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Friday, May 18, 2012

A bill to increase on the speed limit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike from 65 to 70 mph is being reviewed by House Republican leaders in the state House.

The legislation, which has been endorsed by the House Transportation Committee, is sponsored by Rep. Joe Preston, an Allegheny County Democrat who was defeated in the April 24 Primary. He says that motorists who spend 15,000 to 18,000 miles a year on the turnpike will notice a difference.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

An issue came up at Summit Hill Borough Council this week, with a basis that is common in most area communities. The garbage collector had a dispute with a resident because the resident's vehicle, parked in an alley, made it difficult for the refuse truck to get through.

The resident said there was a new driver on the truck; and that the previous truck driver had no problem navigating past where the passenger vehicle was parked.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

We live in a dangerous world.

There's no more startling proof of that than the number of police fatalities in the United States which continued to rise for a second straight year in 2011. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 173 officers were killed in the line of duty last year, marking a 13 percent increase from 2010.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The United State Postal Service has come up with a cost-savings plan that affects most small-town post offices.

It would reduce the operating hours of such post offices as Andreas, Parryville, Aquashicola, and even Coaldale.

While any reduction of hours immediately translates to some inconvenience, the plan is better that the one which has been announced last July by the USPS.

Last July, the Postal Service proposed closing 3,700 small-town post offices, including those in Parryville, MaryD, and Junedale.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Last week members of Palmerton Borough Council indicated they are upset about damages being done in the borough park by skateboarders. They have good reason to be.

Some council members said they would consider some type of skateboarding ordinance. That ordinance likely would prohibit skateboarding in the park.

Palmerton's park is beautiful. It has a gazebo, a great playground, is well-maintained, and is utilized well for concerts, people choosing to eat their lunch in an outdoor setting, and for recreational purposes.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Gov. Tom Corbett proclaimed Wednesday to be State Employee Recognition Day across the commonwealth.

"State employees are on the front lines each day, working to make state government more efficient and responsive for the people of Pennsylvania," the governor said in a prepared statement.

He went on to say that our state workers provide critical services which millions across the commonwealth depend on and that they also make valuable contributions to our communities.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A study by the Automobile Association of America's Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that while 'graduated licensing' laws, such as Pennsylvania's 'Lacey's Law', are effective in helping reduce teen driving deaths, enforcement is still key and parents are a critical part of the equation.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

In celebration of Older Americans Month, officials in Harrisburg Monday recognized the positive contributions of seniors to our society.

The theme of this year's commemoration, "Never Too Old to Play," focuses on the importance of older adults staying active as well as sharing their experiences, wisdom, and knowledge with other generations.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The geniuses on the state Legislative Reapportionment Commission have submitted another proposed map for re-establishing the legislative districts, and it's no better than their first effort. At least not for Carbon County.

And it will be a shame if lawmakers and judges allow the proposal to exist.

Once again, the 122nd Legislative District would consist of all of Carbon County except for one borough – Summit Hill, which has a population of only 3,034 residents according to the last census.

Friday, May 4, 2012

During visits recently to several college campuses, President Obama tried to make political points by stating that he and the first lady paid off their student loans just eight years ago.

Wow, just like a typical American family, right?