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Editorials

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

According to weather forecasters, we can't expect much of a break in the heat wave currently affecting much of the country and in fact, the East will be flirting with triple-digit temperatures by Friday. With the extreme heat comes the warnings for our seniors.

Senior Helpers, an in-home provider which connects professional caregivers with seniors who wish to live at home as opposed to a nursing or assisted living facility, has a program called "Heat Helpers," which is designed to keep the elderly safe during the sweltering temperatures.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The two most recognized buildings in Weatherly are the train station and the Schwab school.

The train station had stopped being used by the railroads decades ago, but the historic structure has been renovated and converted into borough offices. Though major facade improvements were made, the historic ambience remains.

The Schwab Building was used from 1903 until 1991 as a school by the Weatherly Area School District. It was then sold to a Virginia man who had grand plans for the structure.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Just as graduating seniors compete for scholarship monies for their college educations, the schools which they graduate from are also in a high-stakes contest of their own – competing for funding dollars based on their ranking in standardized assessment test scores.

The good news is that standardized tests can be a measuring stick for districts and educators to learn where their curriculums need adjusting. The bad news is that the pressures to improve testing scores have become so great that some school districts have been known to cheat by tampering with the results.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The federal budget process is very complex.

The bottom line is that expenses are exceeding revenue by an incredible amount; with more money than any of us can imagine.

You can't run a household budget like this. You can't run a business like this. You can't run government like this and expect a country to survive.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

In any war, the great sacrifices of those who gave their all in battle to protect our freedoms can never be forgotten. A grim statistic of America's war on terrorism, which began after the attacks against this nation on 9-11-01, is that since then, over 40,000 U.S. soldiers have suffered physical injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan that are so severe it has cost many of them much of their independence.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

When judging or measuring journalism ethics, one can't paint all newspapers under the same broad brush.

We certainly can't be included under the large tent of those British tabloid newspapers currently involved in an unfolding scandal. The London-based newspapers of media mogul Rupert Murdoch are accused of trying to obtain personal information and legal files in any way possible. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown's latest charge is that they used known criminals to dig up confidential information on his family.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Every Fourth of July, you see them all over the place. They're large tents - usually white - with banners hawking fireworks.

At Easter and other times of the year, you see almost as many tents pushing flower sales.

There are even tents selling toys and gifts at Christmas.

Do municipalities regulate these sales outlets? Are state officials checking to see that the owners are collecting sales taxes and claiming profits - which includes paying occupational taxes?

Are permits needed for these sites?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Even though the housing market is still suffering from the effects of the worst housing market downturn since the Great Depression and many owners have seen the monetary value of their home decline, Americans still emphatically believe in homeownership.

That's the key finding of a recent nationwide survey of people likely to vote conducted on behalf of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) by the Republican and Democratic polling firms of Public Opinion Strategies and Lake Research Partners.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

It took nearly a decade for the U.S. to bring down terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, but it appears that another al Qaeda character has stepped up who is just as focused on creating new havoc against the civilized world.

Alleged bomb maker and Saudi fugitive Ibrahim al-Asiri is the latest terror technician to show up on the U.S. radar. He's the apparent mastermind of a plan to surgically implant a bomb about the size of a grapefruit inside the abdominal cavity of a suicide bomber in order to get through airport security and board a plane.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The spring was harsh with several storms inflicting serious damages. Especially devastating was a storm on May 26 which pelted many areas with large hail and heavy winds. The storms damaged roofs, siding, cars, windows, and garages.

Since then, some people in the affected areas have been visited by individuals from out of the area who say they want to repair these damages.

While these firms might be legitimate, be cautious. Make sure you don't hire a scam artist or a firm which won't properly restore your property.