Mitchel Olszak: Pennsylvanians shouldn’t be fooled by electoral hijinks
Back in the 2000 presidential election, Americans received a civics lesson of sorts. Much of it involved obscure terms such as hanging and dimpled chads, as well as butterfly ballots. All of this, of course, came courtesy of Florida, whose clumsy election efforts produced an extended period of uncertainty in the presidential contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore.
John K. Manna: Governor shows there are consequences to elections
Elections matter. Perhaps the most evident proof of that these days is the man who was elected governor of Pennsylvania in 2010 — Tom Corbett.
Culinary Conversation: Try some more serious Super Bowl fare
A little crustacean was a big hit. Last week’s Culinary Conversation featuring Shirley Furst’s baked oysters garnered some favorable reviews. Thanks, once again, Shirley, for being a guest contributor.
John K. Manna: A new way to judge the judges
Over the years, I’ve changed my mind a few times over how judges are selected to Pennsylvania’s appellate courts. I’ve favored merit selection of judges for the three appellate courts: Commonwealth, Superior and Supreme. And I’ve favored having the judges elected by the voters as they are now.
Culinary Conversation: Like oysters? Shirley Furst can help
The first line in the letter from Shirley Furst, after “Hi Lugene,” was that oysters are in season. And then I remembered the “oyster rule.” Oysters are in season during months which have an “r” in them.
Mitchel Olszak: CBS practices censorship to protect its interests
When it comes to integrity in the field of broadcasting, few can challenge the standing of CBS. Since the days of radio, this organization has stood out in its commitment to tough-minded, serious journalism. From Edward R. Murrow to Walter Cronkite to the current crop of reporters on “60 Minutes,” CBS has built a reputation no entity can match.
John K. Manna: Governor leaves lots of questions with YDC closure
Under Pennsylvania’s constitution, the governor has supreme executive power. With that power, the governor can run state departments under his jurisdiction as he sees fit without legislative approval. Thus, his decision to close the New Castle Youth Development Center by Feb. 15, affecting 223 employees, falls within the scope of his powers.
Culinary Conversation: Woman shares family recipes
As far as Cindy Hickok is concerned, the best room in the house is the kitchen. It’s a busy place where everyone who gathers there can enjoy sampling her cooking and baking. Cindy’s recipes were passed down from her mother’s mother, and she plans to pass them on to her grandchildren.
Mitchel Olszak: Letters to the editor play their part in marketplace of ideas
“Why did you run that letter?” It’s a question I’ve been asked many times over the years regarding various letters to the editor that appear in the New Castle News.
Culinary Conversation: Some hearty fare for wintry days
Culinary Conversation is off to a great start in 2013. The goal is to feature a guest contributor every week and our first submissions came from Cindy Hickok of Old State Road.
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