Monday, April 30, 2007

May Primary in Grove City - Alcohol Referendum and Ward One Race

We're entering the first silly season of politics for 2007.

I'll be writing about the alcohol referendum and the race in Ward One shortly.

I have to finish up the silly season of finals at Thiel College first....

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Dunn to be Tried in Mercer County

Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas R. Dobson ruled that Scott Dunn will face trial in Mercer County. Dunn had sought a change of venue citing the high amount of media coverage over the murder of Brandi Montgomery Dunn.

Dunn is accused of beating Brandi to death inside her parents' Grove City home, then setting the home on fire to conceal the crime.

The murder was the first in Grove City since the 1960s and brought media attention from national networks, such as FOX News.

Hat tip to The Herald (Sharon, PA).

Monday, April 16, 2007

What Happened to Global Warming Hysteria?

Want to hear a good joke? Global warming!

Have you noticed how the hype about global warming has totally dropped off the media's radar? And it isn't because there is much more pressing news out there. And it isn't an accident that they have dropped the coverage.

The US is getting hit with a good dose of winter weather - and has been for over a month. It's April 16 and snowing in Western Pennsylvania. Easter Sunday was colder than Christmas.

Of course, the global warming nuts want to have it both ways. They'll claim that we've screwed up things so badly that poor, ol' Mother Nature can't get her smeg together.

Perhaps that is why I've seen that boneheaded film The Day After Tomorrow on cable all weekend.

Aren't you glad that "top" scientists have determined by "consensus" that manmade global warming is real?

I'll take common sense and wait for facts, not consensus, thank you.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

It's Official: Chestnut Street Bridge Remamed after Graham

This morning the Mercer County Board of Commissioners voted to change the name of the Chestnut Street Bridge in Grove City to the Staff Sergeant Shawn A. Graham Veterans Memorial Bridge.

The name was recommended by Grove City Borough Council, however it reqired county approval, as they are the owners of the bridge.

The vote was as follows:
- Brian Beader: Yes
- Ken Seamans: Yes
- Olivia Lazor: Abstain

The abstention by Lazor was an odd moment, as she gave no explanation for her vote, and no one asked why she voted that way. Abstentions are generally reserved for conflicts of interest. Lazor had previously indicated that she was against the name change.

The new bridge will feature a memorial walkway honoring veterans from Grove City who died during combat operations. Plaques will list the names of those who served.

The bridge is scheduled for completion in October of this year.

Media representatives from WKBN-TV (Youngstown, OH), The Allied News (Grove City), and the Slippery Rock/Grove City Eagle were on hand. Television coverage will be shown tonight at 6:00 and possibly at 11:00.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Dunn Statements Allowed at Trial

Mercer County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Dobson ruled that Scott Dunn's statements to police can be used at his trial in the beating death of Brandi Montgomery Dunn. Dunn is also accused of setting fire to the home with Brandi inside.

Next week, Dobson will decide whether or not there should be a change of venue as requested by Dunn's lawyer, Stephen Misko. The defense contends that intense media coverage has skewed the case against Dunn.

Complete coverage of the trial can be found at The Herald (Sharon, PA).

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Mercer County Commissioners Commit to Graham Bridge

The commissioners met today to discuss the agenda for their regular meeting on the 12th. Attending the meeting were Col. Gary Solander (Veteran Affairs), Tom and Kathy Graham (Shawn's parents), Sheila Berry (Shawn's sister), George Pokrant (GC Borough Council President), and myself.

The bridge resolution was the first thing discussed. Ken Seamans and Brian Beader both voiced their support; Olivia Lazor was opposed on the basis that she doesn't want to single out one person and that current county policy dictates that they don't name bridges. In her opposition, she was very respectful and dignified.

Gary spoke from the veterans' point of view and voiced total support. He mentioned that the County Veterans' Council was unanimous in their support.

Tom spoke very emotionally and forcefully, voicing displeasure about the way Shawn has been portrayed by some. He intended to set the record straight about Shawn's valor. He mentioned a few points that were previously unknown to the public:
- Shawn received special training for infiltration; he was selected for his marksmanship and tactical skills
- Shawn was part of an elite group that grew full beards and wore Iraqi civilian clothing
- Shawn worked with counter-intelligence
- Shawn was in an Iraqi vehicle when he was killed

These points show the ignorance of those who worked very hard to deny Shawn's this honor. All they had to do was talk to the Graham family - instead they chose to degrade Shawn's valor in the public realm.

The commissioners will be approving the resolution at their meeting.

As a side note, reporters from The Vidicator and WFMJ-21 (both Youngstown, OH) were there. There will be TV coverage at 6:00 tonight.