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Now Trending on Facebook: Sunbury murder suspect arrested

This week, it’s been all about the arrest of Miranda Barbour, who is alleged to have slashed Troy LaFerrara more than 20 times. The police allege it was a Craigslist encounter gone wrong.

They didn’t say “sex,” but it was implied that it was an “adult” meeting.

Barbour’s husband spoke out the day after her arrest, saying she never slept her clients, just talked to them and would never have killed anyone who didn’t threaten to hurt her.

Well, readers had a lot to say about that:

  • Granny Charli: Let’s assume for the moment her story is true. Let’s assume she blacked out & didn’t realize she was stabbing the guy 20 times. What kind of a person then drives around town & literally dumps another human being into the dirt & leaves him there to die? I don’t know about you but I couldn’t treat an animal like that let alone a person. Even after all of this, how could you then drive to Harrisburg for a birthday celebration?!!
  • Justin Herman: Seriously she stabbed the guy repeatedly. He was grasping for breath, she opened the passanger side to let him fall out, and finally she cleaned the car out so she could enjoy the evening with her husband. Sounds cold blooded to me.
  • Jeannie Gully: That husband has been snowballed. If he seriously think that she just met men for “delightful conversations” he’s as crazy as she is. If she charged $850 for “delightful conversations”, and the men paid it for the eye candy, they were all cheated, severely.

Here’s the story of what the husband had to say. Read for yourself and you can decide what you believe – all I can say is this story is only going to get bigger – stay tuned!

Now Trending on Facebook: Shopping on Thanksgiving?

One of the biggest stories this week on our Facebook page was the debate over whether it’s OK for stores to open on Thanksgiving in preparation for Black Friday.

With stores opening earlier than ever, people are talking about it – and there’s strong feelings on both sides.

(Look, personally, I’ll be shopping either way …. I’m poor and Black Friday is my favorite holiday of the year.)

Here’s what our Facebook friends had to say on this topic, which seems to stir a lot of emotion:

  • Brandi Reinhardt “No, it is not ok. Family is too much forgotten by employers due to greed. While some may be enjoying their Thanksgiving meal, others will be working their tails off for long hours and little pay and they have no choice. All in the name of corporate greed.”
  • Michael Doyne “It’s funny how the same people who say it’s greed that keeps business’ open on the holidays are the same ones who’ll complain when they can’t get something they need on a holiday. Retails job is to make money, if people don’t support them staying open they wouldn’t be. If you don’t like working holidays, find a job that is closed then. If you want to spend time with your family, do so. Nobody is making you go shopping on a holiday.”
  • Jeremy Brooks “Ok I understand about spending time with families on thanksgiving but what about people who like me work in the healthcare field and have to work holidays? Yes it’s my choice to work in that field so I accept the responsibility of working holidays so why can’t retail? I don’t get to spend Christmas morning with my kids because I have to work and you don’t hear me whining about it I do what I have to to earn a paycheck to support my children”
  • Jason Peterman “Ultimately we control the market. If we don’t shop at their stores they will rethink their position next year. If we do shop then it will only get more and more companies on board with the idea. Bottom line is retail is gonna give consumers what they want. Two options are don’t work in retail or don’t shop on holidays if u don’t like it and if u do then go out and spend your pants off or get a job in retail and enjoy the holiday pay!”

What do you think? Is it OK to have stores open on Thanksgiving?

Now Trending on Facebook: Do we need cursive writing?

This week on Facebook, a lot of things are blowing up, but most of all….people are arguing about cursive writing!

The Common Core standards have dropped the requirement to learn cursive writing, and people can’t decide whether they agree with that or not.

Here’s a sampling:

  • Maggie Barger: Why don’t we just stop teaching children and just let their phones iPods etc do all the work. Yes, cursive should still be taught! Maybe parents should think twice before caving in on giving their kids so much technology.
  • Jennifer Heintzelman My mom died earlier this year. She left behind journals, written in cursive. Had I not learned how to write/read in cursive, I would not have been able to read her journals, her notes left on the margins of her Bibles, and many other things left behind. There are so many things written in cursive from our history, it’s important for students now to learn cursive. Our school (Mifflinburg) teaches a little bit of it and it varies by teacher on just how much, what they haven’t learned from school, I’ve taught myself (or am teaching). It’s not just a matter of what schools are teaching, it’s ultimately the parents job to ensure that their kids have the knowledge they need. There are resources online for parents to use to teach their children if the schools aren’t.
  • Eric Adams Teaching cursive is a bit old. I can’t think of anyone who really uses it in any form of communication other then signing your name. And it would be a lot easier to teach kids how to sign their name or to create a unique signature then to spend years teaching them a completely worthless skill.

