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Editorials

Friday, November 26, 2010

From the largest retailer to consumers, many of whom have been in a major funk due to the recession, there's a lot riding on this Black Friday.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

We've written numerous articles complaining that the state hasn't provided Summit Hill with the $1.25 million state grant promised for the building projects.

This week, after asking for clarification on the grant status, the council said it has received most of the money. Outstanding yet is just $120,000.

What's frustrating is that despite the articles, it hadn't been stated that the bulk of the grant money was received. Even last week, at a budget workshop, and then again this week, the council said the outstanding grant money would be a relief if it was received.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

If you like nostalgia trips, then nothing can replace the feeling of sitting in an old ballpark in the heart of a city such as Boston's Fenway Park or Chicago's Wrigley Field.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thursday was a devastating day in Schuylkill County, as a TIMES NEWS headline proclaimed.

Three fires, at various locations throughout the county, erupted within a six hour period, resulting in nine buildings (seven homes) being destroyed, a mother and daughter being killed, and 15 people left homeless.

The chain of events was so spectacular that it attracted news media attention from as far away as Philadelphia.

Friday, November 19, 2010

With the historic mid-term elections just three weeks ago, Republicans were having a good month. But this week, thanks to their massive egos and thirst for the limelight, Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Charles Rangel made it a great month for the GOP.

Wednesday's announcement that Democrats in the House again elected Pelosi as their leader had Republican political strategists doing cartwheels about prospects in the 2012 elections – and they haven't had to spend a dime!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

It wasn't that long ago that Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, kicked off the traditional Christmas shopping season.

Not so any more. With a struggling economy, stores and merchants have extended the holiday shopping season several weeks. Here it is, a week until Thanksgiving, and many stores are already decked out in Christmas finery for some time.

Retailers are cautiosly optimistic this year that Christmas sales will be up this year. The National Retail Federation predicts that consumers are expected to spend 2.3 percent more this holiday season than last year.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

At last week's Mahoning Township supervisors' meeting, complaints were aired about some imposing concrete barriers along the side of the road on Route 443 near Ashtown Drive.

The TIMES NEWS took a photo of the situation from the Ashtown Drive entrance and there is absolutely no question that the barriers block the view of on-coming traffic.

They're a hazard and should be removed as soon as possible.

It's not only the view problem from Ashtown Drive which makes them a menace.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

In Summit Hill, if you have a home that's been vacant for at least six months, you don't have to pay the annual garbage collection fee per a pro-rated basis.

The rule went into effect this year. There's a chance changes will occur in 2011.

It is understandable that an exemption occurs if a residential property becomes non-residential permanently, such as through demolition or physical changes occurring.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mahoning Township Police Chief Kenneth J.Barnes offers holiday shopping safety tips and advises people to "check this list twice before you head for the stores this year."

· Be alert and aware. Be attentive to your surroundings at all times.

· Do not carry more cash or valuables than is necessary. Be discreet so that you do not attract attention.

· Take extra precautions with your wallet or purse. Carry your purse close to your body. Place one end of the purse in the palm of your hand and the other in the bend of the elbow. Never wrap the strap around your body.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Two points of interest involving drivers in Pennsylvania hit home with residents from all areas of the commonwealth.

First, this week in November has been designated Drowsy Driving Prevention Week and state transportation officials are reminding drivers to stay alert behind the wheel. Given the earlier arrival of nightfall, drivers are urged to pull over or postpone their travel if they feel drowsy, since it can cause slower reaction time, poor judgment and impaired vision.