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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.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Especially when there are local elections, clusters of political signs turn up in various areas.

The western side of the innerborough bridge in Jim Thorpe is one location where you'll find lots of signs accumulated. There are many, many other places.

Obviously, motorists can't read all these signs and still drive safely. There is a red light located here, so it's assumed the motorists will look at them while waiting for the traffic light to change.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

In many Pa. communities, school board meetings are becoming more and more heated.

That's because school board members have to decide on increasing already high tax rates or making painful cuts. The combination of state and federal education allocations with general increases in district operating costs places a lot of burden on school board members.

School district real estate taxes are among the highest taxes property owners pay, in many cases amounting to thousands of dollars a year for a property owner.

Monday, May 9, 2011

I was awake last Sunday when President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed in a ground operation conducted by the Navy Seals in Pakistan.

Like most Americans awake that night, I watched as our President walked down the long red carpet, stood behind the podium, and addressed the nation with the boldness and confidence that has made our country great. I listened as our president commended the military and the counter terrorism efforts that demonstrate that America can, and will, persist in her goals: even when those goals take much time, energy, and expense.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The fact that four former Lehighton students have died due to drug or alcohol-related episodes in the past eight months is a staggering statistic for a small community.

Last Tuesday, the Lehighton school district took an important step in keeping the public better informed on the hazards of alcohol and drug abuse, which high school Principal Tim Tkach calls a cancer among our youth, since it doesn't pick and choose its victims, but randomly covers the entire spectrum of society.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

During the past several months, there have been several preventable fatalites in our local area - some among young people.

The culprit has been illegal drugs.

We've heard of suicides, accidental deaths, and possible even murder with drugs.

Is there any headway occurring in the war on illegal drugs? Police in some municipalities are fighting a valiant battle as evidenced by arrests that occur, but the enemy far outnumbers them.