The same sex marriage saga in Montgomery County, now immersed in the court process, is beginning to filter through local towns and borough’s, including Lansdale Borough where community activist Richard Strahm took Mayor Andy Szekely to task for refusing to marry him and his long time partner at a recent council meeting. Szekely says he took an oath to uphold the law
“Who gives me the right to perform a wedding, the state. According to the State today, it is against the law to perform same sex marriages. It’s plain and simple, and as much as you don’t like that, that is the law.”
Szekely says, Strahm may be trying to derail his reelection campaign.
The state’s dangerously bloated pension system was the subject of discussion today on Comment Please by Univest. State Senator Bob Mensch says, over the last five years the state pension system is in a 50-billion dollar deficit
“If the markets don’t begin to behave extraordinarily, not average or normal, but extraordinarily good, the markets themselves can never make up this difference.”
Mensch says, just about every state has the same problem. He says, lawmakers must make it a major priority when the next legislative session begins. Mensch characterized the pension problem as the “gorilla in the room.” One that every elected person in the State Legislature should recognize.
The National Geographic Channel will feature a documentary tonight called “ America vs. Iraq.” Paul Mitchell, one of the producers of the two hour documentary says, there will be some jaw dropping moments for viewers. Mitchell was a guest Monday Morning with Darryl Berger on WNPV's AM-Edition.
“We’re talking to Tony Blair, just really in general why his thing happened and he said that and these are his exact words. After Nine Eleven, he’d come to the conclusion that we needed to remake the Middle East, to me that was a big thing. Another one was, we talked to an Iraqi General who was the commander of the 5th core of the Republican Guard, a very, very senior General and very close to Saddam’s family. The very eve of the war, he goes to Saddam’s son and says do we have these WMD’S or don’t we because they’re going to blow back and kill my guys and Saddam’s son laughed and said, we don’t have anything, we don’t even have chemical weapons.”
The documentary gets underway at 9 tonight on Natgeo.
Should the U.S. and its allies take out Syria’s ability to use chemical weapons. Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Bob Casey believes President Obama has the power to make a move without consent from Federal lawmakers.
“I believe the War Powers Act allows the President to take military action, especially when you consider that chemical weapons are being used against the Syrian people.”
Casey says, he’s disappointed that the British Parliament voted against taking action over the Syria issue