Monday, March 2, 2015


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Ask today's students about when the First World War was fought or about the attack on Pearl Harbor that launched America into World War II, and you're likely to receive a blank stare from many.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The popularity of vaping, or using e-cigarettes, is growing exponentially. E-cigarettes are battery-operated smoking devices that deliver vapor in flavors without burning like traditional cigarettes. The liquid used in the devices comes with or without nicotine.

Some say they help smokers become ex-smokers, while others say not enough is known about them to categorize their risks. Still others are making money selling them. But nearly everyone agrees that they should be kept away from minors.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Children learn early behavior patterns by observing their parents.

Lynn Lyons, a psychotherapist who co-authored the book "Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children," admits that we all mess up and that parenting takes practice.

Since children are always watching, Lyons says it's important for parents to be calm and consistent in front of them.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

After what we've been seeing in recent weeks, we can only hope the new year brings more peace to our streets. The nation is in need of a transfusion of goodwill and a healing from within.

Our inner cities remind us of prior decades when racial divides ran deep and respect for authority, especially police, was missing. Today, the protesters are using cases from Ferguson, Cleveland, and New York City for their rally cries.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The news business relies heavily on news tips and up-to-the-minute information.

But we're seeing an evolution in the process.

For example, news media organizations in Pennsylvania are faced with a new challenge as police and other emergency responders switch to encrypted digital technology.

Encryption blocks access to information, preventing the media and public from hearing what's taking place.

It also allows responders to operate with more privacy.

Monday, December 29, 2014

What would prompt someone to rush into a burning building to rescue someone stranded or to shield a person from a gunman's bullets?

Andrew Carnegie, the Pittsburgh steel magnate, was intrigued by stories of heroism, especially after a miner and an engineer died trying to rescue others after a coal mine disaster that killed 181 people.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Although known as "Silent Cal" because of his reputation as a quiet man, Calvin Coolidge is known in history for restoring public confidence in the White House after the scandals of his predecessor's administration.

It's true Coolidge was a man of few words and was aware of his stiff reputation.

He once told actress Ethel Barrymore, "I think the American people want a solemn ass as a president, and I think I will go along with them."

He once wrote, "The words of a president have an enormous weight, and ought not to be used indiscriminately."

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

There's been a lot in the news about glitches in our education system.

You've probably read that some schools don't meet state testing expectations.

Once in a while a teacher gets in trouble with the law for doing something unprofessional,

The newfangled Common Core teaching system is controversial.

Some districts have labor disputes.

Overall though, most teachers are doing a darn good job and really care about their students.

Monday, December 22, 2014

You'd think that anyone with a basic knowledge of those tough Old Testament retribution stories we learned about in Sunday school would think twice before stealing from a backyard creche or a church during Christmas season.

But thieves will stop at nothing these days, and police have been especially busy again this holiday season investigating "kidnappings" of the baby Jesus. Of the figurines being stolen, it is the most popular target of thieves.

Friday, December 19, 2014

This is the time of season that inspires the best, and unfortunately exposes the worst in our fellow man.

Recent stories about people paying off bills for others in store checkout lines provided some feel-good moments. Other charitable souls, who chose to remain anonymous, made their acts of giving on a larger scale.