NYC: Not such an empty sky last night
RAVES that the twin "Towers of Light" did shine last night into the Manhattan skyline on the 19th
anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
RAVES, because NYC this year so desperately needed the beacon blue lights of hope shining into the sky
from the footprints of the World Trade Center towers. RAVES that the lights were on last night, after being
cancelled initially, and then unlikely to shine last night after a test run last week.
RAVES that the anarchists did not win last night and the twin beacon lights lit up the sky, next door to St.
Paul's Chapel in lower Manhattan. (12 Sept 20)
Reverend Sharpton's 'Quote Of The Week' that, gee,
anarchists really needed to hear months ago
"To take all policing off is something I think a latte liberal may go for as they sit around the
Hamptons discussing this as some academic problem... But people living on the ground need
proper policing. Yes, we need more resources in different areas like mental health. But we do not
need our grandmothers prey to those that are being the users of products of the big gun
manufacturers in this country."
volume, calling for "proper policing" after all these weeks looking the other way as good cops were
murderd by anarchists or took early retirement because the Democratic nomination for vice president
confidently boasts that protesting will go on till and after the election... and too many good cops are
tired of the warfare, physically and mentally exhausted
Sharpton, hopefully, also feeling a bit ashamed that he had more recently propped up and passed
along to crowds of millions a new social activist, an angry, hateful man, not someone the late John
Lewis or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been associated with; a follower of an Anti-Semite,
racist marxist leader who Lewis wisely distanced himself from long ago
From 2011, the below piece is published again in honor of three of the most special readers this
site ever had.
Every day thereafter was September 12th for them
RAVES of respect to some of this site's 2006 Charter Members, a trio of former NYC firemen and
policeman, who stumbled in this cyber door with sheer amazement that their beloved St. Paul's
Chapel meant so much to a writer in the sticks of Pennsylvania.
Another 5 years later, another 5 years sicker from the World Trade Center dust that they
breathed, they focus on making sure that nobody forgets 9-11. They can't work their jobs
anymore, but volunteer to raise money for so many 9-11 causes and help surviving family
members and fellow first responders any way they can.
Every day really has been September 12th for them. St. Paul's next to Ground Zero and these 3
men survived for a reason. They tirelessly dedicate the rest of their lives to helping first
responders and families from all 3 sites. They raise money for monuments, persuade movie stars
to pair with unknown film makers to memorialize those lost or those who helped save lives in
It is such an honor to know them and to know that we shall meet again to share a bench in the
yard outside St. Paul's Chapel in Lower Manhattan.
RANTS that the blue beacon lights will not shine high in the sky in New York City tomorrow, to
mark the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
While officials there blame the pandemic for the decision this year, we wonder why officials are
caving to new terrorists' demands to remove the flags and photos on the nearby bridge of the
thousands of people massacred that day, when 2001 terrorists hijacked and crashed airplanes
into the skyscraper towers.
Who cares if the families and friends of the coward terrorists feel uncomfortable about Americans
pausing to remember those who perished 19 years ago!
Who cares if the families and friends of the coward terrorists feel uncomfortable about Americans
honoring the score of firemen and police who died trying courageously to save those entrapped
in the burning towers... and the first responders who survived but were rendered disabled from
Who the f cares!
RAVES of hope that enough of us still do care that the anniversary is observed respectfully and
that nobody ever forgets 9-11, those who were slaughtered, those who worked tirelessly to
locate survivors and these new uncomfortable terrorists, who just want to delete the heartbreak
from our memories and this country's history. (10 Sept 20)
Fay Dem Party chair blasts elected Dem officer
While no name was dropped on his weekly political radio show, the Fay Dem party chairman blew
off steam this week at an elected Dem county official thought to have attended Thursday's
political rally by the GOP president at the Latrobe airport.
Only, the Dem party chairman really wasn't certain if the man he claims he saw in a newspaper
photo was that of the elected Fay official.
In fact, at the time of his aired radio show, we here apparently weren't the only ones who could
not locate any publicized photos of the rally with anyone we recognized. Some readers also
inquired which media outlet or source the talk show host meant.
Regardless, he publicly chastised the elected Dem official for supporting, or seeming to support,
the GOP president or platform. He taunted the official over the radio that his county political base
group would not offer political or monetary support in the official's next election.
"That's unacceptable to me," the radio talk show host of the weekly Dem program said of the man
who might have been at the other side's rally.
While a name was never mentioned to identify the official, the radio station and a GOP house
legislator named an official in social media posts, about the Fay Dem party chair's little hissy fit
over his plate of sour grapes for the afternoon snack.
RANTS that the county Dem party leader ignored the elected Dem official's right to do what he
Dems on a national level have turned off a lot of people who are pro gun or pro life, or are at least
sickened by the thought of late term abortion.
We're really quite surprised the bitter county party chair didn't see a few more elected Dem
officials in the media coverage of the Trump rally at the airport. (5 Sept 20)
Wolf should put down the bong
RANTS to Tom Wolf, our state governor, for being such a jerk in the matter of the Carlisle car show. His
explanation to radio news today was one of the lamest admissions of truth to spiel from a politician's mouth
Our governor this week clearly out ass-holed anyone else, hands down, when he reasoned aloud why he
permitted the four-day event, for up to 20,000 daily or 80,000-100,000 potential covid infected attendees,
but held to strict limits for the rest of us, to gather no more than 250 for outdoor festivals or events.
looked a couple weeks ago or now ... I was willing to try with the right care given to the safety
of the people coming in there.... and that was an effort that in hindsight probably was wrong,"
the governor told KDKA radio, in audio that can be heard at this link.
Probably was wrong?
Was he just way too high in May and June when he fancied himself scientist enough to conduct his own
twisted covid experiment?
Although he stated these words today and referenced that better covid state stats influenced him when he
conducted his experiment two months ago, he failed to tell radio listeners that he's still allowing another
large car show -- excuse us, we mean flea market -- this week.
RAVES of hope that the mad scientist puts down his bong and forgets where he left it. (25 Aug 20)
About the letters "D" and "R" on mail in ballot envelopes
RAVES of thanks today to Fayette County Election Bureau Director Larry Blosser for clearing up a matter
circulating in social media about those letters "D" and "R" printed in mailing bar codes on the pre-paid
postage election ballot return envelopes provided to residents voting by mail.
In the fall general elections, Blosser told Rants&Raves today, no such capital "D" and "R" letters appear in
the return mailing bar code for completed mail in voting ballots being mailed to his department.
Those two letters identifying the sender or voter by political party to postal workers and Election Bureau
staff prior to opening the envelope, however, do appear on ballot return envelopes in the spring primary
elections. (25 Aug 20)
Hypocrites on parade: PA health
secretary deceives public big time
RAVES to WPXI reporter Amy Marcinkiewicz, for delivering the first true, bonafide news digging and news
reporting we've seen in a long time!
The long-time tv reporter rocks for getting her hands on a private agreement, signed by the state
health secretary, allowing up to 20,000 persons per day two months ago to attend a four-day car show
During this same time period, both she and the governor, with straight face, demanded that groups
everywhere else in the state be limited to 250 or less in attendance.
RANTS that they dared to risk allowing a possible "super spreader" covid transmission -- as they've often
warned us good doobies at home, was possible, if larger groups congregated.
Shameful RANTS on them if those 80,000-100,000 in attendance at the car show that got special private
approval to be held somehow caused an increase in state deaths and spread that resulted in restrictions
being imposed on bars and restaurants again in early July.
RAVES to Marcinkiewicz for providing that Right To Know news flash and not taking "no comment" as a
final answer. (19 Aug 20)
slaughter of the poor, cities
RANTS that no high-ranking Democrats have mouthed off to stop the horrible intensity of hatred and
organized violence going on for 91 nights in several big cities after the peaceful protesters call it a night
and go home to sleep for work in the morning.
RANTS of the most disappointing kind that no top Dems acknowledge that large areas of several key
American cities are burned out, fallen to the ground, and many small businesses, owned in many cases by
struggling minorities, are left, for all their hard work, with nothing but city lots, full of burned out rubble that
resembles wide-shot aerial photos of third-world, bombed-out war zones.
The heartbreaking destruction takes our breath away.
That no high-ranking Democrats are equally outraged by the nightly terror, that none say one word to stop
it and only encourage the activists to "keep pushing" are sad and reckless commentaries on how little the
Dems are in charge of their own party anymore.
The top level Dems in the country down to the low level local Dems, don't seem to give a rat's ass that
black writers have been stabbed in the back and the poor and the working poor are held hostage in their
now ghetto looking streets in America's cities, at the mercy of hateful thugs with guns who demand
RAVES of hope that the big business donors funding the brutal nightmare come to realize their $10 Million
donated here and another $10 Million there into BLM's hands helped fund the senseless arson, looting of
small businesses often owned by minorities and the unforgivable physical assault of way too many
ordinary, hard working Americans, who often are the working poor of all races, religions and heritages.
