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Editorials

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

In the coming days until he his laid to rest, we will be hearing and seeing much about the remarkable life of R. Sargent Shriver, whose long distinguished career as a public servant touched millions around the world.

One of the saddest yet poignant clips I saw when his death was announced Tuesday showed Shriver at his wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver's funeral in 2009. Totally uninhibited and in a wheelchair, Shriver is seen frantically waving goodbye at his beloved wife's coffin.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

By the end of the year, a new Lowe's Improvement Center should be operating along Route 443 in Mahoning Township.

To open the Lowe's, the company must first demolish a vacated Wal-Mart building, and then construct the new store. The demolition work could begin any time; maybe even this week.

It would have been easy for Lowe's to just come in with heavy equipment and some big trucks and just knock the old Wal-Mart store down and haul it away.

Monday, January 17, 2011

As we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, we are a nation still in shock and still mourning for those killed and wounded in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8.

On a day set aside to remember a man of peace who was taken away from us through violence, we are again confounded by the loss of good, decent people struck down by a cold-blooded killer.

Friday, January 14, 2011

It's been an emotional week regarding children headlining the news.

For the last six days, Americans have been gripped by the story of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, the youngest victim in last Saturday's massacre in Tucson. Christina's life began on 9/11/01, one of America's darkest days in history, and ended in Tuscon on /11, another day which will forever carry the scar of national tragedy.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

At a meeting of Summit Hill Borough Council on Monday, it was announced that residents tossing snow into the street from sidewalks or parking spaces will be issued citations by the police.

Most municipalities have ordinances banning the heaving of snow into streets and alleys. Common sense dictates that this practice shouldn't occur. Very few boroughs are strict about it.

In Summit Hill, plows no sooner pass than people start tossing snow into the street. We've seen this occur in many other communities, too.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pennsylvania is home to more than 1.9 million people over the age of 65.

The Keystone State has a higher percentage of adults over age 65 than the national average (15.4 percent vs. 12.9 percent). And Pennsylvania ranks second in the country behind Florida in terms of population age 65 and older, according to the Institute for Good Medicine.

Pennsylvania also has its share of bad winters that can easily put an elderly person at risk for harm. Remember the two big snow storms that hit in the same week last year?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The last few days have been tough for us in the news room, having been shaken, like the rest of the nation, by the shootings in Tuscon on Saturday, then hearing about the passing of a former work colleague.

And just this morning we learned of the death of an old Pennsylvania soldier whose heroic action in World War II was immortalized through a book and the television miniseries "Band of Brothers."

Monday, January 10, 2011

A horrible tragedy occurred Saturday at a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was holding a meet-and-greet when a gunman opened fire, gravely injuring her with a shot to her head. The man kept firing, killing six and wounding 11 others.

Among those who died was a 9-year-old girl, a student council member at her school, who was brought to the event by a neighbor.

Gabrielle Giffords was a Democrat. She narrowly won re-election to her seat in Congress in the November election.

Friday, January 7, 2011

In supermarkets, we see more and more people utilizing grocery bags which are friendlier ecologically than plastic bags. Reusable bags not only help the environment, but are a lot more sturdy than the conventional grocery bags.

This week, the city of Brownsville, Texas took a controversial action which seems to be growing in popularity with politicians worldwide. They've banned the plastic grocery bags.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

As our headline in Wednesday's front page proclaimed, "A new era begins."

The reference was to the swearing in of the new class of state representatives, including Carbon County's Doyle Heffley, who is succeeding Rep. Keith McCall. It could also apply to the hope many of us hold for 2011.

Comeback stories in all walks of life are always inspiring. Heffley's is a good example, since he bounced back from political defeat in 2008 to win his seat in the House of Representatives.