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Editorials

Monday, November 19, 2012

When President Obama challenged U.S. senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham at last week's press conference to pick a fight with him instead of going after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice over the Benghazi terrorist attack, it added more fuel to this boiling cauldron.

Bottom line is, Americans deserve to know the truth on who did what in this administration.

Criticism of secretary Rice, who has been mentioned as a possible nomination as the next Secretary of State, was based on statements she gave about Benghazi on news shows five days after the attack.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Nearly all utility customers in the New York City area finally got their power restored this week.

That was the good news.

The bad news was that it took two weeks and there are still many suffering people who lost all possessions. The Bellevue and Coney Island hospitals sustained extensive damage and won't be fully running until early next year and at least six schools won't be ready to reopen until the new year.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

"If you can read this, thank a teacher," reads a popular bumper sticker, with some versions adding: "If you can read it in English, thank a veteran."

Millions of Americans headed to the voting booth recently to exercise one of their most cherished rights. But let's pause and remember those who help make it possible. Simply having rights isn't enough. They must be defended, often at great personal cost. And it's the members of our armed forces, past and present, who put their lives on the line every day to do just that.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

On Sunday, a woman in western Pennsylvania was killed when a deer came through the windshield of a vehicle.

The deer was first struck by a car headed north and then the animal crashed through the windshield of a southbound car in which Carol Mitch, a registered nurse, was a front-seat passenger. The mother of four children, Mitch was remembered by co-workers as a "special, caring person" who made her mark not only with the Visiting Nurses Association, but as a community volunteer as well.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

On this recently celebrated Veterans' Day, I can't help but reflect on two Lehighton veterans who recently passed from this world to the next – but whose influences will live on for generations to come.

Personally, I believe that we are all born with a God-given destiny – a "dharma." It's our personal obligation, a calling, a duty. We are all expected to use our unique gifts to make this world a better place than when we found it. These two veterans did just that.

Monday, November 12, 2012

There are a few people in today's Hollywood acting fraternity, like Clint Eastwood and Gary Sinese, whose work has been exceptional regarding the American veteran. Hollywood has become a stronghold for left-leaning ideology and their efforts stand apart from many of their collegues.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Those suffering from Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast were dealt another bad hand by the nor'easter that added to the East Coast's misery Wednesday and Thursday. There are many who lost their homes and all possessions still in desperate need, nearly two weeks after the storm's wrath.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Last week, Lehighton Borough Council member George Kogut hosted what he termed an "economic development summit."

He and Borough Manager Nicole Beckett invited 187 borough businesses. About two dozen owners attended the session, which was held in the Lehighton Municipal Building.

Two other council members, Scott Rehrig and Council President Grant Hunsicker, also attended.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

We read about the wonderful job our government does building schools, infrastructure, hospitals, and essential buildings in foreign countries.

It's commendable what a generous nation we are.

Sometimes, though, we as a nation should be doing more to help our own people here in the United States.

The devastation caused by last week's Superstorm, or "Sandy" as many refer to it, is a perfect example.

There were schools, fire houses, police stations, and other public facilities heavily damaged and possibly even destroyed.

Monday, November 5, 2012

In this down-to-the-wire race for the White House, Pennsylvania was long considered a solid blue state by the Obama camp. But the political winds started to shift after the first presidential debate and Democrats saw their double-digit lead evaporate.