prev next

Albert Paschall


    Mon, December 12, 2011

    As Montgomery County Turns


    Some days in retirement I miss the soap opera "As The World Turns."
    Its cheesy plots, thin acting and poor attempts at humor were often a lunch time treat until the historic series ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, April 19, 2011

    Al Paschall: Somedays Takes A "-30-"


    As a kid staring out in the newspaper business, I could make a few extra bucks by working nights taking stories over the phone. Some were news, others were sports but most were obituaries. Funeral ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, April 06, 2011

    Isaac's Eyes


    Our grandson, Isaac, at the age of 5 is still in that age of wonder. The world is still very new to him. While imbued with video games and other nonsense of the 21st century the depth of his brown ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, March 23, 2011

    Corbett the Lion Tamer


    What does a new governor do when he inherits a $4.5 billion deficit from his free spending predecessor? There are only two answers: either raise taxes or cut spending.

    In a time when ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, March 02, 2011

    Free at Last


    What is the most institutionalized system of discrimination in this state? Criminal justice, corrections and prisons or our public schools?

    While a case could be made for all three, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, February 04, 2011

    The Oscar Goes to . . . Ronald Reagan


    What happens when you run somebody for political office who stands for something against somebody who stands for nothing? Stands for something usually win.

    Take the history of the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, January 19, 2011

    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?


    The question is: who doesn't? That resonating sound of a one followed by 6 zeroes is the life long journey of many and today many can accomplish it.

    There's lots of ways. The ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, December 13, 2010

    Two Over Easy




    What's the big question when 2 out of 3 County Commissioners hold private breakfasts regularly; discuss county business while meeting with staff about the county's operations? ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, November 03, 2010

    The Rookie


    Where did Pat Toomey learn politics? The former investment banker suddenly seemed to burst out of the Lehigh Valley in the mid-90's but is that where the Rhode Island transplant learned to play ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, October 26, 2010

    Twenty-Eight Votes


    What is interesting about watching an election in the People's Republic of China? Nothing. The important ones are held behind closed doors.

    Three hundred, seventy people, gathered ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, October 12, 2010

    In the Mirror


    What's the distinction between trial lawyers? Mine's a shark and yours is a blowfish waiting to get eaten.

    Any discussion of the civil justice system automatically turns to the practices ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, August 13, 2010

    Revenge of the Foot Soldiers


    What does a big, blundering bureaucracy led by a legislature whose senior leadership has been tainted by scandals galore the last few years do to small local, generally respected governments?

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, May 21, 2010

    End of the Specter Era


    What do you do if you are a political junkie in Pennsylvania since October of '08 when McCain/Palin had pretty much imploded? You 'jones' out. For those who may not understand the verb 'jones', to ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, April 19, 2010

    Take the Zoning Test


    As spring arrives new construction can begin. Soon you will see houses, offices and stores springing up. This might be a good time to test your local zoning skills. The Zoning Test won't take long. ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, March 31, 2010

    The Time to Die


    On a quick guess, of the myriad of programs, initiatives, regulations and laws in Pennsylvania's $28 billion budget which is the most ineffective, rarely used and total waste of money?The answer is a ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, March 11, 2010

    The Wrath of Winter


    The biggest news in southeastern Pennsylvania yesterday was that the sun came out. It hadn t really made any strong appearances for the last couple of months. As this region was battered with over 7 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, February 23, 2010

    Tales of the Main Line Spies


    The eyes of Pennsylvania are turned on Philadelphia s Main Line. The fabled land of mansions, the stuff of Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn featuring some of the richest names in real estate: Bryn ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, February 12, 2010

    Star Wars Again


    In the midst of the February freeze in Pennsylvania what would be your choice to get away?A balmy beach in Jamaica or a ride in outer space?

    Jamaica, of course, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, January 26, 2010

    Obama's Blues


    There is the story of the patient visiting the doctor and the doctor says: "I have good news and I have bad". The patient asks: "what's the good news?" The physician replied: ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, January 13, 2010

    The Race of the Energizer Bunnies


    Somedays doesn't it just seem politics no longer scrapes the bottom of the barrel? That's long gone now the campaign masters seem to pick up the barrel and use the crawly things underneath it to ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, December 23, 2009

    Redemption of the Avenging Angel


    In the Bible's Book of Revelations it says: "and the first angel went and poured out his vial and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon men." If God were to create such an avenging ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, December 10, 2009

    Why Sarah Scares Them


    What is it about Sarah Palin that scares the mainstream media? An edition of Newsweek last month, that would better be named Gossipweek, used its cover and 7 pages to bash the former Alaskan Governor ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, November 04, 2009

    The Case of the Missing Slot


    Holmes and I were firmly ensconced in our parlor at 221B - Baker Street on the first evening at the end of daylight savings time. The shadows grew eerie and by late afternoon darkness was upon us ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, October 26, 2009

    Calling the Ghost


    Ever think of all of the ways that you support Pennsylvania? Every time you gas-up you drop nearly 33 cents into the state's treasury for every gallon you buy. If you pick up a pack of cigarettes ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, October 06, 2009

    IBO: An Endangered Species?


