John K. Manna: Doing away with school property taxes would cause new problems
In less than a month, a bill in the Pennsylvania House went from committee to adoption. I’m certain it’s no record, but considering the significance of the legislation, the House wasted little time. But this is one bill that House members should have taken longer to consider and even defeat in its current form.
Culinary Conversation: Use pumpkin to make more than jack-o-lanterns
A true sign of fall for me is when “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” airs on television. Its popular counterpart is the Christmas version. Let’s not jump ahead, though. We’re accustomed to seeing Halloween decorations in stores before school starts, Christmas promotions in September and end-of-summer sales in June.
John K. Manna: Despite significance of races, history suggests a low turnout this fall
The deadline to register to vote in the November election is just nine days away. It’s highly doubtful we’ll see hordes of unregistered people rushing to the courthouse to get their names on the registration rolls generally because odd-numbered year elections simply don’t generate as much interest as those in the even-numbered years.
Culinary Conversation: Region boasts some tasty recipes
New Castle has its hot-dog sauce, lamb on the rod, some darned good pizza and frozen custard — all of which people travel miles for. Pittsburgh is known for its own set of goodies.
Mitchel Olszak: The heat is on for planet Earth
Warming temperatures are destined to wipe out all life on planet Earth. So human beings will need to find a new home in order to survive. That’s the conclusion of research released last week that calculated the point when Earth will no longer be habitable.
Bob Vosburg: Hey, give us a ‘good writeup’
(Editor’s note: This column first appeared 1985 by Bob Vosburg, former managing editor of the New Castle News. Vosburg died this week at age 82.)
Culinary Conversation: Fall, old cookbooks stir up interesting recipes
Next week marks the beginning of fall. I’m not sure I’m ready for it, but this time of year denotes the harvest and that means there’s a surplus of fall vegetables and fruits.
Culinary Conversation: All chickened out? Try these options
What I’m about to say may surprise you. It came as a surprise to my brother, who after all these years, didn’t know this fact about me. I really don’t care for chicken that much.
John K. Manna: State should foot the bill for education
OK, here’s my periodic look at property tax reform in Pennsylvania, or the lack thereof. Rep. Seth Grove of York County offered the latest proposal to deal with school property taxes. He calls it the Optional Property Tax Elimination Act.
Mitchel Olszak: Failure to cooperate on key issues taints modern politics
If you drew up a list of history’s staunchly partisan Republicans, Newt Gingrich would likely rank near the top. Gingrich, the former GOP House speaker and occasional presidential candidate, crafted his reputation as an ideological bomb thrower
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