I know that everyone is getting tired of this winter.
I have been thinking of the seniors and disabled people who live by themselves and cannot shovel their walks or clean the plowed snow so they can move their cars.
I know an older couple with a son with multiple sclerosis who could not get their car out of the plowed snow because they live along a major road. They did the best they could to get out because they were out of food.
I am lucky to have a neighbor, Luke, who brings his all-terrain vehicle with a plow. He cleans my driveway and sometimes shovels for me. He goes around to some of the other, older neighbors in the area and plows for them, too. It is such a great help since we are not able to do it any longer. We are lucky to have a neighbor like him.
I wish there was some organization to call if you need help with shoveling. If you are older and on a fixed income, you may not be able to afford to hire someone.
Sidewalks on your property are supposed to be shoveled because it is your responsibility. If you are a senior and have limited income, how can it be done?
Be content with hand you’ve been dealt
All of life is a learning process. I have learned that it’s easy to display contentment when all is well – when you have abundance, when your finances are good, when your relationships are stable and supportive, when your health is great and when you have time to rest and regroup and enjoy recreation.
But that’s not the state many of us are finding ourselves in. Most folks today are barely making it from paycheck to paycheck, finances are stretched to the breaking point, relationships are totally unstable and many aren’t receiving the proper health care that they need to enjoy any kind of quality of life.
As I look around me in the work-a-day world, people are putting in longer hours, getting less rest and the majority have no time or money to regroup or spend a day going anywhere but to work.
What is the purpose behind all of it? I’ve only come up with one answer. These times of trial and hardship were given to many of us to learn what Paul learned – to be content in whatever circumstance we find ourselves. “I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Philippians 4:11)
These words show us that contentment is not a natural propensity of man. Displaying contentment with difficult circumstances will cause people to look at you like you’re not normal. That’s because it’s the kind of power that most people don’t have and aren’t willing to work at to attain.
Kudos to workers who provide services
This snowy weather has been really difficult for everyone, but I think we all owe a great big thank you to all the men and women who have manned the snow plows to keep our roads open.
I live between Jerome and Boswell, and Penn Avenue has been maintained well.
Thanks to all you men who have diligently plowed day and night to keep traffic moving. And also the mailmen and women who deliver the mail daily and the garbage men who collect the garbage weekly. What would we do without their help?
Obama’s daze continues to dog him
President Obama’s pattern of circumventing the Constitution raises serious questions about his character that simply cannot be ignored. His tendency to deceive, distract, deny and blame others, coupled with serial lying in order to avoid responsibility for his failures, makes one wonder how anyone with such obvious moral weaknesses could ever become the most powerful person in the world.
A brief review of Obama’s autobiography offers a glimpse into his psyche that explains his devious behavior that was observed even in his high school years. Obama wrote that he spent the last two years of high school in a daze from alcohol and illegal drug abuse.
Living in denial and lying to escape reality is a common behavioral trait of people who use these methods to cope with their addictions. Apparently this adaptive behavior pattern has continued into Obama’s adult life, whether he continued to abuse reality altering substances or not.
One thing is certain to be found in the life of anyone, let alone the president, who lives in an altered state of reality: confusion, tumult and even tragedy are sure to follow.
Obama’s bizarre exercise of his presidential power constitutes a serious threat to our constitutional republic. Allowing him to continue unchallenged opens the door to even more serious abuses by future presidents.
The pendulum will swing again in 2016. The left wing college professors and media personalities who are the cheerleaders for Obama’s abuses of power should take notice. They could become the next target.
Dr. Bill Choby
Why are we paying bars to close?
I have heard through various media outlets that taxpayer money is being used to pay State College bars up to $7,500 each not to open on State Patty’s Day.
Am I to understand that State College and the state-funded Penn State University are unable to control their students and local residents for one made-up holiday?
Many Penn State students already receive state-funded scholarships to attend school in State College, yet the state is unable to keep the students from destroying the town.
Why can’t the university just expel any student arrested for public drunkenness during the time?
Why don’t we use taxpayer dollars to pay fast-food restaurants to close to keep people from becoming obese?
Facts reveal truth about Philly vote
State Republican Party Chairman Robert Gleason, Rep. Carl Metzgar, R- Berlin, and others have proclaimed that voter fraud is prevalent in Pennsylvania so the voter ID law must be enforced so Gleason can “... look forward to the day when we can all go to the polls knowing that our votes will all be counted,” (The Tribune-Democrat, Feb. 2).
Gleason cites the concern that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney received zero votes in 59 wards in Philadelphia. He infers this must be the result of voter fraud. This is not true, according to factcheck.org.
Walter Annenburg, lifelong Republican and ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1969-74 appointed by Richard Nixon, created factcheck.org as a nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer advocate for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.
According to factcheck.org, “The 59 districts are in areas of the city that are mainly African-American, as the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. And Obama received 93 percent of the black vote nationwide. ... To be clear, these districts make up a small subset of all of Philadelphia. The 59 that went 100 percent for Obama in 2012 constitute 19,605 votes, just 3 percent of the total votes cast in the city.”
There is no valid reason to believe that voter fraud is prevalent in Pennsylvania, or that the voter ID law would change how our votes are counted.
Or will a little thing like the facts get in the way of a good Republican line?
Bike law develops save-driving practices
House Bill 892 is now law in Pennsylvania. The new law will limit the number of times motorcycle riders can reapply for a learner’s permit to three times in a five-year period.
The bill was introduced by state Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover. “We have been dealing with individuals who continually violate the restrictions of motorcycle permits because they treat permits like actual licenses,” Grove said.
This legislation was supported by the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education as yet another way to develop safe-driving practices. Grove worked with statewide law enforcement in crafting this legislation. Those agencies have seen a continuous rise in motorcycle offenses committed by unlicensed riders, and those who only carry permits.
ABATE of Pennsylvania also continues to support the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program, which provides, at no cost to the student, free motorcycle safety training with the opportunity to obtain a “M”-class license upon completion of the course.
To register for the basic rider’s course, visit www.abatepa.org, the PennDOT Live Free Ride Alive website (www.LiveFreeRideAlive.com) or by calling 800-845-9533. I’m an M, are you?
For information on this and other important motorcycle rights and safety-related information, visit the ABATE of Pennsylvania website.
State Public Relations Officer, ABATE of Pennsylvania
Rural division not kind to riders
What has happened to the rural division of the Cambria County Transit Authority? I have been riding with them since 1970s, and things have always run like clock-work – until now. Everything has turned into this incredible nightmare.
I was dropped off at Giant Eagle in Northern Cambria at 8:30 a.m. and was left stranded until 10:30. I got home at 11 a.m. What would happen on longer runs to the hospital or a doctor’s office?
The alternative is for me to leave my home in Elder Township and walk to Hastings, about three-fourths of a mile away – and catch the loop run.
At 77 years old, with health problems, in a snow storm – I don’t think so.
This is going to have a profound effect on many riders, many who are much older than I am.