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today’s news … Monday, August 31, 2015

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2015 at 5:26 am

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

Quote for today “The trees are bored, With being green. Some people leave The local scene And go to seaside Bungalows And take off nearly
All their clothes.” –
From a John Updike poem, “August.”


  • Six degrees of separation is the theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps. – Wikipedia
  • Six degrees of smart growth – Among the partner entities of the Coalition for Smart Growth is the Lancaster County Planning Commission – The current chairperson of the Lancaster County Planning Commission is Columbia’s mayor, Leo S. Lutz.

fire on the waterPhoto courtesy of Columbia Spy used with permission

  • Wonder if the debris from the illegal burn is only part of the crap released into the River?

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Community policing seems to be showing results in Bethlehem

In Everyday Living, Government, Opportunities on August 30, 2015 at 8:06 am

“That means police are expected to get out of their patrol cars when possible, walk through neighborhoods, meet people and talk to them.” – The Reading Eagle

Norman-Rockwell-The-Runaway-Norman Rockwell recruited Stockbridge neighbors, including state trooper Richard Clemens and 8-year-old Eddie Locke, to model for The Runaway. (The Norman Rockwell Family Agency) – Smithsonian Magazine

“The Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office is supporting national efforts to implement the recommendations outlined in the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report. The Task Force recommendations provide meaningful solutions to help law enforcement agencies and communities strengthen trust and collaboration, while ushering the nation into the next phase of community-focused policing. The Task Force recommendations are divided into six pillars:”


But what about policing those kids in the park? Another town wrestles with that, too.

“Before we go for new tax dollars, let’s squeeze every penny out of what we have: Mike Folmer”

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, Opinions, Opportunities, People on August 30, 2015 at 7:16 am

“Government just doesn’t seem to be able to say ‘no’ to spending, turning to the taxpayers to find ways to get them to give more – more for continued spending and borrowing.”

This PennLive opinion column by State Senator Mike Folmer, makes so much sense as he identifies a major problem with government – at the federal level, the state level and the local level – as it demonstrates regularly that it has a spending problem.

“Unfortunately, it never seems to be enough and government works to find creative ways to generate more revenues rather than looking for ways to cut. Government just doesn’t seem to be able to say ‘no’ to spending, turning to the taxpayers to find ways to get them to give more – more for continued spending and borrowing.”

School districts, too, tend to follow this “having an elephant for a pet” pattern as they seem to find ways to spend first. One of the easier ways to tackle the spend, spend mantra is to incorporate “zero-based budgeting.” That’s one of the 500 cost reduction strategies listed in this report.

cost saving


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