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Be sure to practice fire safety with your holiday tree

December 14, 2009 Since the first holiday tree retail lot was set up on the streets of New York City in 1851, Americans have been enjoying the tradition of a live tree to celebrate the holiday season. more »»

Hanukkah ‘Empress’ brings joy to season

December 12, 2009 I know it sounds crazy, but one of my most favorite parts about Hanukkah is the way my hair smells after. Latkes, or potato pancakes, are a traditional Hanukkah favorite. more »»

Why show hand to the enemy?

December 8, 2009 Attention Al Qaeda and Taliban: Here Is Our War Plan for Afghanistan We don't tell the opposing team our game plan. We don't share our strategy across a card table or over a chess gam. more »»

State should release funding for universities

December 7, 2009 There is no need for Penn State to wait one more day for state funding. That simple fact may come as a surprise to administrators, teachers and students. more »»

Restraints need to be kept on Turnpike’s authority

December 3, 2009 On Oct. 29 the Turnpike Commission submitted a third application to toll Interstate 80. more »»

Do what is required in Afghanistan

November 21, 2009 We were winning in Afghanistan. That’s what I saw on the ground during a brief mission there early in the war, when I was director of the Navy’s “Deep Blue” anti-terrorism unit. more »»

When I can be a kid again: Birthday brings back childhood

November 14, 2009 Here is how I knew I was an official adult — my “late nights” officially end at 11 p.. more »»

Remembering Flanders’ Fields

November 11, 2009 Editor’s note: As we pause today to honor members of our military, both past and present, area veteran Ken Schucht has submitted the following piece that tells the story of a long-standing tradition... more »»

A tiny tornado named ... Emma

October 10, 2009 The aftermath of nature’s most violent and destructive storms can be devastating for all persons involved; but what if all of the commotion is coming from an adorable, blue-eyed baby girl ripping... more »»

Rules for election letters revisited

October 2, 2009 It seems like the 2009 primary election wasn’t all that long ago, but October is suddenly upon us, and that means the fall general election is now only a month away, set for Tuesday, Nov. . more »»

Compassion can be a product of aging

September 26, 2009 It sneaks up on everyone. I look in the mirror and see a white haired older man looking back at me. When I was young, I would have called that man ol. more »»

Progressive or liberal?

September 18, 2009 Have you noticed that many liberals now prefer to be called progressives? It seems that there is a negative connotation to the word “liberal.” Hence, the new term, “progressive. more »»

Her first pair of shoes

September 18, 2009 It all started one evening with a discussion with my future mother-in-law, Janice. She was wondering if I had purchased any shoes for my daughter since she had started walking. more »»

What can be done to make our voices heard in D.C.?

September 17, 2009 “Where is America heading?” I have been asking myself that question every day. I don’t like the direction that America is taking and I feel powerless to stop it. more »»

There are two sides to tolerance

September 12, 2009 I’m a product of the 60s. Don’t hold it against me. I was a teenager when liberals changed the world. There were hippies in Haight Ashbury espousing drugs and free love. more »»

What’s with these new-fangled cell phones, anyway?

September 12, 2009 Cell phones. They are a fairly new technology, right? Well, that happens to be the case with my pap, as he is part of the “older” crowd of people shifting gears and making the cell phone transition. more »»

Freedom doesn’t come free

September 11, 2009 Today, we mark the eighth anniversary of the attack upon our nation that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. more »»

It’s called ‘Labor’ Day, not ‘Union’ Day

September 7, 2009 Labor Day is a celebration of the efforts of America’s workers. However, the celebration is hollow for millions of American workers because of compulsory unionism. more »»

Keeping the memory of 9/11

September 2, 2009 A little more than a week from now we will commemorate the events of Sept. 11, 2001. more »»

Van is more than a vehicle

August 21, 2009 As an editor at The Sentinel, I get the chance to read, and sometimes edit, the open line comments the night before they are published. more »»



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