Fast Three: Phooey on Those Numbers!, Older Can Be Better and Here’s Why, and Tax Dollars at Work

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What’s in a statistic? Inflation, a state senator thinks

Ninety-eight percent of people filing claims with Pennsylvania’s Office of Unemployment Compensation “have received benefits,” the agency reportedly told members of the House Labor and Industry Committee during a Wednesday (Aug. 12, 2020) hearing. Malarkey!, 24th District state Sen. Bob Mensch replied in his weekly constituent newsletter. It arrived Thursday (Aug. 13) at 11:46 a.m. by e-mail.

Mensch represents residents of Douglass, Lower Frederick, Lower Salford, Marlborough, New Hanover, Perkiomen, Salford, Skippack, Towamencin, Upper Frederick, Upper Hanover, Upper Pottsgrove, Upper Salford, and West Pottsgrove townships, and East Greenville, Green Lane, Lansdale, Pennsburg, Pottstown, Red Hill, Schwenksville, and Trappe boroughs. His staff deals with plenty of people, daily.

Which is why, Mensch explained, he scoffs at the office’s statistic. “From my point of view, with the number of constituents (who) contact my office regarding issues with the benefits, that number seems staggeringly inflated,” the senator candidly wrote.

Here’s another reason why it’s good to be older

If you’re age 60 or older and into yoga, or you want to try it for the health and wellness benefits, the Keystone State Games has a free offer. You can sign up now for no-charge “yoga for older, wiser bodies,” conducted online Fridays at 10:30 a.m. through Zoom by Christa Stebbing, owner of Kindred Yoga in the Montgomery County borough of North Wales.

Stebbing is a partner in the state games’ KARES (Keystone Athletics, Recreation, and eSports) Community, and is providing the live-streamed classes as a public service. Register for the free sessions here, its Thursday e-mail announced at 11:23 a.m.

Keystone is a non-profit organization that conducts sports and fitness competitions that annually include the Pennsylvania Senior Games during August … except, of course, in this year of coronavirus cancellations.

A photo of your tax dollars at work

A photo of your tax dollars at work

Montgomery County government is spending millions of dollars to renovate and expand the building at One Montgomery Plaza in Norristown, where several of its departments and agencies are housed. The work there continued Thursday shortly after 11:30 a.m. (above), just as the county Board of Commissioners wrapped up its twice-monthly meeting on the eighth floor.

Plaza photo by The Post; yoga mat photo from Pikrepo and used under license