What would you think if you learned a New Hampshire-based private timber company was approved for a $50 million loan from the state of Pennsylvania to purchase timberland in northwest Pennsylvania at a 1-percent interest rate, with generous repayment terms?
What if you learned that the deal was not publicly advertised or competitively bid? Or, that this $50 million loan for the purchase of private timberland by a private company comes from a taxpayer-subsidized state program that is, by law, required to fund improvements to water and sewer plants?
Cambridge Analytica is closing.
In May 2 headlines in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, the firm announced plans to file for bankruptcy and, effectively shut down.
Cambridge Analytica recently was at the center of a political storm after revelations of its role in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and how big data harvested from social media can be used or misused.
In the British edition of the digital magazine WIRED, writer Christopher Stokel-Walker, reports the firm admits to no wrongdoing.
Oh, how I love roses, especially the Red!
I got a bunch for Mother’s Day, and very quickly said,
“Oh, thank you very, very much, however did you know,
Red roses are my favorite flower, and I love them so”?
“Mom, how could we not know”?
You mention all the time,
When red roses are upon the shelf,
You say, “I wish that they were mine!”
“What color is your chair, Mom?
You see, that chair is red.
You have red in every room,
And even on your bed.”
“You made it easy for us, Mom,
Last week, I found myself performing the very tedious task of reattaching an ear on a ceramic bunny.
My cat has an issue with the little figure standing upright, so she takes great pleasure in knocking it on its side.
I have no idea why, and usually, I just place the lopsided bunny back on its feet and walk away. But this time, the figurine had fallen to the floor, and the tip of one ear broke off.
To vote or not to vote
That is the question
Whether it is better
to refrain from voicing
Or living with the results
of our decisions
Is something each
citizen of voting age
has to decide
Could it be that you
have always voted for
the WRONG man?
To that, I reply,
Elect a woman!
Could it be that you
feel your vote
will not count?
It will if you
Could it be that
you are disappointed
with the quality
of each candidate?
The words “thank you” do not seem adequate when a group of people have come to your aid in one of life’s challenging moments.
In March, dozens of volunteer firefighters, fire police and emergency medical service personnel reacted quickly when a fire broke out in the plaza where I operate my district office.
My staff and I were already at an event in another part of the district when we received calls that the Bagel Bunch restaurant located right next to us was on fire.
Do you believe in God?
Well, I think that’s up to you.
I believe He’s with me
In everything I do.
I feel that someone’s with me,
As I move around the house;
I don’t know who — I live alone,
And do not have a spouse.
I know He watches over me
As I go through the day;
I always look to Him for help,
If I should go astray.
I hope you do believe in God,
’Cause He can do great things!
Believe in Him and you can share,
The love and joy He brings.
If you do believe in God,
“My mom smiled at me. Her smile kind of hugged me.” — “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio
As I sit down to start this Another View on a Thursday when I’m not in the office, my 13-month-old son and I have already read five books, enjoyed breakfast and a snack, did a Target run, played with blocks, toys and a push cart and listened to the “Moana” soundtrack twice. I’ll throw in there a poopy diaper, too.
And it’s only 10:38 a.m. But this is a good morning — no mild temper tantrums … yet. (And I thought they didn’t start until 2 years old. My bad.)
As we approach the May 15 General Primary Election, the Parkland Press and the Northwestern Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.
The last week to publish columns by local government officials running for office was the April 12 edition. We will continue to cover local races in news stories generated by our own reporters.
To the Editor:
Our country needs change. Desperately. Change in Washington, D.C. The forces of gerrymandering and huge money in politics are stealing away our democracy.
In D.C., we need a U.S. House member who will work daily on issues important to the vast majority — one who will work to preserve Social Security and Medicare.
One who will fight for our families, working people and the middle class and return decency to Washington.