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Monday, October 27, 2014

Our elected officials give life to bills, or crush them

This entire year I've written about property tax reform. Now, while I'm not political expert by any stretch of the imagination, I do pay attention to what's going on in the world of politics, both here and abroad. One thing that has become perfectly clear to me is that our elected officials can give life to a bill in a matter of days. They can also sit on a bill until it suffocates. Or, they can simply crush it. In my latest rant, I talk about, you guessed it, property tax reform. How are the bills designed to bring some form of relief to property tax owners doing?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Venting about something other than politics

With just a few weeks left until Election Day, I thought it would be a good time to vent about something other than politics. In this week's rant, I take on drivers, or more accurately, people who don't know how to drive.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Time to put ISIS in deep freeze

It's not often that I agree with our president, but when it comes to ISIS, or ISEL or whatever you want to call them, our president has it right. We need to bomb them right off the face of the planet. In my latest rant I talk about a particularly disturbing segment of a recent 60 Minutes airing that should have gotten everyone's attention.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Real quick, where will you be on Oct. 4?

Next up on the agenda...Oct. 4 craft beer and food fundraiser for The Centre Theater Who needs tickets? I describe it all in my latest rant in The Times Herald. We have a fundraiser coming up on Oct. 4 for the Centre Theater. We’re doing a craft beer and food pairing event to raise money for the venerable venue. It promises to be a great afternoon, starting around 4:30 and going until 7:30. I’ll be the guest bartender, so come on by and say hello if you’re in the neighborhood. If you’re not in the neighborhood, make a U-turn and come on over anyway. The fundraiser is going to help the entire theater, but just in case you had no idea what goes on at 208 DeKalb, I’ll let you in on a few of the events. Wallafest is held every summer and features about 16 bands over two days. There are plays and poetry readings, and there are kids programs as well, lots of programs for kids. Citizen Paine is an off-Broadway show that will be making a return appearance this fall, and we’re in the planning stages for the upcoming theatrical season. Oh, and we’re just about to launch a music school. Did you know there was a music school in Norristown? We’ve been lucky enough to get a couple of donations from our two local state representatives, Matt Bradford and Mike Vereb, and we’ve purchased a few instruments. We’re teaming up with the Police Athletic League to brings kids over after school to give them a taste of the arts through this incredibly low cost program. Come down Oct. 4 and I’ll tell you all about it.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The new Times Herald is turning heads

I don't know if you had a chance to see it yet, but we've changed! I talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of going through a redesign in my latest rant.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Naming names in the war on property taxes in Pennsylvania

It's time to start naming names in the war on property taxes, and I do it here, in this week's rant. We've been talking about property tax reform for so long I can now type property tax reform with my eyes closed. Unfortunately, our elected officials don't seem to care about how long we've been talking about. Why should they when they know they have a few more years in office to mull it over. But guess what, those years are up, at least for our House members, and for half the state Senate.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Pennsylvania property tax 'mistake'

Sometimes something you do wrong can lead to something right. With my vow to keep the pressure on our state legislators to address property tax reform, I was trying to come up with a theme for this week's column. A mistake I made in last week's column was weighing on me, and then it hit me what a huge mistake connecting property taxes to public education was when it was first conceived, which led me to this week's rant. Only back then property taxes really didn't affect that many people because the cost to educate a child was so low. Those were the days!