The AR in AR-15 rifle stands for “ArmalLite Rifle.” The press, Democrats, anti-Second Amendment crowd, Tom Brokaw, Pope Francis and President Obama tell us it stands for either “assault rifle” or “automatic rifle.” They know better but the truth no longer seems to matter. Assault weapons were outlawed in 1934. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, an arm of the Department of Justice, defines assault weapons as machine guns or totally automatic weapons. An AR-15 is neither. But certainly a truthful explanation will matter little to the anti-gun crowd.
Kudos to the writer of the June 18 front-page story on the airplane accident near the University Park Airport. It is textbook perfect, with all the information in logical order, including the atmosphere at the site and the backgrounds of the victims. It is eminently readable, good journalism.
Many years ago, becoming the U.S. president meant you were entering into a very dignified position. Americans even expected the president, secretary of state and all politicians to possess many virtues. Telling the truth and doing hard, cooperative work with your own people are two very great virtues.
It seems the State College Area School District has embarked on an adversarial and decisiveness tangent in addressing Corl Street Elementary School. We are paying SCASD taxes, and as owners or renters, we are the “shareholders.” The community biometric/healthy living/geographic benefit to residences in the Corl shadow is, as they say, “priceless.” Walking and bike riding students is the trend. It’s a livable community!
Having been born in 1935, I spent my early years following the events of World War II. My father was a bit too old to serve in the armed forces, but four of his and three of my mother’s brothers served in the Army or Navy.
Walking to and from school “uphill both ways” is bygone sentiment. While 48 percent of children walked or biked to school in 1969, fewer than 15 percent do so today. Corl Street Elementary is an exception to this trend because 50 percent of its students walk or bike. Corl Street families and alumni cite positive social interaction, parent involvement, physical fitness and safety as benefits of a neighborhood school. While the community clearly values Corl Street Elementary, are the benefits of a neighborhood school real or anecdotal?
Climate change is scary, and so I understand the temptation to put one’s head in the sand. But to force everyone else to do the same thing is just plain wrong. Yet this is precisely what our Congress is doing.
Journalist Austin Tice was taken hostage in Syria in August 2012. His parents, Marc and Debra Tice, of Houston have united on the anniversary of President Obama’s hostage directive with the families of other American hostages to make this appeal to Obama.
The clock is ticking on the leadership of the Penn State board of trustees to prepare itself to defend the university 4 1/2 years after it first failed to do so. A Philadelphia judge has ordered the unsealing of records in just a few weeks, related to Penn State’s settlements with Jerry Sandusky’s accusers, siding with media outlets that sought their release.
After sustaining a serious leg injury in Iraq, Max Rohn, a former U.S. Navy hospital corpsman, elected to have his right leg amputated below the knee. Now he competes as a member of the Penn State Ability Athletics track and field team and is vying for a place on the Paralympic squad this summer.
Roger Van Scyocrvanscyoc@centredaily.com
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