BLM turns on Amazon as ink dries on $10M donation check
Amazon, one of the many business giants that donated ever so generously to the violent arsonists and
killers, however, has remained especially silent about the group of a couple hundred racist, loud protesters
unexpectedly turning on the company, as shown in this video link, mentioned above, when it
showed up at the homes of a few of the company's white employees.
The activist group which took those huge donations showed up outside of relatively recent, heavily
mortgaged condos of some of the business giant's employees, to terrorize the occupants in the night into
leaving and giving their condos to them. Their community guide, however, we're told, misinformed the
verbally aggressive and hateful mob to think that no minorities lived in the condos.
We don't believe that would have mattered to the hateful racists with the megaphones in this video clip,
even if only one white person worked at Amazon and lived in the newer condos.
One would think that a special interest organization that promotes the advancement of minorities into good
jobs and housing and rakes in tens of millions of dollars through donations would be proactive and invest in
housing... and, of course, food for those beating poor people senselessly, savagely stabbing black writers
in the back and burning down governement property and property of the working poor and first generation
American businesses because as AOC says, they're just hungry.
Why isn't BLM sharing some of that donated money for low interest home mortgages? Why isn't the group
helping to float loans for those who haven't been eligible for home mortgages so far elsewhere?
At the very least, the organization raking in a fortune in donations could be more proactive to help fight
eminent domain seizures of neighborhoods owned by minorities, or provide technical and legal advice on
how to obtain a fair and decent price if the property were needed for significant, municipal infrastructure
That the destruction of significant sections of several big cities is rarely touched on during major media
news is surreal!
Not just that, but media no longer is America's unbiased report on the reality before us. Just the facts
reporting today, shamefully, cannot get through a simple lead paragraph without spinning editorial edge to
Just the facts reporting today strongly censors the news. We don't get all of the important news unless we
jump around and check umpteen sources. At least, that's what one has to do almost in all instances to learn
the full side of a story.
RANTS that BLM or other special interests supposedly monitoring community racial interests in housing
may have missed the boat on the minorities and blacks reportedly displaced under alleged eminent domain
-- or regular Seattle eviction courts -- to develop areas for incoming Amazon employees to live in town.
Out of fairness, we say that the group may have missed the boat, versus did miss the boat, since we are
unable to locate confirmation that someone did or did not try to stop the relocation of blacks from their
homes for this particular community development. We couldn't locate updates on any appeals, if indeed any
Someone possibly may have tried to stop some old properties housing minorities from being vacated, sold
and demolished and may have brought the matter of evictions in this part of Seattle a few years ago to
courts. It does not appear anyone tried, though, as per a lack of news features about any possible actions
being filed or determined. We know that no trace of action in the media does not rule out a hundred folks
may have tried to stop it.
We've been unable, too, to locate a contact of 15 years, an elderly mixed race writer whose work about
success stories in the poorest parts of that city Rants&Raves admired and published over a decade ago.
His stories could just as well have been about Fayette County.
We're holding our breath because we fear his second home in two months housing his extended, multi-
generational family, was senselessly burned to the ground recently by the night terrorists. We hope not, but
From past conversations about his rising living costs over the years, we know that Amazon hired many
minorities, as well as some whites, in Seattle.
BLM protesters killing, bombing, burning, threatening and terrorizing poor people and the working poor of
all races and religions are shameless, horrible people who have to be stopped. Their ridiculous and hateful
attacks, both physical attacks downtown and horrible verbal aggression displayed outside the homes of
Amazon workers in Seattle, prove the protesters are widening the racial divide far more than it was prior to
the murder of George Floyd.
Back then, America had some rotten cops on the front burner to deal with and process. The hypocrisy of
the Dems in charge borders on criminal intent at this point when they encourage and say "keep pushing" to
a group that blows up and burns down buildings with people inside and have reduced blocks and blocks of
cities to rubble.
America's Dem leaders are committing treason by saying "keep pushing." They hate the president so much
that they don't care how many more cities are burned and people are hurt. They just want the president to
lose re-election that badly. (19 Aug 20)
New jobs for Westmoreland-Fay
RAVES that the area seems to have some new jobs opening up as the $600 weekly federal unemployment
benefits ended in recent weeks.
Readers in need of employment are strongly urged to check out jobcase and job-tree for openings at CSX,
UPS, Fed-Ex, a medical marijuana plant and other operations locally.
To learn more, as well, about a job fair being held tomorrow, Tuesday, August 18,in New Stanton, for local
UPS jobs, please click on the link below to register to attend.
Most postings quickly coming through in email alert and read last night were for full and part-time work,
starting at $14-16-26 per hour.
Good luck to all in need! (17 Aug 20)
Too many Fay cooks, wait staff with no masks?
RANTS that Fayette County has the highest percentage of positive corona virus tests in the state and the
second highest rate of virus cases per 100,000 residents, yet has some of the barest faces among regional
restaurant staff to be found preparing and handling food orders.
That said, RANTS in the past week that too few restaurant staff and cooks, on five outings from
Brownsville to Connellsville and Hopwood, sported masks during food preparation and while waiting on
RAVES of hope and a prayer or three, of course, that none of those wait staff and cooks were
asymptomatic and undiagnosed as they packaged take out dinners, poured drinks, handled drinking
glasses and cups, made ice cream cones and waited on sit down customers in dining areas.
And what about younger, disabled in personal care homes?
In respect to the contagious virus, RAVES of hope, too, that more is done with younger disabled persons
residing in licensed personal care homes to help them through this difficult pandemic.
Because of their living arrangement, these folks, who don't always understand why, quickly are banished to
their room for two weeks any time they return from leaving the house for any kind of medical appointment.
Imagine having to isolate for two weeks every time you leave the house, after being healthy but confined to
the house for four months!
Exceptions should be made for these younger, disabled residents of personal care homes to receive viral
testing and quick result tests when they return home from having routine bloodwork or annual physicals so
they can at least move freely through their home. It's too cruel and ridiculous that they have to be banished
to isolation for two weeks.
The same is true, as per one personal care home operator yesterday, that the young disabled resident
would still have to isolate two weeks away if an in home blood draw were done.
Why haven't community service advocates intervened to get quick testing arranged after appointments for
the younger disabled residents in personal care home who must leave for routine wellness visits? (15 Aug
RANTS that violently aggressive sociopaths continue to hijack peaceful protests in major cities across the
county, to destroy public and privately owned property, loot, kill, or, by conscious choice, hurt anything or
anyone attempting to stop the madness.
RANTS that these violent rioters, the whole organized movement and those wealthy folks funding the
organized violence all seem to have tragically forgotten one significant fact that took old time protesters
such as Rev. Al Sharpton and the late John Lewis completely by heartwarming surprise.
murder of George Floyd and demand that the cop who murdered Floyd be charged and other cops on the
scene be charged, too.
So many white people immediately took to the streets, and kept going back the next day, and the day after
that and the ones after those, to peacefully protest and demand that cops stop kneeling on necks and
killing black men and young black adults.
It should not have taken the murder of Floyd and the large numbers of white people automatically jumping
up to peaceful protest across the country, especially in so many small towns with predominately white
populations and in larger cities, for those of color peacefully protesting and BLM to know that most white
people are not racist and want police oversight and reform.
It was heartwarming to see Lewis get to witness the strong white support in his lifetime that whites showed
for Floyd and his family by packing the streets in peaceful protest.
RANTS that the violent organizers who moved this week from burning federal buildings to terrorizing
residential areas, ironically, have now terrorized some of the very same white people, who a few hours
earlier arrived back home from peacefully protesting the supposed same before-dark cause.
RAVES that in Fay, community groups have stepped up to organize food distributions. Officials studying
these things across America think that about 12% of this country's population is experiencing food
shortages. No doubt there is some truth to that statement.
We're lucky here to have such food distribution programs. As per New York U.S. House of Representative
14th district elected official and former bartender AOC explains, in her district, violence and rioting occur
nightly after hours of peaceful protests because the ones trying to burn, loot, kill or harm are hungry.
Then, goodness, why isn't anyone feeding them?
Why hasn't anyone there thought to organize food donations and distributions to hand out food as we do in
Fay? Why hasn't BLM bought food, if AOC says they riot because they're hungry?
The organization gets hefty donations from Hollywood and entertainment's wealthy and spends only on
fines for those arrested trying to kill cops and black writers and burn buildings and for travel for the
organizers from one burned out, destroyed inner city to the next. It's almost as though some are shopping
for prime real estate at really cheap prices, no?
