When did getting a gift for a loved one, a selfless act of generosity come to involve scratching and clawing at others in order to do so?
This year's Black Friday sales saw a spate of incidents that over the years have sadly become commonplace. This year saw shootings, stabbing, macing, vandalism, and any other number of insane and altogether holiday-spiritless acts.
by Colin Deppen
On Tuesday, Sept. 11th, 2001, I watched with the rest of the world as the Twin Towers in New York City, having been struck by two hijacked commercial jets, burned and eventually collapsed.
I don't know about you, but I thought the fireworks in St. Marys were really nice this year. I had the opportunity to watch from a backyard deck on Spruce Street and found the view excellent. There were definitely some new and different pieces this year, as promised by the director of operations from the company who provides the fireworks, and at certain points "oohs" and "aahs" could be heard from all the way down the street. Kudos to the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce for continuing to sponsor this event and line up donations for both the fireworks and the entertainment, and for the St.
I waved to somebody I didn't know again the other day-- I sometimes do that because I think I know the person, but it turns out I don't. Every once in a while I will call someone's name on the street or somewhere and it isn't who I thought it was when he or she turns around. Oops. Oh, well.
Apparently someone has a car very much like my sister's and also looks like my sister-- the other day I beeped and waved madly as we drove past each other. Well, it wasn't my sibling, but at least the lady returned the greeting.
How do people get so many keys? At what point did my key ring start to resemble the school custodian's or Schneider on that show "One Day at a Time?" This is getting ridiculous.
For most of my life, I got away with carrying one key - to my house - and that resided in a zippered pocket somewhere in the recesses of my backpack. In college, I could pretty much fit everything I needed on a lanyard around my neck - standard student-issue. Well, not anymore.
For those of you who walk at night, whether for exercise or out of necessity, please wear some type of reflective clothing or tape on your person. The past week or so, I have driven by a number of people walking along the road at night, and they were not visible until I was right upon them. Not all streets and roadways have sidewalks or streetlights, and even when obeying the speed limit, a driver may not see you until it's too late.
An incident took place yesterday, and I found myself imagining what would happen if it became one of the plots on a TV crime drama, like that old 80s police show "Hill Street Blues"...
Voter turnout in Elk County is generally very good; area residents should be proud of themselves for exercising their right to vote. Sometimes, however, primary elections like the one coming up on Tuesday, May 17 see a dip in voter participation. I hope that is not the case on Tuesday.
The long-elusive Osama bin Laden has been removed as a threat to the citizens of the world. While this is good news for the global war on terror, the time to celebrate the fall of tyranny and rejoice should be short-lived, as by no means is this over yet. Bin Laden was not only a mastermind with a far-reaching arm who was able to execute terroristic plots from remote locations, but he was also a symbol, revered by those who despise the workings and culture of the Western world, the United States in particular.
Some people make their resolutions at New Year's, feeling it's a fresh start. They vow to tackle all kinds of things they don't like about their current state of affairs or make pledges to themselves to improve their lives, whether it involves their health, wealth, relationships or other personal issues. I personally think New Year's has become an over-commercialized holiday like many others. It has turned into a couple-centric, party-'til-you-drop, live-while-you can event rather than a reflection on years past and a resolve to make positive changes in the years ahead.