Wawa or Sheetz? (A Pennsylvania Thing)

If you watch The Goldbergs, you know about Wawa. It's that place of wonders where the JTP gathers to ponder life's biggest question. It's also one of the greatest dining-gasoline establishments in the fairest Commonwealth in these fruited plains. But Wawa is not without its rivals and detractors. In the short video below, I explain … Continue reading Wawa or Sheetz? (A Pennsylvania Thing)

The Sub In Suburb: We’ve Been Building Suburbia on the Backs of the Urban Poor for 50 Years

I just posted an excerpt from and a link to a piece on Atlantic about the future of American cities.  Let me share again this salient point:"That economic shift away from cities was the root cause of America's urban collapse. Starting in the 1950s, the middle class – and the American Dream – migrated from … Continue reading The Sub In Suburb: We’ve Been Building Suburbia on the Backs of the Urban Poor for 50 Years

Beerituality Panelists Discuss the Penn State Scandal and Wider Concerns

Friends, this is a re-post from the Beerituality blog.  Beerituality is a monthly gathering at the Allentown Brew Works in Downtown Allentown that aims to bring people together from across traditions "at the crossroads of the sacred and secular." Last night's discussion featured Peter Schweyer, a PSU grad, Allentown City Councilperson and the Chief of … Continue reading Beerituality Panelists Discuss the Penn State Scandal and Wider Concerns

Amazon Workers Left Out In the Cold: Excuses Expose Amazon’s Sustainability Issues

I've heard some people in this here Valley saying that Amazon was justified in keeping warehouse workers, often clad in nothing more than t-shirts and short, outside in the wee hours of the morning in the freezing cold for ridiculously long periods of time.  Oh, they're not saying it exactly that way.  Remember, the evacuations … Continue reading Amazon Workers Left Out In the Cold: Excuses Expose Amazon’s Sustainability Issues

The Growing Economic Divide: Occupy Allentown on October 29

The Justice and Advocacy Committee of the Lehigh Valley Conference of Churches began planning a creative learning event about the growing Economic Divide in America long before we'd heard of #OccupyWallStreet, Occupy Together, or Occupy Allentown.  The Occupy movement affirms the the urgency of these issues for people of faith, and for all people.  Please … Continue reading The Growing Economic Divide: Occupy Allentown on October 29

Lehigh Valley Air Quality Facts a Little Hazy? I’m Here to Help.

The Lehigh Valley is the 13th-Smoggiest Medium-Sized Metro Region in the Country, according to a new report, Danger in the Air, produced by PennEnvironment. There was a time when this would have been because of all of the industry booming here along our rivers.  These days, it's mostly because of how much time most of … Continue reading Lehigh Valley Air Quality Facts a Little Hazy? I’m Here to Help.

Corbett Throws Rendell Under Rendell’s Own Bus, Bus Breaks, Corbett Sells It

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett seems to have it wrong re: former Gov. Ed Rendell's use of federal funding.  Line of the article: "I don't see how education is shovel-ready."  Yeah, a shovel is exactly what we need. I'm on record as not being the biggest fan of Fast Eddie (that is to say, I make … Continue reading Corbett Throws Rendell Under Rendell’s Own Bus, Bus Breaks, Corbett Sells It