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Editorials

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Several people attended a meeting of Lehighton Borough Council on Monday and complained that their garbage hasn't been collected for over two weeks.

We've also received complaints regarding this.

The council indicated that the snow which has piled up everywhere is responsible for the mess. Frankly, that's not a good enough reason.

There's a possibility we'll be getting more accumulating snow this weekend, according to some weather forecasts. Does that mean the trash pickups will be delayed even more?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Thomas Paine, the political activist and author who became one of the most influential figures in the American independence movement, stated: "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it."

Whether our flag is flying in a military outpost in Afghanistan, at the Capitol in Washington, on a flagpole at a school or in a town square, it's good to know that Americans are stepping up to make sure it receives the proper respect it deserves.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tamaqua Borough Council is considering purchasing this nifty device that will record the speeds of motorists who drive pass it.

It goes a step further. If you're speeding, the sign has a GPS unit which will send a signal as well as an image of your car to a police cruiser, so that the police officer can come after you.

In Pennsylvania, it is illegal for municipal police officers to use radar. So why, then, is it legal for radar to be somehow installed on a stationary sign and record your speed, then forward the info to another location?

Monday, February 24, 2014

The professional careers of elite athletes might seem like a fantasy trip for many of us mere mortals but there can be a down side after the cheering stops and they try to assimilate to regular life. One statement I recall said that pro athletes die twice, the first coming when they retire.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Whenever firefighters or other emergency personnel go out they're putting their lives on the line and when it happens at night or in bad weather, the danger is compounded.

When we learned from police that last Tuesday's fire at the Hometown Walmart was intentionally set it made us sick. A fire in a large facility with people inside during a snowstorm has all the ingredients for major disaster.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

America lost two legends of the film world last week in Shirley Temple Black, the most famous child star of the 1930s and Ralph Waite, who played the beloved father figure on the CBS series, The Waltons, from 1972-81.

The wholesome entertainment they provided inspired Americans during difficult times in our history. Both were Californians when they died at age 85, which made them children during the Great Depression and members of The Greatest Generation.

Monday, February 17, 2014

We still have vivid memories of the Valentine's Day storm of 2007 that dumped snow, sleet and freezing rain on Pennsylvania, causing then Gov. Ed Rendell to declare a statewide disaster emergency in the state.At the height of the storm, a 4-to-6-inch layer of ice coated the roadways, causing them to became rock-hard when temperatures plunged overnight. There were incredible pictures of some of the hundreds of tractor-trailers and cars frozen in place on the turnpike and interstates.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Christians in Baghdad were hugging each other goodbye before leaving a Christmas Eve service when a car parked near the church exploded, creating a horrific scene. One policeman saw bodies of women, girls and men lying on the ground covered in blood while others were screaming and crying as they sought out their wounded relatives.

Those three separate Christmas day bombings in Iraq two months ago left 37 people dead.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Chances are, by the time you read this, we will have had a major winter storm. When writing this, one was predicted for Thursday.

If that storm occurred, schools canceled classes, some banks and stores may have closed, and even government offices might have shut down.

But for many, the world doesn't sit still for any reason. They work no matter what. In the worst conditions, they remain unsung heroes.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Last year, CNN Money did a survey on the 10 hardest working countries. The U.S. was ranked seventh, behind Poland, Russian Foundation, Estonia, Korea, Chile and Mexico.

Mexicans averaged 45 hours a week, the most of any industrialized nation and about 519 hours more than the typical American worker each year. Their average annual wages was $9,885, only a fifth of what Americans earn ($54,450). The average Russian worker, which earns just $15,286, puts in 200 more work hours each year than an American.