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Legislation to increase weight loads has merit ROAD WARRIOR

And can you imagine one of those "SMART" cars being hit by one of those heavier trucks? They are barely survivable when hit by an SUV. And what happens in the next few years when the automakers all release small cars that are supposed to be great on gas? Smaller cars and Bigger trucks are not a good combination.  (Jul 27, 2009 | post #9)

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Tickets fly for Jeff Dunham show at Allentown Fair

Wow, you would think that they would at least get the Allentown Fair Web site correct. The site listed here is a space holder and re-directs you to adds for the Fair and other things. The correct website is http://www.allento  (Feb 24, 2009 | post #4)

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Some TV stations may lose viewers due to digital signal s...

I have been telling my family and friends this ever since the change has been announced. I know that when Cell Phones when from Analog to Digital I had a lot of new dead spots and dropped calls. The equivalent will happen to over the air TV viewers soon. The other issue with this story is who are the 2%? That would be the people who can't get other signals because they live too far away from cities. Possibly where cable doesn't reach... So that only leaves satellite... One of the group who lobbied congress for this change. Isn't that interesting.  (Dec 25, 2008 | post #4)

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Chrysler makes 1st 'stark' move

If you read this carefully, you will see that they normally have a 2 week shutdown while switching model years, that has just been extended this year to 4 weeks. After talking to a guy I work with who was from the auto industry, he said that they often shut down for 4 weeks in the past when making major model year changes. This is nothing new, they are just reporting it this year to gain sympathy for the bailout.  (Dec 18, 2008 | post #2)

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'Bridge loan' will cost less in the end

My friend and I were talking about this last night. He thinks we shouldn’t give any money to the big 3 and let them fail. When they do, the engineers / designers / assemblers…etc can start their own car companies (or boat or plane or whatever) and in a few years instead of only 3 “American” car companies you could have 20 or more, each producing one or two types of cars each. Some Electric, some Diesel (In Europe 60mpg+ Diesel cars are becoming common, why not here?), some gas, some H2O, and who knows what else some smart people will come up with if given the chance. He thinks that the Big 3 need a Monopoly Shakeup like the Big Businesses of old got (think railroad & steel). Yes, this will mean that there will be hundreds of thousands (maybe millions) of people temporarily on unemployment, but in the end, the country will be stronger. Also the Big 3 will not completely fail, they just have to scale back and be able to make quicker changes. Right now it takes about 3 years from concept to production of a car, if really pushed it can be cut in half for a low quality vehicle… So even if we give them money, we won’t see a “New” car out of them until at least 2010, which means they won’t start paying off their “loans” until at least 2015. Meanwhile because of them and the banks making bad decisions, our taxes will go up and up and up to cover all the loans and unemployment… That includes those people on unemployment, they still have to pay taxes too. Why should we have to pay when business make mistakes? Who pays us when we make mistakes?  (Dec 5, 2008 | post #4)

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Good traffic flow yields safety on ramps

I deal with the merge on Tilghman every day when I go to work. What I do is stay in the Left lane as Tilghman becomes 2 lanes so that there is an open lane for the Rt. 22 traffic to merge on. What I would suggest is that Tilghman remain single lane West bound until the merge point, and Eastbound have the left lane be an entrance to 22 only, letting the right lane become the only lane to the merge point of the exit ramp. With these simple fixes of signs and painting, the ramp traffic would have their own lanes on Tilghman and a Yeild wouldn't be needed.  (Dec 5, 2008 | post #3)

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Minor parties deserve consideration

I am glad this election is almost over. Last night on Fox during the 8-9pm hour I saw 3 anti-Obama ads, not pro-McCain ads. These were negative ads to instill fear into under educated voters. In this same time, I saw no other Presidential campaign ads on Fox. I am not voting for either of the two main party candidates because I am sick of politics as usual. I know the 3rd party's have little chance of winning this election, but there is always the future where a dominant candidate will shine through the sea of mud.  (Nov 3, 2008 | post #3)

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Officials taking bids for new Northeast Extention exit

The EZPass only on/off option is actually used a couple of places on the main line turnpike. One I know of is between the NE Extension and NJ. Also this exit would be mostly used by people who now don't have EZPass because there is no easy way on and off the turnpike. I do have EZPass and would never give it up. I no longer have to carry cash just to cover toll when I drive.  (Oct 24, 2008 | post #15)

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... in November with the first test of the Valley's airwa...

One thing that people keep forgetting, and the Government doesn't tell you, is that Digital Signals typically don't travel as far as Analog Signals. Back in the old days of Analog cell phones the range was 10-20miles per cell tower, with digital it was half that. The other problem with digital is that is all or nothing. So with that said, if you get a signal now, but it is a little snowy, there is a very good chance you will get no signal for that same station on digital.  (Sep 15, 2008 | post #5)

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Want fries with that fuel? City zoners OK biodiesel company

That is what this guy does, he strips all the chemicals, water, food particles, etc... out of the waste oil so it is clean and burns clean. This has been done for years in other parts of the country and even around here by individuals for themselves. It's nice to know that there is going to be a commercially available source of this clean, renewable oil for home heating and diesel vehicles locally. I know of people who wanted to run their vehicles on this type of oil, but they couldn't find any locally and they didn't have the space at home to create their own.  (Sep 2, 2008 | post #3)

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Talking about drinking age isn't a surrender

From the Article:"Many European countries permit alcohol consumption at 16 or even younger. Typically, young people learn responsible alcohol use at their parents' dinner table. Would that work here?" My guess is NO. After all the TV is the babysitter and educator in these parts. Most parents don't want to take ANY responsibly for what there children do now, why would it change for drinking. I know there are some parents out there who actually do care and raise their children to be proper and productive members of society, but they are too few in my opinion. When I was younger, my parents offered me a glass of wine with them at dinner some times. But guess what, I drank when I was in college and under 21... Know why? Because it was what was done, it was how you met people and got friends.  (Aug 22, 2008 | post #13)

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Safety reigns supreme after gas shower

Something like this happened to me once... But I am sure it was a prank because a battery came out of the hose with the gas. That battery was keeping the switch ON even though no gas was flowing.  (Aug 22, 2008 | post #2)

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PPL hikes difficult to predict

Why wait that long, Mack Trucks is already doing that.  (Aug 15, 2008 | post #2)

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It's alive! Town thrives on 'Blob' fortunes

Ok, Ummm a little late for this story. If the Blob Fest was on July 11th, then why is this in the paper on August 13th?  (Aug 13, 2008 | post #1)

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Pennsburg bomb scare

I'm glad that at the middle school at least they started charging the parents for the cost to evacuate the school (transportation and food if before lunch) and to call in the bomb squad (so 1hr travel + search time). Maybe they will have less calls this year. I know, that's wishful thinking, but just maybe.  (Jul 21, 2008 | post #4)

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