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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Each day, we learn more about the wide-ranging success of the mission 11 days ago which eliminated Osama bin Laden, whose al Quaeda terrorist network has been Public Enemy No. 1 for civilized nations in the last decade.

House and Senate committee members this week viewed pictures of the Navy SEALS raid on Osama's compound in Pakistan and learned more about the daring mission. After taking out bin Laden, the elite soldiers were able to collect valuable information on the terror network.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Especially when there are local elections, clusters of political signs turn up in various areas.

The western side of the innerborough bridge in Jim Thorpe is one location where you'll find lots of signs accumulated. There are many, many other places.

Obviously, motorists can't read all these signs and still drive safely. There is a red light located here, so it's assumed the motorists will look at them while waiting for the traffic light to change.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

In many Pa. communities, school board meetings are becoming more and more heated.

That's because school board members have to decide on increasing already high tax rates or making painful cuts. The combination of state and federal education allocations with general increases in district operating costs places a lot of burden on school board members.

School district real estate taxes are among the highest taxes property owners pay, in many cases amounting to thousands of dollars a year for a property owner.

Monday, May 9, 2011

I was awake last Sunday when President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed in a ground operation conducted by the Navy Seals in Pakistan.

Like most Americans awake that night, I watched as our President walked down the long red carpet, stood behind the podium, and addressed the nation with the boldness and confidence that has made our country great. I listened as our president commended the military and the counter terrorism efforts that demonstrate that America can, and will, persist in her goals: even when those goals take much time, energy, and expense.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The fact that four former Lehighton students have died due to drug or alcohol-related episodes in the past eight months is a staggering statistic for a small community.

Last Tuesday, the Lehighton school district took an important step in keeping the public better informed on the hazards of alcohol and drug abuse, which high school Principal Tim Tkach calls a cancer among our youth, since it doesn't pick and choose its victims, but randomly covers the entire spectrum of society.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

During the past several months, there have been several preventable fatalites in our local area - some among young people.

The culprit has been illegal drugs.

We've heard of suicides, accidental deaths, and possible even murder with drugs.

Is there any headway occurring in the war on illegal drugs? Police in some municipalities are fighting a valiant battle as evidenced by arrests that occur, but the enemy far outnumbers them.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

For many, there is a fascination with watching a long freight train rumble past; the assortment of gigantic cars, each carrying tons of goods, the mammoth engines capable of pulling many of those cars at one time, the distinct sounds of the train's whistle and the clanging of steel wheels on steel track, and the endless ribbon of rails that wind through mostly isolated areas.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Last Thursday night, the Lehighton Fire Department took another step toward the enlargement of its fire station when it won approval from the borough's Zoning Hearing Board.

The only obstacle to the project status is the awaiting of additional grant money. The project cost is estimated at $3.5 million. About $1.5 in grant money has been secured so far.

Monday, May 2, 2011

The tornadoes that raked through the Plains and southern states have been devastating - and deadly.

A lot of lives were lost the past week, and it could have been worse.

Two factors likely saved thousands of lives:

* The advances in predicting such deadly tornadoes and given people more time to react.

* Community warning systems, often simple sirens.

Just suppose a major tornado touched down locally. There have been pretty serious twisters in the past that have caused significant damages, such as in Walker Township and Berlinsville about 15 to 20 years ago.

Friday, April 29, 2011

You probably have a favorite tree-lined street in your community. Or a tree-filled neighborhood you've always admired. Or a favorite forest where you like to bask in the beauty of the trees.

It's important to remember that those beautiful spaces aren't here by accident. The forests we enjoy today – which give us both pleasure and environmental benefits – are here because of the vision, courage and hard work of generations past.