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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Although I don't find it as exciting or as interesting as the Major League baseball season, I'll still be watching and reading about the Summer Olympics in London later this month.

Two of my favorite actors died within the last two weeks, Andy Griffith and Ernest Borgnine. I really felt a sense of loss when I learned of their passing. They felt like friends. Many remember Borgnine as the star of TV's "McHale's Navy", or the Oscar winning actor in "Marty." But my favorite Borgnine rolls were in "The Dirty Dozen" and "The Poseidon Adventure."

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's food paranoia is getting worse. He's flipping out.

At this point, he wants New York City to outlaw any sugary soda over 16 ounces. This would be the first such law in the country. He says it'll help the obesity problem.

So if you visit the Big Apple you'd be denied a large soda. You still can order a 40-oz. beer. You also can order a 40-oz. fruit juice or a milkshake the size of Godzilla. Bloomberg thinks those drinks have no calories. It's only Coke and Pepsi that make us fat.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

This is a story about one couple's unwavering walk of faith and the extraordinary things that came about because of it.

The story of Mike and Deena Van't Hul sounds like that of so many ordinary couples. They met in college, married, started their careers and eventually had two sons.

They went to church because that was the way they were brought up. But they didn't view themselves as especially spiritual.

One night during a special church service, they were nodding their heads as the minister talked about wanting to do more.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Obama Administration continued its assault on productive Americans by again raising taxes. The Administration has divided our country into two classes: those who receive government handouts and those who fund those handouts. By failing to renew the Bush tax cuts on single people making more than $200,000 and families with more than $250,000 in income, the President is declaring class warfare on our most productive people. If higher income families reduce their spending then the economy will not expand and there will be no job growth.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Children grow up so fast.

That's an expression I've heard a lot through the years. I know this to be true now that I have grandchildren.

My two youngest, Spencer and Tyler, will turn four and seven next month. Okay. They haven't actually grown up, yet. But they're growing fast.

I'm trying to figure out the perfect birthday presents for them.

Spencer will probably get a camera. Not a Fisher Price model but an actual working camera on which he can take photos and put them onto a camera card.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

JIM:

Monday, July 9, 2012

I wait nine months out of the year for summer. While other people complain about how hot it is, I just smile. No complaints from me. You can't enjoy swimming unless it's a hot sunny day.

But I love summer for more than hot days that allow me to be in my pool.

Summer presents an amazing palette of color everywhere.

I couldn't begin to name all the beautiful shades of greens that abound. All winter long, I yearn for the greens of summer.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

In the last few weeks there have been many incidents that should have outraged us as Americans. I was infuriated by such items as the Border Patrol being told to "run and hide" to the President lying about the Affordable Care Act. These are items that should upset our citizens. A few years ago, the Tea Party movement was founded when conservatives were concerned about tax increases. Today there is nary a whimper when the government stomps on our individual freedoms and our rights. Could it be that the government has done so many outrageous things that "We The People" are burned out?

Saturday, July 7, 2012

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their powers from the consent of the governed.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

By jim zbick

jzbick@tnonline.com

@$: Maennerchor, which literally translated means "men's chorus" in English, is the name given to German social clubs, primarily in the northeastern United States, and in Pennsylvania particularly.

The earliest forms of these clubs where "singing societies" that perpetuated traditional choral music, both German and German American culture, providing Gemuetlichkeit (good fun and fellowship) for new immigrants. In the early 20th century, both Tamaqua and Mauch Chunk featured Mannerchor clubs.