John K. Manna: Voters must make choices in ‘off-year’ contests
I don’t know who coined the phrase “off-year election.” The implication is that it’s not as important as presidential, gubernatorial and congressional elections.
Culinary Conversation: Tasty dishes fit for a restaurant buffet
My first recollection of visiting a buffet restaurant was for my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary. That was a long time ago, and I don’t remember much except that there was a large group of us and the restaurant was somewhere in Boardman.
Mitchel Olszak: Questions abound in New Castle tuition scandal
With the release of names in the New Castle school district tuition scandal, a local drama comes to a close. Well, not exactly. Countless questions still hang over the matter of non-resident employees who failed to pay required tuition for their children who attended New Castle schools.
John K. Manna: Why would anyone run for office?
Why are you running for office? This is often the first question — a softball one at that — candidates for public office are asked. And sometimes we get great answers and sometimes we’ll get something like, “Hmm, let me think.”
Culinary Conversation: Jersey? Sure? Garden state offers bounty of regional treats
When you have a craving for anything fishy, the best place to be is near a coastline. Atlantic City was such a place. It was one of the destinations of a recent vacation. I had never been there. That means I have never walked the boardwalk until last week.
Culinary Conversation: Found recipe takes the cake
Cooking is about sharing as much as it is putting ingredients together. Culinary Conversation is a sharing column and we always welcome your contributions.
Mitchel Olszak: Increasing numbers of Americans are catching on to Congress
A new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll says 60 percent of Americans would like to fire everyone in Congress. When I read this, my thought was: What’s wrong with the other 40 percent?
Culinary Conversation: Fall is upon us, so eat your vegetables
At some point or other, we’ve all heard or said these words, “Eat your vegetables.” Fall vegetables are plentiful — both in grocery stores and roadside stands. The cabbage family appears to have several children including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and of course, cabbage itself.
Mitchel Olszak: Budget nonsense bugs nation
The other day, I was watching a stink bug as it tried to crawl up the inside of a glass lampshade. Looking at the trapped, mindless creature, I couldn’t help but think of the United States Congress.
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.
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