More Alternatives For Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor
By Bob Small
Returning to Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor’s race, there are two very distinct GOP female candidates, as per Politics1.com: Carrie Lewis Delrosso and Clarice Schillinger (see previous post)
State Rep. Carrie Lewis DelRosso (R-Oakmont) defeated long-time House Minority Leader Frank Dermody, who had served as a state representative for almost three decades. She is a self-described pro-lifer and second-amendment advocate. She also supports affordable health care, fewer regulations, and time limits for the Pennsylvania legislature, and opposes higher state taxes.
Ms. DelRosso sees expected Democrat gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro, as “an extension of the disastrous Wolf administration, pandering to liberal interest groups and further wrecking an already wounded state economy.” She runs Carrie Lewis Delrosso LLC, a company that does business consulting, marketing, and public relations. She describes herself as “a working mother of three”.
Meanwhile, Brian Sims, the first openly gay state representative (182nd) is running to become the first openly gay lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania. He is a civil-rights lawyer who has served as the president of the Board of Directors of Equality Pennsylvania and as chairman of Gallop (Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia).
As a college football player and team captain, he helped lead Bloomsberg University to the 2000 Division 2 National Championship Game. He later came out as gay to the team.
This would provide at least one person in the State House who would be affected by pending legislation on the issue of gay rights.
Russ Diamond is one of the few state-wide candidates that I have actually met, which occurred when I was advocating for the The Political Party Equality Act in the 2000s.
Diamond not only met with us but also spoke at one of our rallies.
He received a Public Service Achievement Award from Common Cause of Pennsylvania, among many awards. He is an author, musician and private pilot. He and his wife Beth, live in his family home in Annville., built by his great-grandparents.
Though his positions and mine don’t always align, I think he deserves respect for his experience and accomplishments. How about an openly conservative lieutenant governor?
More Alternatives For Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor
In 1866, Lipman Pike became the first great professional Jewish baseball player when he signed a $20-a-week contract to hold down the hot corner for the Philadelphia Athletics. Lip, as Pike was known, was a dominant power hitter who, in his 425 National Association and National League games between 1871 and 1881, hit .322 with a slugging average of .468. Accounts of those early games noted that Pike hit numerous home runs that soared beyond outfielders’ reach. When the popular Pike passed away prematurely at age 48, The Sporting News, baseball’s Bible, published a tribute that include these glowing comments: “Pike…was one of the few sons of Israel who ever drifted to the business of ball playing. He was a handsome fellow when he was here, and the way he used to hit that ball was responsible for many a scene of enthusiasm at the old avenue grounds.”
Since Pike, many more Jewish superstars have excelled on the diamond. Most famous among them is Sandy Koufax, the Dodgers’ Hall of Fame lefty who was the first pitcher to win three Cy Young Awards, and the only pitcher to capture the award when it was given to just one major leaguer. Koufax won pitching’s Triple Crown – wins, strike outs and ERA, in 1963, 1965 and 1966, and hurled four no-hitters, one of them a perfect game.
Hank Greenberg is another Jewish baseball standout, and a World War II hero. Greenberg’s power statistics are on a par with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx. After enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps, Greenberg rose to First Lieutenant, and was active in the China-Burma-India Theater. Al Rosen, a four-year World War II Navy vet and Cleveland Indians third baseman, is the only player to win both the Most Valuable Player, and the MLB Executive of the Year awards. Rosen, a successful amateur boxer with a vicious right upper cut who described himself as “one tough Jew,” unanimously won his MVP in 1953, and for his front office efforts that guided the San Francisco Giants’ from first to last place in 1987, he was elected Executive of the Year.
In baseball circles, Koufax, Greenberg and Rosen are well-known. But the compelling 1923 tale about Mose Solomon, the “Rabbi of Swat,” blends the long-gone Class C low minor Southwestern League’s Hutchinson Wheat Shockers with early 1900s Jewish immigration to New York, the World Champion Giants, its manager John J. McGraw and his desperate but ultimately futile search for a slugger who could match Babe Ruth’s home run power, thereby siphoning off Ruth-crazed bugs from the hated Yankees.
In his book, “The League of Outsider Baseball,” Gary Cieradkowski wrote that when word reached McGraw that by September 1923 Solomon had blasted a then-professional record 49 homers, was hitting .421, leading the league in doubles, hits and runs scored, the Giants manager was convinced that the “Jewish Babe Ruth” would spearhead the Jints to financial success. Within the blink of an eye, the Giants paid the Wheat Shockers $4,500 for Solomon’s contract, and soon thereafter “The Rabbi of Swat” was riding the rail toward New York. But McGraw soon realized he had no place in the lineup for Kansas’ home run phenom. The Giants’ first base position and its outfield were populated by future HOFers George “High Pockets” Kelly, Casey Stengel, Ross Youngs and Hack Wilson. While Solomon rode the pine, the very vocal cranks demanded that the Jewish Babe Ruth be put into a game.
McGraw gave in, and on the season’s last home tilt Solomon hit a game-winning double against the Philadelphia Phillies. Solomon got into one more game in 1923, and ended his season – and his major league career – with three hits in eight at bats, a .375 batting average. The Rabbi’s problem was, as scouts said, “He could poke’em, but he couldn’t pick’em,” a reference to Solomon’s 31 errors in 108 games in Kansas. Solomon was promptly dispatched back to the minors where he resumed his lusty batting prowess – seven seasons of .300 or higher.
When Mose realized his baseball days were behind him, he took up semi-pro football, and played effectively until injuries sidelined him for good – a lucky break for the Rabbi as things turned out. Solomon and his wife moved to Miami where he started a long, lucrative real estate business until his peaceful 1965 death.
Joe Guzzardi is a Society for American Baseball Research and an Internet Baseball Writers Association member. Contact him at email@example.com.
Update: We have been informed that Mike Miller, who is challenging Senate Republican Caucus SecretaryRyan Aument in the May 17 Republican primary, will be attending Monday’s (April 18) meeting of the Elanco School Board in support of the parents.Of course, that leads us to the question as to where is Aument. Doesn’t he care?
One parent who adopted Caucasian and multi-racial children says this is causing pain at home.
Young girls are being encouraged to identify as boys — and to take offense if someone uses their “dead name” which is the name that their parents gave them.
It gets worse.
Children who aren’t with the program are viciously mocked — by the teachers. See image.
And by the students too, of course, which is ignored by the teachers and administration. The student bullying is physical which includes slapping and dumping drinks on victims, according to parents.
And then there is the neglect.
LNP/LancasterOnline.com covered a February revelation that a wheelchair bound, non-verbal 10 year old was ignored by the special needs teacher. The child was coming home with soiled pants yet without the clothing the parents provided to keep him warm.
Paraprofessionals Amber Murray and Cheryl Brubaker confirmed the incident in a response to emails from the parents. They were fired by Substitute Teacher Services almost immediately.
Parents, why do you tolerate this? These people work for you. You pay their very high salaries. Elanco is in the 36th Senatorial District which is represented by Senate Republican Caucus Secretary Ryan Aument. What’s Aument have to say about it? Nothing? If so, he is facing a May 17 Republican primary challenge from businessman Mike Miller. Maybe Miller would be interested in making an issue out of this.
If parents could fire their teachers — and schools — matters like this would be easily solved. School vouchers would give parents this power. One of the few bright sides of Covid is that we learned that the traditional American public school is nowhere near as caring as many thought and there are likely better ways of getting children educated.