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Saturday, June 18, 2011

As I watch the nightly news on television I realize that the media is deflecting our attention from the real issues as they attempt to focus us on irrelevant stories. The escapades of Anthony Weiner are on every channel. Looking at the pictures of him, I can see that we are getting good value for his membership at the Congressional gymnasium. He obviously likes to lift weights.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Every now and then, I hear someone complaining about the hard time they have helping an elderly parent. Some say they resent the time it takes to "run every time help is needed."

Actually, it happens more often than it should.

When it does, I never know if I should hold my tongue or say what I think. Speaking my mind usually wins.

This week, I listened to an acquaintance talk about the demands on her time because of her elderly father. They live a little more than an hour apart and she complains that it takes all day to drive him to a doctor's appointment.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

"He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man" – William Shakespeare.

A writer for the Tamaqua Courier used this quote from the man widely regarded as the greatest English writer in history for an opinion in May of 1911 titled "Whiskers vs. Bald Heads."

Men back then may have not had exposure to the "Just for Men" advertising commercials of our day, but newspaper advertisements proved there was still an obsession with whiskers and hair a century ago.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Don't get me wrong. I miss my dad every day of my life. But Father's Day is a tough one. A picture of him taken on his last Father's Day with us, sits in my living room. His ever-present smile beams back at me and my heart smiles in response.

Isn't it funny how I know there were scowls and frowns when I said something or did something wrong, but for the life of me, I don't remember them? I only remember his blue eyes twinkling mischievously as he told a joke, the way he pinched my 50-year-old cheek like I was three years old and how he seemed to really enjoy life.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

At one time I was old. But not anymore.

It might be true I went to school in the days B. C. - before computers. But that's okay. I'm a product of typewriters, mimeograph and whiteout - not the kind of whiteout that takes place in the bleachers at a football game.

If you're my age or older, you know what whiteout is. If you're a kid, ask your parents. But be assured that whiteout has nothing to do with cocaine and you don't snort it. You won't find it in a meth lab either.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

By DEN MCLAUGHLIN

dmclaughlin@tnonline.com

A lot has been written about Gov. Tom Corbett's first budget in which he makes big cuts in funding, mostly to programs that directly affects the working public. His budget proposal is in response to a projected multibillion dollar state budget deficit come July 1.

Monday, June 13, 2011

This week marks the end of a long journey for many of our high school youths as they don cap and gown to walk down aisles to the stirring strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" at their high school graduations.

I can't help but hum and sing the song, "We'll Have These Moments to Remember" and take a walk down memory lane back to my own high school days.

First kiss? Felt like an octopus's tentacle's suction cup. Wasn't so eager for the second one.

First F? Chemistry class. Mr. Costenbader saying, "Maybe you should take the watered-down Mickey Mouse Physics class."

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Our founding fathers were distrustful of government bureaucracies. They placed checks and balances in the Constitution to ensure the separation of powers between the Executive Branch, the Judicial Branch, and Congress. This careful balance of power protected us from tyrannical power grabs for the last 235 years.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

My favorite title these days is "grandfather", or "Poppy" as my family affectionately calls me.

It's the most important title since I was first designated as a father many years ago.

My grandson, Sean James, 21-months-old, is still a little young to express his feelings about his grandfather and grandmother. But it won't be long. He's still speaking in his own language, but soon he'll adopt ours or else we'll figure out his.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

It's been quite a week for news. In a strange twist of fate, the Associated Press reported on Monday that Pecos Bill and Slue Foot Sue passed away within a day of each other. Betty Taylor, 91, who played the leading lady in Disneyland's famed Golden Horseshoe Revue stage show, helped to make it one of the longest running shows in history according to Disneyland Resort's president, George Kalogridis. Taylor, who died on Saturday, was preceded the day before by her long running co-star Wally Boag who played Sue's sweetheart on the Golden Horseshoe Revue stage for nearly 30 years.