A face made for the newspaper

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-09-19 07:30
This Sunday morning I will prove - once again - that this is a face made for the newspaper.

Fox-29 is kicking off a new weekend morning news show this weekend, and one of the things they are doing is having Skype interviews with news people to see what is hot on their turf. I am going to be a semi-regular contributor.

Nothing is going to be hotter in Delaware County this weekend than the strike by nurses at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. I am scheduled to be on around 8 a.m. Sunday. That will be one hour after nurses say they will walk out.

Tune in to see how I loo. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

The show is called #Fox29Weekend. You know, like the Twitter hashmark. I’m so tech savvy.
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The Daily Numbers for Friday, Sept. 19

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-09-19 07:22
The Daily Numbers: 600 nurses at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland who plan to walk off the job Sunday morning.

7 a.m., when nurses vow to hit the bricks for 2 days.

5 days, how long Crozer will have replacement nurses staffing the facility.

38, age of man returned to Upper Darby yesterday to face murder charges in the slaying of his girlfriend.

5 times Masako Griffin sought a Protection From Abuse order against De-Schae Lowry.

4 shooting incidents that rocked Chester on Wednesday.

2,873 dollars that police say a Media man bilked from a local credit union to fee his gambling habit.

5-0 vote by Folcroft Borough Council to reinstate its 1 percent earned income tax.

29, age of Andy Reid’s son Britt, who has settled a civil lawsuit with a Springfield man in connection with a road-rage incident the former Eagles coach’s son was involved in.

0 people who have been charged so far in the beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia. Several people have been interviewed by police.

1 assistant basketball coach at Archbishop Wood High School who has resigned his post, apparently because of his connection to the case.

56 million credit and debit cards exposed in security breach at Home Depot.

109 point spike for the stock market yesterday.

17,265.99 close for the Dow, another record high.

1.7 percent uptick in Americans’ net worth

7-3 loss for the Phils in San Diego last night.

5 walks for Phils starter Kyle Kendrick, who gave up 3 runs on 6 hits over 5 innings. He also hit 1 batter.

3 days of practice now missed by Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks.

0, how many games Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen likely will play this year. He’s dealing with blood clots in his leg and lung.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Bring on the Redskins! And DeSean. Here’s one vote that hopes the wideout is able to play on Sunday, as he deals with a banged-up shoulder. Seeing his return to the Linc would be worth the price of admission.

I Don’t Get It: Another NFL star is under arrest in a domestic violence incident. Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer is alleged to have head-butted his wife after she refused his sexual advances. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to honors for longtime Media businessman Bill Gross, who has been added to the borough’s Walk of Fame.

Quote Box: “Did the administrators put you up to saying that?”

- Dem Pa. gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf, joking with Chester kids after one youth said she was getting a good education.
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'Live From the Newsroom' previews strike at Crozer

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2014-09-19 06:29
As I opened last night's 'Live From the Newsroom' live-stream broadcast, I was hoping for some glimmer of good news in the dour mood that hangs over one of the icons of Delco industry.

No such luck.

Nurses at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, upset with a lack of progress in talks for a new contract that have been ongoing since April, are planning to walk off their jobs 7 a.m. Sunday. They are vowing to stay out for two days. But the hospital is bringing in nurses to staff the facility, and say they have to enter into a deal for five days. That means Crozer's nurses are likely going to be off the job for an additional three days.

Last night I was joined by Andrew Gaffney, a staff representative for the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, the union that represents the 600 nurses at Crozer.

We also were joined by two longtime RNs from Crozer, Mary Trzeicak and Katie Eppehimer.

I was hoping to also have a representative from Crozer on the show, but the hospital declined, saying they preferred to do their talking at the bargaining table, not in the media.

That made for a somewhat one-side show. If you missed it, you can see the replay here.

I started the show by asking Gaffney for a quick update. I knew there had been several sessions with a federal mediator in the past couple of days, and that Crozer had offered the union a 'last, best offer.'

The union was not impressed. Gaffney said little progress was made and that no further talks are set. Nurses will hit the bricks Sunday morning.

There's been a lot of talk about the proper staffing in these talks. The nurses insist the hospital is dangerously under-staffed, pushing staff to the limit. But the hospital insists that's not the case, that Crozer is staffed at or above national levels. They also noted that for all the talk about staffing, most of the negotiations have centered on economic issues.

