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Net Neutrality – a free and open Internet … and why that’s important

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on November 11, 2014 at 6:19 am

“The ‘Open Internet’ is the Internet as we know it. It’s open because it uses free, publicly available standards that anyone can access and build to, and it treats all traffic that flows across the network in roughly the same way. The principle of the Open Internet is sometimes referred to as ‘net neutrality.’ Under this principle, consumers can make their own choices about what applications and services to use and are free to decide what lawful content they want to access, create, or share with others. This openness promotes competition and enables investment and innovation.

“The Open Internet also makes it possible for anyone, anywhere to easily launch innovative applications and services, revolutionizing the way people communicate, participate, create, and do business — think of email, blogs, voice and video conferencing, streaming video, and online shopping. Once you’re online, you don’t have to ask permission or pay tolls to broadband providers to reach others on the network. If you develop an innovative new website, you don’t have to get permission to share it with the world.” - FCC Website

The President of the United States has stated his plan to maintain “net neutrality.” – The Washington Post

He’s stated that the Internet ought to be considered a public utility, much like water and electricity. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) “is in the process of making new rules to protect net neutrality, those rules would actually allow internet providers to offer so-called ‘fast lanes,’ effectively defeating the purpose of net neutrality in the first place. During a public comment period over the summer, Americans spoke out loudly against the proposal, but it’s not yet clear what the commission plans to do in response. FCC chair Tom Wheeler has said that he isn’t entirely opposed to Title II, but that’s appeared to be only if other methods won’t work first.” - The Verge

The FCC has been wrestling with the issue of who owns the Internet and how will Internet services be distributed for a long time. – FCC Website

And yesterday, the FCC sent this response to the President’s plan. – TechCrunch.com

Not surprisingly, right-wing nut cases are calling the President’s case for net neutrality “Obamacare for the Internet.” – The Los Angeles Times

Also, not surprisingly, Comcast writes checks to right-wing nut cases to help them stay in office. – OpenSecrets.org

This nation needs net neutrality in order to maintain equal footing with other nations. We need net neutrality to keep the Internet providers from selling out to the highest bidders. For several years, Columbia news, views & reviews has written to  and spoken with elected public servants asking them to consider certain high-speed Internet providers to be public utilities.

After all, certain Internet providers pay to have exclusivity of cable Internet delivery in populated areas. Customers really don’t have a choice of providers for high-speed cable Internet delivery in Columbia, for instance. Municipalities get paid for exclusivity. Take a look at the contract one internet provider has with the borough.

Earlier this year, Columbia news, views and reviews posted these items:


  • Big business buys off another government agency, and it’s going to cost you as “net neutrality” dims. Internet speeds will be faster if you have big bucks – slower for everyone else. – The New York Times

On November 21 – get ready to support Columbia’s organizations in the EXTRA ORDINARY GIVE

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities on November 10, 2014 at 5:35 am



Here’s the list of organizations registered; look for the ones benefiting Columbia and get ready to support them.

“Throughout our 90 year history, the Lancaster County Community Foundation has been investing in Columbia through funds such as the Paris H. Meyers Music Endowment Fund. However, in 2010 the Community Foundation identified Columbia, along with Lancaster City, as focus of our Long Term Creative Solutions Program, one program of our Ah-Ha Project; Creative Solutions to Real Problems. Our focus on Columbia grew out of our concern for the significant number of individuals and families living at or below the poverty level within the Columbia community. Our goal was to encourage organizations to engage with Columbia residents to find creative ways to increase financial stability and quality of life for low-income residents.” - Read more here

“School report card 2014: Lancaster County” – Harrisburg Patriot-News

In Education, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities on November 6, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Today the state Department of Education has released the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile for each individual public school.

To help parents navigate the deluge of information available, we are breaking down each district’s schools and assigning them an overall letter grade.

Think of it as a district’s report card.

Click her to find a listing of every district and its schools in Lancaster County, along with a letter grade for each school.

Columbia Borough School District

Columbia Junior-Senior High School

2013-14 Grade: F

2012-13 Grade: F

Status: Unchanged


Park Elementary Elementary School

2013-14 Grade: C

2012-13 Grade: F

Status: Improved


Taylor Elementary School

2013-14 Grade: C

2012-13 Grade: C

Status: Unchanged

Saturday, December 6 – Put the date on your calendar / other news

In Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opportunities, The Susquehanna on November 6, 2014 at 8:36 am


Grave Concern will be holding a quarterly public meeting and program
Wednesday November 19, 2014    7:00 PM at the
Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society
2215 Millstream Road – Route 30 East
Lancaster, PA 17602-1499
(717) 393-9745
Program“The Historic Mount Bethel Cemetery”
Presented by:  Ron Mable, Genealogist, historian and cemetery superintendent.  Mount Bethel is a 10 acre cemetery in Columbia, PA that dates back to the 1720s and contains some of the founding families of Columbia and more than 600 veterans.
This meeting is free and the public is invited to attend.
Grave Concern is an organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of historical burial places.


