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Editorials

Thursday, January 2, 2014

You must have seen the commercials on TV for the ASPCA and other animal groups; dogs, with sad faces, that have been abused. Some beaten. Others locked in small cages and forgotten.

"Who could do that to a helpless animal?" you might ask.

The next few days are predicted to be the coldest in years. Tomorrow night, temperatures could plunge below zero.

Keeping your pet outdoors is equivalent to the cruelty you see on those TV commercials.

Some people mistakenly believed that pets have fur and can endure in all types of weather.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

In order to begin the New Year with those thoughts in mind; one of the most important safety tips to remember is to designate a driver or make your alternate plans in advance of consuming alcohol for the New Year's Eve holiday party that you may be attending.

Most adults have no idea how much alcohol it takes for them to reach the PA legal limit of .08% B.A.C. Or how much alcohol their drink of choice might even contain. (Check out www.lcb.state.pa.us - alcohol impairment chart) One drink may not really be one drink depending on the drink.

Monday, December 30, 2013

For the past four years, active-duty troops and veterans have had a tough time making it financially. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that nearly 340,000 veterans receive public money for housing and 900,000 veterans live on food stamps.

Things aren't about to improve. A recent executive order gave military personnel and civilian federal workers a 1 percent pay raise, but that actually represents a cut since military members had been receiving an annual pay increase of 1.8 percent.

Friday, December 27, 2013

America lost a true hero recently when Nicholas Oresko, the nation's oldest Medal of Honor recipient, passed away at the age 96 in a hospital in Englewood, New Jersey.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

It's becoming more difficult for fire departments and other volunteer groups to recruit volunteers.

Some rules applied by the federal government could make the general survival of these organizations even more challenging.

First, some fire departments have been notified that they could come under the ObamaCare regulations because the members are declared employees for workers' compensation purposes.

As a result, there are cases whereby health insurance may have to be provided for them, but a tremendous burden on their treasuries.

Monday, December 23, 2013

While enjoying Christmas dinner with family or loved ones, it's always good advice to avoid hot button issues like politics and religion.

You may be an opinionated person or someone who likes to dish out the sarcasm but the dinner table is not the place to stir controversy. Author Debby Mayne says that after spending hours in the kitchen preparing the meal, your host won't appreciate any arguing.

We shouldn't come across as a know-it-all or sound too opinionated and remember that humor is good as long as it isn't too sarcastic.

Friday, December 20, 2013

A new report released earlier this week on government waste was enough to give anyone indigestion over the Christmas holiday.

In a time when citizens are more tuned in to how their tax dollars are being spent, you would think the federal agencies would be watching their bottom lines. Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn says his latest report, which contains $30 billion of unnecessary spending, proves to the people that Washington would much rather borrow money than cut spending and shows why the American people have lost confidence in government.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sixteen-year-old Ethan Couch was driving drunk when he lost control of his pickup truck on a road near Fort Worth, Texas. He plowed into a group of pedestrians, killing four.

Instead of getting jail time for his reckless deed, he was given 10 years probation.

A judge agreed last week with his defense lawyer that Couch suffered from "affluenza." He was given everything all his life and therefore was not responsible for his bad behavior.

The innocent lives taken by Couch were obviously not much of a consideration of the judge or the defense lawyer.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It doesn't sound like much.

Lehighton Borough Council agreed to increase taxes just one mill this year.

There are other things to consider about the budget, though, which make the cost to taxpayers greater than projected.

The one mill increase comes atop a two-mill hike set only two years ago.

In addition, the borough is adding a local services tax of $52, replacing the $10 occupational privilege tax. This means an additional $42 per year is coming out the pocket of each person who works in the borough.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Two things many Americans have in abundance this Christmas are fear and uncertainty.

Our debt profile is quite dismal with the average credit card debt now at $15,279. The biggest number is mortgage debt, which now averages $149,456 per household. Student loan debt is second, now averaging $32,140, which marks a 12.3 percent increase over last year.

The Affordable Care Act is filled with uncertainty. With the Baby Boomer generation aging and with a possible doctor shortage looming because less people are going into medicine, a perfect storm is facing the health care system.