They are quick to point out that the average Crozer nurse makes $103,000 a year, and that the top earner last year checked in at a fairly healthy $167,803.

But Trzeicak said that number in itself is a sign of under-staffing at the hospital, noting the nurse who earned it "lived at the hospital." Both Trzeicak and Eppehimer said many nurses work a lot of overtime, again because of staffing issues. That's where the two sides stand.

Sunday morning Crozer's nurses will be outside carrying pickets signs, while replacement nurses will be inside doing their jobs. So much for cooler heads prevailing.
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The Daily Numbers for Thursday, Sept. 18

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-09-18 08:46
The Daily Numbers: 1164, that’s the number of the Pa. Senate bill known as the Good Samaritan Bill, which was passed by the House yesterday. It will provide immunity from prosecution for some drug crimes to individuals seeking medical assistance in drug overdose cases.

174 percent increase in heroin-related deaths between 2007 and 2013.

1 assistant baskeetball coach at Archbishop Wood High School in Bucks County dismissed after he was linked to beating of gay couple in Phillly. Several former Wood students are also believed to be involved.

1 person killed in a shooting in a house in Chester last night.

3 shootings recorded in the city Wednesday.

20 percent dip in middle class for Delaware County between 1978 and 2011.

50.9 percent of Delco residents now classified as middle class.

60,482, median income in Philadelphia region, down from $62104 in 2010.

4 states that will see cuts in food stamps under new program. Those are New Jersey, Michigan, Wisconsin and New Hampshire.

19, age of volunteer firefighter John Corcoran, who faces arson charged connected to several fires in Darby Township and Folcroft.

4 guns, a bullet-proof vest and several hundred rounds of ammunition found in possession of 30-year-old man detained in Upper Darby after a standoff with police.v 1 state trooper injured in accident on I-95 yesterday.

5th day of hunt for survivalist wanted in fatal ambush of Pa. state troopers. Hundreds of law enforcement officials are involved in the search in and around the Blooming Grove barracks.

50 million dollar donation to Drexel Law School by Philly attorney Tom Kline.

24.88 increase for stock market yesterday.

17,156.85, all-time high close for the Dow Jones.

27, age of rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, when he died on Sept. 18, 1970, in London.

5-2 win for Phillies over San Diego Padres last night.

1 run on 7 hits, with 9 strikeouts for Cole Hamels over 7 innings.

21 straight starts in which Hamels has been charged with 3 runs or less.

2 hits and 2 RBI for Ben Revere.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

The Phillies cannot even consider trading Cole Hamels.

I Don’t Get It: A group of young people beating up two gay men. Why? I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Lynne Massi for her work in getting the Good Samaritan Bill passed in the House. It will be a lifesaver for those suffering a heroin OD.

Quote Box: “I am crying because I am overwhelmed. I am so happy.”

Lynne Massi, after learning of the bill’s passage by the House yesterday in Harrisburg.
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pen & pencil

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2014-09-18 08:45

It started innocently enough. I wanted an answer to a question I had.

As a parent, I am newer to the game that a lot of people out there. And I am a step-parent. My instincts are good, but I simply haven’t been at it as long as other parents.

I had noticed even last year with our child that I didn’t feel the teachers had kids using a pen enough. Of course, the only basis for comparison I have are what I see my friends’ and family’s children doing, or my own personal experience. And my personal experience is different because I spent most of my life going to private school. I was using pens in fourth grade to learn calligraphy – of course I am dating myself here because that was back when there was actual penmanship still!

I asked my child what the deal with pens versus pencils was and he said “all the kids his pencil.”

I asked a mom I know who had a child in my child’s class and she shared with me that even her child who was older and farther along in high school still basically used pencil for everything.

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'Live From the Newsroom' talks to Crozer nurses as strike looms

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2014-09-18 07:05
It's the biggest labor issue in Delaware County, and tonight the strike looming over Crozer-Chester Medical Center will be front and center on our live-stream Internet broadcast, 'Live From the Newsroom.'

The 600 nurses, members of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals union, has indicated they will walk off the job for two days starting Sunday morning.

The nurses have been in talks with the Crozer since April, but have failed to reach an agreement on the key issue, staffing at the facility.

