Monday, October 24, 2016


Friday, October 18, 2013

It seems that it's getting harder to find people and stories to inspire us these days.

With what we're seeing in Washington and in the polls, most elected politicians certainly fall short of our expectations. In the sports and entertainment world, those that we seek to admire for their courage or exceptional talent seem fewer and far between than in previous generations.

Those that are an exception - consistently performing their tasks 24/7 without craving media attention - are this nation's men and women in military service.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Local politics can be as illogical as Washington's.

Look at Lansford, as an example.

The borough council there opted to eliminate marked parking spaces in front of the homes of the town's three fire chiefs.

Many municipalities allow fire chiefs to have their own parking spaces. It makes sense, especially for the winter months, that when the alarm sounds for an emergency that they can respond as quickly as possible.

In Lansford, the fire chiefs don't get any monetary compensation. So why not let them have at least the benefit of their own parking space?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Reports of innocent people being specifically targeted and abused just because of their faith have escalated since the terrorist attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001.

Iraq is one stark example. At the time of the first Gulf War in 1991, Iraq had a Christian population of at least 1.5 million. Today, many believe that number could be as low as 150,000. Most of these Iraqi Christians have gone into exile, but a large number have been killed.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

If you live in Mahoning Township and have a problem with dogs running at large in your neighborhood, or find someone had dropped off unwanted dogs on your lawn, don't call the Carbon County K-9 Unit.

The township for the past two years has refused to pay its annual cost of $600 per year to the county for K-9 services, so the county cut off responses to the municipality.

That's too bad and it shows how little the supervisors know about the K-9 program.

Monday, October 14, 2013

You could bet that if there was any tiny bit of positive news to extract from people trying to use the online marketplaces for government-run health insurance, this administration's propaganda machine would have been hyping it up big time.

Instead, the Obamacare web site has been a nightmare to navigate, that's if you're even able to log in. According to a new Associated Press/GFK Poll, in the first few days days just seven percent of Americans surveyed said that someone in their household has tried to purchase insurance through the marketplaces.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Imagine a government so intent on making the shutdown as unpleasant as it can on citizens that it blocks people from simply VIEWING an open air monument.

That was what confronted visitors to the Mount Rushmore monument in South Dakota. They were not allowed to even pull off the road so they could simply look at or take photos of the monument!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Last month, 10-digit dialing was implemented in the 570 area code dialing area. In addition, in the near future, there willl be a new area code overlapping the 570 area.

This means that people who until last month could call their friends and relatives by simply dialing seven digits now have to add the area code onto their dialing.

We're sure you changed the automatic dialing numbers on your telephones. You must have programmed the new digits into your cell phones.

But did you change the dialing procedures on your various home alarm systems?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The savage attack of a motorist and his family by motorcyclists on a New York City street 10 days ago would be anyone's worst nightmare.

When Alexian Lien took his wife and their 2-year-old child out to celebrate the couple's wedding anniversary that Sunday morning, the last thing he expected was a life-and-death confrontation with a gang of motorcyclists. Video shows one biker, Christopher Cruz, 28, cutting off Lien's Range Rover and slowing down before the SUV bumped his motorcycle's rear tire on the Henry Hudson Parkway.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

It seems every week or month there is some sort of special designation National Blueberry Month, International Magic Week, National Humor Month, etc.

Two of the most important designations occur this week: National Fire Prevention Week and National Newspaper Week. Both are worthy of being observed.

For National Fire Prevention Week, it's a time to make us aware of potential fire hazards in our homes: extension cords that need replacements, smoke detectors that need new batteries, hallways that need cleaning to prevent potential tragedy in the event of a fire.

Monday, October 7, 2013

The longer the government shutdown drags on, the more discerning the American people need to be on the political posturing coming out of the White House and on Capitol Hill.

With the nation entering week two of the shutdown, we've been hearing major Democratic players like President Obama, Senate leader Harry Reid and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi telling us they're willing reach out and find common ground with Republicans.

Their actions in the budget stalemate don't support their claims.