Can Obama be elected President?

May 28, 2008

There’s a lot of talk these days about whether or not Barack Obama can be elected President. Some say that Obama has no chance whatsover of being elected because he’s black. They said that a lot of whites, including some in Fayette County, simply would never vote for a black man as president. What do you think? I want to hear your opinions on this important subject. How do you think Obama will do in the fall if he’s the Democratic Party’s candidate? How do you think he’ll do in Fayette County?


Can Pens do it?

May 27, 2008


Hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day weekend. Hope also you had a chance to atttend a local memorial service near you.  I had a great weekend at least until around 8 p.m. last night when I turned the TV on to watch the Pens battle the Red Wings.  Yikes! What happened to that offensive juggernaut of ours? Now everyone realizes why the Red Wings are so good. Can we turn it around? Let’s hear you thoughts on what the Pens need to do to turn this thing around.

Blood drives and Memorial Day services

May 23, 2008


Just a few thoughts as we get ready for the Memorial Day weekend. If you have a chance, stop by Uniontown High School today for the Red Cross Blood Drive. It’s being held until 7 p.m. It’s in honor of Abby Check, the Uniontown teen-ager who died in a car accident several weeks ago. Her dad Garry works here at the Herald-Standard. Garry is very well liked and it’s just terrible to see him going through this. Hopefully, this will bring some small solace to know that people are giving blood in her name.  So far, they seem to have a good turnout. Let’s hope that a story we did on the drive brings more people out. It’s always amazing how many people respond when we do stories like that. Fayette County may have its problems but there are many, many good people here.  Everytime we do a story about someone in need, people always respond. Amazing!

Also, don’t forget with all the picnics and stuff going on to try and get out to a Memorial Day service. There are plenty of them going on in the area. I always enjoy attending the service at the five-corner intersection in Uniontown across from Walgreens. Our soldiers have done so much for us, the least we can do is take a few minutes to pay tribute to them.

Can the Pens beat the Red Wings?

May 22, 2008


I have to admit that I’m not the biggest hockey fan in the world.  I’m much more into the Steelers, although baseball is my first love and I’ll always have a soft place in my heart for the Pirates no matter how long it takes them to have a winning record. Still, I have followed the Pens over the years and have come to appreciate the game of hockey and the way our Pens play it. So, here’s my question. How good are the Red Wings? It’s funny to me because in other sports it seems like the teams and fans from other conferences know each other more than they do in hockey. When the AFC plays the NFC or the AL plays the NL, it just seems like you have more to go on than in the NHL. Maybe the situation would be different if the Pens had played the Red Wings. But still you’d think with interconference play and so forth that you’d be able to draw some comparisons between the two teams. But I really havent’t heard any other than the youth versus experience cliche. I guess we’ll see once they actually start playing. For my money and mouth, I’m taking the Pens in six games. I think it’s good that they’re a bit of an underdog. That always helps. I’d be interested to see what other hockey fans think of how the series will go. Thanks in advance for writing.

Should we lease the turnpike?

May 20, 2008

Gov. Rendell released a bid for the Pennsylvania Turnpke Commission. Basically, Gov. Rendell says the state needs the money to rebuild our bridges and highways and also upgrade our mass transit system. There are some who also say the Turnpike Commission is a nest of political patronage and could be eliminated at a great cost savings for residents of the Commonwealth. Opponents say the turnpike is one of our greatest assets and shouldn’t be leased away. What are your thoughts. Do you favor leasing the turnpike? We want to hear what you have to say.

Hello everyone

May 15, 2008


Well, we’re going to try something new for the Herald-Standard anyway. I’m going to start a blog. Basically, I’m going to write things in an attempt to start a conversation with the readers of I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say and starting a conversation between us.  In case you didn’t know, I grew up in Beaver County, graduating from Monaca High School and Penn State University with a degree in journalism. I worked at several newspapers in southwestern Pennsylvania before landing at the Herald-Standard on June 15, 1981. I started out as a general assignment reporter, and over the years did a little bit of everything from covering the courthouse to laying out the front page before becoming executive editor in February of 2004. I’m married with two grown children Bryan and Ashley. I’m 56 and love politics, sports and music, not necessarily in that order. I hope to touch on all those topics at some point. So, here’s my first question. Do you think Hillary should step down? It looks pretty hopeless for her at this point and some are questioning why she’s still running? Let me hear your thoughts on the subject.