PASNAP says the facility is dangerously under-staffed; Crozer vehemently disagrees. Sessions with a federal mediator this week have failed to reach an accord.

Tonight we will be joined by the head of the nurses union, as well as two nurses who actually man the sprawling medical center, one of the biggest employers in the county.

Bill Cruice, PASNAP Executive Director, will explain why the nurses will be walking off the job on Sunday morning, how long they will be out, and the company's response, which could mean nurses are actually off the job even longer. Also on hand tonight will be two Crozer RNs, Mary Trzeciak and Katie Eppehimer.

Unfortunately, our invitation to Crozer to have a spokesman join us has been declined.

If you have a question you'd like the panel to answer, email it to me at Then join us tonight at 7 on as we talk about a possible strike at one of the region's biggest medical centers.
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The Daily Salvo for September 17, 2014 - "One Giant Leap...of Faith"

The Daily Salvo - Wed, 2014-09-17 17:41
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The Daily Salvo for September 16, 2014 - "Taxes, Taxes, Taxes"

The Daily Salvo - Wed, 2014-09-17 17:26
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Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2014-09-17 14:56

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pie plates

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2014-09-17 10:45

Yes I roll out my own piecrust. I don’t like a lot of the modern pie plates. I use vintage pie plates.

Yes, here again is my pitch for the vintage kitchen: The glass pie plates that were made by Pyrex and Anchor Hocking are terrific . I have a bunch that were probably produced in the 1950s and 60s. One was my grandmother’s.

My favorite of these pie plates are the deep dish variety – the edges are sort of ruffled and the pie plates have little handles. I also have the plain glass ones that are more shallow, and a couple of the Wear-Ever aluminum pie plates. And you can find them in different sizes too.

These pie plates are everywhere. Thrift shops, church sales, barn sales, your neighbor cleaning out their kitchen cupboards.

These pie plates are not expensive, and I think pies bake better in them. I know pies look better in them. You can easily put a pre-made roll out piecrust into one of these plates as well if you don’t make your own crust.

I tend to pick these up when I find them because a lot of times when I take pies to other people’s homes for dinner or holidays the pie plates don’t come back. I have been finding a lot of these pie plates at the Smithfield Barn in Downingtown. I also found one last year at Angel Fest at St. Paul’s in Exton which is coming soon! (See this link for further information)

Anyway, I am really not a 1950s housewife in disguise. It’s just that some of these vintage kitchen items are better made than what we have today. Besides, a little kitsch in your kitchen never hurt anyone!

Enjoy your day!

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vintage kitchen linens

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2014-09-17 10:16

One of the things I love to have in my kitchen are fun and sometimes funky linen kitchen towels. They aren’t for display, I use them.

I prefer the vintage kitchen towels because often the material is a better quality than you will find today and the price is right. I generally don’t go above five dollars a towel.

I find them at church sales, barn sales, garage sales, and so on. If they are stained or have holes I don’t bring them home, but you will often find these towels in miscellaneous linen piles. A lot of times they were purchased as souvenirs on trips or were hostess gifts which were never used.

They are fun and colorful!

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The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, Sept. 17

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-09-17 08:10
The Daily Numbers: 600 nurses who will strike against Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland on Sunday morning.

2 days, how long the nurses plan to stay out.

5 days, how long the hospital says it had to agree to in order to bring in adequate staff to run the facility. That means 3 additional days off the job for the union nurses.

400 community leaders who will be getting postcards from the union detailing their position.

2 million dollars, how much the union says Crozer will pay to bring in nurses, paying them a minimum of $55 an hour.

654, as in IBEW Local 654, which finds itself in the middle of a dustup in the 26th District state Senate race between Tom McGarrigle and John Kane.

25, age of Darby man who was acquitted of all charges connected to a shooting in which a 12-year-old girl was hit.

8,000 dollars in jewelry stolen from a store in Wilmington.

2 persons nabbed on drug charges in Upper Darby as part of an undercover police sting.

8 options being considered as Upper Darby looks to redraw its political districts.

7th grader who told authorities she was the victim of a luring in Ridley Park.

11,000 pounds of copper wire swiped from a Delaware power plant. 1 man is in custody in the heist.

31, age of Eric Frein, a survivalist with an ax to grind against cops, who is now wanted in the fatal shooting of 1 Pa. state trooper and wounding of a 2nd in an ambush attack outside their barracks.