    Could it be that there is a beast that is more threatened than the short tailed albatross, the blunt nosed leopard lizard or the black footed ferret in this country? Could the government have failed ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, September 23, 2009

    The Tears Wiped Dry


    Ever spent time in hell? Not Dante's kind of inferno, the kind that exists all over this country - pediatric oncology wards.

    This hell is full of contrasts. The devil is the disease, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, September 11, 2009

    Texting: To Die For


    Is text messaging the end of civilized English as we know it? When a 20-something emails you an acronym that reads RUOK and you can't figure it out - are you outdated, old-fashioned or just plain ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, September 09, 2009

    Texting: To Die For


    Is text messaging the end of civilized English as we know it? When a 20-something emails you an acronym that reads RUOK and you can't figure it out - are you outdated, old-fashioned or just plain ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, August 25, 2009

    The Trillionaires Club


    Could it be that hard to start a new club? It would seem to be simple. Get some front money, align common interests and recruit members who enjoy the same ambitions.

    But does running ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, August 14, 2009

    Health Care Clunker


    I tried to turn my car into a 'clunker' but it didn't work.  It's only two years old, gets 30 miles to the gallon and runs well.  It can't meet the government criteria for a ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, July 27, 2009

    In Their Own Backyards


    My wife says I buy too many newspapers. That's probably true. I'm guaranteed two a day and often pick up two or three others. At the end of the week I usually have three weekly papers and where I ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, July 15, 2009

    So Sue Yourself!


    I've been thinking about suing myself. Plenty of reasons to. What I do on a golf course could almost be called criminal. Most times that I've been on one I hurt my neck an ankle or a wrist. ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, June 15, 2009

    Specter: A Fine Gold Watch


    Columnists are probably the earth's most unappreciated people. We research; we write and rarely hear from our fans, always from our critics. Over the last decade I've certainly developed my share ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, June 02, 2009

    As Valley Forge Turns


    Recently on a visit to a remote island, just before departure on a rainy day, my abundant supply of reading material dried up. Refusing to pay ridiculous prices for American magazines I sat back to ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, May 22, 2009

    My Father-in-law's Toys


    My father-in-law loves his toys. Big flat screen TV's with tons of speakers, state of the art laptops and a Cadillac DTS that is correct in only one color: bright red. Add a Florida home in the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, May 07, 2009

    Lights, Camera, Cut


    A long time ago in a town that was then far from anywhere I saw Hans Solo in person. Well I saw the back of some big guy, dressed in Amish Clothes, from about 300 yards away and everybody said it ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, April 21, 2009

    The Battle at Valley Forge


    There is a story of two young boys being raised by a single mother in a small town. The boys were full of mischief always getting into some kind of trouble. It was so persistent that soon everybody ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, March 09, 2009

    Newspapers: Back from Where We Came


    Starting a newspaper column isn't easy. I dabbled at it for awhile then in the early 90's decided to write a thematic series. I wanted to cover song writer Joni Mitchell's 1971 classic ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, February 23, 2009

    President Obama's Smile


    My dental challenges actually began a couple of years ago when I lost a fight with a rabbit. The building that I work in is a 300 year old fieldstone tavern and some rocks in the foundation had come ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, February 17, 2009

    Lincoln's Tears


    In late June of 1863 General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia was sweeping north with the intention of capturing the city of Harrisburg then swing south and surround Washington DC. The ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, February 02, 2009

    Skin in the Game


    As President Obama and Congress debate another trillion dollars in 'economic stimulus' spending - the European style socialization of the United States - we have to wonder who, as the say, has skin ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, December 30, 2008

    Bush's Department of Legacy


    Deep in the bowels of the White House an obscure and until today secret department has been activated. It hasn't had any work since 1992 but undoubtedly President Bush, like his father before him, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, December 08, 2008

    'Twas the Month Before Christmas


    'Twas the month before Christmas
    All over this state
    And retailers were worried
    The shoppers were late

    The merchandise was arrayed
    With discounts galore
    But ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, November 25, 2008

    All Those Zeroes


    $775,000,000,000. That's what it looks like. Seven hundred and seventy five billion dollars. For just about any entity other than the US Government it is not a manageable figure. It is however ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, October 20, 2008

    The Voters of November


    "Within the past week, unmistakable evidence has established that a series of offensive missile sites are now in preparation on that imprisoned island."

    In October of ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, October 06, 2008

    On the Ninth Day


    (Wayne County in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains - On the 9th day God woke up and looked around and thought "What am I going to do now? I've painted myself into a corner. How do I get ...

    [View Full Article]

Featured Columnists