Monday, February 13, 2017

Always be humble and kind

I used to say to my kids when they were growing up, don't lie, don't cheat and don't steal and you'll grow up to be a good person, and when Lori McKenna put all the lyrics together and handed the song off to Tim McGraw it became one of my favorites. Hold the door, say please, say thank you Don’t steal, don’t cheat and don’t lie I know you got mountains to climb, but Always stay humble and kind When those dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you When the work you put in is realized Let yourself feel the pride, but Always stay humble and kind. In my latest rant I talk about the humbling experience the news of my leaving the newspaper business brought about.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Times Herald editor (me) retires from newspaper business, heads to Elmwood Park Zoo

After 21 years in the newspaper business, which has transformed into the multimedia business, I'm leaving the industry. It's actually 23 years if you count the two years I spent as a correspondent for the Daily Local News in West Chester when I was new to PA and the journalism field. While the story on my departure is quite lengthy, I did leave out one tale worth retelling. I received a tip one day that two of our three county commissioners were meeting regularly at a local restaurant, discussing county business and then coming to the regularly scheduled commissioners' meeting fully prepared to vote on everything on the agenda. I sent a new reporter to the restaurant because I knew she wouldn't be recognized. She wasn't. They were doing a lot of talking and the ensuing stories led to an overhaul of the state's Sunshine Law, upping the ante from $100 per incident to $1000 per incident for those in power who believe the law does not apply to them. So, I'm heading to Elmwood Park Zoo where I'm going to do my very best Dr. Dolittle impression, and also help with the incredible plans they have in the works, including the soon to be open big cat exhibit.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

My personal 12 Days of Christmas Wish List

Some of the things on here are true and some are made up. You decide which is which. Oh, and Merry Christmas one and all!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Time to get critical thinking out of intensive care

Critical thinking seems to have given way to the 30-second soundbite and the instant gratification of the Internet. Time to reverse course! In my latest rant I talk about the need for the Electoral College. Unfortunately, some believe in the wake of our last presidential election it needs to fall by the wayside. I argue that we need it now more than ever!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Time to give Trump a chance

I remember thinking what a lot of you are thinking right now. How in the world did this guy get elected president? Only I was thinking it about eight years ago. We’re in almost the same position we were then when a virtual unknown became the president-elect. Now, we have a completely known as our president-elect. Think about it. In my latest rant, I talk about the fact that Donald Trump is not going to ruin America any more than Barack Obama did. Worse case scenario he gets some of his agenda through Congress that the liberal half of the country doesn’t agree with, just as the conservative half of the country doesn’t agree with the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Norristown Rising Roundtable to focus on safety and cleanliness

Revitalization hasn't come easy for Norristown. It's a struggle I've had a front row seat to for the past two decades while sitting in the editor's chair at The Times Herald. After years of frustration, and not for lack of trying I might add, I thought about a different approach. One of our responsibilities here at The Times Herald is to lead public discourse. We are the watchdogs of the community, but we also need to ask questions when things just don't seem right. So almost exactly two years ago the idea for Norristown Rising was born. We mapped out a series of stories that would run during 2015, asking questions about crime, housing, infrastructure and multiple other issues that never seem to make any progress toward the goal of revitalizing what was once a very proud place to live and work, and visit on a Friday or Saturday night. From that series, we launched the Norristown Rising Roundtable panel discussions in late 2015. We'll be hosting the third roundtable discussion later this month at the Centre Theater, where they've all been held, in the heart of Norristown. Last week's column outlined the next discussion pretty well, so give it a read and hopefully, we'll see you at the theater on October 24.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Washing away the stigma of Norristown's past

I've been on a personal mission for some time now, and what I'm coming to realize is that I'm not going to be able to accomplish this task all on my own. As much as I would like to think I can single-handedly get Norristown back on the right track, I know I'm going to need some help. In my latest rant, a lament the lack of public involvement when it comes to anything positive in town. Oh, people are more than happy to tell you about everything that's wrong with Norristown, but what we really need are the people who see the positive, and I certainly believe the residents of Norristown have to become more involved. Here's a positive for you. Just look at the marquee at the Centre Theater! Good things are happening in this town!