February 2009

Steve Degler to Fill Role of Color Analyst on IronPigs TV Network
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs have announced that long-time Reading Phillies play-by-play voice Steve Degler will complete one of Minor League Baseball’s most experienced broadcast crews, assuming the role of color analyst for all broadcasts on the IronPigs TV Network. Degler, the longest tenured broadcaster in the Eastern League, will also continue as play-by-play announcer for all 20 televised R-Phils games on their Service Electric Cable TV2 Sports broadcasts.

Single-Game Tickets Will Go On-Sale at Coca-Cola Park at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28; Festivities to Follow In celebration of National Pig Day weekend, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs will put single-game tickets for the 2009 season on sale to the public Saturday, Feb. 28. Initially, ticket purchases are only available to fans on a walk-up basis at the Coca-Cola Park Ticket Office beginning at 12:01 a.m.

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Get Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs Baseball Tickets for Coca-Cola Park, in Allentown, PA. for the Scranton WB Red Barons, Pawtucket Redsox, Toledo Mudhens, Buffalo Bisons, Durham Bulls, Richmond Braves, Rochester Red Wings, Charlotte Knights, Indianapolis Indians, Columbus Clippers and tickets for other MLB baseball teams.

Airline considering charging a “Fee to Pee” in-flight pay toilets.
Michael O’Leary, the outrageous CEO of ultra low cost European airline Ryanair, has suggested that he may start charging people to use the in-flight bathrooms.

Airline passengers are getting used to being nickel and dimed for just about every possible in-flight service that was once free, but pay toilets is taking things to a ridiculous level. We suspect that O’Leary is pulling everybody’s leg and enjoying the free press that he’s getting as a result. We might know however if he is really serious if the airline starts giving away free drinks in the hopes of filling people’s bladders. Who knows, stranger things have happened. What do you think?

If you long for spring and love anything Italian then I have the ideal escape for you. Escape from this long cold winter and go to the world famous Philadelphia Flower Show.

The classic Roman gardens and architecture of Italy inspire the 2009 weeklong Philadelphia Flower Show opening on Sunday, March 1, 2009 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

You enter the Flower Show through a palace garden with opera singers, street musicians and folk dancers. The floral displays include various themes such as a coastal resort hotel located on the Italian Riviera. Gondola on a Venetian canal or shop in Milan. Marvel at the clothing, jewels and shoes made of flowers.

Other attractions and activities include book signings, garden and culinary demonstrations, activities for the kids, and wine and cheese tastings. There is a wine and spirits shop stocked with Italian labels. Visit the large marketplace with more than a 100 booths of plants, seeds, and tool.

Show hours:
March 1 – Sunday (8 am. to 6 pm.)
March 2 – 6 Monday – Friday (10 am. to 9:30 pm.)
March 7 – Saturday (8 am. to 9:30 pm.)
March 8 – Sunday (8 am. to 6 pm.)

Tickets: $22-$28; $17, ages 17-24; $13, ages 2-6
The Philadelphia Convention Center is at 12th and Arch streets

Timing is everything and if you’re in the market for a new car, good timing can actually save you money. There are many times throughout the year when there are excellent deals on new cars. It seems, everywhere you turn, there are calendar year-end deals, model year-end deals, discounts, rebates, and other promotions.

So, when is the best time to buy and can consumers take advantage of these deals?

Now is the time to buy! 2009 – there will never be a better time to buy a car. There are big incentives out there and dealers are discounting like crazy as they try to get aging inventory off their lots.

Auto sales are forecast to stay low until at least the end of 2009.
You can even get a “FREE New Car Quote Online”

And while some think car prices will continue to drop, they probably won’t. Manufacturers have been drastically cutting production. That means that inventories will get lower, manufacturers will have less need to pile on incentives and dealers won’t be as worried about getting cars off their lots quickly.

2009 – from a price perspective, this really is the best time to buy.

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10. Corporate Greed – Company after company cheats the American consumer and the American worker. Just pick up the newspaper or turn on TV to get the story on the latest company caught cheating. When they cheat, we all lose.

9. Globalization – This benefits the rest of the world and adversely affects America. We are buying cheap goods from China as our balance of trade suffers. Companies move to third world countries and Americans loose jobs. Tell me who is benefiting from Globalization?

