The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Rave

August 27, 2012

Cheers and jeers

Jeers: To Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri for not only his bizarre comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape" but for thinking they weren't reason enough to stop running for a Republican Senate seat despite strong urging from both parties.

Cheers: To us -- and to high school football! We all love our area teams and to make following what they're doing easy and fun, The Daily Item has created an exciting website where you can check out what happened yesterday, will happen today and what will happen tomorrow. There will be pictures, videos, feedback, scores, statistics, contests and much more. You've got to check it out. Go to www.difootball.com

Jeers: To the Col. John Kelly Road and Route 15 intersection, which claimed another life last week. It's a dangerous place to enter and exit Route 15 and has been the scene of two other fatalities and at least eight crashes over the last five years. Something should be done.

Cheers: To Madonna for her $5,000 donation to the Brandon E. Bitner Memorial Scholarship at Susquehanna University. Madonna included a photo of Bitner, 14, the Mount Pleasant Mills teen who committed suicide in 2010 after repeated bullying, in a video montage during her MDNA world tour raising awareness against bullying. Bitner was a violinist who played in what was formerly the university's preparatory program's youth orchestra.

Cheers: To the Montour County Jail for hiring a full-time cook to make meals from scratch which has saved the jail about $3,000 over the past three months. Even better, the warden hasn't heard any complaints about the food.

Jeers: To Pamela Sue Crites of Milton who has been charged with stealing more than $34,000 from a Penn Township daycare center over the last two years. What she told police we've heard too often before -- she was having financial trouble, hadn't thought she had been stealing the money for that long, had no idea how much she took and that she had intentions of paying it back. People, just stop stealing what doesn't belong to you.

JEERS

To Mitt Romney for making a joke about his birth certificate at a rally in Commerce, Mich. last Friday. He said, "No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate." The public hasn't asked to see his birth certificate but has asked to see his tax returns.

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