Montco Commissioners Grilled About Unsupervised Ballot Boxes

Montco Commissioners Grilled About Unsupervised Ballot Boxes

By Pauline Braccio

Election integrity was the subject of most of those speaking before Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, Sept. 1, and many questions involved the unsupervised ballot drop-boxes placed around the county.

Also, the manner and place where the mail-ballots will be counted was brought up. As well, as the length of time people will have to vote. The mail-in ballots are slated to go out starting on Sept. 19.

That means more than 7 weeks of early voting. 

Another hot topic is the unlawful interpretation of the Pennsylvania Sunshine Law. The Sunshine Law governs the way public meetings are held. The law is not being followed. Josh Stein, the current county solicitor, is the author of the Rules for Public Comment. It has been brought to his attention on several occasions in the past several months that he is violating not only the Sunshine Law, but the US Constitution, as well. Objections were raised while he was reading the “Rules.”

The new justice center is also of debate. The commissioners approved a building that will cost the residents $500 million over the next three to five years. That is half a billion! Is it any wonder taxes are climbing and will continue to do so? There was no information given as to why this colossal building is necessary. No building plans made public. This is the dream of Judge Thomas DelRicci. He is still a judge on Court of Common Pleas. DelRicci just stepped down as the President Judge.

Please come to the next meeting in person. It is 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept 15 at One Montgomery Plaza,  425 Swede St, Norristown. It is directly across Swede St from the courthouse. The meeting is held on the 8th Floor.

If you attend through Zoom, you will not have the ability to voice an objection during the meeting because your mic will be muted. This is also a violation of the Sunshine Law.

You can watch the Sept 1 meeting here or below.

Start at minute marker 17:31 to get to the beginning of the Public Comment portion and Josh Stein is reading the rules for public comment. What follows are the comments from those in attendance and on Zoom. 

Montco Commissioners Grilled About Unsupervised Ballot Boxes
Montco Commissioners Grilled About Unsupervised Ballot Boxes

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In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees. Well, they really don’t climb them. They attach to the submerged roots and hang on while the tide goes out. They are called Mangrove oysters.

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Josh Shapiro Ellen Greenberg And Looming Election

Josh Shapiro Ellen Greenberg And Looming Election — Josh Shapiro kicked the controversial Ellen Greenberg case to Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan in August after sitting on it since 2019.

Was Pennsylvania’s looming gubernatorial election a motive? The polls show it tight between Democrat Shapiro and Republican Doug Mastriano.

Miss Greenberg, a kindergarten teacher engaged to NBC producer Samuel Goldberg, was found dead by Goldberg in her Manayunk apartment on Jan. 26, 2011. She had 22 stab wounds. The case was initially ruled a homicide by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office, then changed to suicide.

Josh Shapiro Ellen Greenberg And Looming Election
Ellen Greenberg with her students

Miss Greenberg’s parents, Josh and Sandee, rejected the finding as some of the wounds were to her back and head and some apparently occurred after death.

In 2019, they asked the city’s District Attorney’s office headed by Larry Krasner to review the case. Krasner sent it state Attorney General Shapiro as Krasner had represented the Greenbergs.

And so Shapiro sat on it despite a media controversy. Would it really take three years to determine if the wounds were from behind? To have occurred after-death?

Those kind of injuries would pretty much rule out suicide.

Why the stonewalling?

True crime Youtuber Gavin Fish has been following the case.

Here is his latest from July. Hat tip Leah Hoopes.

NFL Starts Second Century; George Halas Remembered

NFL Starts Second Century; George Halas Remembered

By Joe Guzzardi

The National Football League has started its second century as the gridiron world’s highest achievable professional level. Formed in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association (APFA), it rebranded itself in 1922 as the NFL. Going back to the APFA’s birth, George Halas has been football’s most prominent and creative head coach. Moreover, had George Herman “Babe” Ruth not been slamming baseballs into outer space, Halas might have been the New York Yankees’ regular right fielder.

Halas’ success as a head coach began in 1921 when he led the Chicago Staleys to a 10-7 victory over the Buffalo All-Americans in an end-of-season league championship contest. For the next half-century, Halas was a player, head coach, owner and front office executive. Most well-known for leading the Chicago Bears, the “Monsters of the Midway,” to eight NFL titles, Halas also took credit for renaming his team. Halas had a close personal relationship with Chicago Cubs owner Philip Wrigley. In rebranding the Staleys, Halas concluded that since football players are much bigger than baseball’s Cubs, they must be “Bears.”

NFL Starts Second Century; George Halas Remembered
George Halas baseball card

But Halas’ long run as NFL icon may never have happened – or would have been delayed by a decade or so – if he had won a New York Yankees’ starting outfield slot. The Yankees had been following Halas’ baseball career since his junior year at the University of Illinois. A three major sports star, Halas played end on the football team, could shoot a basketball and starred on the baseball team, where he hit for average, knew his way around the basepaths, and excelled in the outfield. Halas hit .350 during his sophomore season, good enough to impress Yankees’ scout Bob Connery, who invited him to join the Yankees at spring training. Halas declined, but promised to keep in touch after he earned his university engineering degree. Then, World War I intervened, and Halas enlisted in the Navy.

Discharged after the war, Halas honored his pledge to Connery, signing with the Yankees for a $500 bonus and a $400 monthly salary. Earlier, Illinois awarded Halas his diploma as a tribute for his war service. His college education completed, in the spring of 1919, Halas reported to the Yankees where he made an immediate impression. The New York Times scouting report: “He is swift afoot and is a heady and proficient base runner. He covers a lot of ground in the outfield, and best of all he is a world of enthusiasm for the game.”

But from the outset, Halas had cursed luck. In a spring training game, batting against the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Famer Rube Marquard, Halas, trying to stretch a double into a triple, injured his hip sliding hard into third, which put him out of commission for the season’s first few months. As Halas recalled: “That slide was the beginning of the end of my baseball career.” Halas’ bum hip slowly healed. In May 1919, he led off against the Philadelphia A’s and connected for his first hit, one of only two singles in his brief MLB career. In 22 at-bats, Halas hit .091 and was demoted to the AAA St. Paul Saints. By 1920, Ruth, a blossoming superstar, was a Yankee, and Halas was embroiled in a contract dispute with the Saints. Halas then accepted an offer from the A.E. Staley Co. to form football’s best semi-pro team.

Halas lived a rich and rewarding life. Not only did Halas co-create the NFL, but he also compiled a .671 professional coaching record and was named an All-Pro end. He served in World Wars I and II, earned the rank of Captain and was awarded a Bronze Star. With his unique T-formation, Halas’ 1940 Bears trounced the Washington Redskins 73-0 in history’s most lopsided NFL Championship game. And, however briefly, Halas proudly wore a Yankees’ uniform.

In 1983, at age 88, “Papa Bear,” as Halas was lovingly called, died after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer, one of his few losing fights.

Joe Guzzardi is a Society for American Baseball Research and Internet Baseball Writers Association member. Contact him at

NFL Starts Second Century; George Halas Remembered

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