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Come to a community conversation on March 16

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on March 3, 2015 at 4:10 am


In September and October of 2013, we posted these notes

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Uncategorized on March 1, 2015 at 7:55 am

It’s all about politics; it’s all about money … for some.

In October, 2013, we posted this at Columbia news, views & reviews:

In a discussion about Columbia’s very high school property taxes, the mayor restated his intention to have representatives with tea party affiliations come to his next Community Update meeting on October 23 at 7:00 pm at the Consolidated Fire Department at 265 South Tenth Street. While recent revision to property tax to support school districts legislation at the state has been stalled, the mayor is going to invite David Baldinger and/or Keith Wilkes to attend that meeting. Wilkes headed the  of the 9-12 Project of Central PA – read more about David Baldinger here.

Notes from the September 2013 borough Council Meeting –

HIGH PROPERTY TAXES – The mayor said he’d spoken with members of the school board after a recent meeting to tell them that high school taxes were impeding “economic development” in Columbia. He then went on to say that he’s been in contact with folks from the Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations. He went on to extol the virtues of the organization’s premises: the abolishment of property taxes and the replacement of a broken school system.

“The PTCC and our statewide nonpartisan grassroots umbrella group, the Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations (PCTA), are dedicated, through legislative reform, to eliminating school property taxes for all Pennsylvanians and to the equitable funding of all Pennsylvania schools from a broad-based, statewide funding source. Such a source would ultimately equalize disparities between wealthy and poorer school districts, ensuring a quality education for all Pennsylvania schoolchildren. The PTCC is a supporter of House Bill 76 and Senate Bill 76, The Property Tax Independence Act, a property tax elimination proposal that will abolish all school property taxes and provide equitable funding for all Pennsylvania schools.”

He told everyone the Website – www.ptcc.us – and encouraged the audience to look at it; he stated he’s going to try to talk with one of the leaders, David Baldinger.

What he did not say, though, is equally of interest.

At the Website, it states: the group “is an alliance of eighty-one nonpartisan grassroots Pennsylvania taxpayer advocacy groups that span the entire Commonwealth and represent tens of thousands of taxpayers. The PCTA is dedicated to the support of House Bill 76 and Senate Bill 76, the Property Tax Independence Act, legislation that will abolish school property taxes in Pennsylvania and will equitably replace a broken education finance system.“

Columbia news, views & reviews  notes that “googling” the Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations Website actually redirects to a Web page at the the Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition. Take a look at the PCTA member groups; overwhelmingly they are “tea party” organizations.

Who is David Baldinger? Again, “googling” the name we found many references like this one: “David Baldinger, spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations (PCTA) and Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition (PTCC) will be speaking about HB 1776, the Property Tax Independence Act, on Thursday, March 8, at the meeting of the Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots of Central Montco.

In the Youtube video below, “David Baldinger explains the key points on HB/SB 76 for the elimination of school property taxes and the benefits to Pennsylvanians.”

Our take:

  • Looking for ways to fix the American education system - great idea.
  • Coming up with a more equitable system to support the educational system – great idea.
  • Investigating some ideas – regionalization and consolidation were thrown into the conversation by the mayor – to make school systems more effective and accountable – great idea. [NOTE: The mayor even said, gulp, county school system. We think that is an idea worthy of discussion. As well as county-wide public safety resources!]
  • Alignment with an an organization that’s mostly populated by “tea partiers” – not such a great idea.

Find selected David Baldinger posts here:

This is a bullshit political scam and nothing more, a fraud designed to keep Wolf’s campaign contributors fat and happy and to kill our effort.

And your ‘childish…tantrum’ bullshit is insulting. I have been fighting this battle for more than ten years and I know how Harrisburg works. When you’ve spent that much time in this fight and have that much experience with the self-serving politicians you can tell me all about how this is a wonderful opportunity. I’m sorry, but your naiveté is showing and your blind acquiescence damages the cause.

