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Paul Harvey’s kind of policeman

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions, Opportunities on December 23, 2014 at 5:01 am

This video is making the rounds. It’s Paul Harvey’s tribute to the policeman – the law enforcement officers.

Harvey wrote the tribute in 1970; Harvey’s tribute comes about because his father was a policeman – a policeman killed in the line of duty.

“What is a policeman made of? He, of all men, is once the most needed and the most unwanted. He’s a strangely nameless creature who is “sir” to his face and “fuzz” to his back. He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won.

But  . . .  if the policeman is neat, he’s conceited; if he’s careless, he’s a bum. If he’s pleasant, he’s flirting; if not, he’s a grouch. He must make an instant decision  which would require months for a lawyer to make.

But  . . .  if he hurries, he’s careless; if he’s deliberate, he’s lazy. He must be first to an accident and infallible with his diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and, above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp. Or expect to be sued.

The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn’t hurt. He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without  damaging his uniform and without being “brutal.”

If you hit him, he’s a coward. If he hits you, he’s a bully. A policeman must know everything—and not tell. He must know where all the sin is and not partake. A  policeman must, from a single strand of hair, be able to describe the crime, the weapon and the criminal—and tell you where the criminal is hiding. But . . . if he catches the criminal, he’s lucky; if he doesn’t, he’s a dunce.

If he gets promoted, he has political pull; if he doesn’t, he’s a dullard. The policeman must chase a bum lead to a dead-end, stake out ten nights to tag one witness who saw it happen—but refused to remember. The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman.

And, of course, he’d have to be genius . . . for he will have to feed a family on a policeman’s salary.”

All true enough for arguably one of the most difficult professions in the world. We want to look up to the person behind the badge – the person sworn to “protect and defend.”

But that was then and the climate is changed somewhat today. There are departments who have among their ranks police officers with drunk driving records; leaving the scene of an accident records and “reduced IQ requirements.” In 1970, most departments had “residency requirements” and police officers were members of the community. Times change and standards have changed as well.

The report shown below also identifies other differences and challenges departments encounter, including hiring “officers who were inadequately screened and, in a few notable cases, had criminal records prior to their police service.”

hiring police officers

Every citizen wants to have confidence that his or her police department is comprised of “Paul Harvey policemen.”

Borough alerts citizens, others about holiday hours

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on December 19, 2014 at 5:52 am

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Make it happen in 2015! – FREE Freedom From Smoking® Class begins in January

In Everyday Living, Opportunities on December 17, 2014 at 7:12 pm

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Meet a Barnstormer at the Library on Friday

In Education, Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, People on December 16, 2014 at 12:58 pm


a community economic development initiative?

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People on December 13, 2014 at 6:35 am

A few weeks ago, several local information resources reported that the Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) was granted an exemption by the borough council from paying the Dumpster Permit Fee; the CEDC’s stated intention was to have a dumpster placed in front of the Hotel Locust and Hotel Columbia for a few days. “The CEDC’s IRS reporting form 990-EZ shows its net assets or fund balances at the end of 2013 as nearly $65K. Could the CEDC have afforded to pay the borough’s fees?”

hands outThe Columbia EDC has bought the Hotel Locust and Hotel Columbia sites for $150,000. The nonprofit wants to find a developer who’ll bring new life to the adjoining structures.” – from a Lancaster Online article.

And maybe bring life to some adjacent and nearby properties? Like the one at 305 Locust Street? Or 307 Locust Street? 

Or the prime one at 301 Locust Street which, we understand, has been sold to another private-party developer?

  SOURCE: Cole Umber’s news site, ColumbiaPA17512, with permission.

And now the CEDC is reaching out to Columbia for more money to help it “support the revitalization of the Hotel Locust/Hotel Columbia.”

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Notice: Your contribution may prevent the continuation of these properties as “being marketed as Section 8 housing.”

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 Learn more about the composition of the CEDC here.

See the CEDC’s list of sponsoring contributors here.

Interestingly, both the borough of Columbia and the CEDC are $500-level supporters of the Lancaster Economic Development Corporation.

