Saturday, January 31, 2015


Friday, January 30, 2015

One sports pundit on talk radio came up with a great observation regarding Deflate Gate, the name connected to the New England Patriots for allegedly deflating footballs to gain an advantage in their last playoff game against Indianapolis. He said if space aliens were observing earth and tapped into the endless amount of news coverage devoted to the suspected sports scandal, they would leave our plant wondering what kind of idiots are running the most advanced society earth has to offer.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Weather forecasters came under attack this week for being wrong on the course of a blizzard that formed this week.

Projections were that New York City would get up to 2 feet of snow (10 inches fell), Philadelphia would receive about 12-16 inches (about 1 inch fell), and we would receive 6-8 inches (we got just a couple inches).

How could a forecast be so wrong?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

If there was an all-star game for hypocrites, last week's annual World Economic Forum in Switzerland, which was billed as a conference to discuss global warming and income inequality, was the place to be.

Many of the billionaires and world leaders who are avowed climate change advocates and environmentalists flew to the event in 1,700 private jets that were not exactly environment friendly. During the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, it was reported that "more than 95 percent of our total carbon footprint resulted from air travel."

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Schuylkill County is divesting itself of Rest Haven, a nursing home.

That's not a secret.

The commissioners are spending a quarter-million dollars to arrange for change of ownership, money paid to Eckert Seamans Cerin & Mellott of Harrisburg.

That's not a secret, either.

But the short list of three prospective buyers ... well, you'd stand a better chance of discovering the number combination to the lock at the Fort Knox Gold Reserve.

And that kind of secrecy, for a taxpayer-funded facility, just seems unwarranted.

Monday, January 26, 2015

One thing that comes across in the new Clint Eastwood movie "American Sniper" is the raw emotion experienced by Bradley Cooper, the actor portraying Chris Kyle.

The greatest sniper in American history, Kyle did not regret killing the enemy in war but he did agonize over the comrades he lost during his four tours in Iraq.

He was consumed with protecting American freedoms and helping those who were physically maimed and emotionally scarred when they came home.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Americans love to watch their sports, evidenced by the huge ratings numbers the college football playoffs received and the massive amount of dollars connected with next weekend's Super Bowl.

Imagine the furor if this government pulled the plug on televised sports and made watching games a crime? Last week in the Iraq city of Mosul, which is controlled by the Islamic State commonly known as ISIS a group of 13 teenage boys were punished for watching the televised Asian Cup soccer match between Iraq and Jordan.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Last week, Lansford Mayor James Romankow complained to the borough council about icy sidewalks at a bus stop on Bertsch Street.

The bus stop is at the former Lansford High School, now a privately owned building which reportedly may soon be sold at a tax sale.

The property owner isn't taking care of the sidewalks.

The borough won't because this is private property. Borough officials said if it attempts to maintain the sidewalks, the borough will be assumed responsible if any incidents happen that result in liability.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

In just the past month Hollywood has delivered excellent film portrayals of two legendary soldiers who helped protect our freedoms.

Although separated by more than half a century, the courageous lives of Louis Zamperini in "Unbroken" and Chris Kyle in "American Sniper" have resonated with the American public.

"Unbroken," the movie directed by Angelina Jolie, opened on Christmas Day to packed theaters, including the one I attended.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Historically, Schuylkill County has had a poor record in addressing the needs of the homeless.

The county of 146,920 has no permanent homeless shelter.

In fact, the county hasn't even been able to come up with a way to find the homeless.

But that situation might change.

On Jan. 29, Schuylkill County will try to put a number to the issue a first step, perhaps, to address immediate needs of food, clothing and shelter for those down on their luck.

Monday, January 19, 2015

When it comes to knowing American history, most citizens can't answer basic questions on how their government works.

For Constitution Day last September, the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania released the embarrassing results of its survey of 1,416 adults. In it, little more than a third of respondents could name all three branches of the U.S. government, and about the same number could not name a single one. More than half of the responders did not know which party controls the House and Senate.