's becoming routine that the beach area of Beltzville State Park gets closed because of high coliform counts. This week's closing is already the third time this summer.

Coliforms are universally present in large numbers in the feces of warm-blooded animals. A minimal number is anticipated for swimming areas.

Testing is done daily to assure the number isn't in excess of state minimum standards. When it is, the swimming area is closed due to health concerns.