F&M professor and political observer, Terry Madonna, says, “ … getting rid of the property tax is very popular — it polls as the most-hated tax. Obviously, if it should pass, the Realtors will gain immensely in selling homes,” in this Philadelphia City Paper article, “Property tax revolt could sharply reduce school spending.”

The author at Watch Dog Wire says, “Mr. Baldinger had whipped a frenzy among the ranks that left no room for dissention.  When I challenged my own affiliated group to debate internally at a meeting, and even offered to lead the discussion, I was ignored.”

It’s difficult for citizens to take anything at face value; we revert to what we stated in 2013:

It’s a bit disconcerting, however, to not find some of these organizations claiming non-profit status listed at the Pennsylvania Department of State Corporation Registration Website nor the IRS tax exempt organizations Website.

Our take:

  • Looking for ways to fix the American education system - great idea.
  • Coming up with a more equitable system to support the educational system – great idea.
  • Investigating some ideas – regionalization and consolidation were thrown into the conversation by the mayor – to make school systems more effective and accountable – great idea. [NOTE: The mayor even said, gulp, county school system. We think that is an idea worthy of discussion. As well as county-wide public safety resources!]
  • Alignment with an an organization that’s mostly populated by “tea partiers” – not such a great idea.

today’s news – part 2 … Saturday, February 28, 2015

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opinions, People, Treasures, Uncategorized on February 28, 2015 at 7:44 am

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

Quote for today… “March is a month of considerable frustration – it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away.” - Thalassa Cruso – but can it be worse than February?

Columbia aglow!

open houseLast night was the grand opening of the Creative Center for the Creative Arts building at 224 Locust Street. The event drew a huge crowd of well-wishers on this FIRST FRIDAY in Columbia.

  • An acquaintance at the event introduced us to the one of the folks responsible for some of the “behind the scenes” work of the structure. Dave Boyd, is the owner of DB HVAC – the company that was contracted to do the heating, ventilation and air conditioning work on the structure.


  • Mr. Spock is gone – People magazine
  • Good pictures of last night’s game in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster and Lancaster OnLine

central pa rest inspectClick on the graphic above multiple county food serving establishments inspections (including Lancaster, except Columbia, of course)PennLive


The splendor of The River in February

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, The Susquehanna, Treasures on February 23, 2015 at 6:05 am


6The allure of The River’s winterscape: a compelling attraction for painters too.

riv 2Yesterday afternoon

riv 1In addition to these two, another set up canvas on the Trail Services Building portico – all rendering the Siberian-like barrenness of a Fellini-like February day.

spy polesSpeaking of Siberian-like, the apparatus atop one of the ominous spy cameras help “uglify” the Park. But the bent lamppost’s been straightened.


On a brighter note, a dining experience at Marietta’s Railroad House is anything but a black and white Fellini-like experience.

rr house

Fourth Fridays along the River Towns

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on February 16, 2015 at 5:33 am

Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce invites the public visit our local galleries and restaurants in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville.

We are quite excited this month to include a Grand Opening of the Susquehanna Center for the Creative Arts. Ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on February 27, 2015 at 5:30pm located at 224 Locust Street in Columbia.

The opening group show “Mountain – an Interpretation”.

The group shows open Friday, February 27 and closes with an artist talk Friday, March 27 when artists will discuss their work in relationship to the theme of mountain. Works by Kristi Arnold, Milt Friedly, Jeremy Friedly, James Fuhrman, Carol Galligan, Claire Giblin, Grace Troxell and Robert Troxell will be on display.

Stop over at the Garth Gallery, while in the area to check out Winter a Group Collection on display until March 21st. Featuring works of the following artists:  Diann Cardello, Bob Troxell, Janette Toth – Musser, Julie Yontz Rupp, and Jamie Hansen Douts, etc.