14, age of student who police alleged was involved in a sexual relationship with a band teacher at Central Bucks High School South.

2 dollar a pack cigarette tax in Philly to help fund city schools that got OK by a House panel yesterday.

54 percent of Americans who are sporting ‘abdominal obesity, according to new study. That’ the pear shape noted by extra weight collecting around your middle.

3,000 American troops headed to Africa to help in the war against the spread of the Ebola virus.

4 patients at Children’s Hospital in Philly who have been diagnosed with the Enterovirus.

4 Atlantic City casinos that have now shut their doors. Trump Plaza closed yesterday.

100 point spike for the stock market yesterday.

17 losses for Phils starter A.J. Burnett.

5 runs on 8 hits surrendered by Burnett.

5-4 loss for the Phils last night out in San Diego.

3-1 loss for the Union to the Sounders in the Open Cup.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Darren Sproles has been the Eagles MVP through 2 games.

I Don’t Get It: A group of well-dressed Preppy types is being sought by police in the brutal attack on a gay couple in Philly.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to surveillance video. Police say their phones are ringing off the hook with tips in connection with the attack.

Quote Box: “It is neither easy nor inexpensive to find nurses willing and able to travel into different hospital under stressful conditions and provide the level of care our community expects.”

- Grant Gegwich, spokesman for Crozer-Chester Medical Center, on bringing in outside nurses to staff the hospital in the event of a strike.
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coffee talk: gourmesso

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2014-09-17 08:02

So I am an Espresso maniac. I make it old school in the stove top pot, but I do love my Nespresso machine. I am a purist and I do not drink flavored coffees or espressos. The flavored coffees and espressos leave a metallic taste in my mouth. I like the straight bean varietals.

What I do not like about my Nespresso machine is how expensive the name brand Nespresso capsules are. So I have been trying different brand compatible capsules again. I have discovered yet another brand. It is called Gourmesso.

Gourmesso describes themselves as “Italian passion for coffee, combines with German Ingenuity”. At first that made me giggle as I had visions of an Alpha Romeo with a Mercedes Benz engine. However, I had their espresso yesterday for the first time and oh my, it’s not just good. It’s excellent.

The capsules arrive in little boxes and are vacuum packed in little foil packets, a few to each packet. Yesterday I had “Bolivia Pura Mezzo“. My first cup was a straight shot of espresso (pictured above). It was deep and rich and smooth and flavorful. It had that real espresso taste.

And the Gourmesso capsules fit the machine well. I had a second cup that was more my normal Café au lait or cappuccino style – I admit it I have a milk frother and warmer too- Nespresso Aeroccino Plus. (Normally I only have one cup of coffee, this coffee is good enough to tempt me to two!)

I haven’t decided what flavor I am trying this morning. You can order straight from their website and their capsules are on as well. Their capsules start at around $0.45 per capsule. That is a much better deal than Nespresso brand capsules which start at $0.65 per capsule for the traditional capsules.

Ok well I am off to find coffee! Try Gourmesso and let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping by!

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The quest for fairness

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-09-17 07:13
I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to convince people that I - and the newspaper - really try to be fair in our coverage.

Not everyone buys it.

People charged with crimes always say we fail to get their side of the story. They insist the incident that got them in hot water - and which is almost always detailed in the affidavit police file in making an arrest - paints the situation in a false light.

Labor tiffs prove to be very difficult. I am sure the people at Crozer-Chester Medical Center think we are in bed with the union that is going to strike against them for two days on Sunday morning. They have not said much, instead preferring to do their talking at the bargaining table.

Then there's politics.

In Delaware County, there is always politics.

For as long as I can remember, the Republican Party in this county has believed we would like nothing more than to see them knocked off their lofty perch - and that we slant our coverage to do just that.

Meanwhile, we often don't make county Dems all that happy either. They believe we are beholden - if not in the pocket - of the powerful county GOP.

A lot of people in this state are watching the battle for the vacant 26th District state Senate seat created by the retirement of Republican Sen. Ted Erickson.

Aside from the governor's race (that is still a race isn't it? Someone please tell me it is since I'm on record as saying the embattled Mr. Corbett is going to win re-election) the 26th state Senate race might be the most high-profile race in the state. It's expected to set a record for spending for a state Senate race. Gee, what a surprise, in politics money talks.

