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Friday, December 5, 2014

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, South Carolina's poverty rate of 17 percent is ninth-highest in the nation, surpassing the national figure of 15.8 percent.

Over 23 percent of the children in the state live below the poverty line. Another reality is that one in six South Carolina families will not have enough food to feed themselves each night.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

For many years, local residents and news media have learned what was in the neighborhood by listening to a scanner.

The benefits are self-evident. An aware, informed person is a safe person.

But imagine this scenario: A shooting takes place in your neighborhood and you have no access to information, no way to find out what's going on. That hypothetical scenario is becoming reality in our local area and across the state.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

While Benjamin Watson, a tight end for the New Orleans Saints, was playing a tough Monday night football game against the Baltimore Ravens, news broke in Ferguson, Missouri, of the grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Like many black Americans, the 11-year NFL veteran was stunned and angry, but condemned the rioters in Ferguson and in other cities around the country.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Beyond the frenzied shopping, food feasting and the football, some families had reason to be truly thankful over the Thanksgiving holiday. Some of the blessings were basic to life, like the air we breathe.

In Tacoma, Washington, the family of Erik Brooks have been thankful on every Thanksgiving holiday for the past 13 years. Erik was just 4 months old when he suffered two heart attacks in one month.

Friday, November 28, 2014

The war on coal is a reality, and things are expected to get worse for the fossil fuel industry, which generates 40 percent of the nation's electricity.

Already suffering from the switch by utilities to cheap and cleaner-burning natural gas, Pennsylvania and the Appalachian region must also deal with EPA pollution standards which will steepen the decline. For years, environmental groups have been targeting plants for producing carbon dioxide emissions that scientists link to global warming.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Lehighton Area School District held discussion about whether it should hire an independent construction manager for a proposed building project or have the contractor overlook the work.

No official action was taken, but for the district it should be a no-brainer.

The district should hire a construction manager.

Quandel Construction Group of Harrisburg made a pitch to Lehighton's school board claiming it could save the district around $2 million on $52 million worth of work.

"Corners are cut when nobody is watching," said John Koury, Quandel vice president.

Monday, November 24, 2014

In talking about the roles of museums and their relevance today, Ford W. Bell, president of the American Alliance of Museums, called them educational institutions that are as essential to our communities as schools, libraries and utilities.

There are some eye-opening statistics to support these facilities that are the keepers, protectors, interpreters and exhibitors of our history. It's estimated that 850 million visit museums annually in this country, which is more than the attendance at all major league sporting events combined.

Friday, November 21, 2014

If there was a Hall of Fame for the mentally challenged, we have some worthy candidates.

Two cases that emerged involve a total lack of individual responsibility regarding highway safety. A third has to do with our inept government leaders.

In the first case, a teenager was arrested after driving himself to his driver's test in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Driving without a license was just the start of troubles for the 19-year-old. In trying to elude police by speeding away, he struck a patrol car outside the state testing facility.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

On Monday, Summit Hill Borough Council is scheduled to act on an ordinance which calls for abolishment of the town's water authority.

Hopefully, council won't act on that ordinance.

This isn't to say that the borough taking over the authority is wrong. On the other hand, there hasn't been enough research done to show that this would be in the best interest of borough residents.

There certainly hasn't been enough information released publicly to justify the conversion from an authority to a council-controlled water department.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

There are instances in our history, especially during times of war, where this country has treated its own shamefully.

The treatment of Native Americans, especially during the late 1800s, is a dark chapter for the U.S. as was the relocation of Japanese Americans to internment camps because of the fear of sabotage during World War II.

Despite their treatment, both groups fought with valor in World War II.

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an all-Nisei U.S. Army regiment, became, for its size and length of service, the most decorated unit in U.S. military history.