Thursday, November 26, 2015


Saturday, September 10, 2011


Below is a reproduction of the editorial I wrote after Sept. 11, 2001, under deadline, while the Twin Towers burned out of control, depicted on the television set located on a shelf behind my TIMES NEWS desk. It's probably not the best editorial I have ever written in my more than 45 years in the newspaper business. But it's among the most passionate writing I have done as I watched this day of infamy unfold.

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Local governments are where the laws are passed that affect us the most. And it is our local governments that should require the most attention from us, the citizens of these municipalities. That seems like such a simple concept, but not very many of us seem to participate at this level and it shows.

Saturday, September 3, 2011


My husband hates this time of year.

He says it's because winter is just around the corner and he hates the cold, but I think he's lying.

Yes, there's a bit of a nip in the air. There are still some warm, summer days, but they are waning. Evenings are getting chilly, and the breeze carries a hint of wood smoke.

Saturday, September 3, 2011


There's little argument that workers a century ago didn't earn the right or have good reason to celebrate Labor Day.

In a report to the senate on labor conditions at 344 iron and steel plants in the United States, Commerce and Labor Secretary Charles Nagel pointed out that a sampling of 90,000 employees found that one-third of them were working seven-day workweeks. A quarter of them were working 84 or more hours a week, which meant 12-hour workdays all week, including Sundays.

Saturday, September 3, 2011


The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Currently we are a nation that is not very happy with our government. Taxes are too high. The economy is in the dumpster. We're fighting wars in two countries where we shouldn't even be involved with.

But criticism of our nation's leaders is nothing new. Take these tidbits from noted leaders and scholars from throughout our nation's history and see if you can relate those criticisms to the climate in Washington today.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Normally, unemployment decreases during the summer. State and federally funded infrastructure projects account for many fair weather jobs. This year, despite pumping over $1 trillion into the economy, unemployment remains high. The so-called stimulus did nothing to improve our economic situation. I agree with the politicians when they say that pumping money into the economy may have preserved some jobs. Where I differ is that government stimulus jobs have not created the multiplier effect, which leads to greater employment.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

When I get company to my Florida home, I sometimes take them to a remote island restaurant accessible only by the boat.

To tell the truth, the restaurant's food is only OK, nothing to write home about. But the boat trip is fun.

For years, the same guy operated the water taxi that ferries people from landside to the island. I got to know him well and thought he was good at his job.

Once, he saved my dignity and perhaps even my life. You see, once the last water taxi leaves the restaurant dock, there is no way to get off the island.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

I would like to begin by wishing everyone a happy and hopefully rainless Labor Day weekend. It is hard to believe how crazy the summer has been with regards to weather. The unofficial American start to summer was Memorial Day. Three days later the Panther Valley got hammered with hail that was of a size never seen before in Pennsylvania. Even meteorologists remarked how such large hail usually only appears in the midwest.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Last week I told you about the fun of geocaching which is looking for hidden treasures with a GPS.

This week, in a lighter vein, (cough, cough) I'm going to tell you about a new game called "Map That Vein." This new game can also help you find new places to visit.

Monday, August 29, 2011


Ahoy, Me Hearties! Pour yerself a tankard of grog and gather round. I'd like to tell ye about Capt'n Harry and his lusty wench, Linda, who, last weekend, set out on a little modern-day treasure hunt.

Were they searchin' for golden doubloons, ye ask?

Dunno. All they knew was that if they found the spot marked "X" they would find a hidden treasure.

I'll let the lass, Linda, tell ye the story...Now pay attention or I'll have to make ye walk the plank! Aaargh!