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Thursday, November 3, 2011

It was sad irony that on the day the Pennsylvania Senate approved a law banning texting and driving, a 17-year-old girl in western Pennsylvania died in a car accident while engaged in this activity.

According to news reports, the girl was texting and crashed her car into a tree.

All that needs to occur for texting and driving to become a taboo combination is for Gov. Tom Corbett to sign it into law. This should happen very soon. The bill takes effect 120 days after the governor signs the legislation.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The number of accidents involving drivers and deer this time of year is all too real for those of us who have experienced these confrontations between animal and machine.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there are about 1.5 million car accidents with deer each year that result in $1 billion in vehicle damage, about 150 human fatalities, and over 10,000 personal injuries.

There have already been several cases this fall where the collisions have had deadly consequences.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Early last month, during a forum in Washington, Vice President Joe Biden said the Wall Street protesters have "a lot in common with the tea party."

Whatever Biden had to drink prior before making that statement should be outlawed as a mind-altering drug.

At about the same time, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made her own analysis, calling the Wall Street protest movement "young, spontaneous, and focused."

"God bless them for their spontaneity," the former House speaker told reporters.

Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011

President Obama sits proudly at his desk in the White House, a Buy American banner providing the backdrop. Underneath that message in this political cartoon are the words that strikes at the heart of the jobs crisis in this country – Made in China.

If this president, the rest of the Democratic party and big labor haven't gotten the message, millions of Americans certainly have.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Kudos to Lehighton Borough Manager Nicole Tessitore, who this week told her borough council that the time has come to stop talking about what's going to happen to an historic fair judging stand and instead make a move to do something.

The judging stand, a wooden, octogon structure with a domed top, became abandoned when the former Carbon County Fair in Lehighton was stopped around 1993.

The stand was first moved to the parking lot of an auto dealer then, a few years ago, was moved to the Lehighton Community Grove when the dealership was sold.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Every Halloween, monsters, zombies and ghouls fill the streets across the United States to celebrate. And if that's not scary enough, AAA uncovered some frightening statistics. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, October 31 is the deadliest night of the year for pedestrians.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

If there's one issue that could help President Obama's sagging poll numbers or propel one of the contenders running for the GOP nomination, it's coming up with a plan to deal with the struggling housing market.

Unfortunately, the mortgage mess is so tangled it may take years for lenders to sort out. Obama and the other presidential hopefuls, meanwhile, realize the clock is ticking to the 2012 elections. A workable plan on housing could sway a great many potential voters, many of whom are disgusted with the non-action with this administration and congress.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween can be a fun time of the year. In virtually every community, youngsters go trick-or-treating on designated nights, begging at homes for a little candy.

Many schools have special parties, especially pre-schools and younger grades, in which children can show off their costumes to their classmates, teachers, and in many cases, even their parents.

One of the amazing things about Halloween are the annual parades.

There are parades in many towns including Tamaqua, Jim Thorpe, Palmerton, and Ashfield.

Friday, October 21, 2011

I'm always amazed at the strength of the human spirit.

Watching the World Series, we marvel at the extraordinary abilities of these great athletes representing teams from St. Louis and Texas. Of all the major sports, I consider pitching and hitting a baseball – traveling at close to 100 miles an hour – to be the toughest to excel in on a professional level.