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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Faced with budget cuts and a difficult economy, presidents at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities have been seeking greater fiscal autonomy.

Last Thursday, some of those wishes were answered when the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's board of governors approved a new flexible tuition policy.

The policy represents a first step in allowing schools to begin to set their own tuition rates within certain parameters.

It also addresses a longer-term concern: How schools will attract students in the face of a declining college-age population.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Growing up, our parents used to get us to finish our dinner by telling about all the starving kids in Africa who go to bed hungry.

A half century later, the number of starving people are still growing, not only in third world countries but here in America. That's what makes stories about food being wasted so disturbing.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Army Ranger Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg provided the most dramatic moment at Tuesday's State of the Union address, receiving nearly two minutes of applause after being recognized by the president for his service and sacrifice.

On his 10th deployment in Afghanistan in 2009, Remsburg was leading a Ranger squad into combat when a massive roadside bomb detonated. He was found face down in a canal, suffering shrapnel in his brain. The blast also cost him the use of his left arm and the sight in his right eye.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Feeling sluggish and slow these days, making it hard to just get out of bed in the morning?

If you feel in a funk with the "winter blues", you're not alone.

With this being a particularly harsh winter, millions are feeling down in the dumps. The U.S. National Library of Medicine notes that "some people experience a serious mood change when the seasons change. They may sleep too much, have little energy, and may also feel depressed.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It can't be easy being a school board member. In the olden days, it was much easier to create school policies.

Many of the policies made were vaguely worded and were up to the discretion of the teachers. Hardly anybody ever questioned the enforcement.

Today, it seems everything has to be spelled out.

Here's what we're talking about.

As you know, virtually all schools prohibit smoking not only by students but also by staff members.

What about electronic cigarettes?

Apparently some people don't interpret them as smoking.

Friday, January 24, 2014

So now you can be fined for feeding the birds in your own backyard?

A Bethlehem Township town ordinance, which was designed to deter squirrels and other rodents from habitating, has some people scratching their heads and asking, "What's next?"

One retired couple affected by the ordinance, who have been feeding the birds for 25 years at their home, is facing a $1,000-a-day fine instituted under the town code. To stay in compliance, they must provide a squirrel-proof top and catch basin affixed at the bottom of all bird feeders.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Talk to any driver from UPS or FedEx and they'll tell you about their busy Christmas season. Statistics available from many sources show more people than ever did their shopping online this past holiday season.

Some major department stores had online sales rivaling their totals at the malls.

Will shopping centers some day be extinct? Will computers be the main mode for purchases somewhere toward the middle of the 21st Century? Or sooner?

It's possible. But if this happens, it will be a shame.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Too often in recent days we've seen how social networking can become a deadly tool for cyberbullies.

Rebecca Sedwick a 12-year-old middle-schooler in Lakeland, Fla., joined the list of tragic cases last September when she was bullied online and in person by as many as 15 girls at her school. Unable to cope, the young teen climbed an abandoned silo tower at a cement factory and jumped to her death.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

We hear a lot about the shortages of personnel that volunteer fire companies, ambulance crews, fire police, and rescue squads are experiencing.

Sunday morning, we saw first-hand how blessed we are in our region to still have an adequate number of responders to handle multiple emergency calls - or potentially a mass casualty situation.

First, a terrible crash happened on Pohopoco Drive in Franklin Township with at least four people trapped and multiple injuries. Numerous ambulances were sent to the scene. Franklin Township and Lehighton Fire Departments responded.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Stories involving last survivors are intriguing.

It's amazing to me that many of us were alive when Walter Washington Williams passed away in December 1959 at the reported age of 117 in Houston, Texas. He was the last surviving veteran of the Civil War.