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Editorials

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

During a recent meeting of Nesquehoning Borough Council, it was discussed that many homes don't have house numbers.

Nesquehoning Fire Chief John McArdle, who also responds on ambulance calls for the Nesquehoning Ambulance, said ambulance personnel often respond to residences in the middle of the night and rely on flashlights to find house numbers.

A problem occurs sometimes when there are no house numbers. It ultimately means that response to someone needing life-saving medical assistance could be delayed.

Monday, March 17, 2014

With so many people stuck indoors a great deal of time during the brutal winter it was a busy season for phone scammers.

Late last year, a Monroe County woman received a scam phone call telling her she had won $1.1 million. In order to receive the money, the caller, who claimed he worked for the Cash Awards company in Las Vegas, said she would have to first send a prepaid money card in the amount of $375.72.

He told her that a truck would come to her house the next day to take her to the bank to claim her money. Of course there was no truck and no prize.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Maybe the state's Auditor General Eugene DePasquale can do what no one else has been able to do regarding public pension funds that is, reform them before they bankrupt government.

DePasquale issued a recent report bringing into focus just how bad the municipal pension funding system is in the state.

He warned that rising pension costs for local government workers could push municipalities into bankruptcy and spur tax increases if policymakers do not make changes.

Friday, March 14, 2014

About 20 years ago a friend of mine who had never seen an episode of the animated sitcom "The Simpsons," was shocked to hear Bart, the 10-year-old troublemaker, disrespect his father by calling him by his first name Homer.

Looking back, that lack of respect for a parent by a brat like Bart seems tame by today's standards.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Exactly 25 years ago, the British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee conceptually "invented" the World Wide Web and set in motion a process that would rapidly make the online world an essential part of our daily lives. By 1995, 14 percent of Americans were surfing the Web. The level today: 87 percent. And among young adults, the Pew Research Center notes, the Internet has reached "near saturation." Some 97 percent of Americans 18 to 29 are now going online.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

If you keep up with social justice issues, you've no doubt heard of the "Ban Bossy" campaign (banbossy.com) spearheaded by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and other prominent females.

The campaign seeks to strip "bossy" from our vocabulary, since its deeply ingrained use as a pejorative discourages girls from answering in class, running for school office, leading group projects or growing up to seek challenging positions in government or industry.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

It's an election year in Pennsylvania. Like dandelions in spring, legislators and their challengers will be popping up everywhere. They'll be visiting civic clubs, fraternal organizations, classrooms, parades and debates, asking you to trust them enough to put them in charge.

This means you'll get a chance to find out how much they trust you.

This week is National Sunshine Week, a celebration of open government and the people's right to know what their public servants are doing in their name.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

With the world in such a tizzy these days with so many people ready to shout and argue and poke each other in the eyes I can't think of a better time to embrace the Irish spirit.

It's my great good fortune to be a fellow of Irish descent. I share my good fortune with a quarter of all Americans, who can also trace their heritage to the rolling, green hills of Ireland.

As a lad, I remember my father sitting on the back porch on Sundays. Uncle Mike would sometimes visit for a couple of beers, and few things gave the two more pleasure than swapping Irish jokes.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

It was on Sept. 9, 2001, that HBO launched its 11-hour World War II miniseries "Band of Brothers," which was produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks and based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 book.

The opening of the 10-part series, which came just two days before the terrorists launched the attacks against America, followed a group of soldiers from "Easy" Company in the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. While actors portrayed the main characters, each episode included interviews with some of the real veterans from Easy Company.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"Be Careful of Stones That You Throw" was a song by Dion some decades ago that told about a woman thriving on gossip.

Today the Internet has taken gossiping and insults to a new level.

On many sites you'll see ridiculous postings from people who hide behind fake names and anonymous email addresses.

For example, on one site that posts articles from area newspapers, there's a remark about a drug raid. Someone literally names another person, claiming he's involved in drugs.

People who hide behind a pseudonym should be careful.