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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Alzheimer's disease is going to be an increasingly acute problem both around the world and in this country as life spans stretch even further and the large cohort of baby boomers march into senescence.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Life can be a day-to-day struggle for those adults raising children and also caring for elderly parents.

Sen. Robert Casey estimates the number of Americans over age 65 with chronic health conditions at 30 million to 38 million. About half of those in their 40s or 50s are providing for children of their own while also helping care for parents. They are known as the "sandwich generation."

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Pets can be loyal but if you're a parrot person and break the law, better watch that squawker!

Last week, a Philadelphia detective testified how a foul-mouthed bird helped lead police to a woman suspect on trial for abducting and sexually assaulting a 5-year-old from school last year.

During the 19 hours she spent blindfolded in a west Philadelphia home, the girl reported hearing a talking bird. Before she was abandoned at a park, she also got a glimpse of the back of the house.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pennsylvania's impact on American military history is quite remarkable.

The Valley Forge military camp by the American Continental Army over the winter of 1777–1778 was pivotal in the American Revolution. Gen. George Washington acknowledged that the perseverance gained by the soldiers at Valley Forge was what rallied the Continental Army to bind together and eventually win the war.

Friday, August 29, 2014

With all the clever advertising these days, it's getting harder to distinguish between honest marketers and frauds.

Thanks to the Internet, the schemers have been busier than ever. It's especially difficult when the perpetrators hide behind official looking logos or with appealing notices like "You have won!" or that "there's an official check in the mail awaiting you."

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A discussion in Schuylkill County this week by police officers and state officials centered on the growing use of illegal drugs.

Especially of concern was heroin. The low monetary cost of the drug is one of the reasons for its popularity among addicts. It was stated that a bag of heroin costs less than a pack of cigarettes.

Of course, the cost to society and the cost to the user's body is significantly higher.

Overwhelmingly, people testifying called for more funding to help combat the ever-growing wave of opiate addiction.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A History Channel documentary series titled "Ancients Behaving Badly" takes a modern look into some of history's most infamous rulers.

Although they may not be in the class of ruthless leaders like Nero, Caligula and Genghis Khan, we have our share of politically motivated characters behaving badly. Last week, Brian McGinnis, a party chairman in southeastern Pennsylvania, received a second citation for public urination.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Franklin Township supervisors said that expenses for police protection now make up 25 percent of the municipality's entire budget.

The township has four full-time officers and three part-time patrolmen. This means that despite the high expense, the township doesn't have 24-7 local police protection.

Other municipalities face a similar problem. Local police protection is expensive. Besides the salaries, there are costs for uniforms, firearms, vehicles and insurance.

But local police protection is necessary.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Recent news on the education front has ranged from positive to bizarre to embarrassing and troubling.

First, the positive. Pennsylvania has become more proactive regarding youth suicide after Gov. Tom Corbett signed legislation requiring all schools to adopt age-appropriate youth suicide awareness and prevention policies for students in sixth through 12th grades.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Never one to be short of words, the outspoken Curt Schilling has always thrived on the big stage.

He helped pitch the Philadelphia Phillies to the World Series in 1993, and won World Series championships with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Boston Red Sox.

His career postseason record of 11–2 ranks first all-time among pitchers with at least 10 decisions.

On Wednesday, the 47-year-old Schilling announced that he has been battling oral cancer, which makes even the World Series game seem minimal in comparison to such a life-altering event.