This edition marks the close of another year, a year that has brought with it tragedy and triumph. We all know the bad news but maybe we should look at the good news.
Recently Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill that expanded gambling “opportunities” in Pennsylvania. This was part of the deal to try and balance Pennsylvania’s budget. It was a bad deal.
Veterans Day is an event that is often overlooked these days. It wasn’t always so. Not so very long ago the streets would be lined with people honoring veterans. There would be a parade and marching bands.
History is a great teacher. History shows us the problems faced by our ancestors and how they resolved those problems. A study of history also illustrates two things: We seldom learn from our previous mistakes and, secondly the human condition, in spite of our great advances in technology, h…
We are hearing a lot about plans these days. Having a plan is a good thing. Hopefully having a good plan will avoid pitfalls and save the government, that is to say you and me, money.
I am always amused by the antics of the Hollywood elite. These self-important people are never shy about sharing their opinions with the common folk. By common folks I mean the average Joe and Josephine on the street who pay their hard earned money to see these folks pretend to be something …
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was observed on Saturday, Jan. 9. It was a day overlooked by most Americans but it should not have been. This day does not get the national spotlight like other special days. There are no parades, no mass meetings or rallies attended by noted orators…
It is always fun to pull out the old crystal ball, gaze into the orb and try to predict the future. I looked deeply into my “crystal ball” and came up with my own set of predictions.
In just a few hours Christmas trees around the world will be surrounded by gaily wrapped packages of all shapes and sizes. Each of those gifts will have names on them, showing to whom and from whom they are given.
I have often been accused of being a big kid at heart. My wife told me that I enjoyed taking the grandboys shopping for toys because it legitimized my secret desire to buy toys.
Every scientist looks for the best place to study his targeted phenomenon—tornadoes in the Mid-West, hurricanes in the Caribbean, ice thinning in the Artic or thickening in the Antarctic. For gun issues this would be Chicago because it is the murder capitol of the United States and the hand…
I was watching a news show one morning when I saw a film clip of a Black Lives Matter rally in New York. The speakers were unanimous in their opinion that the police in this nation are gunning down innocent Black men at an alarming rate.
I have never been to Syria and I am pretty sure I don’t want a quarter million Syrians coming here. That is why I was concerned when I heard President Obama was sponsoring the migration of that many Syrians to the United States. It struck me we have a bad enough immigration problem already.
Last week I was asked to address the folks down at the Heritage House on the Constitution. I thought that was an appropriate time as this date marks the formal presentation of the Constitution to the Congress on Sept. 17, 1787.
Twice in the past few weeks local elected “leaders” attempted to use their position to benefit themselves. One of these attempts I witnessed first hand. The second one I was told about more than once.
A recent survey of Pennsylvania’s counties was not good news for our region. The survey ranked the counties in order of poverty. Four of the top 10 counties were in our area. Jefferson County came in at 10.
Would you take out a second mortgage on your home to bet on the stock market? Such an idea deserves ridicule—if not alarm. You’d be putting your home and your family at risk.
The DuBois-Jefferson County Airport is in a crisis. At this point we do not know how this will be resolved. A meeting was scheduled last week to determine the future of the airport.
I will admit right here, right now, I voted for Kathleen Kane for Pennsylvania’s Attorney General. I have regretted that decision almost from the day she was sworn into office. I thought it was time Pennsylvania had a female Attorney General. I thought we needed someone who did not represent…
Although it helps to be wealthy when you are running of President of the United States wealth neither guarantees success (just ask Mitt Romney) nor civil behavior. Which brings us to Donald Trump.
While we have been enjoying the summer sunshine and warm weather the past few days, we have been reminded in not-so-subtle ways that, if the Lord tarries, Christmas will be here before we know it.
This week the Jefferson County Fair opens. That may not mean much to many people except another chance to buy a funnel cake or watch cars crash into one another but to a dedicated, but small, group, it means so much more.
It seemed only fitting that on the last day of June, it rained. Not only did it rain but we had a severe thunderstorm about 8 p.m. I have not seen the final statistics yet but I am willing to bet that June was one of the wettest ones on record.
I have been asked several times in the past few days what I thought of the controversy swirling around the Battle Flag of the defunct Confederate States of America. Many of the people who asked know I am a history buff. Some others know that I have been involved with living history performan…
This will be the 34th Father’s Day that I must celebrate without my dad. There are some days when it seems like only yesterday that he was still standing at the front door looking out over the community. Needless to say, I miss him and often wonder how different my life might have been if he…
In Jefferson County, only 27 percent, of the registered voters actually voted. That is about one in four or 6,659 of 25,353 registered Democrats and Republicans cast ballots in the primary election.
It seems every Spring a new crop sprouts up all over the landscape. This crop has a duration of just about a month before it is harvested and either destroyed or carefully stored for the next season.
At the recent Jefferson County Commissioner Candidate Forum, one of the questions dealt with tourism. The question was how the candidate would promote tourism in Jefferson County.
I was keenly interested in the growing debate over a law passed in the state of Indiana that has been dubbed the “Freedom of Religion Law.” As a school student in the 1960s I was taught that was one of the reasons this country was founded, religious freedom. So why do we need a state law gua…
So Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is officially a deserter. This ruling should come as no surprise to anyone who has ever put on a uniform, had a relative who served or has ever read anything about military justice.
The title of this piece may seem contradictory. Seldom do Pennsylvanians equate common sense with state government but, now and again, the planets align and what results is a real world approach to an overwhelming problem.