Daily Archive: March 16, 2011

Opinion

A federal government too big to manage

(NNPA)—We have a big problem. Our deficit (total debt) is approaching $14 trillion and it is still growing by the interest it accrues alone. Worse yet, the debt holders are nations such as China, Japan and Saudi Arabia, who have no interest in a “happy landing” for our future. Our nation is running on risky business and the future for our children and grandchildren does not look bright at all. It is imperative that we begin to address this problem straight up and not try to ignore or go into denial as Congress and the White House appear to be doing. We don’t address a federal deficit with a budget that goes into the red itself. Increasing the deficit does not improve the deficit. Any third grader could figure that out. We need leadership that will take us through the pain of shrinking our spending and correcting our economic plight.

Opinion

Corbett’s unfair budget proposal

The best thing that can be said about Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed $27.3 billion budget is that taxpayers will not get a tax increase even though a modest tax hike would be far better than what the governor has proposed. There are simply not a lot of good things that can be said about the governor’s first budget, especially when it comes to education. Corbett’s budget proposes drastic cuts to public education funding as well as funding to the state’s higher education system.

Entertainment

Davidson to bring ‘a little bit of happiness’

Comedian Tommy Davidson promises to bring Pittsburgh “a little bit of happiness” during his four-night run—March 17-20—at the Pittsburgh Improv this week. “Pittsburgh lost the Super Bowl. They need a little happiness,” said Davidson. “Pittsburgh is one of my favorite places.” Although he performed in the Golden Triangle about two years ago, Davidson said he plans on talking about subjects that appeal to everyone including President Obama and women on this go round. TOMMY DAVIDSON

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Benedum Center in Downtown Pittsburgh, CJ’s in the Strip District, The August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Downtown Pittsburgh and Club Rozay in the Strip District. My first stop was at Club Rozay where Pittsburgh’s One and Only Official Happy Hour was held. Hip-hop artist L. King was in the building celebratin’ his birthday in grand style. My second stop was at CJ’s in the Strip District where DJ Mike “The Punisher” was on the 1’s and 2’s doin’ his thing for the crowd. Everyone came out to get their dance and party on at CJ’s. Everyone was dressed to impress at the CeCe Winans and J. Moss event at the Benedum Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 17 Jazz jam CJ’s Restaurant & Lounge presents “The Roger Humphries & RH Factor Jazz Jam Session” at 8 p.m. at 2901-2911 Penn Ave., Strip District. There will be live jazz and fun every Thursday night. Must be 25-years or older and there is a dress code that will be enforced. No tennis shoes, sweats, or athletic gear. For more information, call 412-642-2377.

Business

Business group provides a state of opportunity

Between Alexander “Nick” Nichols and Charles “Chuck” M. Powell, more than 60 years of service has been dedicated to assisting women, minority and disadvantaged businesses within the region. In appreciation of their many years of service, commitment and dedication, the MWDBE Governmental Committee recognized the pair for their great work during their tenth annual conference for Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. The theme was “A State of Opportunity.” HAPPY TO BE NOTICED—Charles Powell of the URA and Alexander Nichols of the WPMSDC pledge to stay committed to their cause of assisting MWBEs. While introducing the Hall of Fame Program, Paula B. Castleberry, minority women business coordinator, Pittsburgh Public Schools, likened Nichols and Powell’s work to the Pittsburgh Public School’s motto, “Excellence for all.” She explained that each year at least two individuals and or organizations that have demonstrated a strong commitment to the quest of improving the economic climate for historically underutilized business enterprises is acknowledged and recognized.

Business

$4 per gal gasoline

Political unrest in the Middle East continues to dominate world energy markets and many analysts are predicting $4 per gallon gasoline by this summer. Higher energy prices are on everyone’s mind and we are all hoping for a return to the good old days. Unfortunately, the good old days of cheap energy in the U.S. are over! Look forward to continued higher energy prices from now into the foreseeable future. Why high and why now? There are several forces that are working in concert to raise the price of energy. Political unrest in oil producing areas such as the Middle East, Africa and South America is not a new problem, but the perceived instability undermines the confidence in future energy supplies. The thirst for energy in developing economies such as India and China has placed added pressure on the global energy supply and demand equation. The weaker U.S. dollar raises the price of all imported commodities, including oil. Finally, environmental constraints on energy exploration, refining, emissions and nuclear power add further costs to the energy supply chain.

Business

Business Calendar

Interview skills MARCH 17—The Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania will host their Disability Resource Breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at1650 Main St., Pittsburgh. The topic for the workshop is “How to Sell Your Abilities in A job Interview.” Coralee A. Gionta will discuss how to develop a better understanding of best practices that persons with or without disabilities should use during their job search. She will teach how to complete applications, build a resume, plan for interviews, dress for the position and focus on the abilities that will one to get a job. For more information, call 412-782-5344.

Sports

The Hurricane touches down in Pro Wrestling Hall Of Fame

by Tom Leturgey Eight days before famed professional wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hosts Wrestlemania 27 in Atlanta, Georgia one of his predecessors takes his rightful place in the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame in Pittsburgh. Bobby “Hurricane” Hunt, once a promising track and field athlete and collegiate tailback, had his professional football dreams dashed by a brutal tackle that forever damaged his knee. Years after rehabilitation, Hunt found himself inside the squared circle, a hero in Studio Wrestling. It was there that “The Hurricane” became one of the industry’s top stars. BOBBY “HURRICANE” HUNT By 1963, Hunt was wrestling frequently on WIIC-TV and in the Civic Arena and Forbes Field where thousands would come out each month to see their favorite wrestling stars. Those early matches saw Hunt wrestle local athletes like Chuck Martoni (who is now vice president, Allegheny County Council), Frank Durso and “Killer” Joe Abby. Hunt was also tag team partners with the legendary Bobo Brazil and current Allegheny County Councilor-At-Large “Jumpin’” Johnny DeFazio. Over the years, Hunt wrestled just about every star of consequence, including George “The Animal” Steele and Baron Mikel Scicluna.

Sports

Inside Conditions…The mystery of history

For the past 5 decades, the consummate definition of a role model for African-American youth has been Black athletes or entertainers that have defied the odds and have made it. During these 50 or so years of so-called “prosperity” the sub-culture of Africa-America has experienced periods of phantom-like growth with no real social change being evident. Past smokescreens of success are now being exposed as “one big hot mess.” For example, I have recently been asked to appear on several radio and television programs to sanction the possible merger of the WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League to create financial stability for the cash strapped city athletic system and in the process promote “racial harmony.” This is not a merger, this is a covert and hostile takeover. Let me be perfectly clear. I am not with anyone, anything, anywhere yesterday, today or tomorrow tampering with the last bastion of history that remains for Black and White Pittsburghers. City schools have been merged and closed in perverted numbers and now there are forces that want to merge the only thing we have left, athletics. If they want to merge for the greater good, why not merge a few of the failing city schools with some of the more successful and fiscally sound suburban institutions. Get the “Black and Yellow” busses rolling, baby!