Thursday, April 14, 2016

Don't fall asleep on Sanders

Good Day Chester County, and on behalf of fellow coffee drinkers, let’s give a shout out to Wawa for my morning – and afternoon - Cup of Joe. And yes, it was a large.

Can you Feel the Bern?
If you have been paying attention to your car radio and evening television shows, then you know that Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is all in for the April 26 Pennsylvania primary.
While opponent Hilary Clinton has her eye on the big prize of New York, which is looking like a big victory for the former Secretary of State and First Lady, Sanders apparently has set his sights on Pennsylvania and has been advertising on the local airwaves heavily over the past week.
We have all heard “I’m Bernie Sanders, and I approve this message” countless times over the past few days.
And for fellow political junkies, how interesting would things get if Sanders is able to pull off a win in Pennsylvania.
As most of the attention still is focused on the Republican Presidential race, and rightfully so with all the craziness going on, people better keep an eye on Sanders. A win in Pennsylvania would seriously put a damper on Clinton’s carnation as the Democratic nominee come November.
A victory in Pennsylvania would not only continue Sanders’ momentum he has gained over the past month, but more importantly, depending of course on who you like, it will force Clinton to continue fighting Sanders rather than the Republicans.
Make no mistake, that is huge because Clinton was supposed to dispatch Sanders long before now and any money she could save for November or leaks of alleged skeletons in Clinton’s closet could make things for her very tough come November.
I completely get the fascination of the Republican circus and a contested convention would be fascinating.
Just don’t fall asleep on Sanders. A win here in Pennsylvania will make things very interesting.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Day Late and 21 Cents Short

Good day Chester County, hope you get the opportunity to enjoy today’s bright sunshine.

I guess I’m a Day Late and a Dollar Short with this, well, technically, 21 cents short.
In case you missed it, April 12 was designated as Equal Pay Day and groups from around the country, as well as President Obama, had their voices heard Tuesday about the inequality that still stands in 2016 between men and women when it comes to pay.
It’s actually pretty amazing that this is still in the discussion.
Equal Pay Day, April 12 this year, is the date in the current year that represents the extra days a typical woman working full-time would have to work just to make the same as a typical man did in the previous year.
Take a second and think about that. Here we are in 2016 and nationally, full-time, year-around female workers are paid 79 cents for every dollar full-time, year-round male employees are paid, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 Current Population Survey of workers ages 15 and older.
"Every study that has tried to control for every factor — and there are legitimate reasons for differences like education, experience and productivity — but even factoring in all of those, there’s always a certain percentage of the pay gap that can’t be explained,” said Michele Leber, chairwoman of the National Committee on Pay Equity, which started Equal Pay Day 20 years ago, in an interview.
As the father of two boys, I can’t imagine the conversation fathers with daughters must be having when they are asked, “Daddy, why do women get paid less than men.”
Here’s one more fact that can’t be disputed: In 2014, the median income for men who worked full-time was $50,383. For women, it was $39,621. That $10,762 disparity works out to $897 a month. That's money that could be very helpful in paying for rent or food or clothes or repairs or other emergencies.
Let’s just hope with all the attention this day brings that someday there will be no need for a day like Equal Pay Day. We have a long way to go, I’m just hoping that my two-year-old granddaughter won’t be asking Pop-Pop that question.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Welcome to Editor's Corner

Good day Chester County.
I wanted to take a few minutes of your valuable time and introduce Editor’s Corner to West Chester Daily Local News readers.
For some, it’s more of a reintroduction as I worked with many people in Chester County over the years, while for others, this is the chance to introduce myself as the new Lead Content Manager of the West Daily Local News.