(A brief conversation twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a/k/a BE)
JB: Yo, boss, ya know it's Fire Prevention Week, which means free resources for families and teachers at fpw.org.
BE: Hey, that's great. Families and teachers these days sure can use free resources.
JB: I don't know. Seems to me there are too many fires already blazing to really be prevented.
BE: Oh, I see, you're thinking of the burning rubble of Democracy down in Washington, eh?
JB: Well, the shutdown rages on and I don't see any firewall going up.
BE: And what about the self-immolating reelection campaign of our governor in Harrisburg?
JB: Any time he gets a slight respite from flame-throwing Democrats, he douses himself with own words and then lights a match.
BE: Yeah, I know that brother-sister marriage thing sounded bad. But maybe he was merely promoting Philaedelphia. You know, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.
JB: Speaking of Philadelphia, what about the future of Philly schools, set aflame by lack of resources, unproductive union talks and new, declining test score results suggesting all the pupils' books already have been burned?
BE: Got admit that's a case of ongoing, uncontained conflagration.
JB: Then, as always, there's the Pennsylvania Legislature.
BE: Now there's a group that could benefit from having a little fire lit under it.
JB: Maybe not. It already manages to burn up tax dollars.
BE: What's to be done?
JB: Well, the theme of Fire Prevention Week is "Prevent Kitchen Fires."
BE: Are you suggesting that since our leaders in D.C., Harrisburg and Philly haven't prevented fires that they...
JB: Yep. They should all get out of the kitchen.