One interested citizen showed up for the special Borough Council Meeting held earlier this evening. The Borough Council voted to ratify a five-year contract with the Columbia Borough Non-Uniform Employees as of April 1, 2011. Every council member present voted in favor of the ratification; one councilor was absent from the meeting. The bargaining unit for the Non-Uniform Employees must now have a meeting to consider the agreement. Click here for the special borough meeting agenda.
Archive for March 28th, 2011|Daily archive page
We have been giving a great deal of attention to transparency and right-to-know issues in many of our columns. Since the focus of Columbia news, views and reviews is to inspire community “connectiveness” and a sharing of community through “citizen journalism,” much of what is written is secondary-source material, correctly cited and referenced. We believe that documentation and cited references are less divisive and more constructive than “rumors” and false testimony statements.
Here is excellent commentary (Free Speech as a Safety Valve for Society) about the issue of freedom of speech and freedom from government tyranny. The title of this entry and this extract are taken from this exceptionally well-written document:
“The case of Whitney v. California was a landmark in the realm of free speech. It is perhaps best noted for Justice Louis Brandeis’ concurrence, which many scholars have lauded as perhaps the greatest defense of freedom of speech ever written by a member of the high court. Justice Brandeis wrote: Read the rest of this entry »
By Mary Ellen Graybill
From Shifters to T-Shirts, 55 Years of Service to Columbia at Andy’s Market
Andy Ohrel and Joan Miller display the photo of US soldiers wearing the Andys shirts. (Photo by Mary Ellen Graybill)
Since he was a nine year old lad, the eldest of five children, Andy Ohrel, learned the trade of running a market in a small town, and now, 55 years since the founding of the market by his parents, the customers are staying and Andy is happy.
“Why would you go anywhere else?” said Barry Rhoads, a realtor in the area, and regular customer. The main reason he shops there is so he can get fresh deli meats, and fresh cut products.
“It’s just nice and handy to have, and you’re getting fresh quality meat.” said Rhoads.
The popular shifter sandwich, at $3.00 for a big helping of turkey or ham and your choice of cheese and lettuce, tomato and onion on a very fresh potato roll is a big seller, named for the days when Columbia’s factory workers had a brief shift break and would need a quick meal.
Family owned and operated
“I’m glad we’re at where we’re at,” said Andy. Read the rest of this entry »