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“Looking for someone to blame for a protracted budget nightmare? Try House Republicans: Analysis” – PennLive

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions on December 9, 2015 at 5:27 am

While each of us have to come with up income and expense budgets everyday, the folks we have sent to represent us at the state level continue to represent the interests of the folks who feed them the pablum and the folks who write their checks.

This budget “impasse” – no, make that a failure, an abject “thumbing of their noses” – at the people who rely on common sense resolutions of difficult issues, serves nobody. Well maybe the drillers!

seeing red

An opinion by John L. Micek | PennLive

“Would the adults in the room please stand up?

“Not so fast, House Republicans.

“With an end to Pennsylvania’s six-month-old spending plan stalemate in sight, GOP lawmakers who control the lower chamber just threw a serious wrench into the works and made a New Year’s Eve budget debate a real possibility.

“On Tuesday, the House voted 115-86, almost entirely along party lines, to approve a $30.3 billion budget that both the Republican-controlled Senate and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf have declared dead-on-arrival.

“The House vote came just a day after the Senate voted 43-7  (which is bipartisan, you’ll note) to approve a $30.8 billion framework that had the support of both Wolf and legislative Democrats.”

Read this opinion column in its entirety, click here.

To be or not to be … or is it or is it not a nonprofit?

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions on December 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm

to be or not to be

Seen this video questioning the nonprofit status of a local organization?

The narrator raises a couple of key points when asking about whether the Organization is elligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.

Here’s what’s showing at the IRS database and the State’s Online Database. If the organization in question is no longer a charitable organization – the listings at these governmental databases are suspect.

is it or is it not a nonprofit

Here’s the state’s narrative about requirements for NONPROFIT CORPORATIONS GENERALLY.

the chatter and matter of facebook

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on December 2, 2015 at 6:30 am

The ubiquitousness of facebook is unquestioned; nearly everyone, it seems, has facebook pages and likes, etc. Mr. Zuckerberg’s determination, drive, brilliance and chutzpah are legend; add now his wife’s and his incredible beneficence.

Unfortunately, for some, facebook has been a projectile of misguided facts and comments that are construed by others as truths.

Let’s call that output “rumors” or “chatter.”

(SOURCE: Columbia news, views & reviews, March 2011)

In the absence of consistent, verifiable, “black-and-white” reporting, rumors inevitably become a source of information. The problem is, as General William Tecumseh Sherman noted, “I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are.”

Prudent reporting on a topic demands fact-checking and that means when a “rumor” surfaces, multiple sources need to be contacted to get all sides of truth (or facts) in the matter. Hey, we are going to make mistakes on this information platform, Columbia news, views & reviews, … but we are going to strive for fact-based articles. If we get wind of something by the rumor mill, we are either going to cite it as just that: a rumor. Or, more likely, we are going to talk with other sources or get the documentation. A great component of living in a free country is that citizens have access to government documents via the Right To Know Law.

And while rumors are jucier and more exciting to believe, we believe citizens are served better by truth and facts.

Here is a sprinkling of recent chatter from area facebook pages: Read the rest of this entry »

river access an issue in Marietta, too

In Everyday Living, Government, The Susquehanna on December 2, 2015 at 6:28 am

susquehanna“Susquehanna River looking north from Chickies Rock County Park” by Dough4872 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Susquehanna_River_looking_north_from_Chickies_Rock_County_Park.jpg#/media/File:Susquehanna_River_looking_north_from_Chickies_Rock_County_Park.jpg

The rights of citizens to river access is being issued in Marietta, too.

Read more here.

Two of the Q&A questions about Riparian Rights at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Website are:

What rights does the public have in public waters?
The rights of the public in public waters are quite broad and extend to fishing, boating, wading, floating, swimming and otherwise recreating.

Do the rights of the public include being able to cross private property to gain access to the public waters?
No. The public does not have a right to cross on private property to gain access to public waters. However, if you enter a public waterway lawfully (e.g., through a public access point), you can wade, boat, float or otherwise be in the waterway where it passes through private property.

Recently, this Columbia Spy article identified the public roadway to a public access point to the River … for many the roadway was not clearly defined as “public.”

The Susquehanna River is a naviagable waterway and “Riparian rights for navigable waterways are more complicated, since the public has more rights to use the waters.”

 

town “sheds ‘financially distressed’ status after 27 years”

In Everyday Living, Government, Opportunities on November 29, 2015 at 9:40 am

“Delinquent collections have increased over the past few years as a result of the City’s stepped-up effort to collect delinquent taxes and fees.”

That’s just one of the many plans one western Pennsylvania town incorporated into its elimination of “financially distressed status.”

Read the report here.

Read this Public Source article here.

o-o-p-s! Our goof … we lost a post.

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on November 28, 2015 at 6:51 am

Earlier this week, Columbia news, views & reviews showed examples of the more of the downtown properties that reflect the “paint and porches” improvements that are part of the Columbia improvements. With the swipe of a few keys, we “lost” the post.

Here’s a recapture of sorts.

weber paintsome of the L. Weber downtown properties

A local paint contractor, L. Weber Painting, appears to be on the preferred list of the property owners at the vanguard of the “plantings, porches and paint” concepts posted here nearly two years ago.

L. Weber’s Angie’s List listing.

Other improvements that we see in downtown Columbia.

perked up locust

hpt awardmore positive changes

if-onlyIf only that COLUMBIA DOWNTOWN MASTER PLAN could get going …

downtown master plan

 

 

one month remaining in 2015-Q4

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on November 27, 2015 at 7:36 am

With just over a month remaining in 2015, and the defined 2015-Q4 in the Columbia Economic Development Corporation’s COLUMBIA DOWNTOWN MASTER PLAN, it’s time to look at the plan again and tally the accomplishments.

downtown master plan

  • The CEDC’s accomplishment of Strategies in the Master Plan

cedc websitge

 

Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage on November 26, 2015 at 5:13 am

washington's proclamation

Thanksgiving

Proclamation

[New York, 3 October 1789]

By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks—for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation—for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war—for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed—for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted—for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions—to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually—to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed—to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord—To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us—and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington

red rhetoric

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, Opinions on November 21, 2015 at 9:32 am

Pretty good indicator when all the red “elected public servants’” messages say the same thing that someone is writing their scripts.

Wouldn’t it be better to have “elected public servants” with experience, independent, critical thinking skills and modern day world understanding?

Wonder which of them have served in the United States military?

Wonder which of them know the Constitution and the Amendments to The Constitution?

Or the oath of office under the Pennsylvania Constitution: ” I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth and that I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity.”

Wonder whether their oath pledges fealty to a color instead?

After all almost everyone we know has a family history of “immigration” from somewhere else.

Did you know that “One of the policemen killed in the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Ahmed Merabet, was Muslim.”

that was then …

In Government, Opinions on November 20, 2015 at 6:43 am

before paranoia

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” – inscribed on the Statue of Liberty

 

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