A few notes on some short topics...
The jury in the political show trial of Cyril Wecht has resulted in a mistrial. Pittsburgh US Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan went after the famous Coroner as part of the Justice Department's witch hunt of Democrats. She had the temerity to accuse him of using his staff for personal business after doing the same thing herself.
A mine safety bill is finally winding its way through the State House. Crafted after several mine accidents in Pennsylvania it has been slow to go through the process due to the inordinate influence of the coal mining industry in Pennsylvania. Mine safety hasn't been addressed here since 1961.
Philadelphia collected 2,500,000 pounds of trash in a spring cleanup last week. Traveling along our roads, especially after winter, reveals trash strewn everywhere. Why is it people have no respect for others and toss their trash and cigarette butts out their windows? Yes, cigarette butts are litter and drivers can be cited for tossing them out their windows. Litterbugs can be reported by calling 888-LITTERBUG. Perhaps if we let others know what we think about their polluting our environment they'll think twice the next time.
The latest Quinnipiac poll has the presidential race back at six points. This is where it was at the beginning and underscores my point that, had Barack Obama begun campaigning here in earnest he could have won the state handily.