Friday, July 11, 2014


Thursday, March 13, 2014

If you keep up with social justice issues, you've no doubt heard of the "Ban Bossy" campaign ( spearheaded by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and other prominent females.

The campaign seeks to strip "bossy" from our vocabulary, since its deeply ingrained use as a pejorative discourages girls from answering in class, running for school office, leading group projects or growing up to seek challenging positions in government or industry.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

It's an election year in Pennsylvania. Like dandelions in spring, legislators and their challengers will be popping up everywhere. They'll be visiting civic clubs, fraternal organizations, classrooms, parades and debates, asking you to trust them enough to put them in charge.

This means you'll get a chance to find out how much they trust you.

This week is National Sunshine Week, a celebration of open government and the people's right to know what their public servants are doing in their name.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

With the world in such a tizzy these days with so many people ready to shout and argue and poke each other in the eyes I can't think of a better time to embrace the Irish spirit.

It's my great good fortune to be a fellow of Irish descent. I share my good fortune with a quarter of all Americans, who can also trace their heritage to the rolling, green hills of Ireland.

As a lad, I remember my father sitting on the back porch on Sundays. Uncle Mike would sometimes visit for a couple of beers, and few things gave the two more pleasure than swapping Irish jokes.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

It was on Sept. 9, 2001, that HBO launched its 11-hour World War II miniseries "Band of Brothers," which was produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks and based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 book.

The opening of the 10-part series, which came just two days before the terrorists launched the attacks against America, followed a group of soldiers from "Easy" Company in the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. While actors portrayed the main characters, each episode included interviews with some of the real veterans from Easy Company.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"Be Careful of Stones That You Throw" was a song by Dion some decades ago that told about a woman thriving on gossip.

Today the Internet has taken gossiping and insults to a new level.

On many sites you'll see ridiculous postings from people who hide behind fake names and anonymous email addresses.

For example, on one site that posts articles from area newspapers, there's a remark about a drug raid. Someone literally names another person, claiming he's involved in drugs.

People who hide behind a pseudonym should be careful.

Monday, March 10, 2014

The opportunity and adrenaline rush of performing in front of 80,000 cheering pro football fans is unfathomable to us so when we heard Tony Gonzalez, the great pro bowl tight end, say that helping sick kids made him feel better than scoring a touchdown, it was quite eye opening.

It's hard to believe that a great athlete like Gonzalez' was once scared and bullied as a child. He says that after reading a book of Vince Lombardi quotes, things started to change.

Friday, March 7, 2014

When United Flight 93 crashed into a field in Somerset County, Pa. at 10:06, on Sept. 11, 2001, it marked the opening strike by America in the War On Terror.

Flight 93 was the fourth plane used by the Islamic terrorists in a series of coordinated attacks launched that morning. As a result of passengers fighting hijackers for control of the airliner, it was the only plane that failed to reach its target, thought to be Washington, D.C.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

One thing that makes a TV show a success is when it has a realistic appeal, when it gets us suppositionally involved.

For example, when watching "Dancing With the Stars" or "America's Got Talent," who doesn't visualize themselves, or someone they're close to, being on that stage and getting those cheers?

On "NCIS," doesn't it sound exciting to be an investigator and track down the criminals using hi-tech gadgets and science?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

With all those cold, gray days, the consistent storms that dumped record amounts of precipitation and the weeks of frigid temperatures, this has been a memorable winter.

Although much of the Northeast dodged a bullet when last weekend's storm passed well to the south, this has still been a season for the record books in many areas. Yet another blast of cold air turned Fasnacht Day into Frigid Tuesday for a large portion of the nation.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Safeguarding our personal liberties one of the most important features of a democratic society was in the news cycle last week.

Thursday marked the fifth anniversary of the Tea Party, one of the major grass-roots groups whose members believe that the federal government has become too large and powerful. Supporters are strongly dedicated to the Constitution, free-market policies, and reducing the national debt and federal budget deficit by reducing U.S. government spending and taxes.