Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Nine high ranking U.S. officials including our CIA and FBI directors all warned that ISIS can and will infiltrate the refugee population to carry out terrorism in the U.S.

Over 400 Islamic State trained fighters have been sent into Europe with the refugee wave. Six terror attacks by refugees have occurred in Germany alone and German women are getting raped by immigrants at an alarming rate.

Recently, more than 500 IS militants fleeing Fallujah left behind homes containing floors filled with freshly shaven beards to blend into the civilian population.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Dear Editor,

Friday, August 5, 2016

Out of sight, out of mind.

Most of us have used this well-worn phrase to explain our forgetfulness, but it also is one of the reasons some parents and caregivers give to explain why they had forgotten young children strapped into car seats and went on their way, sometimes with tragic results.

With scorching heat and high humidity gripping much of the country during the past two weeks, and with seven weeks of summer lying in front of us, out of sight, out of mind must never again be the reason a child dies from being left unattended in an automobile which becomes a bake oven.

Friday, August 5, 2016

I was very proud of officer Eric Schrantz when he was a member of the Jim Thorpe Police Department.

Now, I am proud to have him as our Carbon County magistrate.

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that he is the best man for the job.

I believe he will make as fine a “G’squire” (in Pennsylvania Dutch) as one of his predecessors, Magistrate Harry Heydt.

May he have as lengthy and illustrious career.

Nat M. Lucas II

Jim Thorpe

Thursday, August 4, 2016

After World War II, when cheese and butter were still prized commodities and men would pawn their Sunday suits after wearing them to church, there was at least one commodity in Britain that was available cheaply and abundantly — cigarettes.

Breathing in some nicotine surely helped the British overcome the deprivations of daily life, and by 1949, 81 percent of men and 39 percent of women smoked.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Illegal immigration and homeland security are two issues that will continue to spark strong debate leading up to the November general election. Tensions between law enforcement and black protesters escalated last month, sparking a number of ambushes on police. The worst attack was in Dallas, where four Dallas police officers and one transit officer died from sniper fire.

There have been 11 ambushes of police officers so far this year across the country, and the number of officers killed in firearm deaths has risen to 32, compared with 18 at this point last year.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Police departments in big and small metropolitan communities have come under attack this year after several high-profile incidents where suspects were killed while being subdued or fleeing from police.

Our area has been largely immune from these traumatic incidents and the anti-police protests they have triggered.

In the small boroughs and townships of Carbon, Schuylkill, Monroe, Northampton and Lehigh counties, police departments are made up of men and women who are often our neighbors and our friends.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Since 1984, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica has been touring cities and towns, giving people a chance to visit, pause and remember.

The recent display at Palmerton Borough Park, made possible by the work of Vietnam War veteran Stephen Vlossak and local veterans organizations, was a deeply moving experience.

The wall is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and is managed by Vietnam Combat Veterans in Michigan.

It carries more than 58,000 names of those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Dear Editor,

Each year Beltzville State Park is overcrowded on a few summer weekends. The overcrowding usually occurs on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Tempers flare, cars are towed, and what should be an enjoyable day at the park becomes a bad experience for employees, visitors and local residents.

Some local residents have called for measures to restrict visitors, including imposing hefty fees, which they believe will discourage lower-class families from Philadelphia or Allentown from visiting “our” park.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Dear editor,

In my opinion, I feel that tractor-trailers should have a lane all to themselves on the highway. I feel this way for the following reasons:

1. The tractor-trailers take up a lot of space, usually about 2-3 car lengths.

2. The governor on a tractor-trailer is limited to 63 mph on most tractor-trailers even though the speed limit on some highways is 70 mph.