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Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

If you're on a flight and there's a midair emergency whereby things quickly spin out of control, it's good to know there's a professional crew trained to make split-second decisions, as well as some strong, alert passengers on board willing to help.

That happened early this morning when Clayton Osborn, the captain of a JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas, became distraught and had to be restrained in what the airline simply termed a "medical situation." For those aboard the plane, however, the actual circumstances that transpired were much more dire.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

When Katy Butler, a high school student from Michigan, heard that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) gave the award-winning documentary about school bullying an "R" rating because of questionable language, she was outraged and decided to do something about it.

Monday, March 26, 2012

The shooting of a Florida teenager by a neighborhood watch volunteer has raised questions about whether the law justifying the use of deadly force by private citizens should be re-examined.

George Zimmerman reportedly told police that Trayvon Martin attacked him after he had given up on chasing the teenager and was returning to his sport utility vehicle. That explanation is vehemently dismissed by the victim's family and friends who feel that Trayvon was recklessly gunned down by Zimmerman.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Two years ago, on March 23, 2010, the new health care law was signed into being so that "we could all see what is in the bill," as Nancy Pelosi promised. Other promises repeated over and over by its backers and the media: "You can keep your doctor." "The new law will bend the cost curve downwards." "Health insurance will be more affordable." "No one will have to violate his/her conscience." "The new law will not add to the deficit."

Thursday, March 22, 2012

(Parade announcer): Good afternoon Obamacare fans and welcome to the second anniversary parade to celebrate the signing of your federally-mandated health care bill.

Today's parade is made possible by Barack Obama and sponsored by the American taxpayer. It is now estimated that your "Affordable Care Act" will cost $1.76 trillion over the next decade.

Government-controlled medicine wouldn't be possible without your elected Democratic members of the House and Senate. We have an excellent lineup of leaders to thank from the administrative and legislative branches of government.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A few towns have them, but most don't.

They're curfews for borough parks and playgrounds. In some towns, nobody is permitted in parks and playgrounds after a specified hour.

Such curfews are a great idea. They help prevent vandalism and cut down on such activities as drug use and other crimes.

We've been to playgrounds and have found condoms, litter, and graffiti. Admittedly some of this could have occurred in the daylight hours, but certainly the night is when isolated playgrounds and parks offer a convenience for gatherings of unscrupulous individuals.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is turning to shock and awe television and print ads to get the message out on the evils of tobacco, the number one cause of preventable death, killing more than 400,000 people and costing $96 billion in health care bills each year.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Before deciding to trash one of our dead presidents – who was an American patriot and war hero – President Obama might be well advised to consult more with historians and depend less on the staff stooges writing his political campaign jargon.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Two years ago, I did a history column on James Beaver, the namesake of Penn State's football stadium.

For a headline, we had some fun with the Beaver name. "No, PSU stadium wasn't named after the animal!" it stated.

One of four generals who went on to serve as governor of Pennsylvania, Beaver was wounded five times during the Civil War, the most serious coming at the Battle of Reams Station when a bullet went through his right thigh, shattering the bone and requiring amputation just below the hip.