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Editorials

Friday, January 23, 2015

Americans love to watch their sports, evidenced by the huge ratings numbers the college football playoffs received and the massive amount of dollars connected with next weekend's Super Bowl.

Imagine the furor if this government pulled the plug on televised sports and made watching games a crime? Last week in the Iraq city of Mosul, which is controlled by the Islamic State commonly known as ISIS a group of 13 teenage boys were punished for watching the televised Asian Cup soccer match between Iraq and Jordan.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Last week, Lansford Mayor James Romankow complained to the borough council about icy sidewalks at a bus stop on Bertsch Street.

The bus stop is at the former Lansford High School, now a privately owned building which reportedly may soon be sold at a tax sale.

The property owner isn't taking care of the sidewalks.

The borough won't because this is private property. Borough officials said if it attempts to maintain the sidewalks, the borough will be assumed responsible if any incidents happen that result in liability.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

In just the past month Hollywood has delivered excellent film portrayals of two legendary soldiers who helped protect our freedoms.

Although separated by more than half a century, the courageous lives of Louis Zamperini in "Unbroken" and Chris Kyle in "American Sniper" have resonated with the American public.

"Unbroken," the movie directed by Angelina Jolie, opened on Christmas Day to packed theaters, including the one I attended.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Historically, Schuylkill County has had a poor record in addressing the needs of the homeless.

The county of 146,920 has no permanent homeless shelter.

In fact, the county hasn't even been able to come up with a way to find the homeless.

But that situation might change.

On Jan. 29, Schuylkill County will try to put a number to the issue a first step, perhaps, to address immediate needs of food, clothing and shelter for those down on their luck.

Monday, January 19, 2015

When it comes to knowing American history, most citizens can't answer basic questions on how their government works.

For Constitution Day last September, the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania released the embarrassing results of its survey of 1,416 adults. In it, little more than a third of respondents could name all three branches of the U.S. government, and about the same number could not name a single one. More than half of the responders did not know which party controls the House and Senate.

Friday, January 16, 2015

There's no better way to honor those Americans who have perished during extreme circumstances or in catastrophic events than to plant trees as "living memorials."

In our local municipalities, groups such as the Nesquehoning Lions Club and various shade tree commissions throughout the area have used tree projects to remember the men and women who have sacrificed for our country.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The cost to travel the Pennsylvania Turnpike from Lancaster to Harrisburg or Lancaster to Philadelphia has more than doubled over the past seven years and has risen 45 percent for those using E-ZPass.

Those toll increases are just plain unfair a result of Gov. Ed Rendell's failed bid to toll I-80 and thus spread the pain of paying for Pennsylvania's infrastructure needs to the north as well.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Monday marked the eight-month anniversary of the death of Carola Sauers, 69, of Hazleton. She was a passenger in a car driven by her husband, Michael Sauers, 64, who at that time was an elementary teacher at Pleasant Valley.

Sauers died when their car was struck by a police cruiser on Route 209 between Jim Thorpe and Nesquehoning.

Initially the state police investigated the crash, then turned the investigation over to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office.

Monday, January 12, 2015

A state lawmaker feels that politicians should be held to a higher standard than many state employees, and that includes keeping the body clean of foreign substances.

Legislation proposed last week by state Rep. John Lawrence, a Chester County Republican, would require candidates for state-level elected office to be subjected to a drug test. This would mean drug screenings for candidates for state representative, state senator, governor, lieutenant governor, elected row offices and judges.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Dario Raschio, a centenarian who lives in Oregon, is a national treasure worthy of people's respect and admiration.

After joining the Navy at the age of 27, he participated in five campaigns in the Pacific theater of World War II, flying observational planes based off the light cruiser, USS Chester. It was fitting that residents of Portland wanted to honor the aged soldier at a public town hall meeting.

Last Saturday was to be Dario's special day.