One of the biggest criticisms of the news media is that we never follow up on stories. We rush to cover something only to leave it behind in a few days.
I hear you. So from now on, I'll make an effort to update you on some of the issues I write about.
Here's a few updates on some recent events.
PHEAA scandal keeps getting worse
I've written several times about the financial scandal at PHEAA, the state agency that provides student loans to college-bound Pennsylvania residents. Not only did PHEAA employees and board members spend about $900,000 for pamparing on themselves at swanky resorts, but the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported today that PHEAA spent $400,000 in legal fees attempting to keep the information about its spending secret. This is why Pennsylvania needs a stronger Sunshine Law, one that will impose significant fines for politicians and their appointees for failing to disclose public information. Government agencies and quasi-government agencies like PHEAA waste an enourmous amount of money. The public has a right to know. And the PHEAA board, made up of state legislators, needs to be held accountable for the monumental waste. Cound not the $1.3 million in wasted money have gone to provide more loans to college students?
O'Reilly charms Berks County
Remember the column I did about how liberals were fuming that Bill O'Reilly was invited to speak at the Berks County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner. The lefties wrote letters to the local newspaper and threatened to protest O'Reilly's appearance. Despite all the venom from the angry left, O'Reilly's talk was the best attended dinner the chamber ever held. More than 1,200 tickets were sold and I heard from two people who were there that O'Reilly was well received by the audience. Maybe the chamber can book Rosie O'Donnell next year to appease the far left.
Candidate comes to his senses
Remember the candidate who finished 455 votes behind incumbent Reading Mayor Tom McMahon in the Democratic Party primary on May 15? Angel Figueroa was jumping up and down calling for recounts and new elections and investigations. I nominated Mr. Figueroa for the Sore Loser Hall of Fame. Two weeks after the election, Mr. Figueroa has come to his senses and has decided not to challenge the election results. He's still a sore loser, but at least he's moving on with his life (and what's left of his political career).
Philadelphia death toll continues to rise
Another day, another murder. The homicide total in Philadelphia has reached 164 as of May 30, 2007, way ahead of last year's toll of 149 on the same date. Mayor John Street and his police commissioner still haven't done a thing about the lawlessness in the City of Brotherly Love and Gov. Edward G. Rendell, former mayor of Philadelphia, is still pushing gun control as the way to end the violence. Actually, Rendell is more concerned about keeping empty buses running around Philadelphia than dealing with violent crime in the state's largest city. Only 3 1/2 more years to go until we elect a new governor.