I agree with the pro-cursive camp. I use it all the time, especially when taking notes on stories.

It is so much quicker, easier and sometimes, it’s just prettier.

What do you think? Should we still teach cursive writing?

 

Now Trending on Facebook: Week of Oct. 13

The shutdown is over! Hurrah!

That means (hopefully) we can move on to some other big news on our Facebook page – like some heroic window washers and high school football, though the government remains a hot topic.

  • The hottest topic this week? The possibility of upping the speed limit on some Pennsylvania highways to 70 mph. Here’s just a sampling of the comments from that, which totaled 79: Kathleen M Matukaitis-Kelley, “Why would changing make any difference, they drive that already. if not faster.” But Others disagreed: Misty Clark, “No. ….I think 65 is fast enough! People drive 75 already with the speed 65 if it’s raised to 75 people will go 85 or faster and theres no need to go that fast!!”
  • The shutdown ended late Wednesday, but frustration remains for many people: Alicia M. Beachy, “Both sides deserve to not be paid, or get any of their inflated pensions!! This isn’t over, they just delayed the inevitable!! They aren’t doing their jobs, and have disgraced the American people who voted them into office!!! This time in our history will be known as a failure from both congressional and executive leadership!!!”
  • Finally, in a battle between salsa and ketchup, the winner was, undoubtedly, mustard.

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Now Trending on Facebook: Week of September 29

This week has been full of big news, mostly coming from our nation’s capitol, but big news all the same.

The govt shutdown has been the talk of our Facebook page this week.

Here’s that and some other crowd favorites:

  • The question of whether politicians should get paid during the shutdown sparked a lot of response, mostly from those saying absolutely not: Tina Auman “Absolutely NOT!! They all need a reality check so they can see how their ‘decisions or in-decisions’ affect their own lives and they should not be exempt.”
  • Other people expressed frustration at the technical glitches surrounding the launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace on healthcare.gov, saying they were not able to access the site: 1380152_10151702160267469_1710294988_nKen Dieffenbach Jr. “This is what I got around 5am today. I went back and it was running, but they failed to identify my identity by me answering the security questions. Then I was given a code to call Experian to answer them via the phone. I can’t imagine the plans are any cheaper than what I have now and will cross the bridge once my premium is raised (which is inevitable at this point I’m certain!)”
  • On a lighter note, the preview video from the Elysburg Haunted House has been popular, with people gearing up for this annual Halloween treat:

Happy weekend everyone!

Now Trending on Facebook: Week of Sept. 15

Another week, another week of readers weighing on the Daily Item’s Facebook page with their thoughts on everything from Northumberland County salaries to lawn mower DUIs.

Here’s a peek at what was hot on the web this week:

  • 66152_10151840228056168_1685441495_n This touching photo, which shows Cherakee Yonkin releasing balloons in memory of boyfriend Robert Hill while holding their daughter, Naveah Hill, 1. Robert Hill, 20, was killed in an automobile accident near Kratzerville on Sept. 17, 2012. The photo was a favorite of readers this week, garnering more than 100 likes.
  • Another hot topic: that lawn mower DUI from Western PA. It got a lot of attention, with people debating the merits of the charges: Brynne Clawser: “Why is he getting charged with driving with a suspended license….last time I checked you don’t need your license to drive a lawn mower.”
  • Also, in honor of National Cheeseburger Day, people shared their favorite placed to grab a burger in the Valley, and it reads like a list of to-eat-at places. If you love a good burger, check out the list and make plans to eat out!

Now Trending on Facebook: The most viral picture on the Daily Item ever?

A picture that was on this blog earlier this week went absolutely viral on the Daily Item Facebook page – making it possibly the most popular image yet on the page.

This is the photo:

house11aaaPosted on 9/11, it got 430 likes and 74 shares. That’s pretty amazing for a small newspaper.

