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It's good to be back home in Central Pennsylvania. Atlanta Georgia is a beautiful place. Surprising to me was how the area referred to as Atlanta spreads out and covers a vast area of small towns and suburbs. The hardwood forest and landscape is similar to a flatter version of Lycoming County. The city itself was modern and clean. I enjoyed our visit to Ted Turner Field to watch the Braves, the stadium was a center point of the 1996 Olympic Games. There was not a piece of litter to be found in this part of Hotlanta. The southern hospitality was tremendous and as always I found plenty of good food and good conversation. Many folks warned me of the traffic problems in and around the ATL. I did not experience that, the roads were smooth and fast. I personally have more frustration, and my car finds more crater sized holes on West Fourth Street, than I found anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon line. Well as they say, great place to visit but the only place I want to live is right here in Penn's Woods. 

  Many things to talk about here at home and abroad. It was great to hear about all the good ladies that took me up on my offer for some gun and shooting training courtesy of Mr. Tripoli and his staff.  Men of the valley be warned, the ladies will be armed, but I'm not going to say and dangerous, because they will know what they're doing with that pistol. The only danger will come to those who cross them.  Seriously though, it makes me proud to be an American that so many grandmothers, moms, sisters, and  women who are leaders within our community are exercising their Second Amendment right. Great job ladies.  Well men it’s your turn. Chivalry is not dead, it was ladies first. The offer is now the same. Want to learn to shoot, handle a firearm safely or just hone your skills? I'll cover half the class with Tripoli's trainers. Get in and see Frank or give him a call. Tell him I sent you. A simple offer to the first 50 good men who want to protect themselves, their family and their community.

  Catching up on local news from when I was gone. A tip of the cap to local law enforcement.  The City of Williamsport, Lycoming County Drug Task Force, State Police and neighboring police have done a great job cracking down on heroin and the bad guys spewing the evil. If you don't think that they are making a difference you are mistaken. The amount of heroin, firearms and bad guys taken off the street continues to grow.  Yes, it's just the beginning, but the men and women in blue are out there and are attacking the problem each and every day. Great job!

 The Little League World Series will soon be upon us. I hope that Penn DOT and local municipalities have their scheduling and completion or suspension of highway projects planned. I applaud the effort to repair or replace infrastructure, but it's tough going around our area right now. I can only imagine what Little League time will bring. Please slow down and give our highway workers a break. They are your friends, neighbors and sometimes family and have a tough job. Have some patience and understanding.

  Immigration reform - where do I start? First, don't buy any of the proposed plan President Obama is peddling. It is a political poppycock. A finger to plug the leak in the dam. Just enough to say I'm doing something.   Get our experts on securing the borders together and come up with a real plan. Don't just give the American people lip service. By experts I mean agencies currently responsible for securing the borders.  Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection and the US Border Patrol, these folks should be answering for our border security.  Also include the governors of the states most affected by illegal immigration. This group would be the most competent to create a plan that would work and provide national security and reduce the numbers of those illegals entering our country. As for those recently crossing, including the children, give them food, water and the medical attention needed. Make sure they have been vaccinated against disease.  Then return them to the country they came from. Simple. No questions asked. If you allow this to continue illegal aliens of all ages will keep showing up on President Obama's White House doorstep. They must be cared for and returned. I would say COD but we know that's not going to happen. 

  From Atlanta to Milroy Pa., baseball is truly America's pastime. My visit to Atlanta for the Perfect Game Wood Bat World Series was amazing. Three hundred teams from across our great nation competing for the love of the game and for the opportunity to play at the college or even pro level. The talent was unbelievable, the fields and complexes they played at top shelf.  Ninety mile an hour fastballs and hard braking curves and sliders were the norm. What made this most special? The sound of wood. There's nothing better than the sound of a well hit ball off of a bat which began as a tree in the mountains of Pennsylvania or New York. I thank God my son Jimmy and I enjoyed this experience.   Now to Milroy who is hosting the 14-year-old Babe Ruth state tournament. Hunter is playing for the West Enders at this event. Milroy is between State College and Lewistown, nestled in PA farm country. The sign that adjoined the scoreboard should be required to be part of every scoreboard for every sporting event in our great land. Play Hard. Pray Hard. I would make just one simple adjustment. Pray Hard. Play Hard. God Bless America.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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