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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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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, ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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? ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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?

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    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 ...

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    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. ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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, ...

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    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: ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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, ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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. ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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, ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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