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Saturday, November 6, 2010

People across America are talking about The Fix, or its official name, the Patriotic Retirement Plan.

It's not something I've heard much about in our area, but it's a hot topic of discussion in other places.

The Fix is a proposed answer to the big question of how to fix the American economy.

The answer didn't come from one of Obama's high priced economic advisors. And it didn't come from a professor of economics.

Instead, the answer came from a newspaper reader in Florida. I'm not sure, but he's probably a Baby Boomer.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

By RON GOWER

rgower@tnonline.com

Today would be my grandfather's birthday. Robert "Ruby" Leickel would be well over 130 if he was still living.

It's strange I remember his birthday. I generally have a hard time remembering dates and phone numbers.

I thought of him after the election was held this week. It was obvious by the results that people are having tough times; that they want major changes, not only in Washington and Harrisburg, but in our country in general.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

It's time for "Dancing with the Stars," my favorite TV show.

I sit with the television remote control in my hand, punching in the channel. Nothing happens. No matter how many times I try, the TV won't respond.

After a little bit of frustration, I see what the problem is. I'm trying to use the mobile phone to control the TV.

"Oh, Lord, is this the start of Alzheimer's disease?" I ask myself. When I see that the remote control and telephone are next to each other on the stand, I realize it's just an easy mistake.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Last week, my article on unintended consequences resulted in several responses asking what I would do to fix government. I have a list of items that can be implemented to correct many of the issues facing our nation. Let me start with the balance of trade. A favorable balance of trade means that a country is exporting more than it imports. This is necessary for a healthy and vibrant economy. We have an unfavorable trade balance that means we import more than we export. Over the last 10 years, these trade imbalances caused part of the dire financial straits our country is in.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A century ago Philadelphia sports fans followed their beloved Athletics as rabidly as the fans of today support their Phillies.

The Athletics christened a new baseball stadium, Shibe Park, in 1910. Constructed at a cost of $315,249, the American League franchise shared the field with the National League Phillies. The park, with its distinctive French Renaissance style facade, ornate tower and arched windows, was the envy of the baseball world.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Although my scariest Halloween ever was 64 years ago, I remember it as if it were today.

I was 7-years old at the time and incredibly excited about Halloween. Each year, scores of kids would parade into our grocery store in Summit Hill, say a brief rhyme or sing a silly song after which they would collect a nickel from my mother or father.

Until I was a few years older, I preferred staying at the store rather than go out Halloweening because I enjoyed seeing the parade of costumes.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, I was singing, "A haunting we will go, A haunting we will go, Heigh ho the dairy-o, a haunting we will go."

I was excited about a night of ghost hunting with the Blue Mountain Paranormal Society at Broney's Hotel in Lehighton, which has a reputation of being haunted. BMPS invites the public to take part in their investigations, using their equipment, just like on the hit show, "Ghost Hunters."

Saturday, October 30, 2010

It's a sunny spring morning in the late 1950s. I'm 8 years old, and, arms outstretched to keep my balance, I'm jumping from tie to tie along the rails of the tracks that run through my small home town. Inky, a black Labrador Retriever, ambles along beside me.

A few feet behind me, Harriet strolls along, twirling Inky's leash and keeping an ear out for the thrumming warning of an oncoming train. Harriet is middle-aged; she and her husband have no children of their own, but Harriet is a magnet for neighborhood kids.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The way the calendar falls this year is somewhat fitting. Tomorrow is Halloween or All Hallows' Eve which is traditionally the time when the veil between our world and spirit world grows thin and allows communication with the dead or so it is popularly believed.

Those towns which don't view it as a disposable holiday will celebrate trick or treat tomorrow night and everyone will have a good time dressing up in costumes and scaring each other.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

You must never lose faith in mankind because there will always be people out there willing to go the extra mile for you.

My wife watches our 14-month-old grandson, Sean James, during the week while my son and daughter-in-law are off at work.

Recently she was returning home early in the morning with Sean in his car seat when she experienced car trouble. What she thought was smoke filled the interior of the car. She quickly pulled over and got the little guy out of his seat as she feared the car might be on fire.