Driving around the A-K Valley, one can’t help but notice the increasing number of freeloading bums roaming the streets and neighborhoods. Daytime or nighttime, it doesn’t matter.  This includes both men and women.  The men with their baggy pants, backwards hats, no shirts, looking like they have never held down a job or would know how to do one if they had the chance.  Then of course there are the women, walking along squeezed into their skin-tight brightly colored outfits, that are three sizes too small, pushing their baby buggies and dragging along two or three other little ones who have that deer in the headlights look in their eyes.   Sadly, we can only expect more of the same from them as they develop in this kind of environment.  When your closest role models are a pair of lazy, uneducated, pair of dopes, who’s only skill is popping out more welfare babies, there isn’t very much chance of success.  Oh, and if you are thinking the “village” will raise them right, forget about it.  We in the village have had it with your expectations that we will do it all for you. 

Ah, the great American welfare state.  People with no jobs, no education, dumb as rocks, who wait for their monthly dole from the taxpaying citizens, who are stuck footing the bill for all this absurdity.  When you take away responsibility and make this lifestyle generational, you end up with people, who have no motivation to work, no skills or interest in carrying their share of the load. Perhaps the saddest part is that they expect this to continue forever and have no desire to lift themselves up. 

Next time you drive around the valley communities, take a look around at what’s out there.  I mean REALLY take a close look.  It’s hard not to be disheartened.



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I can’t say enough about the assholes driving in the Alle-Kiski Valley.  Wrecks everyday and everywhere.  Morons flipping their cars, speeding and driving distracted no matter where you are.  In New Kensington, Tarentum, Harrison, Harmar, everywhere.  How about that dumb ass in the Mercedes passing on the median of the road and then bringing down the light pole onto the highway and causing inconvenience for hundreds of people.  What an idiot you are lady. Too bad the grim reaper was busy, because you deserve to meet up with him.  I hope the police take your license away for a year or two and keep you off the road.  Someone that makes a decision like that is a danger to all. 

Then of course the kid driving the SUV near the Mills Mall who ends up flipping the car on himself, and he and his passenger were not wearing seat belts.  Shows you how much good the laws they try to make controlling younger drivers, are doing.  When you are dealing with an immature, careless kid, laws don’t mean much.  And it’s not like these accidents are minor fender benders.  They are bad ass, car flipping, Fast and Furious type wrecks.   Hopefully, his parents take away his license till he’s 21, it the police don’t do it first. 

Let me just get to the point, many of you driving our roads are complete stupid morons.  You might be nice people, you might be smart people, good looking and everything else but, when you get on the road, you become total idiots.  I want to live and I would like to assume, you want to live too?  Right?  Just remember, if you hit me or my family, and you’re driving like an jerk, you better make sure I’m dead ,because I’ll be looking for you. 

** If you want to keep up with all the latest information on all these local car accidents, be sure to check out the web site which provides excellent information daily.  Better and faster local news than the Valley News.


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There are several pretty good restaurants in the AK Valley.  Tops on the list has to be Falsetti’s Villa in Cadogan.  The food is great the atmosphere is too and the portions are amazing.  Though it is an Italian Restaurant, there are a wide variety of other menu options from salads to crabcakes, sandwiches and every in between.

Other pretty good places are the Longhorn Steakhouse at the Pittsburgh Mills Mall, The Texas Roadhouse in Butler and Shanghai Tokyo on Route 356 in Sarver.

When I go out to eat I consider food quality, price and portions to be the three most important considerations and in my humble opinion, all of these places I mentioned are great in all three catagories.

Anyone else out there have any additions to this list?


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Be aware that there is a lot of crime going on in the Valley that is not reported in the paper.  If you think that reading the Valley News tells you everything you need to know to be an informed resident of your community, you are mistaken.  It’s not all the fault of the newspaper as many local police departments and public officials,  do not report their crime statistics or voluntarily offer information regarding crimes that occur in their municipalities.  The other end of the equation is that the Valley News does not seem to press these municipalities very hard for this information.

Occasionally, the paper will print an article on cases handled by local magistrates but, not nearly often enough.  Nor do they provide information from all the local magistrates.  Blame it on a manpower shortage or lack of money, or whatever, but the days of reporters “digging” for stories is long gone.  It seems to me that the newspaper is more than willing to take only what is offered to them, in the form of information.  As a result of both parties unwillingness to get this information out, it proves to be a disservice to the readers of the paper and the residents of our communities. 

There is no question that an informed public is much better off that an ignorant one.  Our local officials and the local paper need to get this information out as quickly and as often as possible.  We residents of the A-K Valley deserve better.


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As July comes to an end, one can say it has been a pretty good roller coaster ride as far as the weather is concerned here in the A-K Valley.  The past couple of days have been quite cool, after the previous few being quite warm and muggy.  It’s pretty hard to figure the weather around here as it changes continually.  That’s probably a good reason why the weatherman gets it wrong so many times. 

Personally, I’d still take this versus the excessive heat of Florida or, the continual disasters in California.  The only thing I would like to see more of around our area, is some more sunshine.  We have way too many cloudy and overcast days.  But, thankfully, we miss a lot of the catastrophic disasters they have in some areas of the country. 


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Driving around Tarentum, Brackenridge and Natrona Heights recently, I’ve noticed a few interesting characters roaming the streets.  First, there is the black dude who walks up and down Freeport Road dressed as a King replete with cape and crown one day, then another time he is dressed as the devil.  When he’s dressed as the devil, he has his cape, trident and horns on his head.

Then there is the other guy, a white guy who is walking up and down the same street picking up trash with one of those sharp sticks, just like on TV.  First time I thought is might be someone doing community service, until I saw him out after 10 PM with a flashlight doing the same thing.  It’s at this point I start to wonder if he too is just another kook running around loose. 

Of course all this brings back the memories of Maxwell, not that anyone else can match the legendary status of Max and his variety of costumes but, these two might be on their way.  Has anyone else noticed these two? 


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Summit Hose is again sponsoring the fireworks display at the Tarentum Park and ball fields on Thursday.  Kudos to those guys for working to raise the money and make it a special day.  There are many communities who do not have fireworks because of the cost and the effort it takes to put the event together.  Sadly, we are losing a lot of our customs and traditions in this country.  This is one of the few things left which many of us have been a part of since our youth. 

Something to remember is that this kind of things takes hard word and a huge effort to put together. It just doesn’t happen by magic.  Unfortunately, there are less and less people willing to take on the work and responsibility of putting community events together.  When you attend many of these events you notice alot people walking around who seem to have the attitude that they are entitled to fireworks, entitled to a community pool, entitled to an Easter egg hunt or entitled to a Halloween Parade.  Most of these people think that it’s the job of others to provide them with recreation and events but, never their own.  If you enjoy this kind of thing, why don’t you think about helping in some way?  Duh! It’s not everyone else’s job to provide you with entertainment and good times.  Stop being a leech and start being a contributor.


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