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Thursday, November 15, 2012

"If you can read this, thank a teacher," reads a popular bumper sticker, with some versions adding: "If you can read it in English, thank a veteran."

Millions of Americans headed to the voting booth recently to exercise one of their most cherished rights. But let's pause and remember those who help make it possible. Simply having rights isn't enough. They must be defended, often at great personal cost. And it's the members of our armed forces, past and present, who put their lives on the line every day to do just that.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

On Sunday, a woman in western Pennsylvania was killed when a deer came through the windshield of a vehicle.

The deer was first struck by a car headed north and then the animal crashed through the windshield of a southbound car in which Carol Mitch, a registered nurse, was a front-seat passenger. The mother of four children, Mitch was remembered by co-workers as a "special, caring person" who made her mark not only with the Visiting Nurses Association, but as a community volunteer as well.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

On this recently celebrated Veterans' Day, I can't help but reflect on two Lehighton veterans who recently passed from this world to the next – but whose influences will live on for generations to come.

Personally, I believe that we are all born with a God-given destiny – a "dharma." It's our personal obligation, a calling, a duty. We are all expected to use our unique gifts to make this world a better place than when we found it. These two veterans did just that.

Monday, November 12, 2012

There are a few people in today's Hollywood acting fraternity, like Clint Eastwood and Gary Sinese, whose work has been exceptional regarding the American veteran. Hollywood has become a stronghold for left-leaning ideology and their efforts stand apart from many of their collegues.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Those suffering from Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast were dealt another bad hand by the nor'easter that added to the East Coast's misery Wednesday and Thursday. There are many who lost their homes and all possessions still in desperate need, nearly two weeks after the storm's wrath.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Last week, Lehighton Borough Council member George Kogut hosted what he termed an "economic development summit."

He and Borough Manager Nicole Beckett invited 187 borough businesses. About two dozen owners attended the session, which was held in the Lehighton Municipal Building.

Two other council members, Scott Rehrig and Council President Grant Hunsicker, also attended.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

We read about the wonderful job our government does building schools, infrastructure, hospitals, and essential buildings in foreign countries.

It's commendable what a generous nation we are.

Sometimes, though, we as a nation should be doing more to help our own people here in the United States.

The devastation caused by last week's Superstorm, or "Sandy" as many refer to it, is a perfect example.

There were schools, fire houses, police stations, and other public facilities heavily damaged and possibly even destroyed.

Monday, November 5, 2012

In this down-to-the-wire race for the White House, Pennsylvania was long considered a solid blue state by the Obama camp. But the political winds started to shift after the first presidential debate and Democrats saw their double-digit lead evaporate.

Friday, November 2, 2012

It's been said: "When you throw mud at someone, you're the one who's losing ground."

No wonder politicians are often so little regarded. It seems during election campaigns, the mud catapults are the only things potential voters see. They aren't fed solid platforms. They learn little about the backgrounds of the candidates.

This isn't true in every case, but in too many.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hurricane Sandy has passed leaving quite path of destruction and inconvenience. The cleanup will be occurring for a long time.

Such cleanup means costly repairs.

Be careful. Don't be scammed.

If possible, use local, qualified contractors to do your cleanup work and fix any damaged property. It could save you a lot of heartache, and a lot of dollars.

During the hailstorm a year and a half ago, numerous contractors from out of the region swarmed into the area and aggressively solicited business. We're not saying all these firms were bad.