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Tom McCarthy is saying what a great hitting coach Stairs is. How about this? Before he arrived Herrera and Hernandez were already .290 hitters. Hoskins, Williams and Alfaro came from Lehigh and could hit. That leaves Galvez, Joseph, Ruf and Franco. Except for Galvez, the others have gone backwards. Boy, he’s really a great hitting coach. WAKE UP
SO SCARY IT’S FUNNY
“Ditch It, Tom” should take a more talent view of “Mr. Tom In Linwood,” because “Mr. Tom In Linwood” gives us a perfect glimpse into the mind of what right-winners are thinking nowadays. And it actually is kind of scary, but he does give us some humor at the same time.
Can supermarket cashiers not lick their fingers when they’re getting plastic bags off the racks? I know in the grand scheme of things there is more bacteria on doors and cell phones, but it’s just not a good customer service practice. CONCERNED CONSUMER
OH THE HUMANITY
I saw in the Times this week about pipeline protests, and now they’re bringing their children in there, citing the blast zone. Do these people bring their kids to a gas station, considering that there are more gas station fires and explosions than pipeline explosions every year? Better yet, are these the same people who fill their lawnmower gas tank off the ground, letting static electricity that causes gas station fires and explosions every year go ungrounded while their cars are in the car? Then again, that’s what you do if you want something today – you bring out a kid or a dog and say “Oh my God, look at the impact on them!” Also, in certain areas of this county there are people with big cylinders of propane on their property which they use for heat, cooking, refrigeration and electricity. What’s the blast zone on those? “THINK OF THE CHILDREN!”
BET ON IT
The governor has cut down on a lot of things in the lottery. Those instant games – you don’t win anything on them and I don’t know where the winning tickets are but they’re not in Delaware County where I buy my tickets. I think that’s just one thing he’s done to really hurt the poor man who’s trying to make a few blocks out of the lottery. Maybe you hit on a $100 ticket once in a while and just get your money back. I think that’s one thing the state has to making a ton of money on that could make up any difference.
RUSSIA DID IT
So a week-and-a-half and ump-teen weather computers to figure out where Hurricane Irma was going to go – I thought they had it figured out. Obviously they didn’t have it pegged down like they thought they did. I bet Russian hacked the computers, made all their predictions go wrong. What do you think about that? Or maybe it was the North Koreans, whatever. It’s a whole lot of people paying a whole lot of money to figure out and they couldn’t get it right. What’s wrong with this picture? Is it overconfidence or espionage? TIN FOIL HAT MAN
TIME FOR THANKS
I would like to thank the people who called in with information on where to get my clock repaired. That was very nice. Thank you. TICK TOCK
Amazon is soliciting proposals to locate a new campus, investing $5 billion and creating 50,000 high-paying jobs, some of which would be in Pennsylvania – many in the software industry. We do have great universities to supply that labor. What we don’t have are strategic thinkers in Pennsylvania. What we were doing? In Harrisburg, trying to approve increased taxes on Marcellus shale drilling – which is about one of the few things left in the state – why would we want those jobs? Meanwhile, state reps who intend to run for federal office are trying to increase taxes and put in all kind of environmental restrictions once again. They’ve done nothing for us in the last 20 years to lower our real estate taxes for our seniors while more of them are losing their homes. You want strategic thinkers? Look at Wisconsin and the Southern states, not in Pennsylvania.