Sunday, April 23, 2017


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Donald Trump will take the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States at noon2017. Here’s how to watch the day’s events.


•9:30 a.m.:Musical guests perform. The 16-year-old soprano Jackie Evancho, who was a contestant on the reality show “America’s Got Talent,” will sing the national anthem. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which is renowned for its soaring renditions of religious and patriotic music, and the Radio City Rockettes also are set to perform.

•11:30 a.m.:Opening remarks begin

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” This well-known quote by English author Evelyn Beatrice Hall seems to be the embodiment of the freedom of speech principle which we Americans prize so deeply as part of our First Amendment rights.

Monday, January 16, 2017

When it comes to “draining the swamp” and cutting through Washington bureaucracy, no one group has more at stake than this nation’s 22.5 million veterans.

Veterans Affairs is the largest provider of medical care in the nation and in the past five years we’ve learned how many of their facilities are failing to provide the care needed.

Scandals have rocked the agency since 2014, when it was reported that VA hospitals were keeping secret waiting lists designed to hide the lengthy amounts of time veterans had to wait for care.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Dear Editor,

In regards to Lansford Borough Council raising property taxes 3 percent for the 2017 budget.

First of all Lansford Borough is the highest borough in Carbon County, with the highest property tax rate at 34.55 mills. If you are selling your property start at an asking price at double the assessment value of the property.

To sell your property in Lansford borough, you have to just about give it away.

Friday, January 13, 2017


What’s going on in Pennsylvania?

We were supposed to get rid of property tax a few years ago. It never happened.

Casinos were to help. But most of the money goes back to lure better entertainment (races or stuff).

Gas tax was supposed to fix infrastructure. Whose pocket is that going in?

Now they want to raise a lot of other taxes.

Are they trying to get rid of the middle class?

The price of medicine is going through the roof.

The price of food will go up due to weather-related problems.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

State Sen. David Argall, R-Schuylkill, wants to drive a stake through the heart of the school district property tax.

Argall believes his plan to eliminate all school property taxes across the commonwealth and replace them with a combination of higher personal income and state sales taxes might be successful during the current legislative session that began last week.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Because the Pennsylvania General Assembly doesn’t want to raise broad-based taxes, it resorted last year to an assortment of sin taxes and fees to try to shore up a shaky budget. The problem is that when taxes on even items like liquor and cigarettes become too high, there becomes a tipping point for consumers.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

There hasn’t been a more inspirational educator during our lifetime than Ivan Welton Fitzwater, who in 2008 received the American Association of School Administrators Distinguished Service Award and who Texas Education Magazine listed among the top five speakers in America.

Before he died in 2010 in San Antonio at the age of 79, he penned the poem “Only a Teacher?” which speaks to the value and importance of the classroom instructor.

“I am a teacher!

What I do and say are being absorbed by young minds

who will echo these images across the ages.

Monday, January 9, 2017

With Republicans ready to assume the power in both the legislative and executive branches of government, many conservatives are buoyed by the promises of president-elect Donald Trump to secure our borders and of the prospects of a Republican Congress to pass a law banning sanctuary cities.

While Trump vowed during the campaign to remove criminal illegal aliens from the U.S. immediately and to get a law passed banning sanctuary cities, liberal opposition is lining up, including Democrat mayors in New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Providence.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Hello, to all my American patriots, and happy New Year to each and every one of you. I’m not quite sure how to begin this subject matter, because I believe it truly matters to us all. I can’t believe all the “talk and double talk” on the news and news shows, and whatever the shows are or should be called.

In the first place, none of them have even one iota of courtesy, respect or common sense, as they talk and screech and mumble to see how many words per minute or second they can tumble out of their bumbling mouths.