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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pennsylvania's book is chock full of ridiculous laws.

Look no further than how we regulate liquor or, even better, fireworks.

Did you know it's OK to sell fireworks in Pennsylvania, but it's illegal to sell them to the fine residents of this commonwealth?

Go figure.

State Rep. Ron Miller recently brought another absurd law to our attention.

We all know stalking, harassment and, oh, let's say, threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction are bad (i.e. illegal).

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Four months ago, Gabrielle Molina of New York City, was found hanged at her Queens Village home. She left a suicide note saying she was being harassed by students at her intermediate school.

An investigation found that the 12-year-old girl had been going through a difficult time. Friends said that Gabby got into a fistfight with another girl that was videotaped and posted on YouTube and that she had been tormented by schoolyard bullies for months.

After breaking up with her boyfriend, the negatives in her life were too much for her.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The cooler seasonal weather has arrived quickly and already most people have probably have turned on their home heat.

By chance, have you had your furnaces cleaned lately? Did you clean your chimney within the past year?

If you answered "no" to either question, you might be putting your life and the lives of your loved ones in jeopardy.

Every year when cooler weather arrives and the furnaces are re-ignited, there are always some dwelling fires that occur in the area, especially in the chimneys or in the basements where the furnace is located.

Monday, September 16, 2013

No single American business is more averse to change than major league baseball.

The game is so inflexible that two of the sport's greatest hitters - Shoeless Joe Jackson of the infamous Chicago Black Sox who played a century ago and Pete Rose, the all-time hit leader who starred in our lifetime, have been denied entrance into the Hall of Fame because of sports betting incidents.

Friday, September 13, 2013

It's been a week of momentous events for our nation.

On Wednesday we remembered the terrorist attack in 2001 that changed our world forever. Just as we recall that dark day 12 years ago, we also can't forget that America was again attacked a year ago in Libya. The scale of the Benghazi attacks didn't approach 9/11/01 but it still claimed four American lives, including our ambassador. We're still waiting for the full story to emerge and the criminals brought to justice.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Tamaqua Area School Board was approached this week by parents who were upset over a segment in the district's dress code relating to shoes.

The board heard complaints that the dress code doesn't allow students to wear shoes with two different types of laces, to wear laces with designs on them, and having laces which are very thick.

One parent called shoe checks at the school "petty."

School Board President Larry Wittig responded to that parent, "I agree with you, it does seem petty. But when you keep on relaxing, then you have what you had before - no dress code."

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

President Obama's prime time address on Syria last night raised more questions than it answered regarding this administration's foreign policy.

What scares Americans about a "limited" strike against Syria is the possibility of it spreading into a wider Middle East conflict. Does the president have a Plan B should his quick, small ball strategy escalate in that volatile region?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tomorrow is September 11.

It was 12 years ago that terrorists hijacked four jetliners. Two were crashed into the World Trade Center. One fell onto the Pentagon. Brave passengers overpowered the thugs on the fourth plane and forced a crash landing in a field in Schanksville, Somerset County, preventing it from potentially flying to another Washington D.C. target.

It was a terrorist attack on America. It was well-planned and devastating in many ways.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Back in the day, a baby boomer with a college degree pretty much had a ticket to a better lifestyle. Today, however, a new graduate with zero experience can expect a bumpy road filled with much uncertainty.

This year's graduates who became job candidates are part of the sixth consecutive class to try and navigate a labor market marked by high joblessness and depressed wages. The hunt for jobs has been made more difficult by the cutbacks in government, on the federal as well as state and local levels.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Ever since Rockne Newell, 59, allegedly burst into the meeting of Ross Township supervisors on Aug. 5 firing guns and killing three people, other municipalities are considering safety measures at their respective township buildings and borough halls.

Lehighton Borough Council spoke about locking the doors of council chambers once their meeting begins, installing security cameras, or adding metal detectors.