Tag Archive | law

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!

Chief Zerbe: Which side are you on?

It’s what has become one of the most hotly debated topics in the Valley – whether or not embattled Chief Donald Zerbe should be allowed to walk away from allegations he offered speeders the opportunity to donate to the Hartleton Playground Fund or whether he should face the music.

Zerbe wasn’t too nervous at a hearing yesterday. He was also supported by Hartleton’s mayor at the hearing.

And people online seem to be behind him mostly, as well. Here’s just a small sampling of comments from a Facebook post yesterday:

ZerbeWhat’s the right thing to do?

I don’t know – there’s a fine line to walk between punishing people for wrongdoing and letting them completely off the hook.

What do you think – do you support Chief Zerbe?

How do we stop texting while driving?

Yesterday on Facebook, a story brought out a surprisingly large reaction from users.

We asked “How do we stop texting while driving?” while linking to a story about a woman who was charged with manslaughter for texting while driving before a fatal crash.

People had some good ideas.

untitledI guess what struck me though, were those that said maybe it can’t be stopped.

They have a point: we outlaw texting while driving, drinking and driving, speeding, but that doesn’t stop people from doing it.

So can anything be done? Should technology take care of it?

I don’t know.

What do you think – can texting while driving be stopped?

Conestoga saga makes Jezebel

The saga that is the birth control mandate lawsuit for Conestoga Wood Specialties made feminist blog Jezebel, with an article talking about the for-profit companies that are fighting the birth control mandate.

Here’s Jezebel’s article, I pasted the text below. Just be aware before you read it/check out the full article that obviously, Jezebel has a feminist bias – just an FYI:

3. Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation

A Pennsylvania-based wood cabinet and specialty products manufacturer run by Mennonites who think some birth-control products such as Plan B are “sinful and immoral” and “an intrinsic evil and a sin against God.” The company employs 950 people who don’t all necessarily agree that they’re Satan incarnated.

Status? The court dismissed a motion for preliminary injunction, but the plaintiffs appealed to the Third Circuit in last month.

Here’s our previous coverage of the issue.

We’re currently waiting to hear what happens with Conestoga’s appeal. We’ll keep you posted at dailyitem.com!

GOTV!

Don’t forget today is election day!

Make sure you get out to vote – and if you’re voting in the Susquehanna Valley, I may see you in my travels out to the polls.

And don’t forget, PA voters: the voter ID law is NOT in effect this election. You don’t have to show ID, but you will be asked for it.

What do you think about the voter ID law? Good idea or bad idea?

The PA Supreme Court seems to think it’s OK, just not for this election.

But if things hold up, it will be in effect soon and you will be required to show a photo ID.

Email your thoughts or comment below!