Saturday, August 30, 2014


Monday, April 21, 2014

In a message last month, Pope Francis told how Christians suffered and died in Nazi concentration camps and under communism during many of our lifetimes. The belief that persecutions no longer exist today is not true, he said, and there are actually more people martyred today than during the early period of the church.

We hoped that his words would have inspired more world leaders to put political correctness aside at least for Easter and publicly proclaim their faith by at least denouncing Christian persecution.

Friday, April 18, 2014

After hearing Virginia Rep. James P. Moran's comments last week that congressmen are underpaid, we felt he was either very brave or just plain foolish.

Certainly his timing could have been better. The comments came just a few days after the latest Gallup poll showed that approval ratings for congress had tanked to 13 percent, not far from the all-time low of nine percent set last November.

But the Virginia Democrat really had nothing to lose with his statements. After 12 terms, he's calling it quits so he isn't facing a re-election fight like many colleagues this year.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lansford Borough Council last week received a request that parking meters be removed in the downtown area.

Dave Benevy, who owns the Lansford Mini-Mall, said merchants think parking meters are detrimental to business.

He added that several parking meters are broken and the fact that they haven't been repaired has created a type of blight in the business section.

Several council members disagreed with Benevy, countering that removal of the meters would allow residents to take parking spots intended for potential customers.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Two public shaming cases - one in Ohio and the other in California - made news last week, raising the question of whether humiliation is an effective way to discipline.

In 2012, a Cleveland Judge named Pinkey Carra made a woman wear an "idiot" sign in public for driving around a school bus. Last week, she made news again by calling for the public shaming of Richard Dameron, 58, who was sentenced to 90 days in jail for threatening officers.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Just after Gallup released the latest public poll numbers, members of Congress headed back to their districts on Friday for their two-week recess.

For some incumbent lawmakers fighting to hold their seats, it was a long flight, perhaps the last time they travel home from their Washington office for a spring break. Congress' approval rating fell to 13 percent, not far from the all-time low of 9 percent set last November.

The approval number has never been less than 20 percent before a midterm election.

Friday, April 11, 2014

According to statistics, more than 1,500 U.S. children die from abuse or neglect each year.

Pennsylvania in recent years has seen a string of cases regarding children dying of starvation and abuse. After Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant coach, was arrested on child molestation charges, a legislative task force was established and one of its first recommendations was to expand the 21 regional child advocacy centers operating in the state.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

This year the Lehighton Band celebrates its 150th anniversary.

For a century-and-a-half, it has been providing music with a variety from marches to show tunes to even country tunes at its concerts.

The anniversary kicks off with a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Lehighton Area Middle School auditorium.

The special anniversary concert will be held in July when the band includes a selection during the event that was written in each decade of the band's existence.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Most Americans know Mickey Rooney as the Hollywood legend who entertained people for nine decades.

Fewer may know him as a member of the Greatest Generation who used his talents to support servicemen without bringing attention to himself. In World War II, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for entertaining troops in combat zones.

Rooney made sure we never forgot the risks and sacrifices of all veterans, including the Vietnam soldiers who were not welcomed home as they should have been. Rooney appeared in war-themed movies watched by many of the soldiers overseas.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

You've seen the bumper stickers and TV commercials: "Don't text and drive."

It's not just when driving that texting is a problem.

Texting has become one of the top modes of individual communication. People use their cellphones and "smart" phones for everything from keeping in touch with a friend to playing games to commercial endeavors.

The problem is that this doesn't just happen when people have spare time. It's almost like it has become addictive.

Monday, April 7, 2014

After combing through the gunman's psychiatric or psychological records in the wake of last week's shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, investigators found the gunman, like others before him in this nation's recent history, had some serious mental issues.