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By Chris Poh, Publisher of American Public House Review

Maloney's as seen in American Public House Review
"As a nation we always have the choice to travel to the right or to the left. But the true path to our collective wellbeing is probably somewhere in the middle--especially if there is a good tavern at the fork in the road."

The Road Less Traveled

Chris Poh publisher of American Public House ReviewThe midterm election of 1962 was supposed to be a good year for Republicans, but then that pesky communist from Kalinovka, Nikita Khrushchev, decided to plant nuclear missiles in Fidel Castro’s patch of the Caribbean. And the toughness and leadership skills shown by John Fitzgerald Kennedy skyrocketed his job approval, and saved the political careers of many vulnerable Democrats that rode back into office on the coattails of their Commander in Chief. 

Even as a young boy of seven, I can remember those ominous warnings issued by the President, Walter Cronkite and whatever nun I had in second grade, as they stood in front of maps that showed just how short the route from America to Armageddon really was. In spite of the fear, paranoia, distrust and time spent under my desk in preparation for the nuclear winter—I really grew to like looking at maps. Today I still prefer my Rand McNally Atlas over the latest GPS technology. I like the overview of the journey, the chance to consider where I’ve been and where I hope to go. I also like being able to carefully consider all the possibilities before choosing which road to take—as opposed to being told which way to go by some voice coming out of an electronic box. When it comes to making political decisions I chart a similar course of action.

Unfortunately, most voting Americans use a form of GPS when deciding who will be worthy of holding elected office. The angry and the anxious, with little thought of what lies ahead, mindlessly listen to voices coming out of a box that tell them to turn right or left in order to reach  their destination—and then wonder why they always wind up back at the same place from which they started. Regrettably, those lacking the benefit of a good map and a functioning compass are again about to determine the direction of the country. And this is simply because not enough of our citizens show up to vote.

If our politicians were assured that most Americans would come to the polls, they would be more prone to compromise and craft policies that would better serve the majority. But as long as our elected officials in Washington are facing the possibility of being unelected by a minority of angry extremists on either side of the political divide, they will continue to pander to their base, and to only serve the needs of those contributing special interests.

While the staff at American Public House Review is unanimously opposed to reinstating the closure of taverns on Election Day, we want to remind our readers to exercise their civic responsibility. Before you beat a path to your favorite bar spend some time on the road less traveled—find your way to the voting booth.


mitchell's pub as seen in American Public House Review
Chris launches APHR with his initial comments.
golden pint
Chris remembers a long past New Years Eve in a Greenwich Village pub.
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad as sseen in American Public House Review
The new, expanded version of APHR is up and running .Stay tuned; more is coming
Chris Poh editor of American Public House Review

A remembrance of a friend

"The times that try men's souls!"
offending foot

A tea party for a new year.
A look at the contributions of Muslim/Americans

Taps at the Farnsworth House as seen in American Public house Review
Chris introduces an issue that explores a little bit of the rich military legacy of our country.
Paintin in Whitehorse Tavern as seen inAmerican Public House Review
Chris talks about his early days
as a bartender in NYC.

Boots in Virginia City, NV  as seen in American Public House Review
Chris presents our Virginia City Nevada tour of classic western pubs.
A toast to better economic times and good wishes for 2009.
be good or br gone

Be good or be gone
Billy Mulligan

A friendship in between sets


An appeal to exercise our franchise.

Painting in Ale Mary's as seen in American public House Review
Chris reminisces about his father's home bar and Christmas past.
Painting in Blackkbread bar in Jim Thorpe, PA as seen in American Public House Review
Chris introduces the new look and expanded version of APHR
cannon at The Arsenal in New Castle, Delaware as seen in American Public House Review
Chris presents our issue about taverns with an American Revolutionary War heritage.

Tom Connally
The passing of a friend at the end of the bar.
An historical companion to APHR'S autumn long visit with Philadelphia.
We the people
A look at the dance of rights vs. responsibilities

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