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Monday, July 11, 2011

Every Fourth of July, you see them all over the place. They're large tents - usually white - with banners hawking fireworks.

At Easter and other times of the year, you see almost as many tents pushing flower sales.

There are even tents selling toys and gifts at Christmas.

Do municipalities regulate these sales outlets? Are state officials checking to see that the owners are collecting sales taxes and claiming profits - which includes paying occupational taxes?

Are permits needed for these sites?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Even though the housing market is still suffering from the effects of the worst housing market downturn since the Great Depression and many owners have seen the monetary value of their home decline, Americans still emphatically believe in homeownership.

That's the key finding of a recent nationwide survey of people likely to vote conducted on behalf of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) by the Republican and Democratic polling firms of Public Opinion Strategies and Lake Research Partners.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

It took nearly a decade for the U.S. to bring down terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, but it appears that another al Qaeda character has stepped up who is just as focused on creating new havoc against the civilized world.

Alleged bomb maker and Saudi fugitive Ibrahim al-Asiri is the latest terror technician to show up on the U.S. radar. He's the apparent mastermind of a plan to surgically implant a bomb about the size of a grapefruit inside the abdominal cavity of a suicide bomber in order to get through airport security and board a plane.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The spring was harsh with several storms inflicting serious damages. Especially devastating was a storm on May 26 which pelted many areas with large hail and heavy winds. The storms damaged roofs, siding, cars, windows, and garages.

Since then, some people in the affected areas have been visited by individuals from out of the area who say they want to repair these damages.

While these firms might be legitimate, be cautious. Make sure you don't hire a scam artist or a firm which won't properly restore your property.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sometimes it is very hard to decide what to keep and what to get rid of; what will be a collector's item and what will deteriorate to the point of worthlessness.

As individuals, we might have to make such decisions with an old toy, an item handed down through generations, or even a plate in a china closet.

Often the right decision is determined by your own preservation abilities. For example, you might have a newspaper from when President Kennedy was assassinated, but did you keep it in a place where it won't get yellow and brittle?

Friday, July 1, 2011

There's no better way to become inspired this July 4th weekend than through the words of some of this nation's greatest leaders.

Randy E. King, the President/CEO of several performance companies and an adviser to many fortune 500 companies, has produced an interactive multi-language website for young Americans to understand our national heritage.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

It's not nice to break into someone else's home to steal things, destroy the property, and/or cause fear, injury, or even death to the residents.

Some bad boys – and occasionally girls – just don't understand this. As a result, many innocent lives are often jeopardized by random acts of illegal entry and unprovoked violence.

Until now, fighting back could put the resident in more trouble than the perpetrator.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Earlier this month, a national report card was issued on the performances of students in American schools in the area of history. The results weren't the kind of statistics that provides inspiration as we head into next Monday's national birthday celebration.

The proficiency tests were given to 4th, 8th and 12th graders by the National Assessment of Educational Progress board and the history scores were the lowest among the subjects tested, which included math, reading, science, writing, civics, geography and economics.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The face of America is changing.

If you are a white American, and have recently had a child in the family, the baby will be in the racial and ethnic minority by the time he or she reaches middle age.

New government data shows that in 1990, more than 60 percent of children in the 3-year-old age group were white. Today, that group numbers just under half of all 3-year-olds.

Monday, June 27, 2011

The state House of Representatives is considering legislation that would close off all "identifying information" relating to 911 calls, including names, cross-street and location information in time response logs.

The Right to Know Law protects "records or parts of records, except time response logs..." pertaining to emergency dispatch calls. Time response logs, including cross-street information, have been ruled as presumptively open by Commonwealth Court. Pennsylvania Newspaper Assocation members are opposing House Bill 1174 for the following reasons: