To say that I am disappointed in the proposed 2012 budget for the Borough of Bellevue is putting it mildly.

It's not so much the tax increase. It's not even the sewer surcharge increase.

It's the fact that this town obviously is governed by a whole bunch of people who just don't get it.


It once again is that time of year when many of us shop until we drop, either from exhaustion or the weight of the debt we've accumulated.

And as the holidays draw closer, the desperation level increases. How to find the perfect gift? What is it? Where is it?

What we forget sometimes is to look to the practical, rather than the fantastic.


I checked to see if there was a full moon on Wednesday. Given the jaw-dropping displays that occurred in government settings across the North Boroughs, I was sure the moon was exerting some major influence.

Nope. No full moon. Not even a new moon, or even a quarter moon. The moon could not be responsible.

There must be something in the water.


There are two schools of thought regarding change.

The first is that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

The second is that you have to keep evolving or eventually you will become extinct.

The key to a successful business is probably found somewhere between the two philosophies.


The quality and effectiveness of education -- locally, nationally, even globally -- is a frequent topic for the media these days. Experts from the worlds of government, education and business can debate endlessly whether our children are learning what they need to learn, whether our teachers are teaching what they need to teach.


This being the second week of the month, I have spent untold hours gathering, reporting and publishing the news of the week -- to the exclusion of such things as sleep and medical attention for what has become the cold from hell.

Now that I am exhausted, cranky and a bit groggy, here's what I think about our big stories this week.


I hate grocery stores.

No, that is not actually true. I love grocery stores, I just hate shopping in them.

Being a person with little to no patience and no tolerance for inefficiency, I am a big fan of grocery stores that truly deserve the name "supermarket," which sell just about everything you could possibly want all under one roof.


Saturday morning, bright and early, a lot of people will spread out across Bellevue to "Improve the 'Vue" by volunteering for community service projects. This is the second annual service project sponsored by the Bellevue Initiative for Growth and Revitalization (BIGr).

Many of the volunteers you'll see that day are people who are continually working, year 'round, on some project that benefits their community. Doing it on Sept. 24 is just part of their normal routine.


I have never actually been diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) but considering how completely miserable I get by February, it's entirely possible I suffer from this ailment.

I used to work in a research department at Pitt in which such conditions as SAD and jet lag and the like were being studied. Researchers tell us that people get depressed in the winter because of the lack of sunshine. They point to Alaska as an example, because of the extended darkness that you get that far north. Apparently people get really depressed in Alaska in the winter.