Fayette County is poor, but if AOC can assure a truck's safety from the violence and lawlessness, surely,
even Fay's downtrodden would share food if some neighbors truly are hungry. You know it.
To date, the looters and killers already stole tens of millions in high end goods from stores after they
highjacked peaceful protests. Why aren't they fencing the goods they view as reparations and sharing their
wealth to feed the hungry in the Bronx, Queens and Rykers?
Isn't that what socialism is all about? (15 Aug 20)
"Quote Of The Day" on Grand Jury level corruption at Fay's
"Why in the world would an inmate need Suboxin smuggled into the county jail? Put that list up again of
medications and pages of invoices from Pechin's Pharmacy for jail prescriptions. An inmate can get
Suboxin, psychiatric medications, codeine and the kitchen sink, very easily and legally prescribed, just by
asking for it. The county paid over $100,000 in a year for those things."
announce in a press conference how he had no idea some jail staff smuggled Suboxin, Xanax, synthetic
marijuana and other contraband into the jail
"Unless maybe it's a high profile inmate or a relapsing addict jail staff who might not want their names
associated with needing a Suboxin prescription... but I agree with you. One would think it should have been
more likely that some of the Suboxin prescribed legally for inmates would have walked out the door."
information in light of today's show and Grand Jury summary, recommending charges be filed against a
now retired deputy warden (1/20), guards, inmates and outside contacts
Joe Biden's pick: pick again!
RANTS that the very best that the Democratic party came up with for a vice presidential candidate is a
shamefully corrupt, former public servant prosecutor who hid evidence to protect priest child sex predators,
while she sold her soul and held out her grubby little hand to accept political campaign contributions from
the law firms representing the Catholic Church.
RANTS that the woman who protected child sex predators by hiding evidence for a fee possibly will be the
47th president of the United States -- or maybe even the 46th president if Biden or 45 don't make it to
Undoubtedly, yesterday was a jubilant day for some non-caucasian little girls, as the media heralded it to
be, when a non-caucasian woman was named as a vice presidential candidate.
Imagine, though, how disillusioned, betrayed and disgusted those same children will feel one day, when
they grow up to learn that awful truth, that their hero or role model protected the priest child sexual
Given that the Democratic Party's choice for a vice president also held non violent inmates incarcerated
after scheduled release dates for free or cheap slave labor, it will be no wonder if future generations also
protest, loot and burn down cities again demanding change. (13 Aug 20)
Is this still America?
RAVES to protesters who protest without breaking the law and RAVES to good cops who police
without breaking the law.
That said, RANTS of the most shamefully destructive, despicable kind that this country's top
Democratic leaders gleefully ignore and bend over backwards without gel, to graciously allow
violent anarchists who hate America, to bomb, burn buildings, violently attack peaceful fellow
protesters and cops and even stab one or two black journalists in the back.
RANTS that the country's top Democrats and those sucking up to them turn a blind eye to the
violence and surreal chaos. RANTS because it seems more and more probable that they fear the
radically extreme left will name an alternate presidential candidate over the former vice
president, presumed to be nominated soon as his Democratic party's choice.
RANTS that this country's top Democratic leaders and top leaders of the BLM groups push to
elect a man, who, in the 1970s, seemed almost as racist as Lester Maddox on Atlanta tv muttering
the N word every other sentence. They were too comfortably joined at the hip together in hateful
belief opposing school integration of the races.
While it is unknown whether Maddox, too, possibly may have got off begging little kids to rub the
curly, wet hair on his legs straight, as the former vice president recently babbled on that he did, it
is known that the anarchists who hijack the peaceful protests would kill their own mothers or one
another to further their destructive cause.
RANTS to this country's Democratic leaders and officials -- and, pitifully, most of organized media
-- who so stupidly made conscious traitor choices to align forces with violent anarchists to win a
Why are editors at liberal newspapers reprimanded for printing quotes from the late Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr.?
It's not our America anymore. (7 Aug 20)
The Silencers part of MTV's debut history
RAVES that 39 years later, some of us running through the strip district parking lot in the 39th video ever
played on MTV's premier day in 1981, are still around to toast Pittsburgh band, The Silencers, for achieving
that little piece of big time music history.
RAVES for the sweet memories that came gushing back, when learning that today marks that music video
network's 39th anniversary on the air -- the day we thought all our burgh bands surely would be next.
Playing right along with the likes of The Who, The Pretenders, Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello, David Bowie,
The Cars, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Phil Collins, The Silencers' little video, "Rock N Roll
Enforcers," combined three of songs played in regular rotation. Most notably, The Silencers' video was
voted MTV's third most popular video in 1981.
Imagine that! The band we saw for free or a few bucks a couple times a week back then was more popular
than the powerhouse bands named above!
MTV played the Silencers' video on several of its anniversary shows, including the 25th anniversary show
in 2006, when they replayed the complete first day.
RAVES for the sweet flashback and another reason to hit "play" and smile. (1 Aug 20)
Rock N Roll Enforcers 81 MTV Pittsburgh Complete version
Shiver and Shake
"The Voice," Frank Czuri, Singing On Strongly After 40 Years,"
Julie Toye, for the Herald Standard, April 17, 2005
Nardini podcast #9: tonight at 7:30 PM
RAVES to Pittsburgh music founder, Norman Nardini, for continuing to hold church during this
dreadful pandemic, with his ninth podcast show. His series that started last spring, when bars and
venues were shut down, highlights his 50 plus years entertaining us.
Norm returns to his Swissvale studio tonight, for another live gig, shooting the breeze and
performing, at 7:30 PM, Pennsyltucky time.
Readers afflicted with The Music Sickness in dire need of a show, or those who want to learn
more about burgh music history from the man who started it all, can get their fix at this link.
Before 7:30 tonight, though, RAVES of hope that all the DoubleN fans, who check in here
occasionally -- and those brave, pure minds never yet exposed to his music and wit -- can take a
brief look back at classic performances in these couple classic videos at the below links.
RAVES to Norm for caring to perform on the web for all of us chronically afflicted with The Music
Sickness and sheltering at home. He's a great story teller, still this column's favorite song writer
and such an undeniable burgh treasure.
Contrary to what some of our parents said, we really would not have been normal if we hadn't
ever heard of Norm. (31 Jul 20)
try really hard to not close out the first video just because you know happened to be that
year's entertainment show host in New York, when Norm and the late burgh guitar wizard
Warren King showed up to play with Rick Derringer on her show.
If you don't want me
Round and Round
"Local Rocker releases 'Redemption' CD," from The Herald Standard
Good Samaritan draws righteous raves!
RAVES of the most righteous kind that a Good Samaritan jumped into action following a vehicle
collision and pulled an injured Uniontown City cop from a burning police car vehicle about to
RAVES because the Really Good Samaratin's name all over television news rung familiar here,
recalling that Rants&Raves ended 2018 writing about the same Good Samaratin, framed once by
state police and wrongly jailed for one year for shooting twice at police after hours outside of an
Rants&Raves readers, judging from recent mail, also remembered the Good Samaratin's name.
Nobody prosecuting the 2017 case back then ever viewed surveillance video of that outdoor
brawl that showed the same man was truthful and was framed by cops. He, actually, was
recorded on surveillance video disarming a shooter and tossing the gun away from the shooter.
That he spent one year in jail before being acquitted is shameful.
RAVES, especially given that it's 2020 and none of that and none of much of the country's current
pain over racial divide mattered when he saw a wrecked police vehicle on fire and someone
incapacitated inside needing help. This same Good Samaratin still cared enough about the life of
a cop in 2020 that he risked his own life to save the cop's life.
RAVES of the most righteous kind, indeed! (23 Jun 20)
Editor's note: Bob Mangold resigned from the Albert Gallatin School Board today, claiming that his
social media account was hacked.
Mangold, race track owner, please meet Emit Till
Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note to those painfully unaware that the rebel flag from
America's south is commonly substituted, carried and displayed proudly by white supremacists
in foreign countries where the swastika itself is legally banned.
That said, one would think that the misguided in modern day America -- especially a Fay race
track owner encouraging fans to bring rebel flags to this weekend's race event -- would quickly
move to light a bond fire from a big pile of the rebel flags and not shelter behind convenient
protection from America's First Amendment to remain hate mongers the rest of their days.
RANTS that kids these days are not taught in school or home about 14-year-old Emit Till and his
brave mom's decision in the 1950s to allow her murdered child's casket to be open. She wanted
to show what grown men who ironed their bleached sheets for night time kicks did to her baby.
