John K. Manna: Voters are always hoping for something better
Ed Rendell a candidate for Philadelphia mayor? His name is being tossed around as possibly running again for mayor, a post he held before he ran for governor.
Culinary Conversation: Some fair food you can make at home
Sure signs that summer is almost over — school and football have started, and county fairs and baseball are preparing to close down another season. While I’m reluctant to let go of my favorite time of year, I am glad I was able to make it to two county fairs this year.
Mitchel Olszak: Pennsylvania’s gambling dependency
Privatization of public services can be a good thing. But not always. These matters always warrant a case-by case assessment. Ideally, privatization serves the public interest when it promotes innovation, efficiency and perhaps even some measure of competition.
John K. Manna: Do lawmakers care what citizens really think?
Monday is Labor Day, which once was considered the start for fall political campaigns. That isn’t the case anymore, because campaigns seem to have no beginnings or ends, but go on and on.
Culinary Conversation: Reader shares her canning recipes
County fairs and baseball are winding down, and school and football are starting up. Although I hold on to summer as long as I possibly can — almost keeping bare toes in sandals until the first snow flies — I realize I eventually have to let go of the smell of freshly cut grass and plucking vegetables from the garden.
John K. Manna: Straight party voting option could change
Another movement is afoot that would affect voters not only in Pennsylvania, but also across America. Laws requiring voters to provide photo identification have been in abundance throughout the country — including Pennsylvania — the last couple years, but a couple other proposals would change the way people vote.
Culinary Conversation: This week, let’s eat Crowe — dishes, that is
My day is made when recipes from readers are received at Culinary Conversation. So when an envelope arrived from Hickory Township resident Shirley Crowe, I was definitely pleased. Shirley sent a variety of recipes, which appear easy and tasty — two requirements many cooks strive for.
Mitchel Olszak: NSA defenders miss bigger picture
The political establishment in Washington has circled the wagons around the National Security Agency. This is the intelligence organization tasked with a key aspect of national defense: Monitoring potential threats and gathering information designed to protect America and its interests.
John K. Manna: Former lawmaker eyes a new seat
Why would a man decide to run for lieutenant governor? Because he knows he can’t get elected to Congress? It’s just a hunch on my part that this is the reason Mark Critz has decided to forego another run for Congress and instead run for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor next year.
Culinary Conversation: A co-worker’s farewell offers tasty recipes
If there’s an occasion to have a party, go for it. At The News last week, it was quite a send-off for photographer Erica Galvin and it was a feast, to say the least.
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