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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

In Slatington, a controversy erupted because of an Internet website,

The site contained perceived derogatory videos of some council members and statements that brought to light questionable decisions by council.

The problem was that the site developer steadfastly refused to reveal the identities of those who were posting the information.

Without knowing the source of the postings, the questions arise whether the site contains accurate information or if the person posting it has a political agenda.

Monday, June 20, 2011

We hear a lot about people - often teens - overdosing on illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine.

A problem that's just as serious is the abuse of prescription drugs.

Last week, a hearing was held in Harrisburg regarding a bill co-sponsored by State Representative Doyle Heffley of Palmerton.

The bill would establish the Pharmaceutical Accountability Monitoring System (PAMS), which increases a prescription drug database to monitor and control the excessive distribution of legal prescriptions.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Given the emotional tenor of some local school board meetings of late, last evening's second annual Community Pool Event at Baer Memorial Park in Lehighton provided a brief respite from the difficult decisions facing most school officials throughout our commonwealth.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Already this young summer season there was a rescue from Glen Onoko Falls, which is not uncommon for the area.

Actually, it doesn't matter what season is upon us, rescues are needed. Even in winter, individuals with improper attire or poor judgement climb the falls, slip, and need rescuing. Often the rescue workers put themselves at risk trying to save lives.

Glen Onoko is a remarkable place. When safety is put on the forefront, then it's an enjoyable thrill to climb the path leading past the falls.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

We hear so much about the major negative news stories that sometimes it must feel like nothing good ever happens.

Turn on your TV and generally most is of the news is about Rep. Weiner or the climactic catastrophes or the depressed economy or fighting somewhere in the world.

Not all is negative, especially locally. There is a lot of good occurring on our homefront.

Here's just some examples of positive news:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Today's a holiday.

It's not one for which you'll get a day off work with pay. You probably won't have a picnic to celebrate it. There's even the possibility it could have passed by without your noticing.

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress .

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Social networking on the Web is very popular. It's become a major mode of communication between friends. Sometimes what's posted is meant to be private – but turns out differently.

Just ask Congressman Anthony Weiner, who sent lewd photos of himself to an intended individual, but they ended up becoming national news.

Then there was Albuquerque police Detective Trey Economidy, who made headlines for listing his job description as "human waste disposal" on his Facebook page.

Monday, June 13, 2011

It was almost like a spring ritual.

For the past two decades, Slatington borough employee Steve Martinez always turned on the water to fill the community swimming pool.

He did it again this year. The pool was scheduled to open this past weekend, he turned the water on, and the pool started filling.

Along came Borough Council member Kris Burek, who complained that there was a "theft" of services, referring to the water going into the pool. She had the police stop the pool-filling process.

This meant the pool didn't open as schedule this past weekend.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Summit Hill borough is again looking into the possibility of coming up with an ordinance that deals with rental properties.

Lansford already has such an ordinance in place.

It's really something every municipality should have.

A few years ago such an ordinance had been adopted in Summit Hill, then rescinded because some landlords thought it was too harsh.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

It seems that too many of our elected officials these days have the darndest time obeying that tricky ninth commandment ... the one about not lying.

Many of us learned that one at a very impressionable age and depending on the severity of the parental discipline, it seemed to set us on a proper course in life. Back in the day, any lie was dealt with quickly; the punishment was swift and the lesson was learned within hours or in many cases, minutes.