RANTS, indeed, that today kids in Fay's Albert Gallatin School District have the same kind of
shameful example in Bob Mangold, serving on their school district board of directors, who
proudly displays the southern flag on social media and other hateful memes showing racial bias.
RANTS because it seems to be painfully obvious that even educated directors never learned
about Emit, the clan of evil townspeople and bad cops who fabricated lies about the child and
copped to the truth only on their death beds.
Perhaps in a cowardly attempt to escape what they knew had to be their truly earned, reserved,
special spot burning in hell for all eternity did any of them tell the truth.
Only a sociopath could have seen the last photo taken of Emit or photos from Auschwitz and not
thrown down his southern flag on the burn pile. We're probably being too kind, but will at least for
now assume that Mangold and the race track owner never had a chance to be introduced to Emit.
(12 Jun 20)
Black, brown cops charged in unprovoked attack
Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note that five of the six Atlanta police officers charged in a
widely publicized, brutal, unprovoked attack of two African American college students four days
ago, surprisingly, are not white.
The officers are charged after body camera video showed them breaking the couple's car window,
excessively tazing and dragging them from their car stuck in traffic, as police and protesters
clashed around them earlier this week.
RANTS because the problem solvers out there really have their work cut out for them. It's not just
some rotten white cops who must learn to respect that all lives matter. The problem is bigger
than what Rev. Sharpton believes, no? (4 June 20)
Rob James adds spark to weekly pod cast
RAVES that Pittsburgh guitar hero Rob James of The Clarks showed up for Scott Blasey's weekly
pod cast, with guitar in hand and spark of vocal harmony magic that pushed last Saturday's show
way over the top.
Blasey vows to keep entertaining during the pandemic with weekly pod casts until bands resume
playing again in bars. The Clarks front man Blasey and James hadn't played together for a few
While past weekly pod shows have been enjoyable, RAVES that James' arrival energized and
pushed Blasey into a stepped-up, great little pod cast.
It was one of those kind of events or things that those of us who suffer from The Music Sickness
so sorely needed, probably almost as badly as they did.
"Quotes Of The Day"
"What could be more evil or sad to witness than peaceful demonstrators getting smoked or
gassed and attacked with rubber bullets so that a president and his advisors can clear a path to
take a photo op and film a political campaign ad in front of a historic church damaged in the
rioting following the murder of Mr. Floyd?"
"Nothing, except possibly that there have to be some Democrats out there who would have
gleefully gone along for the walk and photo op had they been asked, regardless if they knew the
truth about the shocking clearing of the path."
used for props
Jeeeeeez, more Rants for Jeers
RAVES to the smaller victory -- i.e., that PA State Rep Ryan Warner got a retraction of sorts on
heraldstandard.com's "Cheers and Jeers" -- to convey that he previously spoke of the perils of
"social isolation" and did not mean "social distancing" at all, as the paper stated in previous
But it, getting that retraction or clarification, no doubt, is only a teeny, tiny, small victory.
RANTS that the paper, in its retraction or update today assumed no ownership of the
misunderstanding. It was still his fault that he typed the word "isolation" in a letter to the editor
piece, which eyes at the paper, a few days later in editorial, misread or intentionally misquoted to
be the word "distancing."
The paper never apologized for putting words in Warner's mouth that he did not say.
Then, there's the other shameful reason that the paper's retraction or clarification of sorts is
considered a small victory.
Sources stated here that the paper initially said no to any clarification, and days later, bowed to
pressure by reader protest email to the paper and a threat or two from businesses to pull paid
advertising dollars, unless the clarification was made.
That said, a shallow victory the retraction must be.
Any publication to bow to that kind of pressure, undoubtedly, will bow again the next time the
next guy's write-in protest follows, even if that future pressure to retract and retract might not be
the right things to do. (29 Jun 20)
RANTS for Jeers
RANTS to heraldstandard.com* for showing its own possible bias or bipartisan colors, pointing
fingers at PA State Rep. Ryan Warner for introducing legislation and ranting about the governor
keeping some small businesses shuttered.
Seems that the think tank at the paper thinks that Warner's time in recent weeks, instead, should
have been spent "praising our local heroes and preaching safety instead of spewing negativity
and pointing fingers."
While Rants&Raves loves to RAVE the nurses, the ambulance workers, doctors and food
giveaway volunteers, we know what kind of mail comes in first.
It's pretty silly of the paper to ignore the fact that a minute after any online publication allowing
public comment posts an announcement or reporting on a food distribution giveaway, someone
always quickly asks, "Yes, but where are our jobs, the Unemployment Compensation, the never
Three days ago, Warner and some of his peers in Harrisburg attempted to override the governor's
veto of House Bill 2388, which would have allowed the reopening of manufacturing businesses,
barbershops and salons, garden centers, vehicle dealers, messenger and agent services, and
animal grooming services.
Joining Warner in that vote, however, were a few Democrats, including PA State Rep. Pam
Snyder. Yes, we're serious.
Apparently, nobody at the paper knew Snyder felt so strongly that her district, largely in next-
door Greene County, should also be fully open and was so disappointed the veto vote fell short.
Hark, though, because a local Democrat voted to override the governor, too!
A local Democrat joined in with the local GOP lawmaker-led vote to open all businesses. Not only
that, but that Democrat was ticked off enough to post this video ranting the governor's choice
yesterday to keep some businesses in her 54th District closed.
So much, right, for the bipartisan propaganda and hsbs? (22 May 29)
*heraldstandard.com "Cheers & Jeers"
Is Fay liable if Lohr's radio guests get sick?
RAVES of hope that Fay Commission Chairman Dave Lohr, his radio guests and talk show host
are all healthy, healthy folks ignoring social distancing, with no asymptomatic Covid-19 virus
As shown in the photo to the right, taken at one point in today's "What's Working In Fayette
County" talk show segment, hosted by Lohr's assistant's spouse, Lohr and his one guest hold the
radio station's studio microphone at the same time.
He and his two guests in the small room likely were six feet -- or close to it -- from the show's
At another point in the live segment, Lohr's bare face and head popped again into the screen
even closer to the guest, when the commissioner leaned in toward the microphone to speak.
They, otherwise, sat on chairs set about 2-feet in distance apart for the interview. The
commissioner and his one guest moved the shared microphone toward the other as the two
spoke about the man's Fay business.
Meanwhile, a mile or so away in every which direction, some county workers returning to work
this week (working from home next week) are required at their desks to wear masks when
anyone approaches to engage them in conversation, from six feet away.
Not their boss, though. (20 May 20)
Is Fay liable if Vicites doesn't release RTK info?
RANTS because it appears another civil suit is brewing downtown.
This time around, filing is one, who previously requested to learn through a Right To Know
request the names of all citizens banned over a two-year period, from 2017 through 2019, from
reading or commenting on the political web page of Fayette County Commissioner Vince Vicites,
on which he titled himself as county commission chairman.
That RTK request was denied, then won under appeal to the Office of Open Records, yet Vicites
has not released that information and list.
RANTS that Vicites did not release the information -- or didn't simply unblock those he blocked,
whose posts were not advertising spam or commentary that was vulgar, crude, overly
disrespectful or exceptionally inappropriate.
RANTS, though, that Vicites isn't as thick-skinned as he should be by this time. Why does he care
if someone respectfully states a different opinion or questions motives or decisions?
Vicites shouldn't mind criticism, even on his social media page, on which he identified himself as
the county chairman.
No citizen behaving respectfully and posting under his or her own real name should be banned
from reading any page and commenting on any page containing announcements of often
breaking, key county business and industrial development news, sometimes even before the
county public relations writers had their crack at it.
RANTS because this suit probably will be settled out of court to make it go away, just to stop the
release of the information.
Vicites should have known better. (20 May 20)
Can someone loan Fay a dime... for election poll
Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a chuckle over this morning's hot beverage reading on
heraldstandard.com of the county's plea for donated masks for 35% of its county election day poll
"While the Department of State's Bureau of Elections and Notaries is providing every county with
COVID-19 safety kits including masks, wipes, gloves and hand sanitizer to cover 65% of their
voting precincts, more will be needed," said the paper's story, "Fayette Election Bureau looking
for additional protective supplies."
No, it was more than just a chuckle hearing that plea. It was a laugh out loud, heard way upstairs.
RANTS that long-time financially strapped Fay could afford not to lay off staff over this pandemic
-- as so many other government officials did -- but goes to the media to ask for donated masks for
No matter how much Fay officials pay writers to write fluff public relation pieces, publicity such
as this silly, needy plea in the paper for relatively inexpensive masks for 35% of its poll workers
speaks shameful volumes.
Why would anyone want to invest in or move a company here if she or he heard that? (20 May
Fay cancels staff return to work Monday order?
