John K. Manna: Council members clash on filling empty slot
What a way to begin a new session of New Castle City Council. If this is a honeymoon, I can’t imagine what the divorce may look like. Not that I’m predicting any kind of irreconcilable differences among members of council, but they got off to a rocky start Thursday night in attempting to fill a vacancy on council.
Culinary Conversation: Make it fast, easy and light
If I’m on target, the word of the moment is light. It’s especially appropriate after the holiday season when overindulgence often occurs. Today, Culinary Conversation has just the antidote to start off the new year with some lighter selections.
Mitchel Olszak: ‘Duck Dynasty’ star dodges flak
I must admit that I do not watch the television program “Duck Dynasty.” In fact, I don’t watch any so-called “reality” TV shows. I have my own reality, thank you very much. From what I can tell, these programs are about as real as professional wrestling.
Mitchel Olszak: As gambling reaches its limit, are drugs and prostitution far behind?
Pennsylvania lawmakers sure love gambling. And why not? It’s like the goose that lays the golden egg. All you have to do is legalize gambling, insist that the commonwealth receive a healthy piece of the action and you have a pile of easy money at your disposal.
Culinary Conversation: Reader offers Christmas cookie recipes
If there’s anything as good as a batch of Christmas cookies, it’s a batch of recipes for Christmas cookies. And Susan Cavallo obliged. A fat envelope arrived with nine recipes and I was thrilled.
John K. Manna: City school board contest saw plenty of campaign spending
This has been an unusual year for politics in Lawrence County. It’s been a highly uneventful year, except perhaps for those who won election to public office.
Mitchel Olszak: Observing the stock market prompts lots of confusion
A casual observer of Wall Street may conclude investors in American stocks are insane. Perhaps that’s because many of them are. Or at least their financial decisions appear to support this contention.
John K. Manna: Party labels shouldn’t matter in local contests
Anything is possible in elections, but often improbable when it comes to school board races in Pennsylvania. In the Nov. 5 election, voters went to the polls in six of the eight school districts in Lawrence County and were faced with little choice.
Dave Ramsey: Where to keep the emergency fund?
“Dave Says” is a weekly column featuring financial advice from nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey. His column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual letters and calls on Ramsey’s radio progam, “The Dave Ramsey Show.”
Mitchel Olszak: Personal skepticism is best defense against scams
The caller said she had been targeted by a telephone scam. She wanted me to put something in the paper to warn others. I asked if she had contacted police about the matter.
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