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Thursday, October 23, 2014

There's a good reason that the state legislature requires advance legal notices in daily newspapers for public meetings. It's to keep the public informed so they have the option of attending the meetings and voicing their opinions.

The public meeting notices include zoning hearing boards. While local boards are following the law and advertising hearings for such things as variance requests and special exceptions, many have been lax regarding the content of those ads.

Just this week, we saw zoning board hearings advertised for Rush Township and Lehighton.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Since neither the U.S. nor any of the coalition members are willing to commit ground forces in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the only boots on the ground are being worn by the Kurds, and a large portion of their army is made up of women!

With ISIS just outside of Baghdad, and moving north to the Kurdish region, the Kurds are fighting to defend their homeland. If they don't receive the weapons to halt the ISIS forces, many expect the brutal militants to wage a massive genocide campaign.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Political pundits agree that pocket book issues will once again be driving white working-class voters at the polls for the midterm election in two weeks.

Immigration reform, once a hot button issue, has been pushed to the back burner amid news about the possibility of Ebola-infected people and terrorists coming through our porous southern border. That threat should concern us all.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Eighty years ago, Adolf Hitler used a media-saavy ministry of propaganda to propel the Nazi party and his maniacal vision to control the world.

Today, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the latest evil group threatening civilization, is using its own high-tech propaganda machine to recruit. Home grown prospects in the West, who have the ability to travel freely and blend in, are a key target group and thus pose a threat to national security.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

There's a lot going on in the world today.

Escape from it for a little while and take in a local Halloween parade.

It's amazing what you'll see in the lines of march.

Participants, some as young as preschool age, make most of the costumes themselves. The various groups generally have themes, and you never know where their imagination will take them.

In past parades we've seen children dressed as astronauts, flowers, dogs, and, of course, ghosts and monsters.

There's cuteness. There's fright. There are some floats that will leave you breathless.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

At a press briefing in Washington last month, World Health Organization and United Nations officials stressed the need to step up the response to West Africa's Ebola crisis.

David Nabarro, MD, senior U.N. system coordinator for Ebola disease, warned that we're not in a position where we can afford to lose a day, because the outbreak is moving ahead of efforts to control it. Since the worst outbreak of the virus began in West Africa early this year, more than 4,000 people have died.

Monday, October 13, 2014

When it comes to the care and supervision of children, we expect adults, especially family members and professionally trained teachers, to make wise decisions.

Last week, two incidents involving children and some high school students proved that some adults are the ones in need of instruction.

First, a 3-year-old boy was hospitalized in critical condition after falling 10 feet into a jaguar enclosure at Arkansas' Little Rock Zoo on Friday. Two of the big cats attacked the toddler, and the boy suffered a depressed skull fracture, minor puncture wounds and scalp lacerations.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Earlier this summer, when many in this administration defended the action of trading Bowe Bergdahl, a suspected Army deserter, for five top Taliban commanders in U.S. custody, the one argument made for the exchange was that America does not leave men and women behind.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Little Lillian Gobitas of Minersville didn't feel right about what she was forced to do. So she did something about it.

On Oct. 21, 1935, the 12-year-old declined to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance at her classroom in the Minersville School District.

Gobitas belonged to the Jehovah's Witnesses and refused compliance under religious objection. Lillian's brother William, fifth grade, did the same.

The school board called it an act of insubordination. The children were tossed out of school.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A new Gallup poll shows that residents of poorer states are more likely to reach into their pockets and give to charities than those in wealthier areas such as the New England states.

The report by Chronicle of Philanthropy, which analyzed tax returns filed by taxpayers who itemize their deductions, showed that Americans on average give about 3 percent of their income to charity each year.