The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Gary Grossman

Gary Grossman
  • Always leave 'em wanting more

    By the mid to late ‘90s, the contest for “Miss Crustcean” had acquired a retro feel.

    July 26, 2013

  • Sometimes a strange notion

    Aaron Osmond, nephew of entertainers Donny and Marie and one of the many Utah Osmonds, a state senator whose father Virl was not a member of The Osmonds variety act, suggested in his state senate blog that Utah put an end to mandatory public education.

    July 21, 2013

  • Some bullet points

    In the newspaper business, they tell the apocryphal story of an old boy who was publishing in Northwest Georgia when a customer showed up one day with lips pursed, jaw set and fit to be tied over a mistake in her advertisement that had appeared in that morning’s edition.

    July 12, 2013

  • A bypass too far

    Let’s face it. Veterans Memorial Bridge is designed to kill people on both ends and in the middle and the fact that so few die represents the triumph of human courtesy, caution and quickness over civil engineering.

    July 7, 2013

  • No more tomatoes with gams

    From affirmative action and voting rights to traditional marriage, the week started with a range of possibilities for the Supremes to set new rules in the name of love. The week ended with both Paula Deen and Al Sharpton wondering if their minutes upon the stage were ticking down.

    June 28, 2013

  • Hard to argue that

    It was, once upon a time, the fashion in some newspapers to write scathing editorials. Crusty, cynical, hard-bitten and world-weary is the ironic pose for inexperience.

    June 17, 2013

  • The shooter's regrets

    One afternoon some time after a homicide in Selinsgrove, a man charged with the shooting death asked us to get a message to the family of the deceased, explaining that he was most regretful for what happened to their son.

    June 10, 2013

  • The Big Swoop

    When they got to speeches in February last year, Gov. Tom Corbett and Brian Bolus were on a first name basis, or at least the governor was as he plugged the gumption-to-riches Life of Brian into his administration’s fracking-friendly narrative.

    June 2, 2013

  • Nice never hurts II

    One night in 1973, the national board of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks decided it would be okay if some of the Elks were black. I was told to localize the story.

    May 28, 2013

  • Have fun, on purpose

    In April last year, I may have been hanging around your playground with a camera, but it was not what you (who live in troubled times) might suspect. My wife and I were on the photographic world tour of local playgrounds.

    May 19, 2013