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I hope each and everyone of you honored your Mother this past Sunday.
I mention my father many times because he is here in our community, but my Mother has been a huge influence on me.
Both of my parents have a strong work ethic and have worked hard everyday of their lives.
In reality, I am lucky to even have my mother. She had blood clots that were traveling to her lungs and thankfully the doctors caught them in time to save her life.
She has always pushed me to always give 100 percent effort in anything and everything I do. My Mom is a special lady and I miss her everyday. I love you Mom.
Now to the weekly column.
Congratulations to the Bellwood-Antis Park and Recreation Authority for its efforts on the community build this past weekend. Mother Nature didn’t do anything to help your efforts, but you folks were troopers in getting things done. You have a park that kids will enjoy and hopefully the vandals will stay away from.
Congratulations to the Tyrone Women’s Club and the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for their efforts Saturday for their TAG (Tyroners Are Great) Sale. They are still working on getting their final totals together, but this year’s sale was much better than last year, even with the rainy weather.
Congratulations to the Tyrone Borough Council for approving the KOEZ status for the Westvaco and Dixon properties. Let’s hope the five years of property tax free status will help draw new industry to Tyrone.
It’s hard to believe that I have been positive for this much of my column.
The kudos continue. Congratulations to the Tyrone and Bellwood-Antis boys and girls who qualified for tomorrow’s District VI Class AA Track and Field meet at Mansion Park in Altoona. Hopefully, we will have some representatives at Shippensburg for the State Track and Field Championships.
A special thanks to Congressman Bill Shuster for taking the time yesterday afternoon to speak with The Daily Herald concerning General Franks visit to congress and issues such as the tax cut and medical malpractice.
How long can a conversation last when the only word spoken is Ribbit? The answer to come.
I am looking forward to meeting the Blair County Commissioner and Blair County Judge candidates tomorrow night and the Antis Township Supervisors and District Justice candidates tomorrow. I hope to see many of you there. This is your chance to meet the people you will be voting for on May 20.
The answer is a minute and a half if you are talking to Steve Kelsey on the phone concerning a wedding reception.
Enjoy your day and I hope to see you at the Meet the Candidates forums this week.

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I am glad that I don’t make the policies around here. If that were the case, for a Letter to the Editor to make our pages, people would have to show proof that they tried to make a difference.
I love how many letters gripe and complain about how things are done. How people don’t do things the way others want them. What does Tyrone do about things in their community? Nothing.
Last night, we had a nice forum for the candidates for the Tyrone School Board, Tyrone Borough Council and Snyder Township Board of Supervisors.
The candidates had the opportunity to share their views with the voters.
In typical Tyrone fashion, seven people showed up and most of them were from Snyder Township.
These are the people who will decide how your children are educated. These are the people who will determine what kind of taxes you will pay and how the tax money is spent.
If you don’t like the direction your child’s education is taking or don’t like the amount of taxes you pay or how the tax money is spent, don’t write me.
These candidates took time to make sure they were well prepared to answer questions that were brought to them. You didn’t bother to take the time to show up.
Fasten your seat belts it is time for the tirade.
I don’t endorse candidates. I believe that is not the place of the newspaper to tell you who to vote for. After last night, I will suggest someone not to vote for. That is Mr. Letter to the Editor. Yes, you know who you are.
After a couple weeks of talking to him and finally, he said he was coming to the forum, what happens… he doesn’t show up. No phone call, no nothing.
This is the guy who made a request for a lectern for people to speak from. They got a lectern. He asked for a chance to go to the school and see the room and get “a lay of the land”. After going to the school on Tuesday, he stopped by the paper and told me he was impressed with the setting. For a guy who is campaigning on the memory of a friend who said do something or be quiet about it, sure is going about it the wrong way. If I was campaigning using the memory of a friend who inspired me, I would be talking to everyone I could talk to. Instead, I hide behind letters.
Try making a difference. That is what I try to do. We work hard to give you the news that is important to our community. Both Bob Miller and I volunteer to coach baseball for high school age kids in the summer. We have brought the scouts through the paper to help them get their communications badge. I talk to newspaper classes at Tyrone and Bellwood-Antis to explain what is involved in putting a paper together. None of this is making me a rich man, but I believe that it is making my community a better place.
I may disagree with some of the things that the politicians say and do, but they are trying to make a difference.
I gave you the opportunity to face voters… you didn’t take advantage of it. If you get a vote other than your own, that is one vote too many.
Viva La Revolution is your cry at the end of most of your letters. The most important thing about revolutions, you need someone to lead them. Maybe you could secede your Park Avenue abode from the Borough and become your own Island Nation. Get a spot on the United Nations Security Council which you won’t show up for. Create your own constitution and write letters to yourself.
Unless I am told from above, your letters stop now.
I take pride in this community and seriously consider who I am going to vote for as our leaders. If you don’t show for a chance to meet the voters and say your platform is your letter writing skills, hopefully the voters of Tyrone will see that as the sham that it is.
Complain, gripe and complain… that should be the motto of our small town. People do those things all the time, but won’t do a thing to fix anything. Tyrone has been here for 153 years. Lets change the name to Complainville or Do Nothingville.
Let’s hope that next week the turnout of the people in the community is stronger. This will be the only forum in which all Blair County Judges will be in attendance and the Blair County Commissioners candidates will be there. Take an evening and meet the people you are going elect to serve you.

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Here it is a Tuesday and the recliner is warmed up. Too bad it isn’t in the office.
We have had a lot of response so far to our Meet the Candidates forums that we have scheduled, but the response I am surprised in is the lack of questions sent in from the public.
These are chances for you to learn about the candidates that will govern our area for the next few years. Your chance to ask what you want to know about them, their beliefs and their vision for their office.
Our first Meet the Candidates night is tomorrow at the Tyrone Elementary Large Group Instruction room.
The forum will focus on Tyrone School Board, Tyrone Borough Council, Snyder Township Board of Supervisors and District Justice.
Thus far school board candidates Lee Stover, Becky Emenhiser, Luther Laird, Pete Dutrow and Ray Detwiler have accepted invitations to attend. Rev. Norman Huff is unable to attend because he is in the Bellwood-Antis School Play.
Tyrone Borough Council candidates John Thomas, Bill Fink and Dan Meckes will be in attendance. Incumbants Jim Beckwith, Sharon Dannaway, Jennifer Bryan and J.R. Watson were unable to attend due to other commitments.
Snyder Township Supervisor candidates Charles Diehl and Joy Bickle will be represented at the forum. Incumbant Ray Rodgers is unable to attend.
Both District Justice candidates Fred Miller and Suzanne Bigelow-Cherry will be on hand for the evening.
An evening of learning about the people who want to represent you is a good thing. You should make an informed decision when you go to the polls on May 20. You should put the person you believe that will do the best to make your community or school system a better place.
I look forward to seeing you there tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
I want to thank G. Kerry Webster for his opinion that he shared with everyone on Saturday. There are many times that I have defended our paper and what we do, but usually it is on a one on one basis. We work hard to bring you the news of our community. We work hard to keep you informed when there is someone who excells. What is buried on page 12 of the other paper, is front page news to us. We’re proud of the work that we do and I am thankful that a lot of people are noticing.
Time to get off the soap box. I hope to see you at one of the three Meet the Candidates forums we are presenting and we’ll talk later.