On Tuesday, we ran a story on a bit of a dustup concerning a new campaign ad being aired by Republican candidate and County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle, who is running against Democrat union leader John Kane. It features a local woman thanking McGarrigle for his work in helping save the local refinery business when it was teetering on the brink of collapse.

Full confession here: The ad features several front pages of the Daily Times proclaiming success in saving the refinery jobs.

The McGarrigle campaign issued a statement saying they believed the woman's husband was being harassed by union leaders, who are backing Kane.

That's when the serious finger-pointing began.

Kane denied any such pressure was put on Stephen Devenney for his wife's role in the McGarrigle ad.

We attempted to reach Devenney and his wife, but were unsuccessful.

It didn't take long after the story hit the street on Tuesday before I heard from Devenney. He didn't think we had been fair, that we had "jumped the gun" on the story since we hadn't talked to him and didn't have his side.

So I made the same offer I have made countless times since I assumed this job: Give me your side and I will run it.

Devenney's letter denying any harassment took place appears today.

We also followed up on the story with new comments from the two campaigns.

Yep, election season is heating up.

In Delaware County, politics is a contact sport.

I'll be the guy in the middle, trying - unsuccessfully according to my critics, to be fair to both sides.
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The Eagles provide a lifeline for embattled NFL

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2014-09-17 06:35
Roger Goodell and the NFL don't have a lot to be thankful for these days.

I'd like to offer them one.

The Philadelphia Eagles.

If there was ever a sports entity in need of a good story, it would be the almighty NFL. Who would have thought it?

Then again, when you handle a situation like the Ray Rice saga as poorly as the NFL has, it's not hard to figure out.

Then late last week the Adrian Peterson story blew up, with the guy many believe is the best back in the league facing charges of child abuse for beating his young son with a tree branch. Now there are questions about the scar a second son sports on his face.

Rice, of course, was the star of a surveillance video in which he is shown delivering a wicked left jab to his then-fiancee's face, knocking her cold.

For awhile there last week, you almost forgot that this league once was about sport, and games.

With the national spotlight focusing on them on Monday Night Football, the Eagles - at least for a few hours - put the spotlight on what is going on between the lines.

The Birds and Colts put on a great show, with the Eagles rallying for the second straight week from a double-digit deficit in the second half and snagging a huge win on a last-second kick.

Now we can go back to kicking around the NFL.

This morning we get news that the Vikings have had a change of heart. After announcing that they would play Peterson this Sunday after keeping him off the field last week, they apparently have had a change of heart. They have put their star running back on the shelf indefinitely until his legal issues are resolved. He must stay away from all football activities in the interim.

Coincidentally, the move comes just hours after a huge NFL advertiser, the beer barons at Anheuser-Busch, said they were disappointed at the way the league is handling its off-the-field issues.

The Vikings also heard from one of their local advertisers, Radisson Hotels, which indicated they were pulling their support. Roger Goodell and the NFL have always operated by a standard business mandate:

Money talks.

Now they're getting a view from the flip side of that coin.
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The Daily Salvo for September 14, 2014 - "Flourishing with the Gospel"

The Daily Salvo - Tue, 2014-09-16 15:44
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The Daily Salvo for September 12, 2014 - "Texas Hold 'em From Voting"

The Daily Salvo - Tue, 2014-09-16 15:35
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#PAGov: A Tom Wolf Win Isn’t Enough. Democrats Need to Get Serious About the State Senate.

Keystone Politics - Tue, 2014-09-16 15:04
While the Governor’s race is all but decided, Wolf still has a giant problem: What does he do after Nov 4th when he wakes up and finds he is stuck with a Republican controlled State Senate? The...
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political turn-offs

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2014-09-16 15:01

All yes the season has arrived. Not fall, but the season where we open our mailboxes to far too many political mailers. There is no subtlety involved as it is an almost daily barrage from both parties. My position is, save a tree don’t flood my mailbox. I also am of the mindset that I prefer not to get my email inundated either.

Today we received a giant expensive multi–page glossy mailer mailer from the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee. For Manan Trivedi.

Now I have met Dr. Trivedi, and I found him to be a very nice person, but he’s not the person to represent me. I did not feel when I lived in Montgomery County that a man who was from Berks County could really represent my interests in Congress. I still feel that way as a Chester County resident.

