Browsing Month May, 2018

How Do You Like Being Held Hostage by PPL? PPL’s War on Residential Customers

By at May 31, 2012 | 9:34 am | 0 Comment

How Do You Like Being Held Hostage by PPL? PPL’s War on Residential Customers

Remember when Pennsylvania consumers were promised rate relief and economic prosperity as a result of electric deregulation? On August 4, 2000, Secretary of Revenue Robert A. Judge Sr. predicted future electric bills would be a costs savings’ bonanza. “We expect electric competition will help create more than 36,000 jobs between 1998 and 2004, and have […]

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Happy Memorial Day, To The Defenders of the U.S. Constitution

By at May 29, 2012 | 9:31 am | 0 Comment

Happy Memorial Day, To The Defenders of the U.S. Constitution

The Constitution used to require only a simple majority for the U.S. Senate to pass a bill – 51 votes when the senate is fully complemented with 100 senators. To the everlasting joy of a handful of senators, We The People seemed to have become convinced the Constitution has been amended to require 60 votes. […]

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Top Ten Busiest American Airports

By at May 28, 2012 | 8:41 am | 0 Comment

Top Ten Busiest American Airports

Based on Number of Passenger Departures Airport Departures 1) Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson 3.2 million 2) Chicago O’Hare 2.1 million 3) Dallas/Fort Worth 2.0 million 4) Denver 1.8 million 5) Los Angeles 1.8 million 6) Phoenix Sky Harbor 1.5 million 7) Charlotte Douglas 1.5 million 8) Las Vegas McCarran 1.4 million 9) Houston George Bush 1.3 million […]

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Memorial Day 2012: A Lesson Not Yet Learned

By at May 28, 2012 | 8:34 am | 0 Comment

Memorial Day 2012: A Lesson Not Yet Learned

Today is Memorial Day, the last day of the three-day weekend. Veterans and community groups will remember those who died in battle and, as they have done for more than a century, will place small flags on graves. But, for most of America, Memorial Day is a three-day picnic-filled weekend that heralds the start of […]

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Car Makers Say Increasing Gas Mileage Could Kill the Industry

By at May 25, 2012 | 7:50 am | 0 Comment

Car Makers Say Increasing Gas Mileage Could Kill the Industry

My wife and I were watching a movie on television recently, about Ford Motor Company sending a representative to England to convince politicians there that if women were paid equally to men, the company could not afford to keep building cars in Great Britain. It would have to close it’s factory and that would affect […]

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Rescuing Public Education in Pennsylvania

By at May 23, 2012 | 11:18 am | 0 Comment

Rescuing Public Education in Pennsylvania

There is no magic pill to cure all of the ailments that besiege public education. Folks that tell you they have the answer don’t understand the  problem. Eliminating property taxes, reducing pension payments and consolidating school districts will provide relief to taxpayers, but fiscal reform (which is absolutely necessary) won’t produce better results in the […]

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Composting, Not Dumping

By at May 22, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Composting, Not Dumping

A story in the Lehigh Valley “Express-Times” last week told of a public hearing about a 96,000 square foot composting facility proposed for Upper Mount Bethel Township. The company behind the proposal was touting its intention to employ 25 people. Doris MacPherson, an area resident, attended the hearing to find out what materials were going […]

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Top Ten States with Heart Disease

By at May 21, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Top Ten States with Heart Disease

National Average: 6.50% Pennsylvania: 6.20% (#23) State %  of Population with Heart Disease 1) West Virginia 10.40% 2) Kentucky 8.80% 3) Mississippi 8.00% 4) Louisiana 7.90% 5) Tennessee 7.60% 6) Oklahoma 7.50% 7) Alabama & Florida 7.40% 8) Missouri 7.30% 9) Arizona & Texas 7.00% 10) Delaware & Idaho 7.00% Source: The New America Foundation: […]

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Justice Joan Orie Melvin Relieved of All Judicial and Administrative Responsibilities

By at May 18, 2012 | 12:38 pm | 0 Comment

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA WESTERN DISTRICT IN RE: MADAME JUSTICE JOAN ORIE : No. 384 MELVIN OF THE SUPREME COURT OF : PENNSYLVANIA PER CURIAM : Judicial Administration Docket : ORDER AND NOW, this 18th day of May, 2012, notification has been received from the Office of the District Attorney of Allegheny County […]

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Consumer Demand May Breath Life Into an Endangered Species

By at May 18, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Consumer Demand May Breath Life Into an Endangered Species

The 2011 Census of Agriculture by Statistics Canada reveals the past five years have seen a 10 percent reduction in the number of farms in our northern neighbor’s inventory. But the average farm size has increased by about seven percent. In one province, the number of farms is down 17 percent, while the average farm […]

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