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today’s news … Thursday, July 31, 2014

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2014 at 5:55 am

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there!

Quote for today“My mom uses talk-to-text. I don’t want to do that — old people use it.” – Amber Martin, 17-year-old brain cancer dying of brain cancer in an article in today’s Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era.

  • Let’s keep flicking cigarette butts into the River; let’s keep flushing raw sewage into the River - Columbia news, views & reviews opinion
  • I have an idea, let’s borrow money to pay the credit card bill – This idea to dig into pension reform in this article in the Harrisburg Patriot-News is similar.

In today’s Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era, an letter to the editor writer says: “‘McCauley also writes, There was no discrimination in the 1800s or 1900s. This is the most ridiculous statement ever printed in this paper. Ask blacks, American Indians, Irish, Chinese, Mexicans, Italians, Jews and the Japanese Americans sent to internment camps if there was no discrimination.’” Ain’t it something how some folks just make up their own truths. Good thing, others look for documentation.

Just the facts! The facts about the Market House, part II

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opportunities, Treasures on July 31, 2014 at 4:15 am

JUST THE FACTS

There’s considerable squawking and chatter going on at some facebook sites, at council meetings and around town about how the Market House ought to be and what kind of stand holders and vendors ought to be in the Market House.

Here are previous articles form Columbia news, views & reviews archives.

There’s a particularly interesting line in the part 4 article; curiously, it was brought up at the Monday evening council-of-the-whole meeting, too. The consultant recommends: “keeping all the pot belly stoves.” The mayor said the missing stove is in the borough’s historical storage facility.

 

Just the facts! The facts about the Market House, part I

In Opinions on July 30, 2014 at 3:41 pm

JUST THE FACTS

There’s considerable squawking and chatter going on at some facebook sites, at council meetings and around town about how the Market House ought to be and what kind of stand holders and vendors ought to be in the Market House.

Here are some facts taken from verifiable sources.

When the Borough applied for a grant to re-do the Market House, here’s what was stated in that grant application:

fresh foods quote Also the need for an integrated community plan was stated on the page before that.

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And there is a need to scrutinize stand holders to insure the integrity of the vendor mix:

tenant essentials

 The Columbia Borough Website says this:

“According to a national study, the prices in farmers markets are generally lower and the products freshness and nutritional value much higher than for the same items in a typical supermarket. Surveys have determined that market prices on similar items represent an average savings in the range of 8-34%. Today, very little of a customer’s ‘supermarket dollar’ is spent on the food itself. More than $0.79 of every supermarket dollar spent by shoppers goes toward the costs of advertising, management, and overhead – less than $0.21 is returned to the farmer. It is no wonder that public markets can offer both lower prices and better quality produce.

“For lower income households, food costs are even more significant than for other economic strata: among households with an after tax income between $5,000-$10,000,

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