Probing Question: Is Classical Music Still Relevant in Today’s World?

Remember the fad of playing Mozart CDs for newborns? In the 1990s, a group of neuroscientists created a surge in classical CD sales when they published findings suggesting that exposure to music by Mozart could enhance human spatial reasoning and memory — the so-called...
Posted On 14 Sep 2014

LTE: Foreign Policy of Procrastination

Dear Editor: When President Obama was questioned about countering the Islamic terrorists (ISIS) in Syria, his response was: “We don’t have a strategy yet,” and this exemplifies the status of our foreign policy. The Obama Administrations has deferred our foreign policy...
Posted On 03 Sep 2014

Probing Question: Why is Impressionist Art so Popular?

Imagine throngs of people standing in line for hours waiting to be let inside a room, and once they’ve gained admittance, pushing and elbowing each other to get a better view. Fans at a rock concert? Think again. This has been the scene at almost every major museum exhibit...
Posted On 31 Aug 2014

LTE: Cut Foreign Aid, Not Our Military

The Department of Defense sent out separation notices to 1,200 Army captains, including 48 deployed to Afghanistan. They received eight to nine months of notice so they could prepare for civilian life. What good is the notice for the captains deployed to Iraq for the next eight...
Posted On 14 Aug 2014

Probing Question: What is Bitcoin?

In 1729, when he was 23 years old, Benjamin Franklin authored a pamphlet titled “A Modest Inquiry into the Nature and Necessity of a Paper Currency.” The revolutionary idea he advocated? Paper money printed and controlled by the Colonies. As a printer by trade,...
Posted On 13 Jul 2014

LTE: Impact of WWI on Middle East

Dear Editor: July 28, 2014 marks the 100th year anniversary of the official start of WWI. A local newspaper reader asked me to write about WWI and the impact on the Middle East. The problem in doing this is complying with the typical 200 word limit of many newspapers. But I...
Posted On 11 Jul 2014

LTE: Obama Owns Iraqi Quagmire

Dear Editor: As a Vietnam Era Navy veteran, and having close relatives who served in every war from the Civil War to the Gulf War, I am disappointed with President Obama’s dithering foreign policy. (Note: I am not a partisan person, and I have been a registered Independent for...
Posted On 20 Jun 2014

LTE: New Shale Gas Tax Proposal

Dear Editor: A proposal by Pennsylvania legislators to enact a new tax on shale gas drilling could hurt both local governments, as well as the state’s economy. Concerned citizens should contact their legislators to derail this misguided tax. Act 13, a 2012 law, established the...
Posted On 18 Jun 2014

LTE: AWC Thanks Supporters

Dear Editor: The Animal Welfare Council (AWC)//Allegheny Spay & Neuter Clinic would like to thank the supporters of its recent plant/yard sale and rabies clinic. Through numerous donations from the community, much needed funds were raised to support needy animals in the local...
Posted On 09 Jun 2014

Probing Question: Could Polio Make a Comeback?

It’s one of the most famous global public health success stories of the 20th century: the near-eradication of polio, the dreaded childhood disease that paralyzed or killed more than half a million people around the world annually at its peak in the 1940s and 50s. Following...
Posted On 01 Jun 2014