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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring is a time when the weather begins to change, the air begins to warm and spring breezes begin to dry the dead vegetation and other debris left from the previous fall and winter. The heavy winter snow cover has disappeared and the temperatures are beginning to rise. Homeowners and others are anxious to tidy-up their lawns and properties that were impacted by this past winter's snow pack and recent rains. Many people dispose of the debris that has accumulated during the winter by burning. They are unaware of the risks to life and property that their actions may have.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

It's possibly one of the oldest horse racing stands in America, but preserving it appears not to be an option.

This week, Lehighton Borough Council said it will either raze the bulky, wooden structure that now stands as an eyesore in the town's Community Grove or give it away if some valid group or organization wants to pay for removal.

The old stand was used at the former Carbon County Fair in Lehighton for more than 100 years. It stood in front of the fair's grandstand for the exposition's final run in 1993.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

As much as we like to hear our President say we've taken on a military role in Libya for humanitarian reasons – to protect the Libyan people from the genocidal regime of Muammar Gaddafi – many still feel that the bottom line reason is to protect America's vital interests, which is of course, oil.

Monday, March 28, 2011

In a troubled economy, people scurry in all directions trying to find money to make ends meet. Unfortunately, that also includes non-profit organizations who find they need to cut necessary programs and projects in order to keep their doors open. Some organizations that have been serving their communities for decades are facing the reality that this might be their last year. It's generally at this point that someone on the board or within the organization will offer up the idea of finding federal grant opportunities.

Friday, March 25, 2011

There are certain high-risk jobs that require those tending them to be on the ball and at peak performance at all times.

The 911 dispatcher who handles calls to dispatch emergency responders like police and firefighters comes to mind. And then there are those who police and oversee those plants and strategic locations important to our national interest, i.e. power plants and grids, water plants, nuclear facilities, and our military defense and first response teams.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Where can you turn if you become a victim of an internet crime? If a company rips you off, do you have recourse? If you're a victim of cyber bullying, can you get help?

Right now there are two court cases whose results will be very interesting. Both are being heard in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

One accuses defendant Brian McDaid with the widespread sending of spam e-mails using proxy servers and anonymizers (a tool which makes Internet activity untraceable). He allegedly used software programs that sent hundreds of thousands of e-mails in a short period of time.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Today is Kick Butts Day, an annual celebration of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco use.

Sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other public health advocates, the intent is for tobacco companies to stop targeting young people with marketing cigarettes and other tobacco products. Elected leaders are key in the effort to enforce more protections.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."

It was Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president who was taken from us by an assassin's bullet at the age of 56, who made that notable quote. The sentence also accurately describes Joe Plasko, our friend and a brother in this news business for many years who was such an important link in the chain of our TIMES NEWS family.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Lansford Borough Council has agreed to meet with representatives of two water companies that have expressed an interest in purchasing the water system it owns with Coaldale and part of Nesquehoning.

Coaldale Borough Council indicated it likely will also meet with the potential purchasers.

Hopefully, the water company won't be sold; that the ownership and control will remain local.

Water companies interested in making the purchase are Aqua Pennsylvania of Bryn Mawr, Montgomery County and Pennsylvania Water Company, Mechanicsburg.

Monday, March 21, 2011