In Government, Opinions on March 10, 2011 at 6:05 am
It may be cause for concern if people seeking political office misstated information or fail to list income sources on the one of the forms required to get listed on the ballot. The form in question is the SEC-1 Statement Of Financial Interests Form which states “This Form is required to be filed pursuant to the provisions of the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act, 65 Pa C.S. 1101 et seq. This form is considered deficient if any block is not completed, or signature is missing.”
We sampled the filing forms of a few individuals yesterday at the Lancaster County Board of Elections and Registration Commission; all of these public records fall under the purview of the Pennsylvania Right-To-Know Law. We found several of the forms contained questionable, potentially incorrect or incomplete information.
We also sampled the voting histories, too. It appears that several office seekers have not taken active roles in the past (in fact, the records show highly infrequent voting patterns for some). Citizens must be pleased that these office seekers have had the revelation to serve in the community service sector now and we applaud this.
We share these observations from an on-line publication in Florida, (http://www.cityethics.org/) writing about political conduct in South Carolina: “The (Ethics Committee) staff should … hold required ethics training where the officials, lobbyists, candidates, and committee chairs are told about our political system and their role in it, and the responsibilities that come with that role. If they want power and the freedom to speak their minds, they have to recognize that these things come with obligations, including the obligation to file disclosure and campaign forms when they are due, so that their constituents can know what conflicts of interest they might have.”
In Government, Opinions on March 10, 2011 at 5:56 am
“The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!”
Robert Burns – 1785
A few days ago, we read an article entitled, “Liberty’s Easy Slide into Tyranny,” written by professor John Kozy. The underlying theme is that free societies need to pay close attention to how their government is conducting business. Citizens need to be informed; they need to be involved because the destruction of freedom is caused by the small things: “accumulation of errors, failed policies, and little and big unfairnesses.”
As the scenes from around the world in places like Libya, Madison, Bahrain hit local newspapers, television news casts and Websites, we are witnessing a future that will not be like the present.
Secrecy, distancing, divisiveness and ignoring the interests of citizens is no way to run a government … locally or nationally.
[NOTE: Better make that state government, too. AP story from March 13, 2001.]
[NOTE: See, too, the March 14 editorial in the Intellingencer Journal/New Era, Lancaster, PA for another argument].
In Uncategorized on March 10, 2011 at 5:45 am
While another Website (http://columbiapaonline.blogspot.com/2011/03/whos-on-list.html#comments) has already posted a list of applicants for the offices of School Board Director and Borough Council, here (again) is the list of persons who have gathered the required number of signatures to have their names appear on the May primary election ballot. This list was sourced from the official log on file at the Lancaster County Board of Elections and Registration Commission yesterday afternoon.
SCHOOL DIRECTORS (Note: all of the aspirants have cross-filed as Republicans and Democrats)
Janet M. Schwert
Sara Ann Linkous
Keith A. Combs
BOROUGH COUNCIL (Democratic)
Paul A. Miles
Michael J. Lydon, Jr.
BOROUGH COUNCIL (Republican)
Vernon R. Detz, Jr.
In People on March 10, 2011 at 5:43 am
UPDATE TO THIS ARTICLE: This Lancaster Newspapers’ article (March 11, 2011) confirms that this is a happy place.
Do you ever think about what really makes you happy? Do you fantasize how happy you would be if you won a mega-lottery? We happened upon this series of articles about this very topic recently and it turns out that what makes people happy has got very little to do with “stuff.”
According to an article from YES Magazine, the government of ”Bhutan has pioneered the use of Gross National Happiness (GNH) as a measure of progress, instead of the more commonly used GNP. GNH measures not only economic activity, but also cultural, ecological, and spiritual well-being.
Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley cites four areas (broad strategies or indicators) that to foster and measure happiness among its citizens: