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Monday, December 16, 2013

Two things many Americans have in abundance this Christmas are fear and uncertainty.

Our debt profile is quite dismal with the average credit card debt now at $15,279. The biggest number is mortgage debt, which now averages $149,456 per household. Student loan debt is second, now averaging $32,140, which marks a 12.3 percent increase over last year.

The Affordable Care Act is filled with uncertainty. With the Baby Boomer generation aging and with a possible doctor shortage looming because less people are going into medicine, a perfect storm is facing the health care system.

Friday, December 13, 2013

So, you think this week has been a little too cold for your liking?

Having served in Korea in 1950 Bob Reichard, 89, who lives on a farm near Andreas, can tell you something about cold. He is a veteran of The Battle of Chosin Reservoir, one of the decisive battles of the Korean War.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

On Tuesday, the weather forecast called for up to four inches of snow. Schools announced Tuesday closings already Monday night.

The snow was projected to start early and last most of the day.

The forecasts called for hazardous driving conditions.

Every school in the local area closed.

We got some snow on Tuesday but it was just a coating. In most cases plowing wasn't even needed. There were no travel problems on Tuesday.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The actions of some school districts regarding their zero tolerance policies in recent days have been almost laughable.

In one Pennsylvania case a few weeks ago, Johnny Jones, a 10-year-old fifth grader in York County, was suspended for violating his school's weapons policy. The fact that he used an imaginary gesture has outside observers scratching their heads.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A wire story was reported about Leo Moskovitz of Jermyn, Lackawanna County who turned 100.

When asked about his secret to a long life, he joked that is was having an unlisted telephone number.

He told reporters that God can't find him because his name has never appeared in the telephone book.

The part about having an unlisted number might seem like it's just a joke, but maybe there is a measure of truth to it.

Monday, December 9, 2013

It's hard to believe that an estimated 1.6 million people in Pennsylvania will have trouble putting food on the table this Christmas.

That computes to about 1 in 8 residents who the USDA considers to be "food insecure," which means they don't always have access to the food needed to sustain an active, healthy life.

Hunger exists in each of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. In Delaware County alone, more than 21,000 children are living in poverty. Nearly half of them are living in deep poverty, which means an annual income of $11,755 for a family of four.

Friday, December 6, 2013

The men and women of the World War II generation are an amazing lot. Having had a father, five uncles and a number of personal friends who served in that war, I've had a lifelong association with these remarkable veterans.

Their spirit and vitality have always been an inspiration. Our 41st president, George Bush Sr., is one example. Now 89, Bush was one of our youngest aviators in WW II. He amazed us all by celebrating his 75th, 80th, and 85th birthdays by going skydiving.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Recently there was extensive damage done at the playground in the Ginder Field in Summit Hill.

Playground equipment was vandalized, a bathroom had extensive damage, and shingles were torn off the roof of a recently remodeled pavilion.

Summit Hill isn't the only town where vandals seem to have as much fun at playgrounds as young children.

There has been damage numerous times to facilities at the Lehighton Community Grove.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

On Thanksgiving Day eight years ago, 20-month old Kenny Sweet of Richmond, Va. was rushed to a hospital emergency room with what his mom thought was the stomach flu.

Five minutes later, the tot was dead.

An autopsy found tiny magnets in his intestine. The magnets were encased in plastic building blocks toys that Kenny's 10-year-old brother had been playing with. Some of the magnets fell in the carpet, which Kenny found and swallowed. The magnets stuck together inside the body, causing internal damage.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A lot of shopping today is done on computers. The computer is also where many scam artists lurk.

Too often individuals think they're impervious to the devious schemes floating in cyber space. They think firewalls will protect them. They feel they can outsmart the scammers. They think they're passwords are enough protection from being duped.

The truth is, there are many ways you can become a victim. Hacking isn't the only method scammers use to pry your personal information from you, including credit card numbers and bank data.