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Saturday, March 5, 2011

There is some good news this week. The private sector added 217,000 jobs in February. This means that some lucky individuals are now back to work, earning money, and paying taxes. As for planned layoffs, this month there will only be 50,000. This is a lower number than in previous months, indicating that businesses are recovering. Thank goodness for the private sector!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

While I don't want to sound cruel or give the impression that I don't care about what happened in Arizona last week, I believe that this sad event has been blown out of proportion. The massacre of six people with countless others wounded was tragic for the families and for the nation as a whole.

That said, I believe Congress is using this tragedy for their own purposes. Our elected representatives decided to postpone their legislative agenda for a week so that they can consider other prepackaged laws.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

When I was growing up in Summit Hill, it was pretty much of a foregone conclusion that unless I took over our family grocery store on Market Street that I was going to make a career somewhere other than the Panther Valley.

Opportunities and good-paying jobs in the Valley were limited. Many Valley residents commuted daily to Bethlehem Steel or Mack Trucks in Allentown, and, aside from being on the road for about two hours a day, they made a comfortable living with outstanding benefits.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

As we were celebrating our Christmas and New Year's holidays, Christians in other lands were being massacred. The Iraqis continue their campaign of murder and harassment of Christians. They invade their homes, drag them out and kill them. They also bomb churches in their quest to rid their country of infidels.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"Hey, Mister, Merry Christmas" said the little lad. Isn't it kind of funny that such a simple greeting can generate such strong memories?

The lad's greeting conjured long forgotten memories of Christmases past. Why do we suppress such simplicity of life? How old had we become before realizing how much work our parents went through just to see a smile on our faces? What do you recall of your Christmases? The lad deserves an answer.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The election is over and the Republicans captured the Pennsylvania legislature and the House of Representatives. This victory was not a Republican win but rather it was a rout against the Democratic agenda. The efforts of the Tea Party movement made this resounding defeat a reality. Tea Party candidates from across the nation were swept into power despite negative campaign advertising by the incumbents and television comedians who ridiculed the Tea Party members. The naysayers did not believe that we were a force after the 9/12 gathering in DC.

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

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 9, 2010

In the United States, we have emphasized political correctness over the last several decades. Many of us do not publicly express some of our thoughts and opinions because they are not considered "politically correct". For this article I am going to tell it like it is. I am tired of one-sided attacks against Americans and Christianity. In the Washington Times this week Mr. Anjem Choudary, a radical British Muslim, stated that the Islamic flag would fly over the White House. In the article he claims that Sharia law will govern the entire world.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Today is the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks upon the United States. As I reflect on the event, I am concerned that our country remains exposed.

It may be more difficult to attack two office towers today, but there are many other exposures. Our borders remain poorly secured with foreign nationals entering the country like water pouring through a sieve. Recent reports indicate that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has detained fewer people than last year.