RANTS this late Friday afternoon that the county staff that were to return to work on Monday now
are told they'll work from home until a plan is devised for that return.
Your staff are home working for weeks and nobody thought of this till this late Friday afternoon,
three days before the return date?
Meanwhile, outside sources relay that other nearby counties are phasing back in their staff to the
county offices over the next month or two period of time.
Some Fay staff have told Rants&Raves that they previously were told to return to work Monday
or take vacation or personal time. (15 May 20)
How many in daily count are antibody positive, not ill?
RAVES that we know a little more than last month, but RANTS that we do not know if government-
issued daily stats on new cases of Covid-19 include new positive diagnoses today or additions to
the count of positive antibody tests for those who previously had infections, but are now healthy
Not that those antibody tests should not count.
But daily changes in the count of positive Covid-19 cases should include a note of the number of
those that came from antibody detections and not from those tested who are currently ill.
This distinction in the total numbers of positive Covid-19 must be emphasized as more people
may seek antibody tests before feeling safe enough to return to work.
Plus, RANTS because there's too little trust that the governor wouldn't use those positive
antibody tests of now healthy again people to add up in the future to shut down a section of the
state or to continue to keep an area closed or in the red.
And that of some of her critics
PA Secretary of Health's hypocrisy
RANTS that the state secretary of health in one breath assures us that our elderly are safe in
nursing homes, but in another does not explain why she moved her own mother out of one as
Covid-19 has killed so many in those settings.
That said, RANTS to all the current pillars of the community, including some women who once
had sex with other women and Fido on video, and some men, possibly still strongly denying
latent homosexual ideation, who act as moral compass, taking such shocking, easy aim on local
social media at the secretary's sexual reassignment surgery and trans gender status.
RANTS because there's so much a worthy opponent or critic could take issue with, with her job
performance, if they want to take a swipe that doesn't violate moral and general hate law.
She might not quite be the gal many of us would want our sons to bring home with them, but she
is still a human being who needs fired for other sound reasons. (14 May 20)
Editor's Note: In response to high interest in the state's list of businesses allowed
exception to operate during the pandemic, please check out the following pieces:
PA gov plays hardball
RANTS that the commonwealth's governor opts to play hardball by withholding funds under the
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) to any county or region whose
elected or appointed officials encourage businesses under the governor's lock down to open
RANTS that the governor opts not to talk about it, as some businesses ordered closed in mid-
April surely could have operated safely -- possibly even much safer than Walmart and grocery
stores have operated in the pandemic.
The hypocrisy of allowing curbside liquor pick ups from state liquor stores, but not allowing
places such as Colebrook Chocolates or Gene and Boots to do the same, to move their Easter
stock, leaves too many resentful of the political divide.
RANTS that so many businesses that applied for exceptions to be open never heard back or were
flatly denied, when similar businesses got permission to stay open or re-open. RANTS that the
governor would not engage in communications with elected officials from outside his political
The initial closure order in April was to buy scientists time and to reduce chances that hospitals
would be overwhelmed. The initial closure order was based on the belief that we should work in
our essential, life-sustaining businesses, shelter at home, go out only to buy necessary groceries
and medications to reduce the chance of carrying home the Covid-19 virus on purchased items or
from catching the highly contagious virus in the air in a store or pharmacy.
We get that.
RANTS that a pandemic over eight weeks, however, did not stop kitchen appliances from
breaking down beyond repair or jagged mattress springs from popping through the top. The
governor did mandate unfairly that the replacement purchases could not be made at the
preferred local furniture stores, such as Cheslers or Craig's Appliance.
No, the governor's order required that we went without the essentially needed household items,
rented them or purchase them only at the big box stores, or through QVC or online ordering and
RAVES that on Friday, more of the area businesses will be permitted to open. Enter the specialty
store owners and staff, area manual laborers, lawyers and miners, deemed by the governor as
non-essential, allowed to return to work.
Except for the specialty stores opening -- if they can still afford to re-open, that is -- or some
construction sites, many of us won't see much difference driving through town Friday that we
have seen since the lock down began in April.
On paper, the governor's plan seems logical. Had Unemployment Compensation for the masses
and Small Business loan applications gone smoothly, perhaps there would not have been such
despair and discontent. The plan on paper, sure, seemed logical, but in reality, bites.
For ignoring opportunities to respond respectfully to the proposed plan that a Fay commissioner
sent him last month or the umpteen letters and emails that the public and our other elected
officials sent since mid-April, the governor draws shameful RANTS for playing politics at the
He completely ignored the fact that his secret list of businesses granted operational waivers
created a sense of mistrust and disrespect. He also ignored the dark reality that his online
unemployment benefit registration system, even today, has still failed 30% of those who applied
and have not yet received benefits or an answer.
It is the governor's chat with God as to why he ignored those pleas to talk with or negotiate with
any official from a different political party to re-open some businesses, since the governor claims
to represent all of the state. (13 May 20)
Fay fires prison warden's son
RANTS that the adult child of the county prison warden was ever hired to work there in the first
Bigger RANTS, though, that the son returned what seems to have been a pure political favor and
nepotism by getting fired for unspecified reasons that drew negative media attention this week to
the situation and county.
While county officials cannot disclose specifics about this week's firing, sources in 2019 told
Rants&Raves that the then newly hired son reportedly had sex in an elevator with a corrections
He, reportedly, later received promotion to a lateral or higher paying position closer to
management before this last disciplinary action and firing.
That all said, yes, RANTS that the warden's adult child was hired at the county prison in the first
The 2019 hiring was wrong. The 2020 firing just might have been long overdue. (10 May 20)
New red flag: Covid related coming for Fay kids?
RANTS that Covid-19 may be fatally harming the young, the very young thought previously to be
spared from serious harm.
RANTS that most media and too many people held up at home for nearly two months are too
eager for Chinese buffet or to bump beer bellies and ignore a new red flag because, well, gee, it
only kills -- or has to date - a small, small percentage of other peoples' kids.
RANTS because social distancing hasn't got the full respect it deserves. Kids are impacted.
Speakeasy patrons, in other words, should not be swaying shoulder to shoulder, bear hugging,
arm wrestling or going outside to share a joint or three. Pop up kitchens with sit down patrons
shouldn't be jammed into small rooms that probably won't get cleaned again till next week, if
Almost 80 kids in New York have become critically ill and five have died. Health experts don't
believe kids are at any greater risk than adults are of contracting Covid-19, but some healthy kids
are still dying or surviving only after being close to death for some time, from different types of
medical nightmares, such as toxic shock or Kawassaki Disease, thought to be Covid-19 related.
RANTS because this can't be happening just in New York, right? (10 May 20)
wonderful day. This includes all who also acted as moms for those of
us who lost ours.
As higher courts dismiss similar suits
Fay to try to sue governor
Two Fayette County commissioners voted today in a special meeting to join in state senators,
legislators, other county commissioners and private company owners, to try to sue the governor
for shutting down businesses during this Covid-19 pandemic.
While Fay's minority Dem commissioner opposed suing, he said he wants businesses to open
and felt confident that it would happen tomorrow in a press announcement from the governor.
Why piss off the governor, in other words, he reasoned, in his own different words, of course.
Perhaps -- especially if it's really true that staff recently smuggled out a concealed business
meeting recording of the highest ranking state officials nixing Stimulus funds for small business
in favor of their favored businesses -- the minority Dem commissioner may believe, even more
strongly than some Fay Republicans might, that it was a political, personal dig last week to keep
Fay on the governor's red or closed list this week.
After arriving a few minutes late for the meeting, the minority commissioner did remind and warn
the other two today that the state decides when and if to doll out money to the counties. The
minority commissioner, not used to being a minority and not having his automatic second vote,
touted that he has always tried to "be the voice of sense and reason."
Unswayed by his pitch, the majority opted to join in on the lawsuit after saying the governor and
state ignored all of their letters and emails about non-essential businesses being closed.
RANTS that the county commission chairman reasoned aloud that the lawsuit might prevent a
second shut down in the fall, when Covid-19 may become more of a problem again. He has to
know the higher courts will toss this suit right out and that it in itself won't have any impact on a
possible second shut down from happening in the fall -- or anytime in the meantime if more
Covid-19 cases pop up.
RANTS that none of the government officials who signed off on the lawsuit and none of those the
minority commissioner listed today opposed to the lawsuit, screamed loudly enough weeks ago
to allow more businesses that could operate safely to open and operate safely since government
loans that could be forgiven were not coming their way.
RANTS that earlier grumbling might have saved more shuttered, small businesses and offered
more healthy, laid off residents a lifeline of wages to stay afloat these past 7 weeks. Tonight's
news says 9 million kids in America tonight will go to bed hungry, and we know there has to be
some here in Fay or could be soon, if things don't change.
