CHEERS to all the volunteers who keep our state’s roads looking good. I’m talking about the folks who participate in Adopt-a-Highway and the “great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania.” Thanks for being a driving force for good. Visitors mingle at the opening reception for Nick Ruggieri’s paintings at the Governor’s Mansion in Harrisburg.But JEERS to all those who make it necessary to have these cleanup crews. Gum wrappers, cigarette butts and soda cans belong in trash cans and recycle bins, not along our highways. Let’s keep to the Golden Rule: If you wouldn’t want it in your front yard, don’t put it in the state’s yard.
CHEERS to Susan Corbett for her fine taste in art. For the next two months, she will host the watercolor paintings of Pennsylvania that Nick Ruggieri, the former Patriot-News art director, made. The works are on display in the Governor’s Residence. As one observer remarked, “these paintings are beautiful, and they’re accessible.” stop by and see how many scenes of the state you recognize.
JEERS to former Highmark CEO Ken Melani. Let’s leave the “Mad Men” routine to TV.
CHEERS to Vicki Riordan of Steelton, the founder and creative director of Vicki’s Tap Pups. Vicki grew the Tap Pups from a township rec class into the world’s largest adult tap group, making Harrisburg the unofficial tap capital of the world. now that’s positive news we can all tap into.
CHEERS to Mitt Romeny and Rick Santorum for stopping by the Harrisburg area this week. a little national attention on midstate voters’ concerns is never a bad thing.
But JEERS to Santorum for trying to discredit the poll of longtime political analyst G. Terry Madonna of Franklin & Marshall College. just because the poll showed Santorum’s lead gone in Pennsylvania doesn’t mean the numbers are “coming out of a hat” to use Santorum’s phrase.
JEERS to the East Pennsboro School Board for its poor decision this week not to allow a gay-straight alliance club. it seems some board members don’t have their heads on straight about creating an environment for all students to succeed. CHEERS to Juniata, Cumberland and Lancaster counties for making the top 10 list of healthiest places to live in the state. Franklin, Lebanon, York and Adams made the top 20. But hey, those of us who live here already figured this out. JEERS to all these bomb threats at the University of Pittsburgh. we can only hope things get under control soon so that students can get back to worrying about “bombing a test,” not a serious physical threat. Vicki Riordan, founder and artistic director of the Tap PupsFinally, CHEERS to everyone who got a college acceptance this spring. Tell them to bask in this moment and wear their college shirt with pride. The bills, roommates and exams will come soon enough.
Heather Long is deputy editorial page editor. For full disclosure, she also is a member of Vicki’s Tap Pups and will be dancing in their spring show today. 717-255-8104 or email@example.com.
Readers’ Turn Sue Daugherty of Fairview Twp. sends “CHEERS to Kevin McCartin for his extraordinary compassionate actions at Paw Prints Dog Sanctuary & Canine Corps of caring for military members’ canines for free while their masters are in service. a big arf arf and a scratch behind the ears!”
A reader from Highspire took issue with an item in last week’s column: “The school is Steel-High. The kids are not just from Steelton. There’s also Highspire. there are two towns involved. you clearly forgot that.” Maryellen Harner of Camp Hill has this CHEER: “in a world where ‘customer service’ is a custom that has fallen into oblivion, I found one little spot of glimmer. recently, I took my dog to the Gettysburg Pike Animal Clinic in Mechanicsburg. As any animal owner knows, the care of your dog is a top priority to you. Dr. Nasir Shah and his staff provided excellent medical treatment for my dog. But it didn’t stop there. they are respectful, caring, considerate, timely and knowledgeable. My dog is not the only one who smiles when visiting them.” Dave Damore of Derry Twp. gives “JEERS to Highmark for paying former CEO Ken Melani $4 million a year. No wonder we have issues with high costs of health care.”