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Editorials

Friday, October 1, 2010

Not many years ago, officials wouldn't have thought of it being a problem.

Imagine, motorists driving 65 mph while typing messages to friends or business acquaintances, and in turn receiving messages. Unheard of.

But it's really become a problem, one that escalates every day, thanks to moden technology.

Drivers today are not only conversing on cell phones, they are taking their hands off the wheel to send text messages.

Nothing is more distriacting. Nothing is more dangerous.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

It may look and smell like candy. But to youngsters, it could be poison.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday (198-1), to pass a bill to ban synthetic marijuana.

Your kids know what it is. Hopefully they haven't tried it. But for you who are not up-to-date on the latest menace to our society, here's what it is.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Burglaries have been very much in the news this week.

A rash of break-ins occurred in Tamaqua, where at least seven businesses were targeted. And, in Towamensing Trials, a number of homes were burglarized.

Property owners must always be on the alert when it comes to protecting their property. In some instances, just a few simple tasks will help prevent burglaries. Below is an interesting list from the perspective of a burglar of what you should and shouldn't do to make your property a target for burglars.

These are things a burglar won't tell you.

Monday, September 27, 2010

What does every state surrounding Pennsylvania - New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Ohio - have that Pennsylvania doesn't?

A state fair.

And why not? Shouldn't Pennsylvania have one fair that bears the state label? Wouldn't it make good promotional sense?

The state has a lot of great fairs including Allentown, Bloomsburg, York, and Lycoming, to name a few.

Friday, September 24, 2010

It's quite alarming to learn that in 2008, over 1,000 Pennsylvania seniors died from injuries related to a fall.

Also, there were over 45,000 older residents of the state who were hospitalized for a fall, which resulting in medical costs of over $2 billion.

Pennsylvania is not alone. National statistics show that more than 18,000 older Americans (65 and older) are dying every year from falls. That count has risen sharply in the last decade and with more baby boomers entering their retirement years, the number will likely be going up even more.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

At one time, bedbugs were a major problem. It wasn't unusual for youngsters to go to school with the red marks created by bedbug bites.

They were as hated as feared as cockroaches.

Until now, bedbugs have become an almost forgotten household pest – at least locally. New major outbreaks have been reported in New York, Philadelphia, and many other cities. The bugs have made news on some college campuses, in hotels, and even among travelers.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania (CAP), an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to restoring economic freedom, limited government and personal responsibility by impacting the legislative and electoral processes, has expressed stern opposition to House Bill 2246, legislation amended by the Commonwealth's trial bar, which would increase the cost of car insurance in the near term and lead to higher health care costs down the road.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Last week, the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a drought warning for our newspaper's entire coverage area – Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, and Schuylkill Counties.

The combination of lower rain than usual with the excessive summer heat has resulted in stream levels being well below normal.

One only has to see the receding shore line at Mauch Chunk Lake Park to understand how critical the water level has become.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Unfortunately, it often takes a horrible disaster like the gas explosion in California earlier this month before eyes are opened about the aging infrastructure in our nation.

Three years ago it was the collapse of the I-35W bridge that spans the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, killing 13 and injuring 145, that fueled concerns on how many bridges were in such bad shape throughout the nation. Suddenly, states and local muncipalities began doing their own monitoring of traffic and vehicles to determine if their aged spans could handle the load.

Friday, September 17, 2010

National Child Passenger Safety Week begins next week and PennDOT is reminding parents and caregivers to get back to basics and review car seat safety for their children.

During Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept 19-25, parents and caregivers can visit a fitting station to have their seats checked by a trained technician for proper instaqllation and use.

The three major types of misuse include:

* Incorrect harness use with the harness being too loose, routed incorrectly or twisted.