Also, in our lineup for Fourth Friday Artists Receptions will include the Eastern York High School 7th Annual Art exhibit February 27 – March 7, 2015

Opening reception 4th Friday February 27 6-8 pm

The Eastern York High School Art I and Art II students will exhibit their best artwork at Weavings, Ink. Art gallery in Wrightsville. Approximately 30 students will display pieces from this school year created under the tutelage of teacher Curt Miller. The opening reception is from 6-8 on 4th Friday February 27. Regular hours to view the show are Fridays from 1-5 and Saturdays 10-4.

SOURCE: news release

candidate announces for magisterial district judge

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, People on February 13, 2015 at 5:38 am

bixlerMiles Bixler

Perhaps you saw the notice in this week’s Merchandiser.

Miles Bixler is a candidate for the office of magisterial district judge for District 01-1-03. This office is one of 19 in Lancaster County.

district map

Robert A. Herman, Jr. is retiring from the elected position.

“The annual salary of a magisterial district judge shall be $88,290.”  - PA Code

According to the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania website, the compensation includes a comprehensive benefits package consisting of:  “retirement plans, health and life insurance, holiday and paid leave, and various supplemental programs.”

Magisterial District Court is the first level of judicial authority in Pennsylvania and is the court where most people experience the judicial system for the first time. Magisterial district judges handle all traffic cases, minor criminal cases, and civil cases involving amounts up to $12,000. District justices also set bail and conduct preliminary hearings in misdemeanor and felony criminal cases to determine if the cases should be dismissed or transferred to the Court of Common Pleas for further proceedings.

“There are 19 magisterial district judges located in offices throughout Lancaster County. They are elected to six-year terms and are employees of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”


articles of interest about police and fire and football

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on February 12, 2015 at 6:56 am

There was an article in yesterday’s LNP – Always Lancaster about Mount Joy’s decision to search for a police chief. According to the article, the borough looked into a regionalization possibility, but couldn’t find a willing partner who wanted to consolidate.

On the topic of consolidation … at Monday’s council meeting, councillor Mary Barninger explained that the April 1, 2015 date that had been imposed back in the middle of 2014 might or might not be an absolute deadline.

The “line in the sand” for fire department consolidation has been drawn. Representatives from two of the borough’s three fire departments petitioned the councillors to approve a “end date” for the borough fostered consolidation of fire companies. Jay Barninger asked for an end date that said by April 1, 2015, the three separate fire fighting entities must come together. He also asked that council consider adjusting the code to allow the existing borough fire chief to maintain the position beyond the end of 2014 until the April 1 date to maintain a course and lessen confusion. Additionally, he asked the council to reconsider the motion passed at last month’s “council of the whole” meeting about the purchase and allocation of the new radios. The council, after discussion, voted to reconsider that decision and reduced the radio purchase authorization which would, according to Barninger, be sufficient to provide radios for borough’s fire officers so that public safety would not be compromised. – SOURCE: Columbia news, views & reviews, July 15, 2014

“Ready to win: what police, companies and the rest of us can learn from the Patriots” – The Conversation

patriotsWas this guy just lucky? Or just prepared? Reuters


“$15M water improvement project costing Columbia residents” – WGAL-TV8

In Everyday Living, In Columbia on February 12, 2015 at 5:00 am

waterbillClick on the above graphic to see the newsclip from last night’s broadcast.

COLUMBIA, Pa. —A $15 million water improvement project in Columbia, Lancaster County, is making water bills go up. Click here to watch Katelyn Smith’s report. 

council votes to sell sewer operation

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia on February 9, 2015 at 10:11 pm

At tonight’s council meeting, the council, in a 5-2 vote, voted to sell Columbia’s sewer operation to the Lancaster Area Sewer Authority. Councillors casting “nay” votes were Michael Beury and Stephanie Weisser.

The price: $8.6 million plus other considerations.

Here’s the agenda:

agenda - front

agenda - back

some places, the result is job loss; in another, it isn’t

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia on February 6, 2015 at 11:11 am

Law enforcement officer terminated for DUI, crash


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