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Friday, August 16, 2013

Many of us can remember as a kid having our parents or a doctor tell us to take that horrible-tasting medicine, promising it was good for us. To encourage us, they would even take a spoonful themselves.

Since the president signed it into law three years ago, the Obama administration has been trying to force feed the widely unpopular Affordable Health Care Act known as Obamacare down the throats of the American people. But while they've been preaching to the masses, more cracks are developing in the law almost daily.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

You've heard the term "sticker shock?"

It's what you experience when you look at the prices on new cars.

The federal government, the lawmakers who passed Obamacare, are now bracing us for "rate shock."

About half the people who now buy their own health insurance – and potentially would face higher premiums next year under President Barack Obama's health care law – would qualify for federal tax credits to offset rate shock, according to a new private study.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

We just learned that both violent and property crimes have reduced by nearly half over the past 20 years, but you wouldn't know that from the recent major headlines, one of which occurred in our backyard.

In Monroe County a week ago, a troubled property owner, angry about being forced from the Ross Township property he had been living on, brought a cache of guns to a township meeting and opened fire, killing the township zoning officer and two residents.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Most people don't know it, but there's something special about Bowmanstown this year. It hasn't been highly publicized. In fact, as far as we know, there's no celebration for this extraordinary occasion.

The borough turns 100 this year.

According to the Bowmanstown Borough Authority's Web site, the borough was incorporated as a borough of Nov. 29, 1913.

The Web site states:

Monday, August 12, 2013

Politicians are thankful - and fortunate - that most Americans are willing to forgive.

When that behavior is deliberate and the deception becomes chronic, however, there is a shorter leash. Anthony Weiner is experiencing that after repeatedly disgracing himself and his family with his sick personal life.

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Obama administration is mounting a full court press to sell Americans on the Affordable Care Act, the president's signature piece of legislation.

The big push is in advance of Oct. 1, when the marketplaces for Obamacare are set to open. Using the Web sites, people will be offered new insurance options. Starting next year, virtually all Americans must carry health insurance or face a fine, which start as low as $95 in 2014 and could rise to $695 or more for an individual.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Philadelphia Eagles' football player Riley Cooper was buried in a media firestorm after being caught on video using a racial slur to describe black people while at a recent Kenny Chesney concert.

The comment went viral and caused an immediate uproar, jeopardizing Cooper's pro career.

Cooper said he had a confrontation with a security guard, who is black, and that he had been drinking but said those are not excuses for what he said. The Eagles fined Cooper and sent out an apology right after the video surfaced.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Especially since 9/11, the word "heroes" is sometimes used relatively loosely.

According to Webster's dictionary, a hero is "one admired for their achievements and noble qualities" or "one who shows great courage."

Too often, we label individuals as "heroes" even if their actions weren't up to such a calibre; if they merely just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

On Monday night, several individuals rose to the status of "hero" in Ross Township - and their label is not misappropriated.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Obviously the investigation is continuing and we're not sure of all the facts that led an individual to barge into the Ross Township Municipal Building in Saylorsburg at the start of the township supervisors' meeting, and open fire with two guns.

The result was three people were killed and two others injured. Had it not been for the heroic efforts of two individuals who tackled the suspected gunman, the casualty toll could have been higher.

Monday, August 5, 2013

"Wonderful World," a popular Sam Cooke song in the late 1950s, began with the words "Don't know much about history ..."

Whether it's apathetic and disinterested students, poor teaching or problems with standardized testing, those lyrics have become prophetic at many schools in the U.S. National testing showed that fewer than one quarter of all students are "proficient" in American history.