Thursday, July 2, 2015


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Relations between police and the public last year were the most strained we've seen in decades following the shooting by police of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri, and the death of a man in Staten Island who died after being arrested by police.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Last week, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh had some advice for the thrill-seekers in his city who were foolishly recording videos of themselves jumping out of windows and into snowbanks and then posting them on social media websites.

Wise up and knock it off.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Earlier this week, State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf had us befuddled when she stated that we have to go after the root causes for what leads people to join militant groups like ISIS.

She mentioned jobs as a long-term solution to the terror threat.

Many feel Harf and the rest of the administration are living in a dream world when it comes to their global assessment of radical Islam.

It's true that recognizing the root cause is vital but it's religion, not jobs, that propels the militants.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

And Kmart makes three.

This week's announcement of the closing of Kmart at Schuylkill Mall, Frackville, marks the loss of the shopping destination's final original anchor.

There's no question Schuylkill Mall is sailing rough seas.

The mall was opened by Crown American, Johnstown developer, in October 1980, boasting anchors Sears, Hess's and Kmart, among many other stores.

The elevated location overlooking Route 61 and I-81 seemed perfect.

Back in those days, there was no Internet commerce. Brick and mortar was the way to go.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Calling the current system of capital punishment "error-prone, expensive and anything but infallible," Gov. Tom Wolf announced last Friday that a moratorium on executions will be in effect in Pennsylvania one of 32 states with the death penalty at least until he receives results of a legislative study.

The state prosecutors' association reacted quickly, stating that the governor had no authority to impose such a moratorium.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Peter Makhlouf, a Brown University student, ticked off a lot of people recently when he wrote in an article for The Brown Daily Herald that the ROTC is an "organization of criminals" and "state-sanctioned violence."

He said the thought of "extending the poisonous branches of the armed services to our campus should be wholly denounced" and favored "outlawing ROTC and its byproducts on our campus."

Thursday, February 12, 2015

We support newly elected governor Tom Wolf for restoring a moratorium on natural-gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on state parklands. His action last week reversed a move by Gov. Tom Corbett, a guy who never met a fracker he didn't like, who lifted an earlier ban on the activity less than a year ago.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Almost 100,000 veterans are cared for at Veterans Affairs facilities around the country, and the volunteers there are seen as a priceless asset by the veterans.

It's almost impossible to calculate the exact number of man hours that the 140,000 volunteers give in the caring and sharing they provide for patients, but they are certainly appreciated by the families of veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Law enforcement across the country have once again been warned by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security about terror threats.

According to Michael Steinbach, the head of the FBI's counterterrorist division, it's individuals who fall under the radar screen those who have training but aren't known to the agency that worry him the most.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Last Sunday's Super Bowl provided one of the great finishes in football history, thanks to New England's Malcolm Butler, a 24-year-old undrafted rookie who clinched the game with a last-minute interception that cemented his name in pro football history.

Butler, who played college ball at West Alabama, is the new poster boy for small college players everywhere.

It was also encouraging to see how easily he handled his instant fame during post game interviews.

"I just had a vision that I was going to make a big play," he said seconds after the game ended.