Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Tuesday, April 12, 2016
From left are Democratic Senate candidates Joe Sestak, Katie McGinty and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman. AP Photo

HARRISBURG (AP) — Accusations are being hurled in the Democratic Party’s primary race for U.S. Senate between John Fetterman, Katie McGinty and Joe Sestak, and some of them are missing the mark. The three candidates are seeking to take on Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in November’s election.

Among the accusations are questions about campaign donations from the oil and gas industry, stances on cutting Social Security benefits and a state Supreme Court reprimand in an ethics case. A look at those three accusations, and the facts and background surrounding them:

Monday, April 11, 2016

Not only is Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane an unmitigated disaster as an officeholder, she continues to shell out our hard-earned dollars to satisfy her insatiable need to play political intrigue and to take down her enemies in her final nine months in office. But must it be at our expense?

The only kind thing we can say about Kane is she had the good sense not to run for re-election this year. But she was thinking about it for a while.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Some presidential candidates are promoting increased redistribution of money from the successful to cover the expenses of those unwilling (not unable) to do so for themselves. Everyone has a right to college and health care, but they do not have a right to have someone else pay for it. What kind of country and citizen is being created by these policies?

Friday, April 8, 2016

Times News opinion piece – All people should be treated equally

   Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says he will not be following New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s action in banning non-essential state employee travel to North Carolina and Mississippi in reaction to these states enacting laws that are  widely seen as discriminatory to Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders (LGBT). And that’s a good move.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian once said that a good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.

Byron and Catherine Pulsifer, authors of inspirational and motivational books, have written that the best coaches really care about people. They have to be able to help people see the end goal, to take one step at a time, rather than being overwhelmed by the issues.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

I am responding to a Times News article “Dispute may lead to parking ordinance,” dated March 18. I’m the guy on the other side of the street. This is not a dispute; this is a vision problem.

I have parked there for 51 years, and there have been no accidents, no complaints, no damaged property and no faulty road issues. Therefore my car parking is not a precedent in this situation.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

One of the facts completely ignoredabout the recent truck crashes near the bottom of the Broad Mountain on Route 93 in Nesquehoning is the fact that thousands of tractor-trailers have come down that hill without incident.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
The Lansford Recreation Center Pool stands empty and might not be filled for the coming season without an all-out effort to overhaul the popular 72-year-old facility.

Last week, Lansford Borough Council learned from Wade Associates that the town pool needs a major overhaul.

Without repairs, the pool might not open this year.

“It’s outlived its life,” said consultant Randy Galiotto.

Children and adults of the Panther Valley need the pool.

It’s the anchor of the Lansford Recreation Center, a fresh-air vista that also includes a wading pool and adjacent playground area named Ashton Hill Park, plus other recreation and picnic facilities.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Route 93 on the Broad Mountain is more than a highway.

It’s a launchpad for 80,000-pound missiles.

It’s been a concern for decades. But now with three tractor-trailer crashes in three days, it’s become obvious something needs to be done.

There’s already a safety pull-off at the top, along with no fewer than 38 warning signs.

There’s also an emergency runaway truck ramp midway down the mountain, used by out-of-control tractor-trailers.

Monday, April 4, 2016

At our March 17 meeting, the Eldred Township Planning Commission approved our submittal to the Zoning Hearing Board for the Nestle Waters application. This was a prodigious effort and I want to emphatically thank my fellow planners and the numerous citizens for their hard work, valued and constructive input. By unanimous vote the Eldred Township Planning Commission recommended the Nestle Application be denied. The proposed use is not in harmony with purposes, goals, objectives and standards of the Township Comprehensive Plan and its ordinance.