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Friday, October 31, 2014

Two vastly different cases unfolded Thursday, yet each involved the long arm of the law and demonstrated that cooperation among law enforcement agencies is effective in getting the job done.

First, alleged cop-killer Eric Frein, 31, was apprehended outside an abandoned airport hangar near unused Birchwood Resorts, a 280-acre site in Monroe County, after 48 days on the lam.

The capture was accomplished by officers of the U.S. Marshals Service, America's oldest law enforcement agency.

The seven-week hunt for Frein wasn't without criticism.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

You see the signs in a lot of towns. They're rectangular and have a stick figure to warn motorists to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation estimates that at least 5,300 signs have been placed across the state in the past 12 years.

Sometimes the signs are placed in the middle of the block, not at crosswalks.

The signs do not assure safety. They can even be dangerous, not only to pedestrians but to motorists who risk a rear-end collision for stopping abruptly.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

According to America's leading network of charitable donors, more philanthropic donations are channeled into education than to any other sector of society except religion.

Philanthropy Roundtable points out that our first college, which was donor supported, dates nearly back to the time of our first towns and settlements.

Americans give two to five times more than in comparable nations and every year, more than $350 billion is handed out by individuals, foundations and businesses to an array of good causes.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Every parent should be interested in having the best quality teachers for their school.

In a recent PDK/Gallup poll, more than 80 percent of those surveyed believe that teachers should be board certified beyond their state-issued license, much like doctors and other professions.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Finally, Pennsylvania has put some teeth to new legislation that considers the rights of crime VICTIMS.

Thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Tom Corbett earlier this week, prosecutors and victims of a violent crime can sue the offender for "conduct which perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime on the victim." The conduct includes behavior that causes the victim "mental anguish."

Thursday, October 23, 2014

There's a good reason that the state legislature requires advance legal notices in daily newspapers for public meetings. It's to keep the public informed so they have the option of attending the meetings and voicing their opinions.

The public meeting notices include zoning hearing boards. While local boards are following the law and advertising hearings for such things as variance requests and special exceptions, many have been lax regarding the content of those ads.

Just this week, we saw zoning board hearings advertised for Rush Township and Lehighton.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Since neither the U.S. nor any of the coalition members are willing to commit ground forces in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the only boots on the ground are being worn by the Kurds, and a large portion of their army is made up of women!

With ISIS just outside of Baghdad, and moving north to the Kurdish region, the Kurds are fighting to defend their homeland. If they don't receive the weapons to halt the ISIS forces, many expect the brutal militants to wage a massive genocide campaign.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Political pundits agree that pocket book issues will once again be driving white working-class voters at the polls for the midterm election in two weeks.

Immigration reform, once a hot button issue, has been pushed to the back burner amid news about the possibility of Ebola-infected people and terrorists coming through our porous southern border. That threat should concern us all.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Eighty years ago, Adolf Hitler used a media-saavy ministry of propaganda to propel the Nazi party and his maniacal vision to control the world.

Today, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the latest evil group threatening civilization, is using its own high-tech propaganda machine to recruit. Home grown prospects in the West, who have the ability to travel freely and blend in, are a key target group and thus pose a threat to national security.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

There's a lot going on in the world today.

Escape from it for a little while and take in a local Halloween parade.

It's amazing what you'll see in the lines of march.

Participants, some as young as preschool age, make most of the costumes themselves. The various groups generally have themes, and you never know where their imagination will take them.

In past parades we've seen children dressed as astronauts, flowers, dogs, and, of course, ghosts and monsters.

There's cuteness. There's fright. There are some floats that will leave you breathless.