Historic Columbia Cemetery- Topic of Discussion

Driving through the heart of historic Columbia Pennsylvania one can’t miss the Mount Bethel cemetery.   While Columbia has 25 other cemeteries Mount Bethel is one of the bigger ones covering 10 acres with over ten thousand interments that represent the rich and diverse history of the Columbia area such as several members of the Wright family as well as Lloyd Mifflin, Sam Blunston, and Robert Barbor. A more recent burial was that of the famed Lancaster historian and author, Jack W.W. Loose. Mount Bethel cemetery dates back to the 1720’s before the formal creation of the Borough by Samuel Wright in 1788. It is the oldest burial ground in continual use in the Columbia area. It also contains more than 600 veteran’s graves from every conflict from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam including 24 African-American veterans of the Civil War. A couple of notable veterans were Thomas Boude who served as a Major in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and later became a US Congressman and also Thomas Welsh who was a Civil War Union Brigadier General.

Genealogy has become more popular with TV shows such as the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” Before the internet, genealogy study meant spending countless hours in historical societies, courthouse achieves, cemeteries and libraries sifting through records searching for information. With the advent of the internet and such websites as Ancestry.com and Find A Grave.com , genealogy research can now be done from the comforts of home. But how does all this information get on the internet? It’s done by researchers such as Ron Mable who converts all that information into searchable data bases that can be shared with others over the internet.

As a child Ron Mable grew up near the Mount Bethel cemetery and by watching the men who worked in the cemetery he learned a respect for maintaining cemeteries. Ron is now a Board Member and Superintendent of Mount Bethel cemetery and also helps with the Locust Street cemetery. Ron graduated from Columbia Junior/Senior High School in 1953 and later became a teacher and retired as principal of Lancaster’s Wheatland Middle School in 1992.   Ron does volunteer work throughout the year but since 1998 he spends his winters in Florida where he also does volunteer work. Mary Ellen Wright, Correspondent TownNews.comwith Lancaster Newspapers did an article on Ron Mable in 2012 where he revealed his life’s interest and his love of history.

Grave Concern is a Lancaster based non-profit organization that promotes cemetery preservation. Each year they host four free public meetings to provide information on various cemetery and history related topics. In the past year they had speakers talking about the Underground Railroad in Columbia and also the historical cemeteries of Marietta and Lancaster.

On November 19th Grave Concern will be hosting Ron Mable giving a public presentation on the work he has done with the Mount Bethel cemetery.   The meeting will be held at the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society starting at 7:00 PM.

To learn more about Mount Bethel cemetery please visit their website at www.mtbethelcemetery.com

Park comments scream for “leaders to lead”

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on November 6, 2014 at 5:48 am

The comments at Cole Umber’s information site about the Locust Street park denizens speak volumes.


Elected public servants …

“Leaders Must Lead … by (Right) Example!”


Must have been a good party

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on November 5, 2014 at 6:42 am

Did you catch the article in yesterday’s LNP-Always Lancaster?

The article on page A-3 told of a woman who was charged with DUI when they found her sleeping in her SUV on Marietta Pike just after 2:20 in the morning on Sunday.

She was dressed as a cop but wore a “skirt and fishnet stockings.”

According to the article, “she was coming from a costume party in Columbia.”

Darn, must have been a good party!

cop uniformThe uniform get-up may have looked like this one available at amazon.com?

Maybe, just maybe, it was just one more party like the ones being thrown in the park off Locust Street. Commenters to this Cole Umber post seem to agree there are no police evident at these party gatherings though.

Sometimes, you get what you ask for … so ask well

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on November 5, 2014 at 6:32 am


Well, it’s over. And we get what we asked for. Some of us voted and didn’t get the outcome we asked for. Some of us did not vote, and we will get whatever the majority of voters asked for.

you get what you ask for

How well did we ask for elected public servant representation?

Here what Columbian’s asked for and got?

REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 98th District: Columbia wanted Hickernell and got what its voters asked for.

SENATOR IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 36th District: Columbia wanted Aument and got what its voters asked for.

GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: Columbia wanted Wolf and got what its voters asked for.

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS 16th District: Columbia wanted Houghton, got Pitts.

Go Meatloaf … plus one! Three out of four ain’t bad



“Police utilize social media to crack down on crime, public relations”

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities on November 3, 2014 at 7:07 am

This LNP – Always Lancaster article says, “Local police departments are using social media in a variety of ways. In addition to helping the community, they also use it to warn residents of crimes and ask for tips in looking for suspects.”

Maybe some local police departments …



standards matter?

In Opportunities on October 31, 2014 at 3:46 am

av bylaws


Public hearing notice for November 10 meeting

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities on October 25, 2014 at 6:04 am

legal noticeLegal Notice: Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Borough of Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania will be holding a public hearing on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers of the Municipal Building at 308 Locust Street, Columbia, Pennsylvania for purposes of receiving public comment on two proposed ordinances being adopted … click here to read more at LancasterOnline.


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