Sunday, July 5, 2015


Thursday, April 16, 2015

The success of the local naloxone initiative has been astonishing.

Hardly a day goes by that we don't hear about a new case where a person who had overdosed on narcotics was saved because area police officers are now carrying this effective antidote.

It's wonderful.

It's also terrifying revealing the extent of the narcotics addiction problem in our community.

And a recent news story also revealed something about our community that is deeply disappointing.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Philadelphia-born actor Bradley Cooper made Pennsylvanians proud Sunday night by winning MTV's Best Male Performance for his role in the "American Sniper," the top-grossing movie of the year.

Most impressive was hearing Cooper thank others during his acceptance of the award. He dedicated it to the late Chris Kyle, who he portrays in the Clint Eastwood-directed movie and who would have turned 41 last week.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"It's a little embarrassing to go to the national conferences and listen to what other states are doing. It always seems like we're way behind when it comes to election reform."

Pedro Cortes, acting Pennsylvania secretary of state, in a recent Associated Press story.

Pedro Cortes can say that again.

And again, and again, and again about many issues.

Other states always seem to be way ahead of Pennsylvania on good government issues:

Ÿ Open records (we're finally catching up).

Ÿ Campaign finance limits.

Monday, April 13, 2015

We've seen some winners and losers at a number of schools in recent weeks.

Thankfully, the two losers were teachers who are replaceable, while the one winner who stood out is a 9-year-old elementary student.

One of the worst stories involved Marylin Zuniga, a teacher in Orange, New Jersey, who was suspended for asking her third-grade class to write "get well" letters to Mumia Abu-Jamal, the former Black Panther now serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of white Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Photographic images were a big factor in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who jurors found guilty this week on all 30 counts in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

After the bombings, Rolling Stone received a barrage of criticism for using Tsarnaev's photo on the cover.

Critics at the time felt the pop culture magazine glamorized Tsarnaev, treating him more like a rock star than a terrorist.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The results of a recent bridge inventory analysis are sobering.

The 2014 U.S. Department of Transportation National Bridge Inventory database found, in part, that cars, trucks and school buses cross Pennsylvania's 5,050 structurally compromised bridges 16.1 million times every day.

The review by Dr. Alison Premo Black, chief economist, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, should serve as a wake-up call.

Some of the potentially dangerous bridges are located in our area.

In some cases, motorists don't even know when they're passing over a bridge.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Integrity, honesty and credibility took a hit last week, thanks to former Senate leader Harry Reid and Sabrina Erdely, a journalist for Rolling Stone magazine.

Reid was asked by a news journalist if he regretted making a false accusation against Mitt Romney in the midst of the bitter 2012 presidential campaign. Even though he had no evidence to back up his charge, Reid announced on the Senate floor that word was out that Romney hadn't paid any taxes for 10 years.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Indiana's newly enacted "religious liberty" law has provoked nationwide controversy, largely because its chief champions are religious conservatives who have complained about businesses being forced to serve customers who are planning same-sex weddings.

If the point of passing such a bill is protecting religious liberty, not about discriminating against gays, there is a simple way to defuse the controversy:

Include a disclaimer that the bill does not override any current or future state or local law banning discrimination against others in business or commerce.

Monday, April 6, 2015

There's strong evidence that throwing more taxpayer money at a problem isn't the way to fix what's broken.

A good example is the veterans system. Earlier this year there was data that suggested the Veterans Health Administration had made some progress in dealing with scandal involving a backlog of cases, which was exposed by a whistle-blower in Phoenix in 2014.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Given the regular diet of negative news, it's nice to come across positive stories, especially those that show the kind of selfless love and sacrifice that Easter inspires.

Several stories involving the armed forces and the entertainment field got our attention this week.

"Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon took a few minutes during Tuesday's show to honor his father-in-law, William H. Juvonen, an aviation executive and former U.S. Marine aviator. During a training exercise over the Mojave Desert in 1961, his F-8C Crusader jet went into a tailspin, forcing him to eject.