Thursday, November 26, 2015


Monday, September 10, 2012

Those of us with an affinity for books recognize and appreciate our libraries, those storehouses of knowledge that enhance our towns and communities.

There are an estimated 122,105 libraries of all kinds in the United States today, which, as Malcolm Forbes once said, can measure a country's greatness even more than monetary wealth.

"The richest person in the world - in fact all the riches in the world - couldn't provide you with anything like the endless, incredible loot available at your local library," the American publisher said.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Heading into the homestretch of this presidential election, both parties are frantically crunching and crafting the economic numbers to suit their candidate.

It's quite impressive how two campaigns can look at the same data and put a favorable spin on them to try and sway those undecided voters. With the two conventions now history, both sides succeeded in putting on their best face. These party pep rallies are used to pump up the likability ratings, something the Obama campaign thrived on in 2008 and which the Romney camp had hoped to improve on at last week's RNC convention.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Scripted speeches.

Slick advertising and choreographed stage shows.

Political talking points being repeated ad nauseam.

It's the environment that political handlers, image-makers and especially the speechwriters thrive in during presidential campaigns every four years.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

We saw the National Debt Clock prominently displayed at last week's Republican National Convention in Tampa.

We're not surprised that the visual is nowhere to be seen now at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C. Another reminder of how badly this administration's policies is compounding that debt is not the kind of graphic Democrats need to put points on the board with undecided voters.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The weather may have been a bit dreary in the Northeast this Labor Day but it was nothing compared to the misery suffered by residents in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.

With thousands still without power and many in the Gulf Coast dealing with the flood damages, the weekend was labor-intensive rather than a vacation. After the floodwater receded, the real work began, from clearing out flood debris, waterlogged carpets and furniture to scrubbing everything down with bleach and water to prevent mold.

Friday, August 31, 2012

This week, a very serious situation occurred in Lehighton involving an exotic animal.

A ball python reportedly bit a 5-year-old girl. The snake was killed by the girl's father who used a knife to free it from the girl.

Without knowing every detail, there is one thing for certain about the situation. What we do know is the snake is an exotic animal and couldn't have known right from wrong. We know that no 5-year-old should be playing alone with a python.

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

At the Republican National Convention in Tampa last night, Ann Romney's objective was clear. The task was to humanize her husband and prove to America that he is much more than a successful businessman willing to give it his best to save the nation from economic catastrophe.

It didn't surprise those who know the 63-year-old mother of five and grandmother of 18 that she was able to hit a home run in front of millions for her husband's campaign.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

It wasn't too long ago that state lawmakers contemplated making Interstate 80 part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike system. Thankfully the U.S. Department of Transportation rejected the concept.

An article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, carried by The Associated Press, indicates the Pa. Turnpike Commission has become very reckless with spending, but not by choice.

It has racked up $7 billion in indebtedness, up from $4 billion in 2009.

The article in the Inquirer states:

Monday, August 27, 2012

Forty-three years ago, people around the globe knew they were witnessing something special on live television that hot summer night in July.

It truly was an event for the ages.

Here in America, we watched with great pride the fulfillment of the challenge that President John F. Kennedy had made eight years earlier in 1961: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon."