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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Even in the time it takes to write this, the price of gas continues to climb and families on tight budgets are becoming even more aware about how they spend their money on travel.

Monday, March 7, 2011

When Edward Finney of Lehighton conceived the idea for Bike Night some 14 years ago, he got some flak from people who envisioned Hell's Angels and other gangs disrupting the event.

What occurred was an annual well-run event which provided tens of thousands of dollars in donations to the borough police and fire departments.

Employment obligations forced Finney to bow out of Bike Night quite a while ago, but a Bike Night Committee headed by Bud and Louise Stofik kept the event going.

Friday, March 4, 2011
Young lungs

Some area municipalities already enforce it. Others are thinking about it, and then there are those who do nothing.

What we're talking about is protecting children - specifically protecting their lungs when they're out playing in playgrounds or recreational fields.

Second hand smoke is a proven killer. It can lead to respiratory ailments in young lungs, conditions that eventually could lead to something worse, like cancer.

But there's a new prograrm out that is aimed at municipalities fighting second hand smoke.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

They say too much of a good thing can sometimes be bad. Maybe that's what's happening with our freedoms.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment - the freedom of speech - protects fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting protests outside military funerals.

The ruling could be interpreted further than the issue with the members of the Westboro Baptist Church, which is headquartered in Topeka, Kansas. It stomps on the throat of the little guy who truly believes in the foundation of which this country was founded.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A few weeks ago, snow plowing was debated during a meeting of Summit Hill Borough Council. The police and council weren't on the same page regarding the rules governing parking during a snowstorm.

This week, Lehighton Borough Council discussed snow plowing and snow removal. It was obvious council members, the mayor, the police, and a business owner were disappointed in how things were handled during the series of winter storms which occurred.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Gasoline prices are going through the roof apparently because of the turmoil in the Middle East - and because the United States is not self-sufficient with fuel.

There's a ripple effect. Grocery prices escalate because of the costs associated with delivering the products to the store. Local taxes may rise because of the increase in costs for such things as police patrols and busing school students.

Monday, February 28, 2011

We weren't much past New Year's and the common statement heard regarding the weather went something like "Winter ... I'm sick of it!"

It has been a stormy year for most of the nation and forecasters point to that moisture pattern continuing. That means a state like Pennsylvania – one of the most flood-prone states in the nation – must be ready for the March lion. With the ground well-saturated by melting snow and heavy rain, the potential for flooding is always high.

Friday, February 25, 2011

As the world's top oil glutton, the U.S. has long feared a scenario like the one currently unfolding in the Middle East – governments in danger of falling like dominoes and thus threatening the stability in a region that contains 56 percent of the world's oil reserves.

It seems just a matter of time before Libya, led by deranged dictator Moammar Gadhafi, falls. The world's 10th largest producer is being torn by Civil War and the fear that violence will spread to other nations has sent oil prices spiking to a 28-month high.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

We are witnessing a revolution in the Middle East. This has happened because democratic reform has been stifled for decades. It is similar to keeping a lid on a boiling pot of water. It is ironic, that Egypt's Mubarak's military government did not see the warning signs. Gamal Abdel Nasser, a young military commander, along with Anwar Sadat and other revolutionaries, overthrew the British-backed King Farouk. Jefferson Caffery, the American ambassador, and subject of my doctoral dissertation, played a pivotal role in obtaining Farouk's abdication and the peaceful transfer of power to Nasser.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

If you're worried about the future of this country, and where the direction will come from when the next generation takes over the reins of leading this great nation, just take a look at today's TIMES NEWS.

Three stories, about three special students, reinforce that this generation will be turning the country over to very capable people.