I am a published historian, conservative activist and public servant. My publications include a chapter entitled "The Aftermath," in Lepanto by G.K. Chesterton and The Centennial History of Holy Rosary Parish: 1904-2004 Reading, PA. I serve on the Board of Directors of the Italian-American Cultural Center of Pennsylvania. I was elected a Reading School Director in 2005, serving until 2009, and then was appointed to the Board of Directors to fill a vacancy in 2013. I was appointed to the Reading Planning Commission in 2014 and elected Chairman in 2017.
I posted in December again about the global rise of authoritarianism. Today, it was reported that Freedom House observed in its annual report a trend toward authoritarianism and away from freedom for a record-breaking fifth straight year, in terms of the number of states in the world regarded as free, partly free or not free. What Freedom House found particularly disturbing was the apparent acceptance by free states of this trend I always respect Freedom House's work on this subject and look forward to its report every year. Up until the last five years, the report had observed great progress toward freedom. Freedom House's report of the authoritarian trend should call attention to the growing menace to liberty.