RAVES of hope, too, that today's unrelated positive test result with the presidential valet might
inspire more masks to be worn and social distancing to be a necessary given to many who
believe they're special and immune, too. (7 May 20)
Happy National Nurses' Day!
30% of PA UC claims still waiting
RANTS that 30 percent of Pennsylvanians who filed for Unemployment Compensation (UC) seven
long weeks ago at the start of the Covid-19 business shut downs still have not received one cent
of their UC funds to pay their bills and buy food.
RANTS because this is America and people should not have to be sitting in parked cars for hours
to wait for a box of much appreciated food to feed their families.
RAVES to all the volunteers out there gathering, boxing and distributing food to those who need
it. It's time to stop pretending that the people in cars are all addicts, traveling from one food
giveaway to another, waiting to swap the box for drugs down the road.
It's also time that the state catches up with the 30 percent of UC recipients still waiting for their
checks to start. (6 May 20)
Failed UC system years beyond targeted
2018 replacement date
RANTS, all these weeks since the Covid-19 business shut down, that tens of thousands
Pennsylvanians daily still are unable to get through to file their Unemployment Compensation
(UC) information to receive payments.
RANTS that state government so stupidly allowed a now 50-some-year-old UC computer system
to go two years past its contracted replacement date, with a company paid long ago to update.
Under the circumstances, they still require another six months to fix the problem?
RANTS that the antiquated system, that so correctly accepted employee and employer UC
contributions all these years to be paid to the state, crashed when people needed it the most.
Video nails scary Fay perv in municipal uniform
RAVES that a young woman in the Fay media had surveillance camera video that showed a
Uniontown municipal parking ticket officer breaking into her home to stalk her and learn more
about her -- in the creepiest, most twisted way possible -- from rooting through her belongings.
He, apparently, broke in a few times, too.
RANTS if anyone in authority pulls strings to minimize the man's serious issues, to make it all go
RAVES that he was caught on video and never had an opportunity to return through a window he
previously left unlocked when she was home. (28 Apr 20)
Covid-19 traces in Seine's water
RANTS of the most heartbreaking kind that traces of Covid-19 have been found in Paris' Seine
River, a water source used to clean the city streets, water the greenery in the city’s parks and
gardens, as well as supply the magic to Paris' massive ornamental fountains.
No, this particular water source from the Seine is not water that feeds into the city's drinking
water supply, but the news that traces of the dreaded virus were identified in the Seine's water
threw us for a loop.
RANTS that the surreal news about the Seine wasn't in the network news today, with attention
and air time focusing on various demonstrations in a few cities, with shoulder to shoulder
Pennsylvanians, few with face masks, hell bent, foolishly, on daring Covid-19 to go home with
Pandemic feeding some Fay restaurants well
RAVES that so many area restaurants forced last month to close for customers dining in and to
sell food only by take out or delivery have been doing much better business these days than
they ever did.
RAVES that some of Fay's take out restaurants these days profiting more than they did prior to
the Covid-19 shut downs seem to be coming through the ordeal far better than some Pittsburgh
eateries "down about 70-80 percent," as per those owners on television news.
Over the river, through the woods for milk, ice cream
RAVES, too, of the happiest kind, that two area dairies about to spill their milk and lose a lot of
money -- due to Covid-19 shut downs and no milk being sold to schools and some restaurants --
quickly sold out after their situations came to light through social media.
Granted, some, no doubt, who heard about the dairies in trouble may have jumped up quickly to
help more so out of boredom and a need for distraction from being sheltered in place so long at
home and sheer excitement over learning of another type of store to visit.
But RAVES that cabin fever of some might have helped fuel the trip out with the rest for some
local milk or ice cream to help out two local dairies. RAVES that those owners will never forget
these days and that they made such an unexpected, wonderful, little profit.
Redstone Township's Jackson Farms told the local paper it was the busiest day there in 60 years
of business. That's special.
Herald Standard cans more staff
RANTS, as the publisher of the local rag announces a million-dollar giveaway of matching
advertising dollars for companies rebounding from the Covid-19 business shut downs, that
Ogden Newspapers, reportedly, at the same time, laid off even more of its Uniontown paper's
writers last week.
RANTS that so little local news actually is mentioned in the paper anymore. With even less staff
now than what the paper had a month ago, RANTS that we'll likely get even less and less news
RIP Vince Zapotosky
Rants&Raves' readers are asked to keep in their prayers the family of Vince Zapotosky, former
county commissioner and legislative aide, who passed away from undisclosed cause today at
Zapotosky leaves behind a wife and son at home.
Hark! DA spends public money wisely
RAVES that we finally witness a rare, righteous spending of public funds that legally can be spent
without prior public meeting discussion and approval. This may very well be a first.
RAVES to Fay's newest county commissioner and emergency service chief for shaking down the
district attorney for $32,000 to buy two viral decontamination machines -- one for the prison and
one for ambulances and municipalities, to use to kill any Covid-19 virus that might be present in
RANTS that delivery of the wonderful tool to the prison and first responders may take up to two
Burg scientists discover Covid-19 vaccine?
RAVES, from the folks who brought us the Salk Polio vaccine, that scientists from the University
of Pittsburgh believe they've discovered a Covid-19 vaccine.
While we hear a lot in the news of numerous labs and companies shifting to manufacturing 3D
prints of face masks and shields, hand sanitizer and ventilators, Pitt's wonderful announcement
today gave many praying for a vaccine goose bumps.
May all that work out.
Blog delivers much needed humor
RAVES to the mysterious folks over at Fayettenam Times for the satire and that elusive laugh
that nobody at this column thought was possible this otherwise somber April Fools Day.
RAVES to them for the unexpected and much appreciated laugh today. Rants&Raves has taken
issue in the past with any Nam references to Fay, but, nah, just this one time the much needed
laugh today draws respectful RAVES and oodles upon oodles of sincere thanks. (1 Apr 20)
Believe! There's video!
Westmoreland Pastor, wife, children, knocking
on Bullskin doors during Covid-19 pandemic
RANTS to the Ruffsdale area pastor of Mendon Baptist Church, Greg Leonard, who ignored the
commonwealth's stay at home order for Westmoreland County yesterday, to venture 15 miles
into Bullskin with his young daughter, wife and three sons to work, knocking on doors during the
Corona Virus pandemic.
Even bigger RANTS to the pastor working the township with his young daughter, for ignoring the
caution of one Fay resident, a nurse, who answered the pounding on her door and relayed that
she had contact with someone who tested positive and was waiting on her own test results.
RANTS that Leonard and his sons vehemently argued for about 15 minutes what they felt was
their twisted, inherent right to refuse 17 recorded directives to leave privately owned, posted
property with no solicitation or trespassing allowed.
Even without the pandemic and even without threatening to sue as they did because they were
put off the privately owned property, their behavior still would have been ridiculously illegal.
Add the pandemic and the nurse's ignored caution to the mix when the pastor and his little girl
stood at her door and he announced he was not afraid of Covid-19, their behavior was just plain
crazy. (1 Apr 20)
More "Quotes Of The Day" on social distancing, the virus,
business closures, and the run on toilet paper
"We have lost more already than Italy or China."
seeming to be dazed, thrown for a real loop, by the grim statistic that more have died in
America in a few recent weeks than have died in Italy and China since the pandemic started.
but Dr. Oz made them more credible to me by speaking out that social distancing must continue
and hospital supplies have to get where they're needed."
known not to mince words, publicly spouting off about supplies and supporting city shut
downs, given that New York and New Orleans' tragic crisis keeps escalating and experts are
now warning of another mean, viral round to pass through in about a month
"I would like to find a six-foot-wide blow up Sumo wrestler costume to wear next time shopping."
60s or impatient young moms with babies and toddlers in the cart not waiting to wait a few
seconds to pass safely six-feet away in super market shopping aisles or turns
"Some in those two groups -- some older males and young moms packing cart kids -- might need
those Sumo costumes, too!"
Cruel Corona's wallop on The Courier
RANTS for Cruel Corona's domino, walloping impact on us and our community employers and
That said, RANTS that Corona seems to have brought one of Fay's two hard-copy, daily
newspapers to change or close more than just its lobby or office to the public.
RANTS that the Daily Courier will cease six-day hard-copy publication and six-day online
publishing and opt for hard-copy publication only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and
online reading only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Additionally, the parent company owner of The Courier will stop publishing its Mount Pleasant
and Scottdale papers entirely.
Minus paid ads for closed restaurants, stores and non-essential businesses or specialty shops,
minus sports news, minus school articles and school pictures, minus social group meeting and
photos, it can't be easy to put a small daily paper on newsstands or outside front doors.
