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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

As President Obama and Democratic Party strategists try to deal with his sinking approval numbers, it's becoming increasingly difficult to spin something positive out of the way he's handling this economy.

Monday, March 12, 2012

These are difficult economic times for many people and we don't have to look far in the news to see examples of the desperation.

The rash of burglaries in our area in recent weeks are a good sampling of the times we're living in. Some other recent cases around Pennsylvania have been downright bizarre.

Last week in Allegheny Township, Westmoreland County, police charged a 58-year-old western Pennsylvania woman with stealing newspapers in bulk because she wanted the coupons in the papers.

Friday, March 9, 2012

A report released Thursday by the U.S. Surgeon General's office on tobacco use by our youth shows that there's much work to be done in our anti-tobacco efforts.

Since the last report issued in 1994, smoking among high school students has declined by about 3 million students, but that trend has slowed in recent years. About 5.2 percent, or 600,000 middle school students are current smokers and almost one in five high school-aged teens smokes. The number is down from earlier decades, but that rate of decline too has slowed.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

There is one area of Pennsylvania health care that currently allows doctors to routinely withhold some of the best information from their patients information that women deserve and we now have an opportunity to stop this from continuing.

A doctor just told my father-in-law he may have thyroid cancer. He went for a biopsy and now a specialist wants to run further tests to get a better look.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

One ploy that Republicans will be trying to avoid during this election year is the Democrats' attempt to deflect attention from the economy.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Even as a series of violent storms were raking the Midwest and South last Wednesday, weather forecasters were warning that another round of storms, potentially more powerful, would be forming to threaten an even wider area in less than 48 hours.

The setup for such an extreme weather event was in place a clash between the cold and warm air producing thunderstorms and the instable atmosphere capable of spawning tornadoes. Although 40 persons lost their lives in last week's storms, the advanced warnings saved many of the affected areas from suffering even more casualties.

Monday, March 5, 2012

American motorists drove almost 3 trillion miles in 2011.

That's like driving from the Earth to the sun and back 13,500 times.

The average American family drives 22,500 miles a year going to work, to the store, to visit friends and relatives, or to go on vacation.

Sadly, more and more of those trips are made on roads and bridges that are disintegrating.

Nationwide, almost one out of every five miles of our major highways is in poor or mediocre condition, and nearly one out of every four bridges is structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Dates of memorable events in American history remain seared in our minds forever.

Some of our readers can recall where they were when Pearl Harbor was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, or what they were doing on June 6, 1944, when the Allies landed at Normandy on D-Day.

More of us who were around can recall where we were when the news flashed that John Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 22, 1963.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pennsylvania has long been known for its fighting underdog image, a fact that the British learned only too well at Valley Forge while we were fighting for our independence as a new nation.

In modern times, two fictional fighters comic strip star Joe Palooka from Wilkes-Barre and screen legend Rocky Balboa from Philadelphia brought that same spirit during many of our lifetimes.

Both bigger-than-life boxers have their own monuments.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

It was in the summer of 2007 during the World War 2 Weekend at the Reading airport that I was introduced to, and learned the remarkable story of Lt. Col (Ret.) Lynn "Buck" Compton.

A true American hero who was a central figure in historian Stephen E. Ambrose's best-seller "Band of Brothers," Compton, 90, died Saturday at his daughter's home in Burlington, Wash.