We’re having a quiet night at home and wish everyone a happy and safe New Year’s Eve

Article posted on December 31, 2012

There wasn’t much going on today. Johnny and I ran the Hollidaysburg Area Y’s Twilight Race 2012. They have a 5K and 2 Mile run, we did the 5K. Johnny’s not in the best shape because of his schedule at school, so we hung back and took our time. He was a good sport about running and I was impressed that he could go that distance without having run for months. We’re having a quiet night at home and wish everyone a happy and safe New Year’s Eve.

-John

It sounds like a good proposal from what I’ve seen

Article posted on December 30, 2012

Well, the Steelers won their last game. The problem is, that it’s their last game. As other teams progress through the playoffs, we prepare for next season. I never get too caught up in a team’s success, it’s just not worth it. But, I do get disappointed, very disappointed. The bulk of the stories I saw today were on the private management of the PA Lottery. We’ll know soon whether or not the bid date will be extended. The Senate Finance Committee has a hearing scheduled on the entire situation in January. I’ve been on this committee for 6 years, but since we haven’t gotten our committee assignments for next session yet, I don’t know if I’m on there or not. It will be a hearing that gets a lot of attention. I’ll be interested in what is learned either way. It sounds like a good proposal from what I’ve seen.

-John

It’s another mess in a long line of messes from Washington

Article posted on December 29, 2012

We got more snow than predicted, again. I was out at 6:30 for my men’s fellowship group this morning then hit a few stores, running errands for Charlotte. With retail sales lagging, this weather will add insult to injury for the purveyors of goods in our area. Business people I speak with don’t see the nation’s economy turning around for a long time to come. ObamaCare is cited by almost all as the reason they see sluggish or no growth. It’s tough to get ahead in business these days and the “fiscal cliff” situation isn’t helping either. I don’t have any inside info on this, I’m watching the news like everyone else. It’s another mess in a long line of messes from Washington.

-John

It’s always good to see a friendly face

Article posted on December 28, 2012

Things are slower this week in the office, but there are always things that need taken care of. Today, I made more arrangements for next Tuesday in Harrisburg. To most folks, it’s New Year’s Day, to the Pennsylvania General Assembly, it’s Inauguration Day. We will be in session and those recently elected will take the oath or affirmation of office. The capitol will be packed with supporters of the new members. If you’re there and get a moment to visit, please stop by. It’s always good to see a friendly face.

-John

Maybe that will save our local papers the trouble of doing the leg work

Article posted on December 27, 2012

I had several interesting constituent meetings today in Huntingdon County. Given the issues that we’ve been hearing about on the news frequently, some people are thinking ahead about what will be proposed in the legislature. I’m still getting emails from people concerned about gun control. The latest story that precipitated activity was about the newspaper outside of New York City publishing a list of gun carry permit holders. As an email to me said today, “how nice for the burglars to know which houses to skip over”. I guess the paper feels that those who have a legal permit are people we should worry about, if that’s their mind set, they’re wrong, again. For the record, I have a permit and would protect my family and property. Maybe that will save our local papers the trouble of doing the leg work.

-John

I really don’t think that we will add to the problem

Article posted on December 26, 2012

Wow, did Old Man Winter ever come to Central PA. I was on the road for a few hours today and it was the worst winter driving I’ve experienced in years. This evening the traffic was sparse, even around the mall in Altoona. Speaking of the mall, I saw a story this morning about the lack-luster shopping season this year. The early reports, just after Black Friday, said that sales were up, with the caveat that many stores opened on Thanksgiving for the first time, which allowed more time for shoppers. My assessment, which I make every year based on what I see in the parking lots and hear from people, was that sales weren’t as strong as usual. Today’s report confirmed my suspicions. With increased federal taxes coming next year, buying power will suffer even more. Don’t worry about the state, I really don’t think that we will add to the problem.

-John

Happy Birthday Jesus and Merry Christmas to all

Article posted on December 25, 2012

Happy Birthday Jesus and Merry Christmas to all! We had a great day at my sister Lisa’s house and at home with family. I got some neat stuff including a family gift of a Wii from Johnny. I hope everyone had a happy and special day.

-John

I hope that everyone has a blessed Christmas Eve

Article posted on December 24, 2012

Johnny got back late last night. We went to lunch together today and ran a couple of errands in addition to getting a little work out. Wherever we went, everyone seemed excited about their plans for tonight and tomorrow. We’re going to church tonight and spending time together at home. We’ll probably make some hot cocoa and popcorn late this evening I hope that everyone has a blessed Christmas Eve.

-John

The folks in our area are tired of having their decisions at the ballot box not count for the Presidential race

Article posted on December 23, 2012

Outside of national stories today on the “fiscal cliff”, the stories on state issues touched on the media’s usual gun control agenda, a bill to be reintroduced by Senator Dominic Pileggi that would change how electoral votes from PA would be counted in future Presidential elections and a story on how much money the state liquor store employees union spread around during the last election and who got it. I am a co-sponsor on the bill to change the electoral vote count. Currently, Pennsylvania’s votes are a winner take all contest. The folks in our area are tired of having their decisions at the ballot box not count for the Presidential race. Dominic’s plan would have the electoral votes decided by Congressional district, which is a more realistic reflection of our popular vote. Barack Obama did not get 100% of the popular vote in this state, but he did receive 100% of the electoral votes. It’s a matter of fairness.

-John

That’s tough to beat

Article posted on December 22, 2012

I got to do bird hunting in Fulton County this afternoon. I attended a Safari Club International picnic this summer and met a group of men who invited me to go along today. We did well. I have a cooler with pheasant, chuckers and quail plus a little venison that was a gift from one of the guys. The first half of the hunt was with the assistance of Virgil, a handsome tan and white English Setter. We used a black and white Brittany Spaniel named Charlie for the remainder of the day. The Setter is a pointer, the Spaniel is a flusher. This made for two very different hunting experiences. You had to really be on your toes for Charlie’s birds. It was super windy, but it was still great to be on a beautiful farm with a friendly group of guys and two good bird dogs. That’s tough to beat.

-John