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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Today's a holiday.

It's not one for which you'll get a day off work with pay. You probably won't have a picnic to celebrate it. There's even the possibility it could have passed by without your noticing.

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress .

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Social networking on the Web is very popular. It's become a major mode of communication between friends. Sometimes what's posted is meant to be private – but turns out differently.

Just ask Congressman Anthony Weiner, who sent lewd photos of himself to an intended individual, but they ended up becoming national news.

Then there was Albuquerque police Detective Trey Economidy, who made headlines for listing his job description as "human waste disposal" on his Facebook page.

Monday, June 13, 2011

It was almost like a spring ritual.

For the past two decades, Slatington borough employee Steve Martinez always turned on the water to fill the community swimming pool.

He did it again this year. The pool was scheduled to open this past weekend, he turned the water on, and the pool started filling.

Along came Borough Council member Kris Burek, who complained that there was a "theft" of services, referring to the water going into the pool. She had the police stop the pool-filling process.

This meant the pool didn't open as schedule this past weekend.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Summit Hill borough is again looking into the possibility of coming up with an ordinance that deals with rental properties.

Lansford already has such an ordinance in place.

It's really something every municipality should have.

A few years ago such an ordinance had been adopted in Summit Hill, then rescinded because some landlords thought it was too harsh.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

It seems that too many of our elected officials these days have the darndest time obeying that tricky ninth commandment ... the one about not lying.

Many of us learned that one at a very impressionable age and depending on the severity of the parental discipline, it seemed to set us on a proper course in life. Back in the day, any lie was dealt with quickly; the punishment was swift and the lesson was learned within hours or in many cases, minutes.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Opinion surveys are a useful tool for communities.

They can provide a measuring stick for progress and offer direction and focus.

But results of a questionable Penn State survey outlined in yesterday's edition don't hit the mark.

PSU's College of Agricultural Sciences' statewide survey was conducted two or more years ago and resulted in glass-half-empty findings in Tamaqua and many other places.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Whenever there is a tragedy or disaster, there are always scams that follow.

Many arrests occurred after Hurricane Katrina for fake charities, false claims, Internet pleas, and other con methods.

No matter what major incident has occurred, there are always scam artists out there trying to make a fast buck.

Recently, the region was rocked by hail storms, heavy wind, and even tornadoes. There was considerable damage to cars, homes, structures, and landscapes.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Talk about about your pressure cooker environment!

There you are, standing all alone on stage before a panel of judges (and a group of your peers). National media outlets are recording your every move, adding to a tension that one can cut with a knife.

Then, under the glaring television lights and the gazes of millions, you're forced to spell out a word which the majority of us have never heard of, and will likely never again hear uttered in our lifetime.

Welcome to the National Spelling Bee!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The numerous parades and special tributes across our region for Memorial Day weekend are a testament to the high regard area residents have for their veterans, both active and retired.

An inspiring service at my own church included a music video tribute to honor the more than two dozen congregation members who served or are now serving in the military.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Many of us patronize benefit events held for certain individuals or certain causes. It's great that there are such compassionate individuals to help each other – both those who host the events and those who attend.

Surely you've seen the posters which state:

"A portion of the proceeds benefits" a particular charity or cause.

How much is a portion? And, what does "proceeds" constitute?