Friday, December 21, 2007

Share the wealth

Turns out that foodbanks have fallen on really hard times, just as economic and weather factors are driving demand to record levels. Trying to decide what to get your loved ones? Perhaps a donation in their name will give a warm glow that lasts a bit longer than chocolate or toys, since you'll be helping whole families get through the cold months. Something to consider, in terms of pitching in where you are . . .

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Interesting alliances

Many Democrats were dismayed when Joe Hoeffel managed to secure a Commissioner position in Montgomery County only by displacing his fellow Democrat, Ruth Damsker, foiling hopes of a change in party affiliation in the county governing body. However, unexpected developments have put Hoeffel into an alliance with one of the Republicans, meaning that the GOP won't dominate the board. What the long-term effects of that will be on policy and other decisions is yet to be seen, but it's certainly an intriguing sign . . . (Note that AAJane had a wire on this development here.)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Holiday hiatus

I'm gonna take a break for the holidays, starting this week and extending possibly as long as the first week in January. No round-ups or weeks in review during that period, although any shocking or thrilling news might merit a break-through post now and again.

cozy winter house

Don't know what next year is going to bring -- February marks the expected arrival of our first child, which throws all expectations out the window -- but I doubt I'm going to lose interest in local politics, so hopefully some new approach will present itself. Meantime, best holidays to all, however you might celebrate them . . .

Friday, December 14, 2007

Week in review: Theme IV = wireless

Remember that? Citywide wireless, regional pride, blah blah?

Week in review: Theme III = Unions, minorities, and the Convention Center

Week in review: Theme II = schools

Week in review: Theme I = casinos

Shoot! I just deleted my Tuesday bookmarks. I suspect that that will leave some of my themes incompletely explored...

Week in review -- nonthematic bits

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Lightning round

Here are some highlights from last week. It appears that I'm in a period without time for daily roundups...