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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Last night's Daytona 500 race made us better realize how efficiently The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) adheres to that U.S. Marine motto to adapt, overcome and improvise in its sport.

Their success formula is something that this administration with its bloated federal programs could do well to study in achieving results and streamlining government spending.

Monday, February 27, 2012

While in southwest Florida last week, I was watching a local television report about rising gas prices when the newscast itself turned into the story.

As the reporter was standing in front of a gas station to do his story on the escalating fuel prices, the price at that particular station went up by 10 cents during the time it took to do the two-minute segment.

It only punctuated his report and showed the volatility of the energy market, which is and will continue to impact us all right through election day.

Friday, February 24, 2012

The recent not guilty verdict of Casey Anthony involving the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, has inspired two bills that are now on the floor of the Pennsylvania House. My colleagues and I share a common agreement that Pennsylvania needs to protect its children.

I was flooded with constituent emails and phone calls during the Casey Anthony trial urging for stronger child protection laws to avoid more deaths like Caylee's, or to ensure strict legal consequences for a perpetrator of child abuse.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

One of the most important challenges facing health care today is the cost and overcrowding associated with emergency care. Nationwide, hospital emergency rooms (ERs) treat approximately 125 million patients each year, mostly for serious injuries and illnesses. But studies show that increasing numbers of people use ERs for non-life threatening care or because they do not have access to a primary care physician. Using ERs in inappropriate ways contributes to overcrowding and longer wait times, places unnecessary burdens on ER staff and drives up the cost of care.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

For people worried about the high heating bills that come with bitter cold temperatures, and for those who hate driving in snow, we've been blessed with some great winter weather.

There could be somewhat of a flip side.

Because of the gentle conditions, there could be more bugs than usual this coming summer, especially mosquitoes.

With mosquitoes comes the threat of disease, especially West Nile Virus.

The Illinois Department of Health writes on its Web site:

"What's the most dangerous creature on earth? Without question the answer is: the mosquito.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Gas prices already are having a jolting impact on household budgets. And all predictions say the prices are going to keep rising, probably to $4.25 a gallon by late April, and maybe even $5 by Memorial Day.

Problems in the Middle East are listed as the main reason.

Are our government officials doing everything they can to help the American consumer?

First of all, in stressing the bad impact the rising gas prices are having, it's costing people more money to go to their jobs, especially if they have long commutes.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Probably the most flattering comment one can receive – especially for a golden ager or a member of the baby boomer generation – would go something like this: "Doesn't he (or she) look unbelievable. You'd never know she was __ (fill in the age)."

Regular exercise is certainly a tonic for living a full and rewarding life. Thanks to the Senior Games, now entering their 23rd season this May, Carbon County is certainly staying ahead of the game when it comes to offering seniors a chance to enhance and enjoy their quality of life.

Monday, February 20, 2012

It's a fact that the state is in serious financial trouble, and that major budget cuts have occurred.

The budget for state parks dropped to $55 million last year, less than half of what it was just four years ago in the 2007-08 budget.

There has been past discussion that some state parks could eventually be closed.

Yet, for whatever reason, lawmakers still are stubbornly refusing to institute a charge for some activities at state parks such as swimming.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Commonwealth Foundation released this week an alarming new report on Pennsylvania public welfare that finds widespread abuse of tax dollars, with spending growing faster than the economy and exceeding education appropriations for the first time in state history.

Policy analysts from the free-market think tank examined numerous documented cases of fraud, waste and abuse including service providers billing the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare for luxuries such as a chandelier, landscaping, a six-person hot tub and a bowling alley.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Just as our area was experiencing a string of robberies over the last month, thieves were also quite busy on the opposite end of the state.

A number of grocery stores and restaurants in the Erie area were targeted by thieves but in many of those cases, the robbers appear to have been shoplifters and dishonest customers from within the community. That's unlike the robbery cases in this region, which seem to have been perpetrated by outsiders.