With some luck, I can get a good start on things tonight

Article posted on October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! Although trick-or-treaters may have been out another night, this is the official holiday. To celebrate, do something spooky, like watch MSNBC or listen to NPR. If you get too frightened, just turn it off. And don’t worry, these reports aren’t real, they’re only a dream. I was on the road today, but got back in time to prepare for the weekend and catch up on a couple of things. I only have a few commitments, but have some big plans at home that I hope to accomplish. With some luck, I can get a good start on things tonight.


It will be interesting to see what he says

Article posted on October 30, 2014

After three weeks of having a schedule with absolutely no time to catch up, I’m trying to do so now. My schedule this week isn’t nearly as full, so I can start to see some daylight. Today, the Senator who sits to my left, LeAnna Washington, was sentenced to house arrest for using official resources for political purposes. She admittedly used her staff and other Senate staff to help with an annual birthday fundraiser. She will resign from the Senate effective tomorrow. If you haven’t heard, they finally caught Eric Frein today at an abandoned airport hanger about 35 miles from where he shot two State Troopers. It will be interesting to see what he says about his murderous act.


Maybe the taxpayers can save a little money with this vacancy

Article posted on October 29, 2014

The news about the Supreme Court today concerns the filling of the vacancy created by the retirement of Seamus McCaffery. There are a couple of names being floated, one is a former Senator who has been described as very pro abortion. I would hope that the Governor wouldn’t put someone on the court with that position. I don’t know about the timing at this point. We are back in session on November 12th to elect officers. If the appointment can be done by then and we have a hearing on the nominee before session, we could do it then. Otherwise we will either come back or let the position vacant until January. I don’t know the court’s schedule, but I don’t think they’re terribly busy at the end of the year. Since they wouldn’t give back their pay raise and don’t do much to help trim their budget, maybe the taxpayers can save a little money with this vacancy.


Proof of an agenda

Article posted on October 27, 2014

Johnny’s on his way back to Houston this evening. We had a beautiful Fall weather day and he commented that he misses weather like this. There’s nothing better than the four distinct seasons we experience in PA. And speaking of seasons, we’re just 8 days from the election and many in the media are doing their best to skew issues to match their liberal agenda. The news stories are increasingly slanted and some of the editorials are unabashedly from the far left. I understand that an editorial is not the same as a story, but you can learn how the people in management think about the issues. It’s also a safe bet to think that the people writing the editorials are either the reporters who covered the story (unbiasedly, of course) or their supervisors who got their information from the reporters who covered the story. This should be all of the proof necessary to see the agenda of any given newspaper.


It will be good to see him

Article posted on October 26, 2014

The papers today had predominately, you guessed it, stories about the gubernatorial election. There were a couple about the email scandal including stories about the problems on the Supreme Court and the reaches of this into the entire court system. This is another problem on the long list of scandals and corruption in the court system. I don’t think that the Supremes have any idea how they are going to handle this mess. We’ll be watching. The big news at our house is that Johnny’s stopping home for one night before flying back to Houston. It will be good to see him.


It passed the Charlotte test

Article posted on October 25, 2014

I had a full schedule today including a pancake breakfast, an Eagle Scout ceremony, a dinner and a ribbon cutting. The ribbon cutting was interesting and ultimately included a haircut. Joe Martin opened Martin’s Barber School by the Huntingdon County Fair Grounds. They had an open house with the ribbon cutting ceremony and offered haircuts by their students. I needed one and seized the opportunity. The young lady did a great job under pressure. While she cut, the school’s owner observed her work and the Daily News snapped a few photos. She proved herself to be a real professional. I liked it and it passed the Charlotte test. Thanks!


This was an excellent presentation

Article posted on October 24, 2014

I attended the R.C.&D. meeting in Bedford County then went to the Bedford Chamber’s luncheon featuring Sec. of Ag George Greig. The Secretary is a very nice person and is liked and respected everywhere he goes. I enjoyed spending time with him at lunch and learned a few more things about our state’s number one industry. Tonight I travelled to Chambersburg for the Penn State Extension and Franklin County Conservation District Dinner. I was fortunate enough to sit with former Ag Secretary, Russell Redding. The program tonight was on the American Chestnut tree. I had been to a couple of programs on this subject in Huntingdon County over the years. This was an excellent presentation on the history and current state of the Chesnut. At their peak in PA forests, they were one of every four trees, grew as high as 100 feet and were as much as 15 feet across. Wow!


It’s not letting up anytime soon

Article posted on October 23, 2014

I attended a ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon and a dinner tonight. I got a little more scheduling done today and worked on plenty of other things. My schedule has been super packed as of late. I apologize to people who have invited me to things and I cannot attend because I’m somewhere else. There’s a night next week when I have six invitations for the same evening. It’s been a busy Fall and it’s not letting up anytime soon.


The hearing went smoothly for this very contentious issue

Article posted on October 22, 2014

I attended the Huntingdon County Chamber Breakfast this morning and heard a presentation on illegal drug activity from the District Attorney and the commanding officer of the Huntingdon State Police barracks. The Trooper brought look-a-like samples of drugs and the packaging in which they are sold. He explained how the drugs are “cut” so that dealers increase their profits by adding other substances to the purer drug product and brought pipes and other drug paraphanalia. The crowd clearly appreciated the information and expressed concern about the crime associated with drug activity. After a meeting at the office I attended the opening of the new VA clinic near Mapleton Depot. This location will help veterans from around the area who currently travel to Altoona, State College or West Virginia for medical attention. Tonight, I drove to McConnellsburg for a DEP hearing on the hog farm application. I counted about 70 people at the fire hall plus DEP staff. All testifiers were opposed to the approval of the application except for one local lady and a representative from a farm organization that questioned the act of holding a hearing at all and feared that it would set a dangerous precedent for approval of farming operations permits in the future. Although this is a very contentious issue, the hearing went smoothly, which is a testament to the citizens of Fulton County.


I don’t have a favorite at this point

Article posted on October 21, 2014

The email scandal had another casualty today as a Supreme Court Justice was suspended during the investigation into his conduct. As I said before, this situation has been a mess internally for the court. It will be something to watch. In our chamber, Senator LeAnna Washington was told today by a judge that she only has a few days to take a plea deal or go to trial on corruption charges. I sit next to LeAnna on the floor. She claims that she’s innocent, but the allegations about her using Senate staff for her fundraisers appear to the contrary. On a happier note, the World Series starts tonight. I don’t have a favorite team at this point. This way I can’t be disappointed.