Monday, July 25, 2016


Thursday, May 5, 2016

This week’s news of the macabre discovery of human remains beneath floor boards in a Tamaqua attic is hard to ignore.

It shocks our sensibilities. It begs for more information.

What we know is that members of a Tamaqua family pried up a few boards and uncovered a box. Inside was a bundle consisting of old newspapers and a sweater.

Unwrapped, it revealed bones of a baby, nearly a full skeleton, estimated between 38 and 40 weeks.

The discovery suggests that a baby, perhaps stillborn or a newborn later deceased, had been carefully wrapped and hidden away.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Signs went up this week announcing that nearly 800 miles of Pennsylvania highways, including one in Monroe County, will have a 70 mph speed limit. That is a fourfold increase in mileage over the previous 70 mph roads in the commonwealth.

Leslie Richards, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation secretary, said he is comfortable with the change.

“Before moving ahead, we looked very closely at a number of factors, such as speed and traffic data and the physical characteristics of the highways,” he said.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Dear Editor,

I recently wrote a letter to Bishop Barres regarding the closing of St. Katharine Drexel Parish. This was written with the hopes that the diocese would reconsider the decision in order to meet the spiritual needs of the flock — also to take into consideration the historical value of such a magnificent structure. Apparently, those arguments meant nothing to the decision makers, and the closure is imminent.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Lehigh Township Zoning Hearing Board convened onApril 14 and granted Walmart approval for three variances so it can develop a new store and gas station on the land at Route 145 and Birch Road. Unfortunately, this project does not adhere to developing the area in a sustainable way.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
The seriousness of the day’s affairs can be seen on the face of Tamaqua cop Doug Springer in the midst of Monday’s large-scale drug offensive. DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

The streets in eastern Schuylkill County are a bit safer after Monday’s roundup of more than two dozen suspected drug dealers or users.

Agents from the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force, Schuylkill County Sheriff’s Office, state police, and local police departments joined forces to converge on drug hot spots in the Tamaqua area, executing warrants for 29 suspected drug offenders.

It was the largest drug sting operation in eastern Schuylkill County since Monday, June 16, 2014, when a similar sting took 17 accused dealers or users off the streets.

Monday, May 2, 2016
The bison could soon become the national mammal of the United States. Lawmakers called the bison the embodiment of American strength and resilience and said it reflects the nation’s pioneer spirit. AP Photo/Matthew Brown

There are few things that politicians can agree on these days.

Partisan politics run rampant in the halls of the divided Congress and the president’s lame-duck last year in office has produced little in the way of bipartisan legislation. Party infighting has made this a very divisive presidential election season.

The chasm is wide when it comes to party ideology, but there is one cause that both Republicans and Democrats have been able to unite and rally behind. Last week both the House and Senate approved a bill that designates the bison as the national mammal.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber recently held their annual mayors’ dinner at Art Quest in Bethlehem and awarded me the mayor of the year award.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

It is ironic that within the article on the PennEast/UGI Community Connector Grant awards (April 25) it states the grants are given to “Conserve important local habitat, enhance open space, recreational areas and wildlife habitat, and preserve community culture and heritage” among other criteria.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

First, ISIS is on the rise worldwide.

I don’t know about anyone else, but when I see numbers like 50, 80 or 100 dead and hundreds injured, then I hear we took out one or two (even if they’re big deals.) I think the numbers don’t make sense. When will we stop talking and start kicking some butt?

Second, Mr. Trump gives us this stuff about how wonderful he is and what things he’s going to do. But when put in a corner, there’s no answer. Those who follow him are like lemmings. If he jumps from a cliff, they’ll all follow. I don’t understand why. However, please proceed.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Recently, in a street interview segment, two passers-by were shown pictures of famous Americans, one of President Ronald Reagan and the second of Martin Luther King Jr.

Both people were clueless.

It is a sad commentary on where we are as a nation when American young adults can’t identify the most prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement or the U.S. president who was the primary figure leading to the downfall of communist governments in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.