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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.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Super Bowl.

It's one football game every year that you're likely to have your wife or girlfriend watch with you. It's an event which had evolved into not just the hyped culmination of a sports season but an exposition to the masses for Wall Street, a global entertainment platform, and of course the anticipated epitome of what that the respective sport represents.

Super Bowl XLV (45) achieved most of the expectations. Although the annual novelty ad procession was weak in content, there was still enough creativity to carry it.

Friday, February 4, 2011

As you plop down to watch the game and that steady flow of multimillion commercials on Sunday – a Super Bowl happening – be aware that most of the world could care less about who wins or loses the game.

People in the Middle East are facing a game-changing event that determines their very existence. Although a number of Arab states are experiencing upheaval, headlines have been centered on Egypt, the largest Arab state.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Few will disagree that this has been one mean winter. The lingering cold has strained our home budgets. The unyielding chain of storms has strained the budget of virtually every municipality.

School officials are scanning calendars to determine when snow days can be made up. Athletic directors are working frantically to redo sports schedules.

Also very busy through it all are some people who work behind the scene; who we're quick to criticize when things don't go exactly as they say.

These are the meteorologists.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

With all the brutal weather we've been having this winter, it makes us feel better to realize that spring – and the outdoor market scene – aren't too far off.

When it comes to agriculture, Pennsylvania is a national, no make that a world player, and the 63,000 farm families are the ones who make it happen.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture points out that the agribusinesses in the commonwealth has been spurring business relationships around the world.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Many Carbon County residents probably have never heard of the "High Bridge," especially if they aren't railroad buffs.

The railroad bridge, although owned by Carbon County, is located in Schuylkill County near Marian Catholic High School. It's a 185-long span which takes rail traffic 157-feet above the Little Schuylkill River.

Besides being a necessity for local freight train service, it serves as a popular attraction for sightseers on excursion rides on the Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad. Many of these excursions depart from Jim Thorpe.

Monday, January 31, 2011

John "Sonny" Kovatch was a visonary.

The area business and civic leader, who died Saturday, launched a small auto repair business in Nesquehoning shortly after returning home from fighting in the Pacific during World War II.

But he saw bigger and better things than his initial enterprise. He wanted to grow, and his business grew with him.

The repair shop expanded into a number of automobile franchises that proved successful. Who would have ever thought that such an endeavor would one day be U.S. and World leader in fire truck manufacturing?

Friday, January 28, 2011

It's been a brutal month of winter weather for many in the Northeast and it's taking a toll on budgets – both personal and governmental – as well as on the physical and mental health of individuals

Every week seems to bring one or two major storms and with it the snow piles grow higher, as do the bills for municipalities to deal with the frozen precipitation. A number of towns and cities up and down the East Coast have already equaled or exceeded the amount they had budgeted for snow removal this winter.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sometimes change is hard to swallow. There are times when it isn't good at all, and right now we feel that way about the Postal Service.

The United States Postal Service has made numerous changes in the past couple of years which haven't been beneficial to the consumer. For example, although not having local delivery in some rural towns like Bowmanstown and Parryville, they began charging for post office boxes which had been offered free to these residents for many, many years. In essence it means the affected individuals are paying for both sending mail and receiving it.