The mandatory deadline to register for the Affordable Care Act, aka: Obamacare, was midnight March 31.
On April 1, President Obama held a news conference crowing about how they reached their goal of more than 7 million Americans registered for the mandatory Obamacare. With self-satisfaction and swank, President Obama bragged and bloviated.
Why wasn’t Obama scolding the hundreds of millions of American people who did not register for the mandatory Obamacare?
The law states that all American people had to register by midnight March 31. Why wasn’t Obama saying, “Fines have been issued for all who did not register, and you will be receiving yours in the mail in the next few days”? The law states that all who did not register would be burdened with fines and penalties.
The answer to both questions, and dozens more, is that he is only enforcing parts of the law. He, on his own, has exempted this part, not enforced that part, redefined other parts.
This man took an oath to enforce the laws of the United States – all of the laws, not just parts of them or only the ones he likes.
Mr. President, we the America people insist that you enforce the laws of the United States.
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee was pitching to the Milwaukee Brewers, doing a good job of getting hitters out.
Then the Brewers told the hitters to hit the ball where the ball is pitched. And this changed the complexion of the game. The Brewers scored a few runs. The Phillies took Lee out of the game.
What Lee should have done is this : Pitch in a similar way, but throw the ball where the hitters would hit the ball to the Phillies’ players. This would require only a slight change in the spot where he threw. This is the way to neutralize the Brewers’ hitters.
Young pitchers think that if they throw a new pitch the first time, they have this pitch down. It takes at least a month of practicing a pitch in order to get the feel of it.
An excellent way to calm a player’s stomach and nerves would be to make a mixture of raw cabbage and raw potatoes, plus fruits for flavor, in a blender and eat this every day.
On behalf of Big Brothers of The Bridge, I thank the community for its tremendous support of Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2014, which was held on March 29.
Our Wilkes-Barre event, which took place at Stanton Lanes, raised $139,000, making it the most successful Bowl For Kids’ Sake in its 32-year history. In total, our six Bowl for Kids’ Sake events, which, in addition to Wilkes-Barre, took place in Hazleton, Bloomsburg, Stroudsburg, Nicholson and Lehighton, raised $213,000.
We thank Katie Lambert and Neil Horn of McCarthy Tire & Automotive Centers, who served as our corporate chairs, brought energy and enthusiasm to the event and were instrumental in helping increase our donation total. We also thank Tom and Noreen Clark of WNEP-TV and Frankie Warren of Magic 93, who also brought energy and enthusiasm to the event while serving as our media chairs.
Likewise, we thank all of the members of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Advisory Board and all of the members of our Bowl For Kids’ Sake Committee.
My appreciation also goes to all of the people who came out and bowled at the event and all of the local businesses that served as sponsors.
Bowl For Kids’ Sake is the biggest and most important annual fundraiser for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge program. Without its success, we would not be able to serve the children of Northeastern Pennsylvania in the way in which they deserve.
Again, we thank the entire community for its continued support.
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During the past three years, Penn State alumni have witnessed the most incredible flurry of lawsuits in the university’s storied history. I want to tell you about one that had a happy ending.
When I was first elected as a Centre County commissioner in 1987, I inherited a lawsuit filed by the county against Penn State and its real estate tax-exempt status. In the years that followed, the case found its way up and down the Pennsylvania court system from the local level to the state Supreme Court. After years of negotiation, we signed an agreement with Penn State in which it provided close to a million dollars annually in actual dollars and equivalent services to local municipalities. To date, that agreement has meant tens of millions of dollars to Centre County government agencies.
This process was highlighted by local and county officials telling Penn State how the university affected our government operations and, in turn, Penn State telling us how it was, among other things, the economic engine of Central Pennsylvania. It was an incredible learning process at both ends.
I mention this case, in part, to explain my independent candidacy for election to the Penn State Board of Trustees this spring. The current board has very successful individuals, and the current slate of candidates has a wealth of talent. None of them, however, has the unique experience I have of serving 28 years in public office in Centre County as a district judge and county commissioner. I know Penn State in ways no other candidate does, simply because of my close proximity to the university and my knowledge of its operations as I worked in the county seat and in the state capital.
Lawsuits remain, and it will take the university time to heal. If I am fortunate enough to be elected as a trustee, I will remember the words of Bobby Kennedy from my college days: “The future is not a gift. It is an achievement. Every generation helps to make its own future. This is the essential challenge of the present.”
That is a challenge I am willing to meet.
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