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Friday, May 27, 2011

Last weekend as many as 32 students in a Montgomery County school district had to be sent home after showing up drunk at their prom.

At a time when graduating seniors are about to embark on their next step in life, this is not the kind of event that Methacton High School students, parents and district officials want their school or class to be remembered for around the state. Officials said some of the students were so intoxicated they couldn't stand on their own.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thanks to the Internet, we live in a much smaller world and no one knows that more than politicians, some of whom are caught making dumb comments when they thought no one was listening ... or recording.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Today marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most defining speeches of John F. Kennedy's presidency – the call for America to land a man on the moon.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It seems a week hasn't gone by this spring when we haven't had to get out a state map to chart the latest natural weather disaster to strike our nation.

On Sunday, Joplin, a city in southwestern Missouri about the size of Wilkes-Barre, was the latest to enter its name on the list of most devastated places. The tornado was the deadliest strike on a U.S. city since 116 died in Flint, Mich., on June 8, 1953.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Cigarette smokers know very well the tax burden they shoulder.

In Pennsylvania, the rate is $1.60 per pack, well above the national rate of $1.45 per pack.

It could be worse.

In New York, the tax rate is $4.35 per pack. Rhode Island imposes a $3.46 per pack tax.

When it comes to tobacco, Pennsylvania does have one distinction. It's the only state in the nation that doesn't tax smokeless tobacco.

Friday, May 20, 2011

For some unfortunate people, this week isn't ending soon enough.

It was an especially bad time for the rich and the famous and their sexual indiscretions.

First, we learned that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the leader of the International Monetary Fund, was accused of attempted rape by a maid in a penthouse suite at a New York Hotel last weekend. A week ago, the high-flying 62-year-old banker and diplomat had aspirations of becoming the next president of France.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

How many famous Americans have had great enough careers to warrant two statues in marking their final resting place? If anyone deserved that honor, it's Jim Thorpe.

The man proclaimed as the greatest athlete in the first half of the 20th century will have that distinction this weekend when a new statue is unveiled. It comes as no surprise. He was simply the best – a phenomenal athlete who stood as high over his peers as the way he will be looming over the people who visit his grave plot.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Every senior class seems to have a prankster and some of us may still be able to recall an incident or humorous event that left a lasting impression with our school.

One analyst, however, wisely warns that before choosing a prank, students should always be aware of potential consequences which could lead to the cancellation of prom, senior activities, or even the graduation ceremony itself.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

It doesn't take a Harvard-educated Barack Obama or a Dartmouth College graduate like Timothy Geithner to tell us that their economic strategy isn't working. The cost of filling our gas tanks and then taking the car to the grocery store, where we find more sticker shock, is as real as it gets.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Each day, we learn more about the wide-ranging success of the mission 11 days ago which eliminated Osama bin Laden, whose al Quaeda terrorist network has been Public Enemy No. 1 for civilized nations in the last decade.

House and Senate committee members this week viewed pictures of the Navy SEALS raid on Osama's compound in Pakistan and learned more about the daring mission. After taking out bin Laden, the elite soldiers were able to collect valuable information on the terror network.