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Editorials

Friday, December 10, 2010

Two similar things happened during budget meetings in two different towns: Lehighton and Summit Hill.

In Lehighton, council member Dale Traupman questioned how the 2011 budget proposal can be based on property taxes that won't be collected; specifically delinquencies.

In Summit Hill, it was noted there is a substantial amount of property tax outstanding from last year. Council members wonder if the full assessment will be collected in 2011. It's virtually assured there will be many delinquencies again.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

For motorists who drive the Pennsylvania Turnpike every day to the same destination, it probably doesn't seem like that big a deal.

But for those of us who only travel the pike occasionally, mostly to different locations, it is a big deal.

In the future, you won't know how much you owe in toll fees until you get there. The tickets you receive when entering the turnpike won't have the fees printed on them.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Several months ago, a major highway improvement project occurred from downtown Jim Thorpe to the Route 443 intersection in Lehighton. The resurfacing of Route 209 was done with federal stimulus money.

Unfortunately, the work didn't solve a major drainage problem on the Mansion House Hill that descends into Jim Thorpe. In fact, some motorists who travel the route regularly insist the drainage problem has gotten worse since the construction occurred.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010

Tomorrow is Pearl Harbor Day.

For the folks who experienced that day of horror and fear, the day obviously means much more than it does for today's generation.

Unlike Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists crashed planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and were responsible for a plane loaded with passengers crashing into field in Somerset County, the attack on Pearl Harbor was done by a nation determined to conquer us.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Social Security recipients didn't get a cost-of-living adjustment for two years - including the forthcoming year - in their monthly checks.

But the cost-of-living hike is being included in the pay checks of our state lawmakers.

In Pennsylvania, a law passed in 1995 provides state lawmakers, judges, and other state officials with a cost-of-living increase. This year that increase is 1.7 percent.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

At a time when nearly 300,000 Pennsylvanians suffer from Alzheimer's disease and about a million other state residents serve as Alzheimer's caregivers, the nation's biopharmaceutical research companies are developing 98 medicines for the fatal brain condition.

Thirty-eight of the medicines are being created by companies with facilities in Pennsylvania. And new Alzheimer's medicines are being tested in patients in 96 clinical trials being conducted around the state.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

According to early holiday sales reports, shoppers are in a better frame of mind this year.

Hoping for a spillover effect from Black Friday, many retailers have extended their post-Thanksgiving sales, including special deals online. Two days ago it was Cyber Monday, a push started by retailers five years ago to tap into the online shoppers. The goal was to get consumers to shop at their desks on the first workday after Thanksgiving. In the last half decade, Cyber Monday revenues have increased steadily, and now account for between 8 and 10 percent of total holiday sales.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

On November 16, Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta of the 173rd Airborne became the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War. His actions occurred in Afghanistan's Korengal valley during the deployment chronicled in the movie "Restrepo."

"Restrepo" is a movie most every American should see although it's not suitable for small children. It's very real; very graphic.

There are no actors in the film. It is all footage from actual combat by American soldiers in the Korengal Valley.

Monday, November 29, 2010

For the second time, a local grower is providing the National Christmas Tree in the White House in Washington D.C.

Chris Botek, an owner of Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Mahoning Township, officially presented the tree to First Lady Michelle Obama and her children on Friday.

In 2006, a similar presentation occurred by members of the Botek family to then First Lady Laura Bush.