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Friday, January 25, 2013

News item: Former professional road racing cyclist Lance Armstrong, who won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times, confesses to using and distributing performance-enhancing drugs and is banned from professional cycling. Despite his lying and cheating about doping, it doesn't stop ABC from offering him a spot on the upcoming spring edition of Dancing With the Stars.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

One of the perks of being an appointed member of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is you get a free car.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday that tollpayers bought commission Chairman William Lieberman a 2013 Jeep Cherokee for nearly $40,000 on Dec. 28. That's just days before the latest toll increase took effect.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

When it comes to guns and schools, it's certainly better to err on the side of caution, but as with any strategy, common sense must also be used.

The shootings at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut have made many people jumpy, especially within the school community. Several weeks ago, a high school in New York was placed in lock down after someone called 911 to report a suspicious teen wearing a black backpack containing a lime green gun.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tonight we likely will experience the coldest temperatures so far this winter.

While the mercury will read in single digits, winds chills could drop as low as 17 below zero overnight.

Treat the cold weather with respect, especially if you have pets who spend most of the time outdoors or children who must go to a bus stop in the morning.

Whether you, your children, or other family members go outside, make sure adequate precautions are taken.

Wear layered clothing, be sure ears and head are covered, and wear gloves.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Daniel Day-Lewis' masterful portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in the new Steven Spielberg movie gives us a good look at presidential politicking at its best.

Though burdened by Civil War and a fractured Congress, Lincoln is intensely focused on gathering the bipartisan votes needed to pass the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would abolish slavery. The disciplined chief executive was willing to sacrifice personal popularity in order pass the amendment during a critical hour in our nation's history.

Friday, January 18, 2013

President Obama's use of children in announcing his "common sense" approach to gun control raised questions in some circles about exploiting youngsters for political advantage.

But that wasn't the only criticism to his much anticipated strategy to combat gun violence. There are some who feel Obama overstepped his powers in issuing his 19 executive orders.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Do any organizations appoint public relations officers anymore?

The role of the public relations officer is to obtain publicity for the respective group by contacting news organizations and social Web sites regarding fund raisers, upcoming special events, and general information such as election of officers.

Too often we hear complaints about not giving coverage or showing up at a certain event, when we actually were never informed of it. Very often an organization will merely take for granted that someone will contact the media when nobody is actually appointed to do so.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Baby Boomers going through elementary school recall how earning that S for Satisfactory in penmanship was a major deal, and helped build your ticket for grade advancement.

But today, those of us who ever needed help in deciphering a doctor's handwritten prescription sees the clock ticking. Cursive writing, one of 'the three Rs' in that primary school experience may soon follow the manual typewriter to extinction.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

In the political climate, March could come roaring in like a lion. Unlike the hypothetical lion of weather, the political monster could leave gaping economic and social wounds.

That's because major budgetary fights are virtually assured over the next two months between Democrats and Republicans.

In reality, whether it's called this or not, another fiscal cliff is on the horizon.

Here's some of the things coming up:

Ÿ The debt limit will be maxed out by the end of February or early March.

Ÿ The $1.2 trillion sequester is set to go into effect March 1.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Webster's might want to add a definition to the word hypocrisy.

It's spelled A-l G-o-r-e.

The former vice president, who came within a Supreme Court vote of becoming president in the controversial hanging chad election of 2000, recently sold his news and public affairs network, Current TV, to the Arabic language channel Al-Jazeera for $500 million. Al-Jazeera is owned by the Emir of Qatar and headquartered in that oil-rich Arab state.