I also want to rid myself early of all the glossy mailers that are going to clog up my mailbox and recycle bin. So since it is September and this is my first one I called up the campaign number listed on the glossy mailer. The lady who answered the phone at 484-329-7907 could not have been more pleasant. But some guy who must’ve been her supervisor decided he wanted to speak to me. I’m not going to publicly shame this person because everybody deserves a chance and I respect people that want to work on campaigns and I know it’s tough. But I will say that somebody else should take calls from now on, this gentleman should not be on the phone.

I tried to explain to this guy why Dr. Trivedi was not a candidate for me. I also tried to explain to this guy why I don’t want to receive these mailers. I did say to him however if he really wants his candidate to have a good showing in Chester County, a public position on things like the Sunoco pipeline and eminent domain would be of interest to Chester County voters.

He then tells me how they went to a couple community meetings and they were “looking into it.” Since March, no less. I said what is there to keep looking into? I asked if his candidate was in favor of eminent domain? Does his candidate understand our fears about these pipelines and what they could do that legitimately terrifies residents out here? I asked if his candidate understood how a lot of us were on wells and how scary an idea that is when somebody’s talking about fracking and putting pipelines through communities along with potential dangers to all natural water sources and wildlife?

If you want a topic that has grabbed hold of Chester County residents regardless of political party this is it, right? He decides he then wants to tell me all about Ryan Costello and Ryan Costello’s flaws.

I didn’t call them to debate the other candidate. I also don’t like to be talked down to by a campaign office. And I completely abhor people who use poor grammar on the telephone and tell me that they are a Montgomery county resident and he understands how I feel. I live in Chester County, you couldn’t possibly understand how I feel as a Chester County resident, so unfortunately that attempt at political empathy fell far short.

I did tell him that I feel sorry for political candidates because of the gerrymandering which has occurred in the 6th Congressional District of Pennsylvania over the past years. But when push comes to shove, I want someone more local to me to represent me in Congress if I can get it. And while I might find someone to be a very pleasant person, it doesn’t that I find them to be the best candidate for the job to serve my needs as a Chester County resident.

I will be blunt, I also find Obamacare a hot mess. I feel the last few years of national politics have been embarrassing at times for any American no matter what political persuasion you are. When it comes to Federal level politics, you very rarely get the opportunity to vote for the “local” guy. And my local guy is Ryan Costello. And I will vote for him gladly. But because I think Dr. Manan Trivedi is a nice person, I think his campaign offices need an education.

I see no problem with people being excited and very supportive of their particular candidate for whom they are working. But they need to adopt more of a “the customer is right” attitude. They need to learn the subtle art of turning people to their position without getting irritated on the phone. After all, there are quite a few weeks between now and election day. And I won’t be the only phone call their offices receive.

I have decided that one of the things that is going to make me decide on candidates this fall is what kind of a position do they take about pipelines and gas companies like Sunoco in Pennsylvania? How do these candidates feel about eminent domain? In mid-September, a candidate’s political office should not still be saying that the candidate is looking into something. They should have a position and be able to clearly state it for the candidate. The Wolf gubernatorial campaign, for example, is very clear on where they stand about pipelines. And I can tell you quite honestly, I can’t good conscience vote for Tom Corbett a second time. Especially given all the donations he gets from oil companies, right?

I might be a Republican, but I do believe in a two-party system. I am also an inveterate ticket splitter. But a two-party system in Chester County is also about 17 shades of ridiculous once again thanks to the infighting of the Democratic Party of Chester County. Truthfully, to that end, I actually feel sorry for the Trivedi campaign because as a Democrat candidate he and other Democrat candidates may very well be tainted by the same brush that is the in-fighting in Democratic politics right now in Chester County.

Thanks for stopping by today. Save a tree by asking candidates for political office not to send piles of glossy mailers out. And if you are a Chester County resident, please ask your candidates offices where they stand on pipelines and eminent domain.

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#PA26: A DelCo Senate Race Primer

Keystone Politics - Tue, 2014-09-16 14:06
If you haven’t heard, there’s an extremely important race brewing in Delaware County for the District 26 Senate seat which will soon be left vacant by retiring Republican Edwin “Ted” Erickson. The...
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