Really good police work!

Lynn Rothman, a twenty-year resident of Bethlehem and Chair of the Bethlehem Environmental Advisory Council, took this photo at a local gas station.


I continue to be impressed with our City and the actions of our police department.

As stated in the Mayor’s State of the City Address: “Our Police and Health Departments responded to the increase in overdoses by creating the BPAIR program, in which a drug addicted person, can call or show up to the police department, and request assistance in finding treatment, with no criminal consequences.”

Not only did they institute the program, but they are getting the word out!


On the road with Ron

Many Gadfly followers know Ron and Sharon Yoshida.

Ron was my boss for a while. yoshida

He is a great talker.

He talked me into things.

But now Ron is a walker.

As I write, he is a day or two or three into the arduous 88-Temple walk in Shikoku, Japan.

A multi-site pilgrimage of 88 temples associated with the Buddhist monk Kūkai (Kōbō Daishi), who lived c. 800.

A walk that will take about 60 days.

And not always on flat rail trails.

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 I knew he was walking. For exercise, I thought.

I had no idea what he was really walking for.

What IS he walking for? (See his T Minus 3: 27 February 2019 post)

He will reconnect with his Japanese roots.

I get that. Like many retirees, Gadfly has turned to genealogy, producing small books on each of his parents. And hoping to go back further.

Yoshida 3But there’s something more.

It’s contained in the answer from an Australian finisher of the walk to Ron’s question about what effect the journey had on him: he said that the pilgrimage “restored his faith in mankind.”

I get that too. There must be (for want of a better term) a spiritual dimension to Ron’s journey, his “pilgrimage.”

I envy him the quest for that goal. And hope for its completion.

So I’m going to follow Ron like he’s been following Gadfly.

Hoping something will rub off.

Join us, won’t you?

Buddha: “I am the awakened one.”

Sensible, reasonable gun control: you know you think about it

It’s Valentine’s Day – yes.

Boo! It’s also the anniversary of the Parkland shooting – it’s been a year? Seriously?

New York Times articles:

“Parkland’s Day of Remembrance: Moments of Silence, Reflection and Grief”

“Parkland: A Year After the School Shooting That Was Supposed to Change Everything”

“Parkland Shooting; Where gun control and school safety stand today”

Yay! It’s also one day after the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 by a vote of 23-15 and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019 by a vote of 21-14.

You know you’ve been thinking about the need for sensible, reasonable gun control.

Like background checks.

Gadfly joined some people not just thinking but doing something about it during the noon hour today.

A demonstration/march/rally organized by CeaseFirePA that started at Broad and Main, hiked to Senator Boscola’s office at Broad and New, then downhill to City Hall.

Ok, so you weren’t there, but Gadfly is here to help you join in vicariously (good SAT word):

Warm up, shake it loose, feel the vibes

Now march uphill to Boscola’s, stretch it out, I dare you not to chant
“Whadda we want? Background checks! When d’we want ‘em? Now!”

Stop for breath at Boscola’s house, listen to our message, Barbara was one of the 004conveyers of our message to the Boss Lady – Go Barbara!

Head south to City Hall, keep your eyes from drifting to the pizza shop, downhill,  stronger of voice
“Remember Parkland!”

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Sharon was a little bit out of control, we were thinking of confiscating her shaker, Whoa, Sharon, whoa!

Look at those two at the window calmly, warmly eating their lunch — the nerve!

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Let loose at City Hall, no holding back now, full roar!
“Death is not the price of freedom”
“We got the kids’ backs, they got ours”
“Thoughts and prayers are not enough”
“We want action”


Hear that Washington!

Thanks to LEPOCO for alerting me to this event.