Category: Ramblings

Yes, It Is Politics

I’ve been told recently by several people, all of whom are active in politics, “I don’t do politics.” What they mean to say is, “I don’t do electoral politics,” because that branch of politics in America has become so toxic. But “politics” does not mean only elections. According […]

Stray Cats

A reader sent me an email asking about stray and feral cats in our community. Stray cats are ones who live with humans that let them wander freely outdoors. Feral cats are wild cats that live independently. In Pennsylvania dogs get the most attention usually. There is dog […]

Stressful Data

This past week there was international news that New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern decided to suddenly resign as leader of the small island nation citing the stress of the job. Locally, our neighboring borough Parkside’s council meetings continue to be frought with the board suddenly reorganizing due […]

Rose Valley, GCFC and Covid News

Rose Valley Turns 100 The Delco Times had a piece this week about Rose Valley Boro’s 100th anniversary. They have a year of events planned by organizations in the borough. The events begin in grand style Jan. 21 with The Party of the Century, an evening of dinner […]

There’s No Future For Natural Gas

Recently a US Consumer Product Safety commissioner spoke about the risks associated with gas stoves. The USCPSC noted that gas stoves are linked to asthma and respiratory conditions. Ars Technica had a piece a few months ago discussing these risks in more detail (and more specificity about which […]

In Other News

Between the holidays and the circus in the US house, a few stories have flown under the radar lately, so I thought I’d give them a brief mention. DelCo Land Bank WHYY recently had a story about the new land bank created this fall by the Delaware County […]

A Year of Solar Power

We’ve had our solar panels operating for more than a year now. So far they’ve required no effort to maintain and after we built up a surplus of power exported over the spring, we haven’t had any electricity bills over the minimum connection charge. It all just works. […]

Health In PA This Fall

Not much posting this week because I’ve been sick – as have many others lately. So I thought I’d take a look at the three similar causes of illness currently going around. Local data’s harder to come by – state data is more readily available so I’m using […]