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Friday, October 21, 2011

I'm always amazed at the strength of the human spirit.

Watching the World Series, we marvel at the extraordinary abilities of these great athletes representing teams from St. Louis and Texas. Of all the major sports, I consider pitching and hitting a baseball – traveling at close to 100 miles an hour – to be the toughest to excel in on a professional level.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

This week in the debate among Carbon County Commissioners candidates, one thing was agreed upon by all three incumbents seeking re-elections. A tax increase is likely within the next year or two.

Municipal budgets are coming up in December. Most local towns and townships are struggling. There will likely be some tax hikes.

School budgets don't get passed until the summer, but don't be surprised if real estate taxes get raised.

And nobody knows what's going to happen with the state and federal governments regarding taxes in the next year or two.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

According to the Centers for Disease Control, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.

The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7 percent in 1980 to nearly 20 percent in 2008. Teenagers are not exempt. The number of obese adolescents aged 12–19 years increased from 5 percent to 18 percent over the same period.

One study showed that children who became obese as early as age 2 were more likely to be obese as adults.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

According to a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, teen drivers are approximately 50 percent more likely to crash in the first month of driving than they are after a full year of experience driving on their own, and are nearly twice as likely to crash as they are after two full years of experience.

Monday, October 17, 2011

At anytime, snowflakes could begin falling. Temperatures are gradually falling and although no significant frost has occurred, it's a matter of time before we have our sidewalks to shovel and cars to clear.

Speaking of cars, virtually every town has different regulations during periods of snow. Some have odd-even parking. Do you park on the odd-numbered side of the street when it snows or the even-numbered side?

Some towns have specific streets that have parking rules.

Do the parking rules come into effect if it snows two inches? If it merely begins snowing?

Friday, October 14, 2011

The prospect of losing your home can be devastating.

One by-product of this dismal economy that can make a grown man cry is the reality of losing that American dream. A friend of mine who went through the ordeal several years ago was reduced to tears when he told me of his his plight. That kind of emotional scene is being repeated daily in every part of our nation.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

On March 26, 2010, a tractor-trailer was barreling down Interstate 65 near Munfordville, Ky. Suddenly, the truck crossed the median, entered the opposite lanes, and struck a 15 passenger van. Killed were the truck driver, the van driver, and nine van passengers.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Each year the second week of October is designated as Fire Prevention Week, also known as Fire Safety Week.

Firefighters, who are busy all year training, fighting fires, responding to other emergencies such as traffic accidents and rescues, and doing fund-raising, take on the additional public service function of educating the public – especially children – about fires, specifically fire prevention and safety.

The volunteers visit schools where they do talks and offer demonstrations.

Friday, October 7, 2011

For a few moments tomorrow, forget about that dismal stock market portfolio, the high grocery prices, or how to make that next car or mortgage payment by helping your fellow Pennsylvanians celebrate a food that has remained close to our culinary hearts since we were toddlers – the pierogy.

Gov. Tom Corbett has declared tomorrow to be Pierogy Day in the Keystone State. The recognition is much-deserved.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

There are two types of readers in this business. For those who like to scan for their news in quick bites – or bytes – the digital media seems to be your connection.

Those who crave more in-depth analysis, meanwhile, still have the option of having the feel of a newspaper or book in their hands. Like most other daily newspapers, we continue to deliver a product in both hand-held and online formats.