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Monday, February 21, 2011

Earlier this month, a chemical leak closed a section of Interstate 81 for several hours in Schuylkill County.

Yesterday, a tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 80 closed that highway for many hours in Monroe County.

The results were massive traffic jams on alternate routes that in some cases brought vehicles to a virtual standstill.

Often in the Lehigh Valley, major traffic backups occur due to accidents on Routes 78 or 22. Not to mention the long backups on the highways themselves by motorists waiting and hoping that the causes of the delays are resolved quickly.

Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011

In Summit Hill, police officers recently gave tickets to people who didn't move their vehicles for snow plowing.

Members of borough council said the police might be confused on the regulations for snow removal, and they attempted to clarify these rules.

The problem is, what the council members said isn't the same is what is posted on utility poles around the town.

So, if there is that much confusion among officials and enforcers, how can the residents be expected to know the rules? In fact, how can borough workers who do the plowing even know what the regulations are?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The non-smoking campaign in this country got a big boost last week when the first lady announced that President Obama had quit cigarettes. Other than the fact that Mrs. Obama said that the president had been smoke-free for about a year, details of his decision to kick the habit were sketchy.

One of our regular columnists, Dale McFeatters, even raised a question on where exactly the president could go to even take a smoke. The public rooms in the White House are smoke-free and it was stated that he did not smoke in front of the first lady or his girls in the family quarters.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Two years ago, a devastating fire virtually put Karen Tracy of Franklin Township out of business.

Tracy owned a boarding kennel and bred chow chow dogs. Among the people with whom she did business was TV diva Martha Stewart.

The fire leveled the kennels, killed many of her purebred chow chows including one that Martha Stewart owned, and left Tracy not only with the task of rebuilding but very high veterinary bills.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The aisle in the drug store was all decked out in red on a Sunday morning.

Grown men and women, some accompanied by their young sons and daughters, stood nervously in the aisle, somewhat overwhelmed by all the selections available.

They were taking the decision they were about to make very seriously.

Some joked - "We better not forget this stop or we're all going to be in trouble tomorrow."

What they were doing was picking out a Valentine - the perfect Valentine. It wasn't easy.

Friday, February 11, 2011

There are few things more annoying than trying to get through to a company or service agency to settle a grievance and getting the run-around from a live entity or hitting a roadblock with an automated answering service.

And there are few things more stressful than 1) having a loved one serving our country in a hostile environment like Afghanistan or Iraq; or 2) facing a bankruptcy or a foreclosure on your home.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

This week we had articles about two burglary incidents in the local area, one in Nesquehoning and the other in Lower Towamensing Township.

During both burglaries, suspects were apprehended thanks to neighbors seeing something suspicious and becoming involved.

In Nesquehoning, the suspect had become familiar with the residence because he was hired to shovel snow by the owner. The owner wasn't home and, he told police, he saw the window opened slightly.

He got three gold rings in the theft, all of which were recovered.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

It is fitting that we are pausing to remember President Ronald Wilson Reagan on the centennial anniversary of his birth this February, a month that also includes Presidents' Day.

One of Reagan's greatest accomplishments was engineering our victory in the Cold War. And one of the key factors that made this victory possible was Reagan's deep understanding of economics. He knew that the Soviet economy was brittle, weak, moribund. He knew that it couldn't hold up in an arms race against our vibrant free-market economy.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Super Bowl has become a happening event in American culture, even transcending the game itself that's played on the field.

This year's 45th edition had its share of not-so-great storylines leading up to Sunday's kickoff. First there was the terrible Texas weather which caused a mess at airports, delaying many fans from getting to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington for the pre-game hoopla.