8. Service Economy – Manufacturing continues to decline in this country since it’s glory days of World War II. Back then we manufactured just about every product we use in our daily lives. As manufacturing goes overseas we get more dependent on others for our daily needs. This is not a good position to be in folks!

7. Uninformed Americans – a disinterested electorate allows all types of corrupt and incompetent politicians to gain power. We all need to pay more attention to these charlatan candidates. And there are many in both parties. They serve their special interests and not us, their constituents. We need to pay closer attention to whom we elect.

6. Individual self-absorption – Each year we get a little bit more absorbed in our hectic daily lives. Today we have a general lack of community. Common good has become secondary and suffered at the hands of excessive concern of individual wants. A country needs a common purpose or it won’t survive as a society.

5. Crudeness – we are becoming increasingly uncivil to our fellow citizens. Crude movies, attitudes, jokes etc. lead to an overall crude society. The dictionary defines crude as: not mature, rough, coarse, lacking grace, taste or refinement, rude. Are these traits to aspire to as an individual? I, for one, vote for tastefulness instead of crudeness. It doesn’t take any effort or talent to be crude.

4. Special interest groups – Politicians are selling out the country to special interest lobbyist to the detriment of the country and the general well being of the citizens. Are the politicians really working for us or a special interest group that will take good care of them? Why are so many politicians’ multi-millionaires?

3. News Media Bias. News organizations have become political advocates and no longer are the unbiased watchdogs of government and our politicians. They have an agenda and are not above manipulating the news to match their agenda. Viewer beware!

2. Political Correctness is simply an effort by some to control attitude and speech. They want to regulate how we feel, act and speak about groups, gender, age, race, religion and just about everything you could imagine. This is America. We have our freedom to speak and feel as we wish. Political correctness is control of the many by the few.

1. Too much Government – “Big Brother” government is attempting to encroach into every facet of our lives. Federal and state government feel that they know best what is good for you. Bulletin! This is one of the reasons why our ancestors left their homeland to start a new country, America, founded on freedom without all the government control of their lives.

I was talking to a teacher friend of mine the other day and asked her how she was doing. Fine she said but I’m very busy right now with teaching, preparing lesson plans, doing all of the administrative paper work required by the state and school district and volunteering to judge and coach the cheerleaders. WOW! I asked her, how is the crop of cheerleaders look this year? We’ll have about 20 and some are pretty bad but that doesn’t matter because NO one will be cut from the squad. What did you say, no cuts? That’s right no one gets cut because it’s school policy to appease some vocal parents who think everyone should get a spot on the squad regardless of their ability.

Political correctness run amuck again by parents. Heaven forbid some girls get cut from the squad because they are not particularly good at cheerleading. Let’s shield them from any failure at everything in life. We as parents don’t want to shatter their self-confidence or their inflated self-esteem.

A growing number of people in our society are adopting this philosophy of protection from failure. Bulletin to those who adhere to this philosophy, life is about success and failure! It always was and always will be. Sometimes it’s better to let your kids fail at something and find out that they are not good at everything. Failure builds character and will prepare them for the ups and downs of adulthood. A little anxiety is a good thing. Parents, you are your child’s worst enemy if you protect them from the negative side of growing up.

Remember when college meant something. You studied hard, visited the school library everyday, burned the midnight oil, and yes even crammed for that test. WOW, those were the good old days.

Well, times they are a-changin! A recent study by the researchers at University of California-Irvine found that a third of the students surveyed said they expect a “B” just for attending lectures, and 40% say they deserve a “B” just for completing the required reading.

One University senior commented, “I think putting in a lot of effort should merit a high grade. I mean, what else is there really than effort that you put in?”

Another student said, “If one goes to class and reads every chapter in the book and then does everything the teacher asked and more, then they should be getting an “A” for their effort”.

Back in the old days we worked and put in effort to get a “result”. Some of us got an “A” result, some of us a “B” result, some of us a “C” result and some even got a “F” result. We all put in some effort. Some of us just learned more from our effort. And that’s the magic of education. You get graded for what you learn and the results you produce not just the effort.

Employers want and need workers that can lean their jobs and produce results not just put in an effort. American industry is in for some hard times if the future work force just shows up and puts in some marginal effort!

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