March 21, 1991 |
Happy Bird Day to you! Yes, today is officially Bird Day in Pennsylvania, though few people are aware of the momentous occasion. According to a news release issued by Sen. Edward W. Helfrick (R., Northumberland), Bird Day was proclaimed in 1968 as "an annual celebration of the return of spring and migratory birds to Pennsylvania. " He noted there are 300 species in the state, including the official state bird, the ruffed grouse. But few know about the special day, even birds.
September 3, 2011 |
As a former deputy secretary of PennDot under Gov. Tom Ridge, I have had the opportunity to see most of Pennsylvania from my car. From Venango County to Pike County to every county in between, I have traversed almost every highway and byway in this great state and have enjoyed every minute of it. While the landscape of Pennsylvania is beautiful, many of its roads, bridges and transit systems are in need of serious repair. Pennsylvania's infrastructure is aging significantly due to decades of underinvestment.
September 26, 2012 |
In a last-minute effort, the state of Pennsylvania is again relaxing requirements for residents to obtain a photo identification card to vote in the forthcoming election. Starting today, all voters should be able to apply for the so-called voting-only picture ID by making one trip to a PennDot licensing center. The move was formally announced in a Commonwealth courtroom Tuesday morning where Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr. is being asked to decide whether state officials have an adequate plan in place to insure all voters who need ID can access one. PennDot Deputy Secretary Kurt Meyers said the new policy to obtain a voting-only ID was implemented to address concerns by the state Supreme Court in its review of the controversial new voter ID law. In its opinion earlier this month, the court directed Simpson to block the law before the Nov. 6 election if he finds that the state has not done enough to ensure all voters can get the necessary photo ID to vote.
August 8, 2010
Pennsylvania 1817 Delancey Pl. , $5,850,000. 210 W. Washington Sq. unit 7se , $1,100,000. 718 S. Eighth St. , $760,000. 131 N. 20th St. , $700,000. 324 S. 16th St. , $695,000. 800 Admiral Peary Way unit 1845 , $666,950. 4212 Spruce St. , $661,000. 725 S. Marvine St. , $642,525. 205 Headhouse Ct. , $600,000. 730 N. Uber St. , $580,000. 604-636 S. Washington Sq. unit 2416 , $570,000. 236 Queen St. unit B , $555,000.
January 31, 2012
THE Pennsylvania House has declared 2012 "The Year of the Bible. " An official government resolution now calls the Bible the "word of God" and defines a "national need to study and apply the teachings of the holy scriptures. " The vote: 193-0. If 2012 is the Year of the Bible, that means it can't be the Year of: God, Jesus, America, patriotism, jobs, puppies wearing flag bandanas, babies, and, of course, babies with jobs wearing flag pins. Jokes aside, this sort of pandering is a problem.
September 11, 2014
AH, PENNSYLVANIA. Just when you think the governor's race is shaping up as a staid, boring, G-rated affair, along comes a couple of bizarre, saucy stories of porn. Lord, I love this state. How about the western Pennsylvania lawyer with, um, other acting credits, who appeared in a TV ad promoting Democrat Tom Wolf for governor? Turns out Alan Benyak, of Charleroi, last year played Mr. Cannibal in a flick called "Breeding Farm. " I believe I can state with some confidence that it isn't the best first-date movie.
August 28, 2005
When the federal government won't lead, states have to fill the void. Eventually, a patchwork of ideas creates a groundswell that leads to the policy the country needs. That's the nation's best hope as the Bush administration continues its "wait and see" approach to global warming. Climatologists are ratcheting up warnings that if allowed to continue, rising temperatures will melt glaciers, raise sea levels, and disturb weather patterns. Problems in the mid-Atlantic region could include flooding, insect infestation, disease, and loss of critical species, including brook trout and sugar maples.
January 24, 2013 |
Flu is declining in Pennsylvania, the state Department of Health reported Tuesday. Flu patterns are difficult to predict, and the state is still recommending vaccination against the virus. It is still considered widespread around the state. But for nearly every other measure - outpatient visits due to flulike illness, laboratory samples testing positive for the virus, and flu-related hospitalizations and deaths - the week that ended Saturday saw less flu than the previous week.
June 13, 2012 |
Republicans have lost Pennsylvania in the last five presidential elections. Mitt Romney's pollster did not include it on a list of seven crucial battleground states in a PowerPoint presentation for donors last week. And President Obama has solid leads in recent polls here. Some analysts have gone so far as to argue that Pennsylvania should be labeled "light blue" - leaning Democratic - instead of a true swing state. Yet in the early going, both sides are making major moves to contest Pennsylvania, with its 20 electoral votes.