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Editorials

Monday, January 23, 2012

After hearing the steady stream of coaches, players and fans reflect on the life of Joe Paterno Sunday, the most poignant and solemn comment for me was the thought that the Penn State icon died in sadness or of a broken heart.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Many of the local fire departments will soon be having their annual fund drives during which you will receive in the mail an appeal for a donation.

Give generously.

All the money collected goes for local fire protection.

Anyone who has picked up a newspaper or watched television news during the past week or two can see how busy the local volunteers have been.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

There's a good possibility that new rules will be adopted by Congress, mandating that drug companies report all gifts given to doctors.

As it is now, drug firms often host doctors at conventions in fine resorts or treat the entire physicians' staff to dinner.

This might not be as common in the local area as in metropolitan locations, especially in teaching hospitals where the volume of patients is high.

Monday, January 16, 2012

After hearing clips of Joe Paterno's weak voice and seeing the still photos that appeared in The Washington Post on Sunday, it's sad to see how far the legendary coach has slipped in just the last three months.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The most recent census was not kind to the Panther Valley.

It forced legislative redistricting which severed the small town of Summit Hill from the same representation as the rest of Carbon County.

It also indicated that Lansford's population has dropped to under 4,000 people, meaning it will no longer be an entitlement community of the Community Development Block Grant program.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Are we making strides in the United States to become more energy independent?

It sure doesn't seem that way, according to two recent reports.

First, we've been reading reports in newspapers across the country that many coal mine operators have begun sending large amounts of coal to China. This is leaving shortages in some areas to domestic customers.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

More lurid details are sure to emerge from Penn State sex abuse scandal once the trial process unfolds in the Jerry Sandusky case.

With all the sadness and gloom enveloping this story, we do see some signs of hope in helping the actual victims themselves who were or are still being sexually abused.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Numerous times over the years state lawmakers have considered allowing municipal police officers to use radar for speed enforcement.

And every time it was proposed, the measure failed.

Pennsylvania is the only state which doesn't allow local police officers to use radar.

It's time for lawmakers to introduce the concept again and hopefully pass it.

In this state, only state troopers can use radar. Local police departments use other speed timing devices, with most relying on timing cars between two lines that a specific distance apart.

Monday, January 9, 2012

With the steady diet of college football bowls over the last month, one game that held our interest from start to finish was the Outback Bowl a week ago between Michigan State and Georgia.

Local football fans watching the network coverage may have recognized that the man wearing the headset and relaying plays into the Michigan State huddle was Dave Warner, the former Lehighton High School and Syracuse University standout. Dave has been an integral part of Coach Mark Dantonio's staff, helping build the Spartans into a Top 20 program in college football.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The last couple of weeks we've read some happy stories about humans helping animals.

The Shamokin News Item had a great article about a dog that went missing from its home and was seen at the edge of a 70-foot quarry cliff.

Firefighters from Elysburg and Danville used Danville's 85-foot ladder truck, equipped with a basket, to rescue the terrified miniature collie.

The Oil City Derrick newspaper reported a couple of days ago that a friendly neighbor helped save a western Pennsylvania dog from a house fire by performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the animal.