Daily Archive: July 6, 2012


Congress may be nation’s most serious problem

Dear Editor: This year the candidates for President will spend hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising. One telling us of the heroic things he has done and the other telling us of the miraculous things he will do. Almost everything President Obama takes credit for had to be passed by Congress. The promises made by candidate Romney must be made law by Congress to be fulfilled. The President can only veto a law; he can not pass one.


Affordable Care Act still needs to be sold

by Wilmer Leon (NNPA)—The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision upheld the Affordable Care Act, the cornerstone piece of legislation of the Obama administration. The court found the Obama administration and Congress were constitutionally within their rights but for the wrong reason.


‘Boyfriend Season:…’

You always know who your friends are. They’re the ones who help you look your best, and they’re honest if your new ‘do makes you look bad. Your friends help you with homework, they support your dreams, and they forever hold your secrets without spilling.



Budgeting tips for low-income families

An area local hospital recently asked me to share budgeting tips for low-income families. Below is an excerpt of my discussion. No one likes to hear the word budget. When we think of a budget we feel restricted and limited. Nobody wants to be tied down and confined—especially when it comes to our money. Most of us hold the position that it’s my money and I’m going to do as I please. The reality is money is finite. There is a limited amount of money that each of us possesses. Our ability to spend money as we please is limited by the amount of money that we have—not a budget.


So many choices, so many screens

I’ve said it before—we are spoiled rotten. Reviewing Nielsen’s latest Cross-Platform Report, “How We Watch from Screen to Screen,” I can’t help but smile and remember the earlier days of “watching television.” (You know the one screen, the only option we had). I suspect a good many of you sometimes get a bit nostalgic, too (even though now we probably would be hard-pressed to part with any of our current technological conveniences).


Two Black swimmers, Jones and Ervin, to compete in 2012 Olympics

(NNPA)—U.S. swimmer Cullen Jones secured a trip to the 2012 Olympics in London after winning the 50-meter freestyle race at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials on July 1. HEADED TO LONDON—Cullen Jones leaps off the starting blocks in the first heat of the men’s 50-meter freestyle swimming semifinal at the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., June 30. (AP Photo/The Omaha World-Herald/Matt Miller)



:10 Tiger is back…nuff said! :09 You think you’ve been to a cook-out? You ain’t been to a cook-out till you’ve been to Dwight and Chandra Law’s cook-out. Man the food was so good… and there was so much of it I started to go get my cousins and bring-um back. No, don’t ask! If I tell you where they live that’s less food for me. Hey did you know Dwight Law is my oldest and dearest friend? Well you know it now. Two boys from Meldon Avenue in Donora P.A. made it to the big city. Not bad…not bad at all. BILL NEAL


Go Red for Women

On May 11, hundreds of women attended “Pittsburgh Go Red for Women Annual Luncheon and Conference” at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. It was a day where ladies made it their mission to learn by attending workshops where they learned about matters of the heart, sleep disorders that affect the heart, finances, vitamins and supplements, and they even found that being heart healthy can be trendy as they learned about trendy heart healthy menu options. ON A MISSION—Megan Dillon, Wendy McCabe, Karen Colbert and Jennifer Abney



In my travels 2012

I call myself an observant person. When I’m riding through a neighborhood, I try to take it all in. As I was riding through East Liberty I’m noticing so many changes. Did you know the Old Baum Blvd Dodge is soon to be an Aldi’s Grocery Store? The signs are posted in the window and construction is happening as I type. Now that area will have plenty of choices for shopping. Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Giant Eagle Market District and now Aldi’s, and let’s not forget the grocery section at Target. And I can’t wait to see the transformation of Highland Avenue, there is a new hotel in the works across from the Highland News Stand. It is going to be Hotel Indigo, this is a boutique hotel and there are locations in many other cities. Also a business called Latin Concepts is scheduled to open. I looked up both on the Internet and they look like places that we will frequent. The old Borders did not remain empty long, a Petsmart has opened in that space.