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Saturday, October 29, 2011


Swami Bhaktipada, the ex-Hari Krishna leader died this week in India. Many area residents remember the 1980s when the Swami and his followers attempted to purchase Flagstaff Mountian to build a sprawling golden paradise.

How different would Jim Thorpe be today had that deal gone through?

I can still remember the anger of residents who opposed the proposed sale. Remember the "Swami Busters" T-shirts? They were a hot item back then.

The Steelers host the Patriots Sunday at 4:15. It doesn't get much better than that in the NFL.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

This year we are experiencing four unusual dates: 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, and 11/11/11.

And that's not all. Take the last two digits of the year you were born and the age you will be this year and the result will add up to 111 for everyone.

This is the year of money, although I just got my three-month 401-K statement, and that isn't the case. Not by a long shot. It's more like it's the year for losing money.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Next week is National Save for Retirement Week. Will someone please tell that to my 401-K?

GREAT TRUTH: In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress......John Adams

Stupid trick of the week. Candy, shaped like marijuana, is now showing up on store shelves throughout the county. Is it any wonder that anti-drug activists are alarmed? And remember when we were kids and we could buy candy cigarettes? That was stupid also.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Patrick Bartoletti, a chef in New York City, is a guy you have to admire, especially when he sits down at the kitchen table.

Patrick recently won an eating contest in New York in which he consumed (inhaled?) 32 Cannolis in six minutes.

What did he do to celebrate his victory? He headed for his favorite pizza joint.

"I didn't want to eat anything sugary for a while, but I'm not exactly full," he explained.

Who said chips aren't good for you? The guy who was credited with creating Doritos, Arch West, died last week. He was 97.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

First Niagara is making like it's not such a big deal that it's branch bank in Summit Hill is going to close after the start of the new year. Well, it's a big deal to me, and I'm sure it is to a lot of other Summit Hill customers.

Watch Navy vs. Air Force today at noon on CBS. It's likely to be one of the most exciting, spirited college football games of the season.

Instead of blaming the officials for how often he gets hit, maybe the Eagles' Michael Vick should point a finger at his offensive line. They're the guys who get paid big bucks to protect him and keep him upright.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

If you're reading this, you're probably not fishing.

But I am.

I'm away in the northlands, along with my sons, some cousins and some friends, spending a week on a quiet lake with nothing to do but fish, drink beer, eat, and swap some stories.

Which means I don't have any time to write a column today. So somebody suggested I go on line and find a few good fishing jokes to share with readers. Here's what I found.

Expensive sport

Saturday, September 17, 2011

All of the 9/11 memorials, both locally and nationwide, were inspiring and heartwarming. Kind of made you think it was Memorial Day weekend, didn't it? One thing about Americans, they never forget. Thank goodness.

I can't believe we're into the last week of summer. Let's just hope for a long autumn and a short and mild winter. And we can do without any more hurricanes, earthquakes and floods.

I thought the National Football League and Major League Baseball did themselves proud with their 9/11 tributes.

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 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, August 27, 2011


I just had to pass on this quote from Peter Schmuck, a Baltimore sports writer, concerning the indictment of Roger Clemens:

"Isn't it great to live in a society where the penalty for lying to a congressman can be up to 30 years in jail, but the penalty for a congressman lying to you is another two years in office?"

– Atheism is a non-prophet organization

Most of us take those summonses for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on their civic duty that a new and ominous kind of fraud has surfaced.