has a proud tradition in Pennsylvania -- a fact not lost on the state's Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. When it was announced three months ago that wrestling was being dropped as a sport in the Olympic Games, Sen. Casey became a co-sponsor of a bipartisan resolution opposing the move. Last week, after it was announced that wrestling had been given a temporary reprieve by being put on a short list of sports for possible inclusion in the 2020 Olympics -- pending a final decision in September -- Sen. Casey's office issued a press release saying he was pleased and hopeful. It just goes to show: A senator must grapple with many different issues.
PENNSYLVANIA'S other senator, Republican Pat Toomey, goes to the mat, too, for a number of causes with the character he learned as an Eagle Scout. He was honored last week by the Boy Scouts of America, Minsi Trails Council. At the Lehigh Valley Leadership Dinner in Fogelsville Wednesday night, the senator accepted two awards -- the Distinguished Citizen Award for community service and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. If the senator can finally persuade his colleagues that background checks are needed for firearms purchases, we'll give him our own merit badge.
THE JERSEY SHORE is more than the haunt of Snooki and her pals -- it's the summer rendezvous of many Pittsburghers. After parts were devastated by Superstorm Sandy last year, many wondered if its delights would be the same anytime soon. The Post-Gazette's Michael A. Fuoco reported last Sunday after touring the area with photographer Rebecca Droke that, while some recovery work is still proceeding, "the Jersey Shore to a very large extent has been cleaned up, rebuilt, reopened and is ready for business." On Tuesday President Barack Obama went to Point Pleasant and met with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to celebrate the rebirth that owed much to federal aid. Superstorm Sandy was tough, but ended up being pinned.