- noun: a small piece or amount of something, especially one that is left over after the greater part has been used.
- verb: discard or remove from service
- noun: a fight or quarrel, especially a minor or spontaneous one.
- verb: compete fiercely.
Who am I?
I am a lifelong Montgomery County resident and political junkie. After spending several years spouting off in print about my ideas of what good government should be, when the opportunity arose to put my money where my mouth was, I ran for office as an Upper Providence Township Supervisor and won. There, I forged many steadfast alliances and more than a few powerful enemies; both, because I stood up for what I believed in. I ran for re-election in 2017 and lost. It wasn’t even close.
But I have no regrets.
I have been a Township Supervisor, a weekly columnist for the Norristown Times Herald, a daily morning radio talk show host on WFYL, a Republican Committee woman, an activist, and a longtime blogger.
What is this?
This blog represents my return to unfettered writing after a six-year absence and it is truly a joy to be back doing what I love. While I loved being a Township Supervisor, being an elected official made me a target of unfair accusations and untrue allegations, many of which were difficult, if not impossble, to respond to simply due to my position or the basic indefensible nature of character attacks (it continues today; see below for an excellent example of this kind of thing.) Indeed, I once penned a response to an attack that appeared in the Pottstown Mercury which they refused to publish, because I could not call a private citizen’s lies “lies,” but as an elected official, he had pretty much carte blanche to say whatever he wanted about me. And as an elected official, that was often the case. My hands were often tied as to what I could say and I often had to choke down or otherwise ignore bad behavior I would normally had called out.
I believe most of all in accountability. I have a very strong sense of justice and equally strong opinions and that sometimes makes folks uncomfortable or angry. I don’t play favorites and I call ’em as I see ’em. As someone recently told me, I’m an “equal opportunity hammer.”
This is a collection of my thoughts, my insights, and just stuff I find interesting, but mostly it will be about the fight for what’s right and the fight for what remains. And always with the admonition to never be satisfied with the crumbs that fall from another’s table.
Welcome to the Scrap.