Monday, September 12, 2005

We've moved!

CentreSquawker has a new home!

Find it now, and from now on, right here.

Update those bookmarks.

Many thanks.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Solving an on-air mystery, or trying to

WBLF, the AM station at 970 in Centre County, was sold in recent weeks to Warren-based Magnum Broadcasting, which also holds WUBZ-FM.

Listeners tell us that WBLF, formerly the Bellefonte-based frequency of WRSC, has been playing National Weather Service broadcasts and "Yellow Submarine" repeatedly in recent days.

What's going on?

We're not sure. But Squawker has placed a call to Magnum. Will pass along more information when it's available.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Finding the right words -- continued

In a Sunday column that focused partly on word usage, I made an awfully ironic mistake.

I used the wrong word. In the first sentence.

That's where I called a man an American refugee.

Mark Bumgarner, of Pleasant Gap, wishes I hadn't.

In a well-thought-out e-mail, Bumgarner asked me to "stop referring to fellow citizens as refugees. The term demeans them and lowers them to a point that they may easily be dismissed....our federal government has already failed these people because they are mostly black and poor. Let's not add to their indignity by reducing them to some third world status.... Is there any doubt that if this tragedy had struck, let's say the Hamptons or Kennebunkport, the federal response would have been much more meaningful and timely."

The man raises an excellent point.

And it's one connected to an emerging national debate, as The Associated Press reported today.

I stand corrected.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Too much money for Philly mass transit? Awwww, shucks!

Was trying to get my sorry bum awake and to work this morning when I heard a radio ad for "The Other PA."

The campaign criticizes Harrisburg for sending millions in tax dollars to support Philly's mass-transit system. Most specifically, its target is the tax money collected at Pennsylvania gas pumps through levies on fuel.

Its implication is that our state's biggest city is sucking down gas-tax money that should be used to prop up road networks elsewhere in the state.

An interesting claim. But here, just for argument's sake, is some food for thought:

Many thousands of people use Philly's mass-transit system. If they were to become gasoline-chugging hogs like the rest of us, they would force the state's gasoline consumption higher. Demand drives price and scarcity.

Which means, if it weren't for mass transit in Philly, everyone would probably see higher prices at the pump.

Maybe I'm wrong. But for whatever it's worth ...

Thursday, September 01, 2005

ISO local ties to Katrina-affected areas

I generally avoid using this forum as a reporting tool.

Today's an exception.

For tomorrow's Centre Daily Times, I'm putting together an article that looks at central Pennsylvania ties to the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. I'm trying to talk with people who used to live down there, former central Pennsylvanians who live down there now, locals who have relatives or friends down there, and just about any other connection.

If anything springs to mind, please feel free to drop me a line. Send me an e-mail message at asmeltz@centredaily.com, or leave a comment -- anonymous or not -- at the bottom of this blog post.

Thanks a bunch.

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