Absent Food Workers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike

WASHINGTON: What a surprise it was to find three of four fast food restaurants closed at a busy service plaza on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  It was three p.m. four days before the July 4th holiday at the New Stanton plaza near Pittsburgh. Starbucks was closed as was Quiznos and Hershey’s ice cream. Only Burger King was open. Initially I assumed the retail outlets hadn’t reopened from the … Continue reading Absent Food Workers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike

Tomas Masaryk and Czechoslovakian Independence 100 Years Ago

Few people are aware that, implausibly, Czechoslovak independence was declared from Philadelphia 100 years ago.  That’s because Tomas Masaryk, the father of the new state, was in the U.S. seeking support from President Woodrow Wilson as world war one was winding down Masaryk was born in 1850 to a Czech mother and a Slovak father who was a coachman on a Hapsburg estate in Moravia. … Continue reading Tomas Masaryk and Czechoslovakian Independence 100 Years Ago