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Editorials

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The newest term in the vocabulary of top officials of larger municipalities these days is "flash mob," whereby young criminals and hooligans can be mobilized through social networking.

Everett Gillison, Philadelphia's deputy mayor for public safety, described how easily such mass gatherings can be coordinated.

"They can communicate and congregate at a moment's notice. That can overwhelm any municipality," he said.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The fact that on Monday the Dow Jones industrial average lost 5.6 percent of its value and is off 2,000 points since April 29 is devastating enough for individuals whose retirement nest eggs are tied to the market.

Savvy investors may be strong enough to weather storms like Monday's huge Wall Street drop but most people who saw a portion of their 401k investments drop off the stock market cliff are not as even tempered to handle it. One counseling specialist out of Dallas, Texas, has seen a big boost in clients, and she isn't alone.

Monday, August 8, 2011

There's a special event being held in Carbon County next month. It's the 132nd annual convention and parade of the Pa. State Firemen's Association.

Hosting this year's convention and parade are the Lake Harmony and Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Companies.

The highlight will be the parade on Saturday, Sept. 24, although the convention itself begins on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. at the Lake Harmony Fire Company and concludes at the Galleria. Featured will be marching units, apparatus, bands, and rescue squads from throughout the state.

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Weissport flood levee has been in the news several times lately. One of the stories is that a borough council member was praised for the work he did trying to maintain it.

Another is a concern that debris piling against it might weaken it.

It's extremely important that the levee is maintained. Many older members in town remember Aug. 19, 1955, when the Lehigh River ran wild and flooded the town.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Yesterday we had a report that there was an attempted child abduction in a local community. We called the respective police. The officer we talked to said the chief will be away for two weeks.

No other officer is permitted to give information said the patrolman to which we spoke.

Let's get this straight: All we want to do is verify if an attempted child abduction occurred, so we can notify the public, and police won't cooperate.

We want to notify people for two reasons:

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

An interesting news item came across the wires yesterday. It was also broadcast on most of the TV networks.

It states:

"A salmonella outbreak, resulting in one death and 76 illnesses nationwide, has been traced to contaminated turkey, like that used in turkey burgers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

It goes on to state that five cases of salmonella related to this outbreak had occurred in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Lehighton Borough Council had recently advertised for a borough manager and got nine applications. One was Nicole Beckett, who has been the borough treasurer for about a year -and-a-half.

After going through the interview process and checking credentials of each candidate, the council by a 6-1 vote opted to hire Beckett.

Council President Grant Hunsicker remarked, "She's been with us over a year. We know her work ethics."

Brenda Koons, the borough secretary for a number of years, also was happy that Beckett is getting a shot at the position.

Monday, August 1, 2011

The list of foreclosures in The TIMES NEWS court news seems to grow every week.

All of the listings have a story behind them - many of them sad, about lost jobs and other financial hardships that left people without the resources to keep up with their mortgage payments.

Back in 2007 there were 302 foreclosures in Carbon County. By 2010, that number swelled to 421. So far this year, 166 foreclosures have been filed in the county.

Help may be on the horizon for those with financial difficulties. There's a program that may help them save their homes.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Within a week we've seen examples of homegrown terrorism in two parts of the world. The first, in Norway a week ago, ended in the massacre of 76 people; the second occurred in Texas, where an alleged plot was foiled thanks to a concerned gun shop owner.

The randomness of these cases shows that no city or town in the civilized world is immune to acts of individual terrorism. The lone wolf is often the most difficult for law enforcement agencies to trace.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

There must be better ways for the American Atheists to spend their time ... and money.

On Wednesday the group filed a lawsuit claiming that a cross of two steel beams found in the rubble at Ground Zero following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on this country, promotes Christianity over other religions on public property and diminishes the civil rights of non-Christians. With the lawsuit, they hope to block the cross-shaped steel beams, known as the "World Trade Center Cross," from being included in the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.