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Editorials

Monday, November 11, 2013

If you want a true perspective on American history, just talk to one of the aged veterans who experienced one of the two world wars.

Locally, Gil Henry, the chaplain for the VFW Post 294, Albrightsville and American Legion Post 304, Jim Thorpe, decided to stay home after learning that the Jim Thorpe school district had barred prayers at today's Veterans Day presentation at the L.B. Morris Elementary School. The Army veteran based his decision on principle. After researching this nation's history regarding public prayers, we can better appreciate his stance.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Last Saturday it was encouraging to see veterans of Carbon County come together for a special tribute to our troops and veterans during the "Show of Patriotism" rally in Palmerton. That event served as a kickoff to a number of Veterans Day activities, including today's program at the Josiah White Park in Jim Thorpe and the Carbon County Veterans Day Parade to be held Sunday afternoon in Lehighton.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

You can read all sorts of things into election results. You can become analytical and convince yourself you have determined why a candidate won or lost, you can jump to a conclusion, and you can even guess and be totally right or wrong.

An interesting election happened in Lehighton, where five candidates sought three seats on the borough council. Three of the candidates were incumbents.

Two of the three candidates presently seated on the council emerged from the election with the lowest vote totals. This means they will no longer be on council after Dec. 31.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

There's a reason why the decades following World War II are known as The Fabulous Fifties and The Soaring Sixties.

Baby boomers remember post-war America during the 1950s as a time of optimism, stability and economic growth. Families that had struggled through a Depression and World War II found their lifestyles much improved over what their parents endured in the previous two decades.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

On Ash Wednesday, many Christians are reminded of our mortality by having ashes placed on their foreheads, signifying that our bodies were made from nothing, and will return to nothing when we die. The ashes are a symbol of this passing world.

While this religious service is personal and individual, the passage of time can also relate to whole communities and civilizations. Abandoned towns return to the dust of the earth whence they had been raised.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Tomorrow is election day.

You're not voting for a president or governor, but frankly that's what makes tomorrow's election more important.

You'll be voting for borough council members, township supervisors, tax collectors, school boards, and mayors.

These are the individuals who make local policies in your respective community. They determine tax rates, pass ordinances, set garbage rates, decide on building projects, and even act on environmental issues such as sewage woes.

Friday, November 1, 2013

After seeing how the American flag and our Pledge of Allegiance have come under fire in recent years, we are heartened when veterans like Jim Thorpe's Francis C. O'Donnell step up to make sure our colors are respected.

O'Donnell has launched his own effort to give family members the option of having the flags of their deceased loved one displayed and honored in public rather than have them retired to a drawer and forgotten. He assured that those flags that are donated would be seen and appreciated in places such as churches, cemeteries and other public venues.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Weissport Borough Council is considering adopting an ordinance that would impose a fee of $250 per handicapped parking request.

The council said the amount is to cover the cost of the materials and labor to establish the parking spaces.

Such a fee is ridiculous.

First of all, in general handicapped individuals have limited earning power. Many are senior citizens on a fixed income. For them, $250 is a lot of money; funds they might need for their medicines or heat.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Any reference to God is a lightning rod these days.

A recent challenge involves the Australian War Memorial which had considered removing the phrase "known unto God" from the Tomb of the Australian Unknown Soldier, a war memorial which opened in 1941 to commemorate Australians killed in World War I. Memorial director Brendan Nelson had proposed replacing the phrase, attributed to British writer Rudyard Kipling, with the inscription: "We do not know this Australian's name, we never will."

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

There might be some people who question why we devoted so much space to the suicide of a part-time Lansford police officer.

The suicide happened Friday night along Broadway in Jim Thorpe. The victim, Dave Midas, 33, not only was a part-time police officer, but was a lieutenant in the Carbon County Sheriff's office, an assistant for a funeral director, and was being discussed in political circles as a likely successor to the present sheriff, Dwight Nothstein.