How much is a judgeship worth?

One courthouse veteran told me that the two Carbon County candidates, Carole Walbert and Steve Serfass collectively spent more than $200,000 seeking the position in this year's election.

That's a pretty steep price in any election, especially a local one.

Harry Wynn's cheerful presence will be missed at the Lehighton Post Office, now that he's retiring. We wish him many years of happiness as he continues his involvement in affairs concerning military veterans.

Bob Arner, who passed away earlier this week, will be missed by many people who frequent local auctions. He was an institution to bargain hunters who frequented the many Arner auctions.

Lawyers for Sirhan Sirhan, who assassinated Bobby Kennedy, are upset that their client has been transferred from a prison that houses high-risk offenders to a new facility where his life could be in danger.

"Our main concern is for his safety," his attorney said.

Too bad, we say.

What's wrong with our society today? Here's one answer. Nearly half of all U.S. children, will be on food stamps at some point during their childhood, researchers say. These same children, the survey reveals, are at risk for malnutrition and other ills linked with poverty. Also, slightly more than half of U.S. adults will use food stamps at some point by age 65.

For those who are unaware: At all military base theaters, the National Anthem is played before the movie begins.

This is written by a Chaplain in Iraq and sent to me by email.

"I recently attended a showing of 'Superman 3' here at LSA Anaconda. We have a large auditorium we use for movies, as well as memorial services and other large gatherings. As is the custom at all military bases, we stood to attention when the National Anthem began before the main feature. All was going well until three-quarters of the way through The National Anthem, the music stopped.

"Now, what would happen if this occurred with 1,000 18-22 year-olds back in the States? I imagine there would be hoots, catcalls, laughter, a few rude comments, and everyone would sit down and yell for the movie to begin. Of course, that is, if they had stood for the National Anthem in the first place.

"Here in Iraq, 1,000 Soldiers continued to stand at attention, eyes fixed forward. The music started again and the Soldiers continued to quietly stand at attention. But again, at the same point, the music stopped. What would you expect 1,000 Soldiers standing at attention to do? Frankly, I expected some laughter, and everyone would eventually sit down and wait for the movie to start.

"But No! ... You could have heard a pin drop, while every Soldier continued to stand at attention. Suddenly, there was a lone voice from the front of the auditorium, then a dozen voices, and soon the room was filled with the voices of a thousand soldiers, finishing where the recording left off: 'And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave, o'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.'

"It was the most inspiring moment I have had in Iraq and I wanted you to know what kind of Soldiers are serving you. Remember them as they fight for us!

"Pass this along as a reminder to others to be ever in prayer for all our soldiers serving us here at home and abroad. Many have already paid the ultimate price."

Written by Chaplain Jim Higgins

LSA Anaconda is at the Ballad Airport in Iraq, north of Baghdad

Don't forget to stop what you're doing, and observe Veterans Day, at least for a minute, next week. We owe all our veterans so much.