Other topics heating up on the page:

  • People in the Valley are talking about the coming 10-digit dialing. This was a surprise hit, garnering 60 comments.  Here’s a sample: Christina Ayala “I don’t think it is that big of a deal, i have it stored in my phone book that way anyways, and when i taught my kids their phone number i always gave them the area code when teaching them, bc honestly if they got lost or kidnapped and used the phone who knows where they would be and if they would need it!”
  • And the Bean Soup Festival is hot – and we’re not just talking about the food. The festival has a lot of support from fans on the Facebook page, professing their love for the old-time recipe.

Now Trending on Facebook: Week of September 1

A lot of stuff has been heating up our Facebook page this week, here’s a peek at what’s been hot:

  • Syria has been the big news topic all week, and it was the most commented-on topic on our page. Here’s the most popular thought: Teresa Kovalick “Stay out of it…..stop trying to be the ‘savior’ to every country in the world. We need to take of our own country. Get jobs back in the US, help people get housing, take care of the children, elderly and disabled that are neglected here.”
  • The Bloom Fair lifting the firearms ban was also a big topic, probably the most divisive we had this week. Here’s out most popular thought there: Brach William “I am 100% for the right to carry (a big hunter and recreational shooter myself), but sorry to say, the Bloomsburg Fair, or any other fair for that matter, is NOT the place to have a gun. Some crazed nut job who gets angered over a game that they think was rigged or a person that butts in line could potentially pull the gun and end up injuring or killing someone. Congrats to those people who felt the need to make this a massive demonstration just to prove a ‘point.’ You have made me and a lot more people all the more hesitant to visit the fair this year.”
  • A squeaker topic, which garnered some interest was the photo of John McCain playing poker during the Syria hearings, with most people saying he was in the wrong. Here’s the photo:g258000000000000000de5a43ac61a470c9e6d7cc50c3c47ecbd3ea4799

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Now Trending on Facebook: Week of August 25

This week has been big for our Facebook community, with numerous posts lighting up the page over the past week.

Here’s a couple that seemed to draw the most response, but be sure to check out the full Facebook page to see what else has been big this week.

  • The largest thing to draw response this week is a photo. We posted a photo of a car involved in an accident this week, with the victims still as yet unidentified. And that brought about the old debate about what should papers run and not run. Here’s the photo:1175303_10151792463311168_1920321683_n I know where I stand on this: News isn’t pretty, and it can be tough, but it’s got to get out there – we deal with that fact every single day. Literally – this was in my afternoon yesterday. As long as there aren’t bodies in the vehicle or a large amount of blood and gore, it’s OK by me for publication. But not everyone agrees, as evidence by our long comment thread.
  • Another big debate continues to swirl around Hartleton Police Chief Donald Zerbe, who I talked about little while ago. The debate continues with many people still standing by Zerbe: Paul Phillips: “So what? Id rather pat the donation than get the ticket,points,and insurance raised!”
  • Another big debate: The always controversial Gov. Tom Corbett re-affirming his commitment to trying to sell the state lottery. People are fired up about that.

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for more and to join the conversation!

Now Trending on Facebook: Week of August 19

This week, some statewide stories were really lighting up our Facebook page. Here’s a look at what people were talking about.

  • Pennsylvania received a waiver for parts of No Child Left Behind, something that readers had lots of thoughts on, although most said the iniative was a failure. Here’s a peek at what they had to say: Brynne Clawser – “Having graduated only 2 years ago, I feel that my hs education consisted of being taught only what would get me through the standardized testing. By the time teachers get through all that crap, theres no time to learn the things that are useful for college and life. No child left behind hasn’t done us any favors. “
  • Peopdownloadle were also VERY talkative about President Obama’s visit to Scranton – happening today.  This post was the most talked about on our page this week. Most people either railed against Obama or decried the fact that the President should be given respect, if just for the office. Take a look: Tamara Fultz – “I wish I could go. Why wouldn’t one want to hear the president of the country you live in whether you agree with his politics or not? Isn’t that part of being an informed citizen? Truly evaluating someone based on what they actually say?”
  • And finally, as Pennsylvania prepares for a landmark case involving same-sex marriage, the debate amongst commenters continues.  This was the second most talked-about issue this week.

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