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Thursday, May 29, 2014

One night earlier this week we were sitting in our living room, watching "Jeopardy," when we were interrupted by someone knocking on the front door.

A woman said she was selling magazines and hoping to win a trip to Italy. She became annoyed when we didn't buy any. She rudely tried opening our door instead of talking through it, but we made it clear she wasn't welcome.

Later, we noticed our back gate was open because our dog got out of the yard.

Was someone coming to our back door while this magazine salesman was at our front door?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The revitalization project for the Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge (Route 209) which spans the Lehigh River, Weissport borough, and Lehigh Canal has gotten underway.

Until now, there hasn't been much impact to commuters.

That changes drastically on Friday, June 6.

Come June 6, an unpopular detour for the project goes into effect, but it's possibly the only logical detour route.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

In his book "The Greatest Generation" journalist Tom Brokaw opened our eyes to the sacrifices of young Americans from the Great Depression of the 1930s through the second World War.

In World War II, the spirit in this country was as strong and focused as any time in its history. While the nation's young men were enlisting in the military by the hundreds of thousands, the women also had an essential role in the greatest mobilization of resources the country had ever known.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Before the nation's youth got hooked on the video game craze in the early '80s, setting the groundwork for the computer culture of today, a post-World War II generation of boys, myself included, used our childhood imagination to "play army."

Thursday, May 22, 2014

There was an election on Tuesday.

From the turnout at the polls, it appears most people sent a message: "Who really gives a darn?"

In Carbon County, the voter turnout was less than 20 percent. That means fewer than one in five of the registered voters cared enough to visit the polls.

It's been said that one of the main problems of the United States today is apathy.

It might be more that people are feeling helpless. Government keeps wasting money, doing deeds against the will of the majority and trampling on the middle class.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

When it comes to commercialization, America does it as well as anyone.

The 9/11 Museum is now open, and its museum gift shop has triggered controversy. Many consider the 9/11 site to be sacred ground and say the selling of trinkets and other tacky merchandise cheapens the site, turning it into a roadside attraction.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

This past Saturday, water rescue units were dispatched for a close call in the Lehigh River near Weissport.

A raft flipped and the people riding in it were tossed out. One got caught in the swift current. Others reportedly got rides in accompanying rafts without incident.

For the woman caught in the rapids, it was a close call. The river is high and the flow is raging as a result of recent heavy rain.

But regardless of the depth or velocity of the river, there is always an element of danger.

Monday, May 19, 2014

In a recent Times News feature story by Donald Serfass, we learned that workers excavated a large rock buried in the river bed beneath the center arch of the East Broad Street bridge in Tamaqua.

Chiseled on the stone was the name J.C. Springer and it was dated 1878. Local historians believe it could have been part of a covered bridge.

With so much rich history in Carbon and Schuylkill counties, these kinds of discoveries are thrilling not only to local historical societies but to history buffs at large. It's exciting when a historic treasure comes through the door.

Friday, May 16, 2014

It's a good bet that most of us couldn't name the person who spoke at our high school graduation, let alone remember anything about the message itself.

The most prominent speaker I heard at a graduation was Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who became the sixth of only 12 men to step on the moon. In 1996, he spoke at my nephew's graduation from Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida but I can't recall anything about his speech.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has told the Lower Towamensing Board of Supervisors it is considering placing barriers on Route 248 at the intersection with Gun Club Road.

There have been many serious crashes at the site between Parryville and Bowmanstown over the years, including fatalities.

The proposed barriers would prevent eastbound motorists from turning left onto Gun Club Road and prevent motorists coming out of Gun Club Road to turn east toward Bowmanstown on the highway.

Frankly, the sooner such barriers are installed, the better.