2015 borough meeting schedule, crosswalks, bagged meters

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions, Opportunities on December 12, 2014 at 5:35 am

In today’s LNP – Always Lancaster, you’ll find the 2015 schedule of meetings for the borough listed in the Legal Notices in the classified pages. You can also find meeting times here.

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Small solace: In yesterday’s LNP – Always Lancaster, in the Police Log there was a blurb about two people in Lititz being struck by a driver who hit them while they were “within a crosswalk.” Both were taken to the hospital. The driver was cited for “failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.” Turns out that’s not really a big deal. Here’s what happens when a driver doesn’t yield the “right-of-way to pedestrians in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.”

(a)Penalty for violation of Sec 3542

  • Fine of $50.00 plus costs
  • points on license

The pedestrians follow the law and are taken to the hospital; the driver breaks the law and gets a puny penalty. Are you shaking your head, too?

bagged meter

And Lititz encourages visitors and foot traffic to shop in its shops and stores. Bagged meters during the Christmas shopping season. No dumpsters, either.

Columbia Police Department’s facebook page comes alive

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on December 11, 2014 at 6:12 am

This is the kind of communication citizens need to have. Great change at the Columbia Police Department’s facebook page.

We have received a complaint from a resident that they received a phone call from “The Columbia Borough Police Department”, requesting money donations. This is a SCAM. We do not call asking the public for money. Please advise your friends and family so they do not fall victim to this.

Council appoints interim borough manager effective December 9

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, People on December 8, 2014 at 8:39 pm

The borough council December meeting was convened at 7:01 pm; the entire council, the mayor, the counselor and the borough’s financial officer were in attendance as well as perhaps eight or so observers.

Soon enough, those in attendance learned that public works director, Ron Miller, was approved as the interim borough manager replacing the former manager, Sam Sulkosky. Sulkosky’s hiring was introduced as the borough manager at the May 13, 2013 council meeting.

Miller resigned as Columbia’s public works director at the end of 2010 to accept a position in York County. In July, 2011, it was announced he’d been rehired by Columbia Borough. Miller, it was announced by the borough’s finance manager, is not a Columbia resident. Miller will perform his interim borough manager responsibilities while maintaining his public works role; his compensation will remain unchanged.

Personnel committee chair, Mary Barninger, responded to a citizen’s question about the borough manager’s whereabouts. She said Sulkosky had “resigned” and the borough had come to terms with the former borough manager with a separation agreement that provided for approximately two months pay before taxes and medical benefits through the end of the year. She stated that the agreement was essentially “boiler plate” verbiage.

Finance committee chair, Kelly Murphy, announced there was no tax increase in the proposed 2015 budget. And, he said, there will be no staffing reductions of borough staff.

Agenda page one

council meeting agenda side oneAgenda page two

council meeting agenda side two

The council president asked at the meeting’s onset whether “anyone was recording the meeting.” Columbia news, views & reviews has been audio recording borough meetings in accordance with state law for years; Columbia news, views & reviews also provides copies of the recordings for persons who may have hearing disabilities or if requested.

In Pennsylvania, The Sunshine Law specifically states that public meetings may be recorded, “The Sunshine Act allows persons attending public meetings to record the proceedings with recording devices.” Click on the picture below and go to page 10 to read the portion of the Law that addresses recording devices. It also states “Persons who attend and verbally participate in public meetings must expect to have their statements recorded.”

The meeting, on the whole a “ho-hum” one, lasted until 7:54 pm.


Police facebook page shows activity

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, People on December 5, 2014 at 4:23 am
Please come out and show your support for a good cause.
Officer Bryan Keyser and Officer Brent Keyser will be playing in this event.
Photo: Please come out and show your support for a good cause. Officer Bryan Keyser and Officer Brent Keyser will be playing in this event.

Yeah, but will it play in Peoria or Columbia?

In Everyday Living, Government, Opportunities on December 2, 2014 at 5:04 pm

In this Lancaster OnLine article, “Body cameras: local police like the idea,” the Manor Township police chief likes the idea so much he’s put eight of them into his budget request to the supervisors.

police-body-cameras“Here’s how police body cameras work” – NBC News




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