Pottstown Fourth Of July Celebration

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I just read the yearly depressing article about our Fourth of July celebration’s funding shortfall in the local print media. Then I read the comments.  I was not sure whether to laugh or cry.

Every year we learn that the committee is seriously short of money and that this could be the last year etc… This year they are so far in the hole who knows.

So I have to wonder…since we have the same problem every stinkin’ year, should we consider doing something different?  Either take a year off and let people “miss it” or figure out better ways to do fundraising.

If everybody would just “give a dollar”…unfortunately, that never happens.  The only way to make sure there is adequate funding is to request money from corporate sponsors earlier and charge a small fee to get into the park.  People collecting money at the parade should be more official looking so there is no doubt where the money is going.

Maybe Mr. Hylton would dust of some of his moldy advertorial money and make a nice donation to help the citizens of Pottstown?  Oh wait…my bad.  Mr. Hylton is saving his pennies for another glossy postcard blitz for the November elections.

Sigh…

Pennsylvania State Education Association Requesting Teachers Consider Wage Freeze

The largest teacher’s union in Pennsylvania is urging its members to consider Governor Corbett’s proposal that teachers take a one-year wage freeze to help plug the Commonwealth’s $5 billion budget deficit.  The PSEA suggested that other cost-saving measures be considered, in addition to the wage freeze.

While the union is fighting the massive education cuts in the governor’s proposed budget, I applaud their effort to make this sacrifice.

We are facing very difficult times.  Everybody will have to make sacrifices to help Pennsylvania climb out of this chasm.  Many companies are not giving raises to their employees due to the recession.  This is nothing new for most Pennsylvania residents.