October is Fair Trade Month. Did you know that State College has been a fair trade town since 2015? That’s when the State College Borough Council passed a resolution in support of fair trade as an issue important to its government and residents. What does that mean? Fair trade businesses establish long-term collaborative relationships with impoverished farmers and artisans in developing countries. They assist them in developing their skills; securing safe, healthy working conditions and fair wages; and selling their products around the world. When you purchase fairly traded products, you help create brighter futures for producers and their families. Celebrate Fair Trade Month in State College by joining Barranquero Cafe and Ten Thousand Villages of Central PA from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Barranquero Café, where you can find fair-trade crafts, coffee and food, while listening to live South American music by Los Tikis.
I am a senior at Penn State studying recreation, park and tourism management, as well as a proud member of our town-and-gown community. I have had the pleasure of knowing Michael Black for about a year and a half. Black is an outstanding soul and community resource who shares a passion and drive for the community in which he wants to serve. He understands the importance of the tourism industry and the endless economic vitality that is provides the Centre Region year after year. Working in conjunction with local partners, Black has a vision for positioning State College as vibrant and attractive brand for both visitors and locals alike. As one of the fastest growing small cities in the commonwealth, we as a community need to direct our focus to four key components: live, work, learn, play. How can we as a community achieve prosperity in each of these core components is central to Black’s campaign and the future growth of the community. He is a genuine person who will listen to the concerns of all and work to facilitate impactful dialogue within our community and through those who happen to visit our Happy Valley.
I met Michael Black several years ago when we coached against each other in baseball. What impressed me most about him was his passion for teaching and giving players opportunities. Even in the heat of a close game, he never lost sight of why we were all there, to give kids a chance to play and grow. When the dust settled, win or lose, there was always a hearty handshake, words of encouragement and some good laughs.
I am a practicing family and criminal law attorney in Centre County, and have been for the past 34 years. I have tried many cases, both before a jury and before judges in bench trials, and have participated in many hearings. I have practiced in eight surrounding counties and have been in front of the judges in those counties, both past and present. A judge’s ability is not defined by the number of jury trials he had as a lawyer but by the ability to clearly identify the issues and apply the correct reading of the law to a particular situation.
Regarding the frustration of motorists along North Atherton Street (“North Atherton Street work causing delays, frustration,” Oct.17), I think we all agree that improvements are necessary, and the inconvenience of construction is something we have to learn to live with. But what has been particularly challenging about this project is its inconsistency — some days they’re there, other days they’re not, and we’re never sure exactly where they’ll be. It makes it very difficult to plan. I found a general description of the project on the PennDOT website, but I didn’t find day-to-day specifics. There certainly is no signage in the area to give us a heads-up. Using the Maps app on my phone helps, but surely there are ways to improve communication with the people who rely on this traffic artery. If folks knew what was going on, wouldn’t that make things better for the workers and the drivers?
Dead service members and their families deserve recognition and respect, both from presidents and the American people. Active duty military also deserve a clear mission and the commitment of a nation to their service, fight, and future.
I was very pleased to see that AccuWeather is among those gathering aid for Puerto Rico. Given the many natural disasters our country has suffered recently and the fact that climate change has intensified them, I hope the executives at AccuWeather will use their influence with federal officials to do more to mitigate man-made climate change.
One recent proposal offered by Gov. Tom Wolf to end the budget impasse is for the state to securitize profits from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to raise $1.25 billion to pay off the prior year’s deficit.
It is about time that the public learned the truth about a phrase that is very often used by today’s “conservatives.” That phrase is “limited-government conservative.” To me, those are the three most frightening words in the English language. You might have noticed recently that some conservatives feel very badly because, as they have said, President Donald Trump is not a “limited-government conservative” (as they are). That happens to be true. That phrase is actually a buzzword and codeword that really means that the person does not believe that the federal government should spend one cent on social programs that are intended to help people. Their ultimate goal is to one day see that all of them are abolished/eliminated from existence especially Social Security, which they hate the most. Now, they do realize that most Americans do not agree with them (as well as some of their fellow conservatives) so they use what are called “stealth” (deceptive) tactics, which include not telling the American people what they really believe and want. They know this.
The Trump administration is proposing to cut the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 31 percent. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, “nearly every single program that EPA runs and supports in the state would be eliminated or deeply cut.” Slashing funding puts our drinking water and Clean Air Programs at risk and reduces the amount of Superfund sites to be cleaned up.
There appears to be a movement afoot to further divide our community to make the race for the Court of Common Pleas in Centre County, a campaign based on political party and politics. Just as we would not want our judges to make their decisions based on politics, we should not be making our decision related to our vote for judge based on party affiliation. Our decision should be based on candidate education, ability to take command of the courtroom and, most of all, experience. In April 2017 at the League of Women Voters debate, we heard candidate Brian Marshall say that he has never tried a case before a jury and candidly acknowledged that his opponent Ron McGlaughlin has more experience. The local Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed McGlaughlin as well. I urge you to vote for McGlaughlin for the Court of Common Pleas on Nov. 7. His knowledge and real-life experience in all aspects of the law, his confidence and ability to take command of the courtroom based on his experience, and his past history of service to our community make him the only qualified candidate for judge. Vote for Ron McGlaughlin in November.
The front page of the 10/16 CDT lauded the first class of the county’s sports history hall of fame class. Are there no women worthy of being included? No people of color? If, indeed, the hall of fame documents “the deep, rich sports history of Centre County,” why is the inaugural class limited to 11 white males. I do not doubt that John Montgomery Ward deserves recognition, so does Gene Wettstone and Joe Humphreys, but I am sure the nominating committee could have been more inclusive and diverse. Let’s hope a better, more representative group is chosen for the second class.
For 127 days, members and friends of the Nittany Valley Water Coalition occupied the land on Whitehall Road to protest the proposed Toll Brothers student housing development. The Cottages development is slated to be built on the Slab Cabin Watershed, upslope from the wellheads that supply the majority of the drinking water for State College residents. Penn State, which still owns this land, recently had the protesters evicted and announced that, after five years of letting this 44-acre parcel lie dormant, it signed a lease to rent the land to a local farmer to grow winter wheat.
In our 2016 presidential election, the candidate who lost the election received almost 3 million more popular votes than the winner. But the winner had more electoral votes, and that’s what matters. If a presidential candidate wins the popular vote in a state, even by a very narrow margin, he or she gets all the electoral votes. Each state now gets a number of electors (usually chosen by state legislators), equal to the combined total of its membership in the Senate (two per state), and its delegates to the House of Representatives (currently ranging from 1-52 members). Today the Electoral College consists of 538 electors (Washington, D.C. gets three electors). A majority of electoral votes (270) decides who becomes our president and vice president.
In any election, opposing sides can get so caught up in talking about the other candidate’s supposed weaknesses that they forget to share positive information about their own candidate. It can get negative, and that benefits no one — especially the residents of Centre County.
Democratic leaders who gathered in Iowa to strategize about building support among rural voters bemoaned the way some of their fellow Democrats talk down to Midwesterners. If the party hopes to win back the heartland, that must change.
The second amendment of the United States Constitution states: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”