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Monday, November 9, 2015

This week, state lawmakers will consider passage of a bill that would conceal from the public the names of any police officers who shoot their guns in the course of their law enforcement duties. The bill would allow release of the names only if, after investigation, the officers are charged with criminal wrongdoing in the shooting — and if there is no expectation that publication of the names would cause harm to the officers or their immediate families.

Friday, November 6, 2015
Tamaqua firefighters battle a house fire Wednesday at a building located atop the retaining wall of the Little Schuylkill River. Meanwhile, just a few steps behind the fire engine seen here, one or two young thieves were busy stealing up to $15,000 in equipment from a different firetruck. DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua firefighters responding to a house fire early Wednesday encountered far more than they bargained for.

For starters, the burning house was located at a spot with limited access.

The century-old duplex was built at the retaining wall of the Little Schuylkill River at a dead-end street.

To arrive at the scene, firetrucks had to maneuver around heavy downtown traffic on Route 309 on hectic Hometown Auction Wednesday.

Then, rounding the corner to Water Street, access to the blaze was blocked by an illegally parked car.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The ongoing explosion that is mushrooming around Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has now begun to implode within her own ranks, as well.

Top lawyers in her office sent her a letter saying that they disagree that she can do “98 percent” of the job voters elected her to do even though her law license has been suspended by the state Supreme Court.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
A full moon shines down on West Broad Street as the Tamaqua Halloween parade steps off Oct. 27. DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

There was something missing from all of the recent Halloween parties and parades held locally: specifically, the headlines many people fear.

There were no major acts of vandalism and no injuries reported.

Trick-or-treat activities went off without a hitch in local municipalities. But not so elsewhere.

Police in Philadelphia are investigating incidents of needles discovered in children’s Halloween candy.

Last Sunday, the Kennett Square Police Department reported needles turning up inside five wrapped bars of Twix candy.

Monday, November 2, 2015

When it comes to tomorrow’s general election, will you be in the game or on the sidelines? If you’re on the sidelines, you can’t make an impact.

Traditionally, these off-year elections draw a weak turnout. In the Carbon County primaries earlier this year, for example, just about one in four registered Democrats and Republicans bothered to vote. Put another way, three of four stayed home.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Everyone in Pennsylvania expects police to come when called for help, but not all Pennsylvanians expect to pay for state police service. Now, as state police face a growing shortage of troopers, that should end.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Jerry Labooty is running for Schuylkill County Register of Wills and is the best candidate, by far, out of the three candidates running.

Jerry is an experienced professional businessman and is very active in the community from being involved with the Chamber of Commerce to supporting local animal shelters. Jerry is a man of integrity and has the experience in budgeting to manage the many employees of the row office.

Jerry will be a full-time office holder. On Nov. 3 I strongly recommend the voters of Schuylkill County to vote Jerry Labooty as your Register of Wills.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

It is election time. There are five seats open on borough council. I urge you to choose wisely on who you want to represent you for the next four years.

Do some research on candidates running for office and on who is backing them. Do you want a change for bettering Lansford or do you want it to get worse? Please be very cautious when picking who you vote for on Nov. 3.


Joe Butrie


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Dear Editor,

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Dear Editor,

These days the political stage — Congress in particular — can seem more interested in party lines than the issues themselves, and we in small-town America quickly learn that we are not immune.

Though I would like to express my satisfaction with all the incumbent board of commissioners, I would be remiss if I did not specifically address my support for Commissioner Tom Gerhard.