Readers here know that anyone affiliated with Rants&Raves whines and sheds a tear when any
daily newspaper goes out of business. We didn't just take it hard when three of the four other
papers this editor's work appeared in over the decades closed.
Anyone who ever wrote for any paper for any length of time feels the pain when the presses stop
No, no, we're not there yet with the Connellsville paper and so hope that the paper long outlives
There needs to be a second paper in the county for many reasons, but, mainly, to report news
without bias and force the other paper sometimes to cover news it would rather ignore or edit.
This column can't always do that alone. (23 Mar 20)
Hiring second shift at Berkley Surgical Supplies
Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note that the below mentioned Uniontown company that
manufactures medical supplies put out an urgent need today through county development to hire
additional staff for its Fairchance factory.
Anyone needing a job is strongly urged to apply. Please see the following link for more
Can masks be made again in Fay?
RAVES of hope that the Uniontown company that once manufactured surgical masks -- or the
corporation or subsidiary of it still in town manufacturing other surgical supplies -- can reboot the
old product production or point someone in the right direction to pursue the idea.
RAVES of hope that Fay Penn beats a quick path over to Virginia Avenue to give away every free
funding cent to make someone an offer he can't refuse. Rants&Raves reached out for comment
to the company producing surgical equipment. More to come. (21 Mar 20)
"Quote Of The Day" that must include an expletive
"Holy Fuck, it's here!"
seen its first resident to test positive for Corona Virus
RAVES to the wonderful diversion to the viral nightmare, with a blessing of a 73-degree, often
sunny afternoon, this first full day of spring.
"Quotes Of The Day" on social distancing, the virus,
business closures, and the run on toilet paper
"We're all O.K. at home so far and hope we all still stay that way."
or lunch buds standing by or still in their vehicles, six feet apart from one another in the parking lot,
could hear him
"I was getting a little anxious, but I found toilet paper yesterday."
someone with impossible to find or buy aloe vera oil, to mix with her rare find, rubbing alcohol, drawing
a laugh from Dave listening from home on speaker phone, who estimated they drove 60 miles to find it
"On Saturday, the shopping got easier by the third or fourth store just asking customers coming
out if the store had meat, toilet paper and bleach products. If not, we didn't go in and just kept
nice to hear people in stores sharing with others which stores did have meat, anti-bacterial cleaning
products, paper towels, etc.
"We should be going. We have to keep ordering take out from these small restaurants as often as
we can or buy giftcards for their businesses to help them stay in business. This is all so surreal!"
grandchildren, then suggesting tomorrow that his group of diner pals count on skipping coffee due to
rainy and windy weather predicted
Defense says Kez stole less than $550K
Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note that things really can get weirder than we thought
possible in the case of former funeral home owner Stephen Kezmarsky, recently sentenced to
four to eight years in prison for the theft of $550K from sweet old people.
This week's new twist to the district attorney's request for the judge to consider a longer
sentence is that the defense now says Kezmarsky stole way less than that and wants restitution
amounts lowered to reflect that unspecified difference. Read More.
"Quote Of The Day" from Michael D. McCumber's faywest.
com that should be of interest to investigators to disprove or confirm
"The good judge will also be able to take into account that many of the people who said
they prepaid for funeral services in fact only invested in the business of the funeral home
and should lose their investment money as part of a failed business just like the good
funeral director did."
Anonymous, as posted two days ago, on web developer McCumber's online public
communication board, faywest.com, supposing that some supposed crime victims were actually
greedy investors from a failed business once known to do "record breaking business"
Judge too busy till June to revisit Kez sentence?
RANTS the earliest date that a Fay judge has to hear a motion on the sentencing of former funeral
director Steven Kezmarsky is three months away, on June 11.
The county DA, as we all know, disputes the four to eight year sentence that Judge Steve
Leskenin handed down to Kezmarsky last month, and, additionally, is burned up that a check for
$50K towards restitution bounced from a former funeral home investor/relative. Read More.
2019 "Quote Of The Day" comes to haunt Fay DA office, given Geyer
caught helping with kids' 2020 theatrical play** in Southmoreland
"He is under the court's jurisdiction and supervision for the next three years. We are satisfied
with the way this case resolved."
months ago, in "Former Connellsville councilman receives probation in sexual assault case,"
discussing the dropping of 11 counts of sexual assault and some corruption of minors
charges from 2018, against former Connellsville councilman Brad Geyer, for shamefully
plying a 14-year-old girl with liquor on multiple occasions and inappropriately touching the
child sexually on multiple occasions;
Dellarose, at the former councilman's sentencing last year, during which Geyer, essentially,
was given probation and was not made to register on Megan's List
* "Former Connellsville councilman receives probation in sexual assault case," heraldstandard.com
** "Norwin officials identify Connellsville man as musical volunteer with criminal record," Tribune
PNA media newsletter mentions Vicites'
Facebook blocking of Fay citizen
Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note that the case of a Fay citizen reportedly blocked from
County Commissioner Vince Vicites' social media page and lawyered up is included in the
weekly newsletter of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, sent throughout the state to
media outlets, newspapers, and citizens involved in obtaining Right To Know documents from
public funded offices or agencies.
"The PNA Legal Update," the weekly newsletter, informed its subscribers in "Office of Open
Records rules in favor of request seeking names of those blocked by Fayette commissioner" that
the Herald Standard wrote an article about the Fay citizen who recently won a Right To Know
appeal with the state Office of Open Records, to learn the names of all others Vicites blocked
from that same social media account.
The local case against the commissioner was one of four that the PNA newsletter featured in its
"Legal Issues Around The Commonwealth" weekly run down. (1 Mar 20)
Commissioners cry the blues in letter to ed
RANTS that the Fayette County Commissioners, two months into a new annual budget and tax
hike, are still trying to distance themselves from the county deficits and dismal financial status,
crying the blues in a letter to the editor, "Tax hike was unavoidable," appearing on
They said nothing new in today's letter. We've heard it umpteen times.
Maybe we'd respect them more if they admit the true deficit numbers were hidden from the
public. The 2020 county budget did not include a several million dollar transfer from the general
fund to the tax claim fund to pay off that debt.
Till we hear the whole story, RANTS that today's letter to the editor was mostly just more wasted
newspaper copy space. (1 Mar 20)
Four donate $160K to Kez crime
victim restitution fund
RAVES to the generosity -- and what appears to be a genuine compassion for former funeral director
Stephen Kezmarsky -- of his family and friends that at least $160K of the $500K he swiped from elderly
customers was put down at the courthouse, to allow some restitution to begin to victims.
doctors Lawrence Glad and Alan George to kick in $50K each. He also received $25K from Robert
Kezmarsky and $35K from Matt George, recently appointed in controversial moves by the new Uniontown
mayor to replace seats on the city's redevelopment authority.
Sentencing had been delayed for a month to allow the defendant time to get some funding raised.
RAVES of hope that Kezmarsky's family and friends hold organized fund raising events. Tickets, a Pay Pal
account for donations, even a telethon if they are up to it. Who with even an extra dollar or two wouldn't
want to donate, if the actual crime victims in the case would actually get all of the donated money?
RAVES, though, again to the four named above gentlemen for their $160K donation to the restitution fund.
RAVES of hope that the full $500K owed is raised quickly.
Full repayment would put to rest the argument heard from every caught and prosecuted thief, that they
need to be released from prison to work, to earn money to repay their crime victim restitution debt.
Kezmarsky's crime victims deserve to be repaid for the money he stole from them, but he needs to be in
prison certainly longer than four years. (28 Feb 20)
RANTS of the disappointing kind, to the Courier, for shamefully allowing two Fay commissioners
so much press to whine and wrongly blame Fay's 2016 debt for a 2020 tax increase.
From 2019 primary election and campaign photos out there, we know that the Courier was around
to hear incumbent candidates brag about Fay's financial stability under their leadership.
Yet, the paper today gave both now re-elected and sitting commissioners a pass to blame 2016
debt that caused a 2017 tax increase to be brought up again, these four years later, as the reason
the commissioners raised taxes again in 2020.
RANTS that the Courier opted to skip the truth and, instead, only feed the propaganda machine
today to protect the "integrity" of two commissioners, who truly knew how financially strapped
the county is -- even when everyone's ignoring the $2-5 Million owed from the county's general
fund to the county tax claim sale fund -- but still planned a $1.4 million commissioner office
redecoration project as of late 2019.
We expected better, and today's journalism did nothing to make the two officials accountable or
better officials. (25 Feb 20)
DA to appeal Kez case
RAVES to the county district attorney for vowing to appeal the case of former funeral home operator Steven
Kezmarsky in light of a weak sentence passed down today, of four to eight years in prison and 10 years of
probation, for stealing over $500K from customers purchasing pre-paid funerals.
