Saturday, December 24, 2016


This is only the fourth time in over 100 years that we can celebrate Christmas eve and  the first night of Hanukkah  on the same day. Thus for every one 

On a personal note, the "Oh Hellers"are traditionally here but two have to leave Monday to be at work Tuesday. However  there are now two apprentice 4th generation players to substitute. 

Saturday, December 17, 2016


Surprise, another cancelled Council meeting. Richmond family leaves sometime Sunday then quiet until Friday. Son-in-law still confused at times but recovering from surgery. Time and rehab will tell.

A few apropos political cartoons:

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Was it not fitting that both Gloria and I missed her last working Council meetings including the one that “honored her services”

I will not excuse myself because of overwhelming family problems caused by my son-in-law’s fall and belated hospitalization with a fractured leg due to the police and EMT’s failure to recognize mental confusion in a person on the floor unable to stand who refused medical help; i.e.; transportation to hospital ER. When he was finally taken his physical biological condition was critical.  

However I am not being paid by the Taxpayers to represent us in the City's affairs.

I partially cannot fault them because of today’s litigious CYA society. Sometimes “personal rights” must be ignored by common sense.

Gloria did do something right by not be able to vote she assured that the Council acted appropriately on the Taxicab Ordinance. Like it or not Plainfield and North Plainfield are intertwined as one sister community. Separation by Political boundaries cannot override economic and social factors.

Our new President to be continues to show true colors by his selection of Cabinet and other critically important office holders. The Secretary of State for one may not get Senate approval because Republicans Rubio, Graham and McCain have already said that they will not accept him, If they do so with the expected Democrat block vote he will not receive a majority. A few other Republicans may join them. I hope so, we should not treat Putin with admiration and fellowship.

Friday, December 9, 2016


Once more family woes will take precedent over the Council meeting and blogging. I hope between now and 1/1/2017 you will routinely check this site as I plan to post if possible and time permits.

I find it sad that at this time Plainfield has no routine bloggers.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


"Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition"

I will give odds that to 99% of those who read this blog Dec. 7th has no meaning nor the above quote*. On the other hand for me 75 years ago it meant the end of the first month of my marriage. But more important I was studying in my room to music on the radio when there was an interruption for the news that forever changed the world for Americans. 


I had thought that the Orson Wells’1938 broadcast "The War of the Worlds" which I had also accidentally tuned into while studying and the fiasco of the public reactions was the pinnacle of an interruption of a routine broadcast. I was so wrong.

The Japanese had made their sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Almost the entire Fleet was wiped out along with the air force in Hawaii.

This disaster coupled with the losses in the Philippines represented the worse military catastrophic event in history.

America was at war and within a few days joined the British, Soviets and Free French in the war against Hitler‘s Germany.

An isolationist nation was forced to be a world power; to assume the role it should have accepted years before and perhaps prevented the Holocaust as well as not only the military losses but other millions of innocent civilians.

There should be a lesson from that day which we should learn in these days of stress. All to soon there will be no one left who has a personal recollection of events 75 years ago and not only the following 5 years but the decade afterward. History can be a great teacher.

* check Wickpedia "ship chaplain Lieutenant Howell M. Forgy walked along the deck encouraging them, shouting “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!”"

Monday, December 5, 2016


Sorry, it was not the weather but plain fatigue that caused my decision not to go to the Council meeting.

My daughter had unexpectedly suddenly died in March and my son in law who has severe COPD has been alone in their house.

He had fallen and despite the fact that he could not get up off the floor for two days had refused to go to the hospital. Today he knew he had to do so and he has a fractured hip.

For the past three days and more so today there has been a flood of phone calls and email messages from various family members about him, which have taken too much stress time added to a bad night’s sleep resulting in my decision to stay home. Obviously a wise move since I fell asleep for a half hour after7:30.

If and when I learn the time that the meeting will be on TV I may learn what I missed and comment. Until then the world will continue its normal course.