Daily Archive: October 5, 2012


Welcome to our world

by Stephanie Jones Editor’s Note: In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News Channel Thursday night, GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney said his 47% remarks were “just completely wrong” — a major reversal from his initial reaction in which he said that the comments were not “elegantly stated” and were spoken “off the cuff” but didn’t come anywhere close to disavowing them.


Voter’s guide for the election

(NNPA)—With the upcoming presidential election only a month away, I thought I would share some thoughts on how to interpret a lot of the things going on with this election. I have received many calls from people asking about all the polls that show President Obama leading Mitt Romney. I am not a big believer in polls, but I do think it is safe to conclude that Obama is ahead by some measure—one can argue with the spread, but not with the fact that Obama has a lead.



Maxine Waters case: A political train wreck

(NNPA)—The headlines proclaim that Rep. Maxine Waters, the outspoken Democrat from California, has been cleared of charges that she violated House ethics by advocating on behalf of a Black bank in which her husband held a substantial investment. The real story, however, is that Waters case serves as Exhibit A for how a Black elected official who has done nothing wrong can have her name smeared for several years largely because of partisan politics.


Cover To Cover…‘Devil’s Wake’

How—and when—will the world end? Depending on what (or who) you believe, it’s coming sooner, later, or not at all. We’ll go in glory or a fiery ball of war; Armageddon, Rapture or a lights-out fizzle. Depending on who (or what) you listen to, it’s going to happen in five minutes, five hundred years, sometime around Christmas, or ten days after never. But can you outrace the end of the world? Is it possible? In the new book “Devil’s Wake” by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due, a small band of survivors will surely try.


I’m getting married. Can no longer have single friends!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: Last July, my boyfriend became my fiancé. We went to a family gathering and when he drove me home, he got down on his knees and proposed. I was too happy. It was a dream come true. We have dated for six years. I am now 26 and thought he would never ask the question, “Will you marry me?” When my family and lady friends heard the news, they were all happy for me, including his male friends. Late that night before going to bed, my grandmother said she wanted to have a talk with me. She told me to set the wedding date one year from now giving me time to rid my life of single women friends. Grandma further explained. She said, “No married woman should have single women sitting around. They will take your man.”



Should we stop tithing in order to pay down debt?

Thanks for helping us put together a plan to get out of debt. We were in a serious bind. You gave us hope that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. You laid out for us in black and white that we were spending approximately $3,000 per month more than what we were bringing in. I knew that we were struggling but I had no idea that we were in that deep. If we followed all of your ideas and recommendations, we’ll be able to free up approximately $2,000 per month. As you said in your report, this is progress but we’re still short of reconciling our negative cash flow by $1,000. You also mentioned that we couldn’t get ahead financially merely by breaking even. We need to create margin between our income and our expenses.



:10 Here’s how small the world is. I am at the Savoy Saturday night with my alumni brothers from Slippery Rock University (Hoo-Ra!) Irv “I am Still Quick” Johnson and Hank “The Hammer” Williams. And no we weren’t upstairs. Cats over 50 don’t go upstairs, man! As I told ya, the Savoy is my spot and the wings and shrimp are second to none. As a matter of fact, the word on the street is “Chuck,” J.B. and Gary caught Colonel Sanders (no relation to Chuck Sanders) in the Savoy kitchen about 3 a.m. one night and…well let’s just say you won’t be seeing the Colonel hanging out in the Strip anymore. BILL NEAL


Lucky 13

On Sept. 18 the teppanyaki tables were smoking at Benihana in Greentree. On a typical night at Benihana guests gather and enjoy a meal expertly prepared and cooked to perfection on a steel grill, right before their eyes—by a chef that is as much an entertainer as a culinary master. But on this very special night it was the 13th Annual Dave Thomas Celebrity Cook-Off to benefit Three Rivers Adoption Council. KDKA CREW—Kimberly Gill, Lynne Hayes-Freeland, Heather Abraham and Rob Wilson Guests had the opportunity to bid on great packages in the silent auction and a Chinese auction. There were mystery bags to buy and a 50/50 money spin. But the real fun happened when the celebrity guest chefs began to prepare the meal for the special guests and donors for TRAC.



Going, going, gone

I have sad news to report. Some retail establishments are closing. You know I hate to see a good store go. Two of these closings were a total surprise. Fashion Bug is going belly up. There is one close to my house and I hate to see empty storefronts. Not that I was a Fashion Bug shopper, but I guess somebody shopped there. I like for people to have options. “Fashion Bug has been a disaster for years,” said Howard Davidowitz, a New York retail consultant and investment banker. “They could never do the volume to justify the size of their stores.” Tell us how you really feel Howard.