Friday, December 6 2013 2:04 PM EST2013-12-06 19:04:18 GMT
I was taken back a bit earlier this week when my wife mentioned that part of her really dreads the holidays. There are the decorating and cooking chores; the events to attend and the presents to wrap.More >>
What's merry or happy about the holidays when some say they don't have enough and others are overwhelmed with all they have to do.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 2:01 PM EST2013-12-06 19:01:04 GMT
After months of haggling lawmakers in Harrisburg have agreed on a plan to fix a problem decades in the making. Finding funding to repair Pennsylvania's crumbling road and bridge system. The 2.3 billionMore >>
Harrisburg finally makes the hard decision to fund roads and bridges. Now it's drivers that face some hard realities.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 1:56 PM EST2013-12-06 18:56:28 GMT
If you asked most people they would say that they come from a giving and caring community. Indeed, just about every town in the land has some form of charity machinery in place to help neighbors in need. We'reMore >>
A recent food drive helps prove that a lot of places say they are generous, but Erie means it.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 1:51 PM EST2013-12-06 18:51:20 GMT
Not everyone is allowed a second act in politics, but democrat Kathy Dahlkemper defied those odds by first beating an incumbent in the primary and then winning the race for Erie County Executive. AndMore >>
Kathy Dahlkemper upset incumbent Barry Grossman. Will her time in Washington teach her how not to govern?More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 1:43 PM EST2013-12-06 18:43:33 GMT
The murder trial of a man accused of shooting a Chautauqua County school superintendent to death is giving us a pretty clear picture of the difficulties of dispensing justice in 2013. In this case theMore >>
The rapid rise of the Information Age is running headlong into outdated traditions within area courts.More >>
Friday, October 18 2013 3:15 PM EDT2013-10-18 19:15:57 GMT
I think it's fair to say that most Americans are glad that the 16-day partial shutdown of the American government is over. It's nothing short of ironic that a maneuver born in an effort to draw attentionMore >>
What did the shutdown do for us? It cost 24 billion dollars without many apparent tangible benefits.More >>
Friday, October 4 2013 5:15 PM EDT2013-10-04 21:15:37 GMT
One of the gifts my old man gave me is a love of baseball and I played a lot of ball growing up. In those days the umpires were often kids only slightly older than me, they didn't get paid much and usuallyMore >>
If the mess in Washington were a baseball game, the people holding up the budget would be the kid taking his ball and going home.More >>
Friday, October 4 2013 5:19 PM EDT2013-10-04 21:19:30 GMT
I never met Damon Janes. But as a parent, my heart sank along with the rest of us to hear that the 16-year old running back had died just a few days after leaving a Friday night high school football gameMore >>
A community mourns the loss of a young man taken too soon.More >>
Friday, September 20 2013 5:46 PM EDT2013-09-20 21:46:17 GMT
Few things mark the passing of time for me more readily than the start of a new school year. For adults change comes slowly; an extra belt notch here, a few more gray hairs there. But for kids changeMore >>
Few things mark the passing of time for me more readily than the start of a new school year.More >>
Friday, September 13 2013 3:30 PM EDT2013-09-13 19:30:36 GMT
The news was electric this week, literally; some of it good, some of it had us searching for the flashlights. I'm speaking of course of that major power outage that rolled through the area. The culpritMore >>
Power outages and word of a new transmission line put a jolt into the news this week.More >>
It's been a pretty busy news week.
There were the primary elections, granted something of a bomb given the cold rain and the lackluster turnout.
There was the real blast and fire at a Harborcreek biodiesel fuel plant and the complaints from responders of lung and throat problems later.
But the real explosive announcement, the one that could detonate the entire area economy, is word that General Electric is looking to build another locomotive plant in Fort Worth Texas. Excuse us for feeling a little protective, but Erie workers have been building GE locomotives here for the past 100 years.
Like many communities, Fort Worth is rolling out the red carpet to the global giant by offering more than five million dollars in tax incentives to lure the 100 million dollar plant there. The company is promising to build high tech machines in its state of the art facility. Compare that to the aging, drafty industrial era buildings of the Erie campus and you begin to see why people are getting concerned. Add to that the fact that Texas is a right-to-work state, meaning that by law an employee is not required to join a union to work. Devastating does not begin to describe what losing GE would mean to Erie. One out of every 11 jobs here is tied one way or another to General Electric. The annual economic impact to the region is more than 2 billion dollars annually, and yes, friends, that's billion with a "B." County Executive Barry Grossman is doing the right thing in meeting with union leaders and company executives to ask what's happening and what might be done to keep the company happy here. We wish his efforts all the luck in the world. But there's another scenario no one wants to confront but may soon have to: What if it's already too late?