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Thursday, December 6, 2012

You've all heard the expression that "children should be seen and not heard."

Nobody's exactly sure of the origin of the saying. Some sources attribute it to the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes. There are those who claim the phrase is Biblical.

Lehighton Borough Council member George Kogut obviously doesn't subscribe to this axiom. In fact, Kogut wants to hear what the youths have to say.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Being an entertainment venue, sports should be a vehicle to release us from the cares and pains we see in everyday life, but more and more we see the ills of society invading that space.

One year ago, we were consumed by the Jerry Sandusky story. The child molestation case not only led to the sad demise of coaching legend Joe Paterno but the scandal shook the great university to its very core.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

@$: Flu season is almost upon us. And, it's something to be taken seriously.

According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, seasonal influenza, which is commonly known as "the flu," may affect between five to as high as 20 percent of the U.S. population depending on the year.

A more startling statistic is that more than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year for flu-related complications and about 36,000 people die each year from the flu.

Older people, young children, pregnant women and those with certain chronic health conditions are at higher risk.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Last week, the Carbon County Commissioners discussed their potential budget for 2013. It wa announced that the county is faced with a $6 million deficit, and the result could be a whopping 58 percent tax increase.

It would mean a 4 mill increase, bringing the county millage to 10.893.

Friday, November 30, 2012

It was surely a slip of the tongue last weekend when a winning college football coach let the "f" word fly in a post-game interview. It was still unacceptable.

Especially at the college and pro levels, where TV cameras and interviewers are everywhere, common sense surely should supercede emotion during interviews.

Unfortunately, foul language has become too accepted, especially at the high school level of sports.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Was PennDOT ready for Tuesday's snow?

It wasn't a major storm. Only about three inches of snow fell on most of the area.

Yet, there were a lot of accidents because of snow-covered roads. Accidents happened on Routes 443, 54, 248, Pohopoco Drive.

We realize that any time there's snow falling, people sometimes don't drive in it properly or don't have the right equipment on their car and accidents occur.

But one incident which was especially outstanding happened in Summit Hill. It makes us question how prepared PennDOT was for the snow.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It was a brazen chain of events early Monday morning at the Lehighton Wal-Mart store.

Two cars full of unscrupulous individuals pulled into the Wal-mart parking lot. The individuals from the vehicles went into the store and grabbed TVs and computers.

They then fled the store with the items. One of the individuals reportedly had a gun. He fired shots. Fortunately, it was a paintball gun.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A pawn shop ordinance is proposed in Tamaqua whereby the stores purchasing merchandise from individuals would have to keep a registrar of the transactions.

Hopefully, the council won't drag its feet on passing such an ordinance. Lehighton borough has one in effect and it works well. So do numerous other municipalities.

It does a whole lot more than merely keeping a paper trail on purchases by pawn shop personnel.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Just as Democrats and the liberal left were feeling euphoric about the president's re-election to four more years in the oval office, numbers began rolling in that put a more somber face on this so-called economic recovery.

Friday, November 23, 2012

As Americans continue to gain weight, the nation's battle with diabetes, the chronic disease that affects the way your body uses food for energy, is reaching epidemic proportions.

That was a major finding in a new report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, it's not the kind of news many of us like to hear entering a holiday season, traditionally a time when calorie counting and good nutrition are often placed on the back burner of personal eating habits.