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Editorials

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Texas politics are known to get down and dirty but the rule of law should always trump the kind of baloney we're seeing in one county in the Lone Star state.

In April of last year, Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg was arrested and charged with drunken driving. Her blood alcohol level measured .23, three times the Texas legal limit. It would have required about 10 alcoholic drinks in one hour to achieve that rating.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

In the criminal law system, you're innocent until proven guilty.

If police claim you have illegal drugs, they must test the items in a certified laboratory before you can be found guilty.

In all criminal offenses, there must be just cause to make an arrest. Then you are entitled to a trial.

Prison sentences are not given out by a judge until you're proven guilty.

Children in school don't have such rights. They can be tarnished with a "record" for innocent acts.

Monday, August 18, 2014

During a recent television interview, Mark Arabo, a Chaldean-American leader and California businessman, described in shocking detail the savagery in Iraq by troops from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He called it a Christian holocaust and an evil the likes of which the world has not seen for generations.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Last Sunday in Tucson, Arizona, an illegal immigrant with no driver's license or identification was pulled over for a routine traffic stop.

The incident attracted a crowd, and police and border patrol officers soon found themselves in the middle of a full-blown protest. Two female protesters showed their obstinacy by crawling underneath a vehicle, and amid insults, police had to forcibly remove the women by pulling them out by their legs.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pennsylvanians were the subject of some upbeat stories last week, providing a welcomed respite from the depressing news emanating from Washington and the Middle East.

A Scranton man named Tom (last name unknown) may not have been wearing his Superman cape, but he did make that kind of impression for a few hours last Friday.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

In May a 34-year-old Haverford man was arrested for the fourth time for drunken driving after he allegedly struck another vehicle with his pickup in Upper Darby and then fled.

When a police officer managed to stop the truck, the driver exited and was barely able to stand up, according to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. The driver failed field sobriety tests.

"This guy is dangerous. Here's a guy who is drunk and has a several-thousand-pound vehicle behind him," Chitwood said.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Robert McDonald, a West Point graduate and former Army Ranger, looks to be the kind of hard-charging leader the country needs to clean up and restore trust in the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs.

Friday, August 8, 2014

It's understandable that after years of military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, Americans are against having our troops sent into foreign conflicts.

The world is currently facing global threats and challenges on many fronts. We're seeing Chinese intimidation, Russian aggression in the Ukraine, nuclear proliferation by North Korea and Iran, an Islamist insurgency in Iraq, a civil war in Syria, and fighting between Jews and Palestinians in Gaza which is part of an overall deterioration of conditions throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Last year, the PBS show Frontline aired a show titled "League of Denial" on head injuries in professional football. For many of us, it was an eye-opening report on the concussion crisis in pro sports.

A month ago, a federal judge granted preliminary approval to a landmark deal that would compensate thousands of former NFL players for concussion-related claims. The payout, totaling more than $870 million, included $675 million for compensatory claims for players with neurological symptoms.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Many different elements exist in a vibrant community like Tamaqua.

Unfortunately, some of those elements can be undesirable.

In the wee hours of Saturday morning, a person or persons traveled through the Schuylkill County town and tossed acid onto 25 parked cars.

The painted finish, plastic lens covers, turn signals, bumpers and even car roofs were damaged to the tune of thousands of dollars, resulting in hardship for owners.

This was not a harmless prank.