Sunday, September 24, 2017


Thursday, June 1, 2017

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution contains a mere 45 words, but virtually billions of words have been written to explain how far the Founding Fathers intended to go to ensure the fundamental freedoms specified in these carefully crafted words.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

There may be no place like home, but fewer people in our area are calling our area’s communities “home.”

The U.S. Census Bureau has just released its 2016 population estimates, and they show that three of the five area counties — Carbon, Schuylkill and Monroe — have lost population since the official census in 2010. Lehigh has shown a sharp gain, while Northampton posted a modest uptick.

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Pennsylvania House is revisiting a golden oldie proposal for sheriff’s deputies that was shot down seven years ago. We believe it should meet the same fate this year.

House bill 466 would give the sheriff’s office full investigative and arrest power, help ease the pressure on state police as the primary law-enforcement constabulary in municipalities without local police departments and remove roadblocks that prevent deputies from responding in a timely way to criminal activity.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Who were Khrushchev, Marx and Alinsky? Khrushchev was the chairman of the Communist Party. In 1956, this cultured gentleman, while at the United Nation, removed his shoe and pounded the table with it. He ranted that communism would destroy the United States without firing a shot. Who would have predicted he would be so correct?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

2016 was the year of “fake news.” It dominated the election cycle, it took over Facebook feeds and even caused crime.

But as inundated as we were with fake news, it is not a new thing.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

If you voted Tuesday, the odds are overwhelming that you were not attracted to the polls by state appellate judicial races.

And if you’re like most voters, the first time you encountered the names of the people seeking those extremely important offices was when you saw them on the ballot.

You couldn’t start a ballot, take a timeout and go home to study the candidates, then come back later to vote. So you went with what the ballot gave you — the candidates’ names, party affiliation and home counties.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

You are never too young or too old for success or going after what you want.

Perfect examples are 19-year-old Nathan Gerace, who won the Republican nomination for mayor of Tamaqua, and 90-year-old Edith Lukasevich, who won one of four Democratic nominations for Jim Thorpe Borough Council.

Gerace beat out two others in winning the GOP primary. He also earned a spot on the Democratic ballot with 53 write-ins, meaning that he is likely to take over the mayoral job at the start of 2018.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

In his address to United States Coast Guard Academy graduates last week, President Trump urged the graduates not to let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of their dreams.

He prefaced that by stating that in his own experience to gain the White House, no politician in history has been treated worse or more unfairly by the media.

Friday, May 19, 2017

The chief of the Pennsylvania Economy League’s central division calls it the “dirty little secret” of Pennsylvania local government.

Citing a recent Associated Press story, Gerald Cross says that two-thirds of the commonwealth’s municipalities do not pay for police protection. Instead, they receive those services totally or in part for free from the Pennsylvania State Police. One recent estimate for the cost was pegged at $540 million, which was more than half of the state police’s annual budget.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law is intended to make government and its agencies more transparent, more accountable to us — the people.

It seems, though, that our elected officials too often come up with roadblocks to this noble principle.