RANTS, though, that a stronger sentence didn't come down today. A pre-sentencing judge cautioned
Kezmarsky the he may end up spending much of the rest of his life in prison, yet today handed down the
brief stay and demand that restitution be made in full.
The former funeral home operator, initially denied bail, was pretty quickly released from county lock up for
cardiac health concerns after his initial arrest in 2018 for theft, and was known to be mowing lawns. About
a year later, cremains and business records were found in a storage shed leased to the former funeral
director's step mother. Those charges of abusing corpses were dropped and he was released again from
To date, he repaid about $150K in restitution.
While about $500K was said to have been stolen from largely elderly customers and misused for his own
personal expenses, Rants&Raves previously obtained a written statement from a former state legislator,
who claimed that his good friend, the current Uniontown mayor, also lost over $400K investing in the
funeral home. (25 Feb 20)
Fay first responders are first rate
Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note of a big lump in the throat request for readers to be
especially sensitive to the truly gut-wrenchingly awful day at work that first responders had here
in the Connellsville area today.
With tragic news of a young man everyone knew taking his own life and then the horrible head on
collision a few miles away that took two lives on Route 201, today has been overwhelmingly
rough for first responders.
Three people shouldn't have died today but did.
Please, yes, say a prayer for those lost, their families and friends, but also include the men and
women who arrived first on the nightmare scenes, to do whatever they could to try to save lives.
When they can't help, that feeling of helplessness has to be most overwhelming. (28 JAN 20)
Update on the missing, misspent $1-5 million Fay
property tax claim funds
RAVES that Uniontown resident and Laurel Highlands School Board Director Randy Raymond
continues to pursue his push for full payment of $1-5 million owed for up to 10 years to school
districts from the county property tax claim sales.
Raymond began to request Right To Know documents about six months ago to obtain financial
records of property tax claim sales, transfers of money and payments to school districts,
creditors and municipalities once it became known that only about half of the $5+ Million taken in
during property tax claim sales was properly transferred to the tax claim account.
Fayette County commissioners misspent the remaining $1-2.5 funds for county general fund
expenses and did not distribute any payments in 2018, in spite of putting $600,000 on a county
budget into the tax claim fund.
Raymond told Rants&Raves on Saturday that his 12-hour workday during the busy holiday
season slowed him down a bit, but that he's resuming the push for transparency and payments
owed from the county property tax claim sales.
"I’ve recruited some help this time," Raymond explained, adding that it has "been tough without
To date, neither the state attorney general nor state auditor general has intervened in the matter,
in spite of getting a few signed complaints and requests for action.
The debt owed to the county property tax claim sale fund was not addressed in any recent year
county budgets, with the exception of the 2018 funding of $600,000 previously mentioned. All
three current county commissioners signed off on the 2020 budget that did not address this huge,
County commissioners, as readers here know, have not issued any additional refunds since the
single distribution of $300,000 in payments was made last year after the controversy surfaced in
the media. Current commissioner Vince Vicites and the county solicitor told their pre-election
audience last summer that the county had several years of payments "knocked out."
Again, however, no subsequent checks were inked and cut.
"There’s got to be something done," Raymond concluded Saturday. We couldn't agree more!
RAVES that Raymond got some help with his push for the misspent funds to be distributed to
school districts and others owed for such a shamefully long time. Only the Laurel Highlands and
Albert Gallatin districts have notified the county that legal action will follow if prompt payments
are not made.
RAVES of hope that the other districts in the county jump on the band wagon as well and hold the
county leaders responsible for misspending the funds targeted for payments to school districts,
municipalities and creditors. (28 JAN 20)
The kids in the shiny red Honda
RANTS, given the new law banning smoking and vaping of tobacco by those under 21, that there
seems to be an increase in cars of teens parking on country roads, secluded private driveways
and large parking lots where they think they can surely go unnoticed long enough to vape.
RANTS, seeing how quickly in that couple minute park and vape session -- i.e., till an adult goes
out and asks them to leave -- that the kids' car windows were covered inside from white vape
film, even with some car windows partially or fully down.
It goes without saying, RAVES of hope that the kids are vaping nothing more the run of the mill,
potentially harmful tobacco vaping products, and not black market street drug mixed oils, or
whatever else goes in those vaping devices. (23 JAN 20)
Fay pays Z&A another $80K for audits
RANTS that county commissioners are poised to spend about another $80K on audits to
Zelenkofske & Axelrod, for 2019 audits for the magisterial judges and tax collectors and a 2018
audit of the county prison's inmate fund.
Fay's 2018 county audit released only in recent months, largely criticized the county controller
and district attorney for poor management. The 2018 county audit pointed out stupidity at its
finest example of not knowing which county contract is the current one and not following County
Code which requires that current contracts be maintained on file with the controller.
The 2018 county audit also was critical that audits of the county tax claim fund, district justice,
row offices and tax collectors were not timely audited.
RAVES of hope this time around, though, that Fay doesn't pay for the audits a year or two before
actually receiving the audit reports, as what inevitably happened with the long awaited 2018
county audit that Z&A conducted. (15 JAN 20)
Grand Jury to convene
Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note that the county district attorney wants to convene a Grand
Jury to investigate criminal activity.
Given the umpteen legitimate possibilities, and endless other topics which we may never have
even considered to be issues, it's anyone's guess where he'll lead the investigation.
We just hope that the effort makes Fay a better place, where new industry and business want to
call home instead of avoid. (9 Jan 20)
FBI: Uniontown second most
dangerous PA city
RANTS -- almost to the point of tears -- that the feds, in a recent FBI listing, officially cited
Uniontown, Fay's county seat, as the state's second most dangerous city.
Only McKees Rocks, as per the feds' list, is worse off in first place, with rampant murders, cases
of nonnegligent manslaughter, robbery, rape, aggravated assault, property crime, burglary,
larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, arson, etc.
Not that McKees Rocks' crime stat numbers across the board were much higher than Uniontown's.
McKees Rocks' numbers were lower in some categories, actually, but topped the Worst list due
to having 3,000 less residents than Uniontown has, when crime statistics based on population
percentages were calculated. The report, though just recently released, highlighted two-year-old
data of criminal crimes brought through arrests and courts in 2018.
Approximately 9,751 Pennsylvanians live in Uniontown, as per the feds, a city which saw a total
of 136 violent crimes – 111 aggravated assaults, 22 robberies, two rapes, and one murder.
Property crimes were significantly higher, coming in at 455, of which 369 were larceny/thefts.
RANTS that the city, whose downtown streets were once this editor's comfortably safe 10-20 mile
bike path at the crack of dawn, now made its way to the second worst city list in the state.
RANTS that we're more likely to be a victim of crime here than we would in the big city of
Philadephia. (9 Jan 20)
Editor's Note: The below RAVE was written in the wee hours of New Years Day, carefully
placed on hold till the strike of midnight as not to jinx the record as 2019 came to an end.
Then, as the day started and shocked sources began relaying horribly tragic news, the
below piece was quickly pulled out of respect for everyone whose hearts broke that day
when Fay's first homicide of 2020 became known.
Fay had no 2019 homicides
RAVES reading heraldstandard.com's, "The news that impacted our communities in 2019," and
learning the wonderful news that there were no homicides in Fayette County this past year.
RAVES for no homicides, no false arrests for homicide in 2019, no 2019 homicide charges to be
dropped for a lack of evidence months in the future... because in Fay there just were no 2019
homicides, and we're tickled as pink for that. (1 JAN 20)
WMBS radio news kicking newspaper butts
RAVES to WMBS radio news for its live coverage of the heated Uniontown City Council meeting
yesterday, during which the treasurer-elect, her lawyer and a bunch of angry townsfolk jammed
the room, questioning why a councilman allegedly interfered with the treasurer-elect's process of
getting bonded for her new position.
The councilman, supposedly, made an inappropriate racial comment when he contacted a
bonding company that then cancelled the newly issued bond in the elected woman's name.
As a result of whatever their reason, council did not permit the treasurer-elect to be sworn into
office, and, in her lawyer's opinion, violated law which says that she should have been sworn
into office and been given a required 14-day period to get bonded.
RAVES to the radio coverage live stream of the meeting -- especially since some 24 or more
hours later and the local newspaper right in Uniontown still has not written one word about the
meeting or the court injunction that the treasurer-elect's lawyer is filing to have a judge override
the city and install the treasurer-elect into office.
RAVES to WMBS for making this council meeting video available online and for informing the
public with a link for a first-hand look at what actually was said and happened. (7 Jan 20)