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Editorials

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The face of America is changing.

If you are a white American, and have recently had a child in the family, the baby will be in the racial and ethnic minority by the time he or she reaches middle age.

New government data shows that in 1990, more than 60 percent of children in the 3-year-old age group were white. Today, that group numbers just under half of all 3-year-olds.

Monday, June 27, 2011

The state House of Representatives is considering legislation that would close off all "identifying information" relating to 911 calls, including names, cross-street and location information in time response logs.

The Right to Know Law protects "records or parts of records, except time response logs..." pertaining to emergency dispatch calls. Time response logs, including cross-street information, have been ruled as presumptively open by Commonwealth Court. Pennsylvania Newspaper Assocation members are opposing House Bill 1174 for the following reasons:

Friday, June 24, 2011

When Northern Lehigh plays Northwestern in any sport, it's quite the rivalry. Whether it is football or baseball, there are things the fans don't see and hear; things like a little individual taunting or that extra effort given when playing for pride.

Some of those same athletes who so passionately competed against each other are now playing on the same team in Legion baseball. They act like they're the best of friends. They work well together.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Reality One

The Glen, with its cascading stream, waterfalls, towering cliffs, and primitive setting, is one of the most beautiful areas in Carbon County; hence, its allure.

Reality Two

The Glen is an unsafe, dangerous attraction. Periodic rain, blown spray from the waterfalls, a canopy of trees that block the sun all combine to keep the footing slick and slippery. People have been seriously injured and a few killed in the Glen over the years. It has been a nightmare for local fire companies and emergency rescue services.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

In Slatington, a controversy erupted because of an Internet website, www.improveslatington.com.

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: