Daily Times Loses Subscriber

A particular person I know — hi Mom — has cancelled her subscription to the Delaware County Daily Times that she had for at least 40 years.Daily Times Loses Subscriber

Was it because of some editorial or news story she didn’t like?

No. It was because of billing dispute involving new rates and missed deliveries.

Joe Grace would never have let that happen.

Once upon a time newspapers bent over backwards for subscribers.

Daily Times Loses Subscriber



Joe Grace Ends Daily Times Deliveries

Joe Grace of Springfield, Pa., who has been bringing us the Delaware County Daily Times for about as long as we can remember included a note on his familiar green paper that he will no longer be our carrier as of Nov. 1.

“Due to circulation dropping over the years and modern technology (cell phones, iPads, computers etc. . . .) it has become necessary for me to retire the newspaper delivery service.”

He included an early Merry Christmas wish.

Merry Christmas to you, Joe, and God bless you. You were great. We will miss you.

Joe Grace Ends Daily Times Deliveries

Joe Grace Ends Daily Times Deliveries


Kyj’s Bakery Gets Deserved Kudos

Kyj’s Bakery at 2702 W. Third St. in Chester is the subject of a well deserved article in The Delaware County Daily Times by Kathleen Carey.

The Ukrainian bakery is 60 years old.

It was founded by Wasyl and Lydia Kyj and is now operated by their daughter Christina Pluta.

It has affiliates at 23 E. Brookhaven Road, Brookhaven which opened in 1973 and at  3372 Chichester Ave. Boothwyn (Upper Chichester), which opened in 1993.

Yes, it really does have the best babka.

When you get a chance, check it out. You won’t regret it.

Kyj's Bakery Gets Deserved Kudos

Kyj’s Bakery in Chester Pa Gets Deserved Kudos

Amnesty Supporters Better See Other Side

The lovely Christine Flowers, in yesterday’s, Aug. 3, Delaware County Daily Times had an article decrying the plight of the Latin American children flooding our border that included some bald criticisms of those angry and concerned about it.

Christine, an immigration lawyer who personally knows some of the refugees, had some points it must be recognized. Mercy is good. Compassion is good. Children should be protected. Many of these children who came across should be allowed to stay.

However, once those things are conceded, questions must be asked. Is  an open border with Mexico a good thing? Especially right now? Is she advocating one? Does she really believe our immigration and border laws are unnecessary and unjust?

If that is the case, she ought to have the guts to come right out and say it. If not, she better start suggesting some ways of enforcing them. For some strange reason, amnesty supporters never do. It’s a one-way street with them.

We don’t think the solution is all that complicated, namely we stop rewarding people for breaking the law. If we were to require E-Verify to be in every government agency and school, 90 percent of the problems would end.

Further why aren’t state and local law enforcement allowed to act upon the immigration laws when it makes sense for them to do so? People who ask this are called names but their arguments are not rebutted. Of course, it is pretty hard to rebut an argument that law enforcement officers enforce laws.

Finally we must demand reform in the corrupt kleptocracies that make up the nations that flood us with illegals. There is a reason why these people want to come here, after all. Once adequate reform is made,  their citizens will stop trying to cross our border and if the reform is adequate enough we might not even care if the border is open.

If amnesty supporters really want a nation built upon the principle of “out of many one” they better stop with the “my way or you’re a bigot” attitude.

Amnesty Supporters Better See Other Side

Amnesty Supporters Better See Other Side

April Magera, John Roman Press Club Speakers

Reality television personality April Margera and veteran journalist John Roman will speak at   The Press Club Serving The
Philadelphia Suburbs,  noon, today, Jan. 15, at Margaret Kuo’s in

Mrs. Margera is a reality television personality, best known for her appearances on MTV’s Viva La Bam, Jackass, the CKY videos, Minghags: The Movie and Bam’s Unholy Union. Referred to as “Ape” by fans of the popular series, April is the mother of Bam and CKY drummer Jess, and is married to Phil Margera.

Jeff Tremaine, producer of Jackass, once referred to her as “everyone’s mom,” telling how she cooked dinner for the entire Jackass crew on their first trip to West Chester. Margera published a cookbook called April Cooks: There’s An Alligator In My Kitchen, with the title being a reference to the time that Bam put an alligator in her kitchen as part of a skit on “Jackass: The Movie.”

In 2011, Mrs. Margera opened a store, The Rose Hip Barn, in Thornton that sells refurbished furniture as well as homemade purses and accessories for the home.

John Roman is a veteran crime reporter, award winning journalist and author of the mystery thriller “Ink in His Blood.”

Roman first pounded the city streets for the former Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, then the largest evening daily newspaper in America. He covered many of Philadelphia’s top news events.

After the Bulletin closed, Roman went on to a legendary career with the Delaware County Daily and Sunday Times, covering numerous murders and crimes, including the standoff of eccentric millionaire John DuPont at his sprawling estate after he gunned down an Olympic wrestler. A veteran and highly regarded police reporter, Roman was among the first to focus on the use of DNA forensic evidence in criminal investigations. He covered the brutal rape-murder case in Delaware County in which Nick Yarris wrongfully spent 21 years on death row before being exonerated through DNA testing after he was the first death row inmate in the U.S. to request DNA testing to prove his innocence.

April Magera, John Roman Press Club Speakers
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Delco Daily Times’ Bizarre News Choice

The Delaware County Daily Times (Pennsylvania), today, Oct. 17, featured on their front page a photo of a Springfield, Pa.’ man’s Halloween decoration which was a plastic skeleton hanging from a tree garbed in an Obama/Biden shirt. Inside was a  long story discussing whether it was racist.

Apparently some of the man’s neighbors who are Democrats and who may very well have worn similar shirts are upset. It is a white neighborhood it should be noted.

One wonders if they would be just as upset if the skeleton was wearing a Romney/Ryan shirt. One wonders if it would be a front page story if it were.

Actually, one doesn’t.

On the other hand one does wonder why there wasn’t a peep about the beating of a 15-year-old girl by nine teenage boys after an Interboro football game Monday night that is making national news. There are not a lot of details as to what might have motivated the attack in the CBS story. Think it could have involved racism? Wonder if there will be a discussion.

Thank You, Daily Times

Thank you to Phil Heron and The Delaware County Daily Times for running my Road from Serfdom column, actually an improved version, from a few days ago.

It can be found at: http://delcotimes.com/articles/2013/03/16/opinion/doc5143c4d72a61f888291617.txt?viewmode=fullstory

The version that appeared in print:

Feudal serfs gave the fruits of their labor and all of their freedom to a small group who lived very well.

Some want 21st Century America to be like that.

Tax money is providing public employees multi-million tax-funded salaries. Really. Former UConn coach Jim Calhoun was making $5 million before retired and information on the web shows at least three unnamed others int that state making at least $3 million on the backs of its  citizens as of 2010.  In Pennsylvania, there were about 5,000 state workers making six-figure salaries in 2011 according the Pottstown Mercury. Note, that does not include benefits and that would not include employees of school districts such as principals and administrators and the administrator’s various assistants.

In feudalism, the serfs were told they got protection for their contributions to the lifestyles of the then rich and famous. Similar promises are  being made today.

Give up your guns and we will keep you safe, the new feudalists claim. Sure, as  in Mexico where a gun battle on Sunday in Reynosa just across the border from McAllen, Texas reportedly left dozens of gangsters — a few innocent bystanders — dead. Mexico has very strict gun control, of course.

Give up your doctor and we will keep you healthy, they claim. Just as in Great Britain where that nation’s press has been reporting that its National Health Service is responsible for 40,000 preventable deaths a year.

Expect to be soon told that you can trust the doctor that you are assigned because there is no such thing as a bad doctor. It’s what they’ve been telling us about teachers after all to keep us from worrying our little heads about crazy ideas like school choice and cyber-charter schools.

We have to stop listening to these people.

We don’t need those who travel in luxury SUVs, and chartered jets, as Leonardo DiCaprio did to catch different New Year’s Day fireworks shows in Australia and Los Angeles, and live in 20-room mansions with $30,000 utility bills  as per Al Gore to “protect” us from global warming.

We don’t need defenders of quotas and affirmative action to defend us from racism. Government is the cause of racism. It’s a way of dividing and conquering. Rosa Parks was not protesting the policy of a private bus company but a city law.  Out of one side of its mouth, feudalists tells some they need them to give them things to rectify “injustice” while out of the other it tells some they need it to build more prisons and put more people in them so they can keep their streets safe.

Feudalists want those who would otherwise be united against them at each others’ throats.

So what is the road away from serfdom?

— Start with demanding massive cuts in legislative salaries. Why should the chairman of Pennsylvania’s House Appropriations Committee make $90,000 not including benefits? In fact, let’s max all governmental compensation packages — including those at state universities — to $99,000. Yes, that would include benefits.

Replace most pensions with 401K type plans and for those where pensions make sense, such as police, limit them to the starting salary of the job description. Why should the taxpayer be on the hook for a pension that is two or three times that of Social Security? It should be noted that the starting salary for just about all state job descriptions is significantly higher than what those on Social Security get, and it is kind of nice to able to retire at 45.

If an institution wants to pay its people more than $99,000 — that’s you Penn State — don’t give them any tax subsidy.

— Fight all gun control aimed at sane people who are not actively under a criminal sentence.

— Recognize that the power to choose (and fire) one’s health care provider is paramount in health care and fight to end Obamacare.

—  Recognize that the power to choose (and fire) one’s child’s teacher is paramount in education. Demand that the money that now goes to public schools be given directly to parents in the form of vouchers.

— End  automatic payroll deductions for union dues for all workers, government and private. Give the power of the purse to the union rank and file to reign in the lifestyles of labor leaders.

— Let employers hire who they want to hire. So what if some are sexist/racist/homophobic. Most aren’t. It will soon be evident to those now unaware that it is bad business to reject people for stupid, arbitrary reasons. It will also become evident that being a “protected category” was not beneficial for getting a job or being promoted as those now “protected” start finding themselves with better prospects. Ask this: why would anybody want to hire someone who they have to jump through hoops to get rid of?

And remember these are just starting points.


Thank You, Daily Times

Newspaper Guild Buyout Package

Philadelphia Inquirer gossip columnist Dan Gross resigned, Jan. 16, as head of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia to take a  buyout package.

“My decision was not based on fear but on opportunity,” he said.

Perhaps he has gotten an offer to captain an Italian cruise ship.

Interstate General Media L.L.C., the parent company of the Inky, Daily News and Philly.com,  has told the 550 members of the Guild. whose rank and file includes newsroom and advertising employees. that it wants to cut $8 million in wages and benefits from their contract which expires in October.

Those greedy capitalistic war pigs. Look for the union label! Strike brothers!

And welcome to Obamaworld where your pay is less and your costs are more.


Newspaper Guild Buyout Package

Old Media Up To The Neck In The Tarpit

The old media has been slowly sinking in the tarpit and it appears that point has arrived at which the sticky stuff is to their neck.

In the case of the New York Times, it might that about the only thing above surface is its piggish nostrils.

The Gray Lady lost $39.7 million in 2011 compared with a $107.7 million profit from the previous year.

I have mixed feelings about the demise of the dinosaurs. While the print media has not had true dissenters of any significance from the philosophy of the country club elites as reflected by the Democrat Party, there are many, many reporters — and editors — with integrity and a sense of fair play and who took their vocations very seriously. I feel for them along with the working stiffs in the press rooms and in front of composing screens and behind the wheels of delivery vehicles.

But the ugly truth is that while inky newsprint may have been the most efficient means of disseminating timely information for the last 200 years or so, it is no longer by far.

And so the wheel must turn.

In related news, Procter & Gamble — which is described as the “world’s largest marketeer” — is laying off 1,600 staffers because it has determined that Facebook and Google can do better than traditional advertising media.



Inky For Sale Again?

KYW is reporting that the local white elephants The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News are up for sale again.

It is being alleged that Alden Global, a hedge fund that has a 30
percent stake in Philadelphia Media Network, the papers’ parent, is the
one pushing for the sale.

Alden Global owns the Journal Register Co. which is PMN’s main dead-tree competition.

Hat tip, Jim W.