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Today’s news – Sunday, March 26, 2017

In Uncategorized on March 26, 2017 at 6:41 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

Quote for today …When you go to the polls, ethics and morality should be part of the evaluation.” – John Shimkus

A second quote for today (from the 21st century) “Change is always difficult — particularly when you’re changing how an institution such as the General Assembly functions and does business. You have members that have become accustomed to operating in a certain way.” – State Senator Ryan Aument in a page one LNP – Always Lancaster article about “reform” in the state legislature.

A third quote for today (from the 16th century) “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries … and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it.” – Niccolo Machiavelli

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  • Remember the “no-choice” election last November that sent Pat Toomey to the US Senate? Well, the “elected public servant” party hack voted last week that it’s OK for “Internet service providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon (to NOT) obtain customer consent before they share sensitive user information such as browsing and app activity with advertisers and other parties.” Yep, he’s totally on-board with the  Wonderland “roll-back” theme.
  • A page one article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster is about “housing insecurity” in Lancaster County and the many vicissitudes that families who rent housing encounter. “The Lancaster County Community Foundation, the Mayor’s Commission to Combat Poverty and The Steinman Foundation have come together in a collaborative effort to welcome Matthew Desmond, the bestselling author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, as the featured speaker at HDC MidAtlantic’s 2017 Faces of Affordable Housing Banquet on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the Marriott at Penn Square in Lancaster, Pa. Reception kicks off at 5 pm, followed by dinner at 6 pm.” – HDC-MidAtlantic Webpage

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Because there’ve been questions and because information is sometimes not understood or accurate, here are several sources for veterans and veterans’ families.

american legion pre-planning guideClick on the graphic to download the pre-planning guide. 

  • The obituary notices in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster show at least a half-dozen veterans, one as young as 29. Among the veterans is a long-time colleague, Bill Cifuni, a legend at WLAN radio.

Today’s news – Saturday, March 25, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People on March 25, 2017 at 7:26 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

Quote for today … “We have three Wegmans here in the Lehigh Valley, and I’d much rather have a Stauffers.” – Tracy Campbell Roeder, of Bethlehem/ Facebook in an LNP – Always Lancaster “Other opinions: Wegman’s arrival.”


  • Institutional trust? “Over the past five years, Penn State has taken aggressive steps to strengthen accountability and focus on the fight against child maltreatment.”  – Penn Live. (NOTE: Could be, but would any of the steps been taken in the absence of national attention and the NCAA’s sanctions?)
  • Follow up | “At the November 28, 2016 Borough Council meeting, David Nikoloff made a presentation to the Borough Council representing AIM Advisors. “The pitch resulted in Columbia’s councillors, in a 6-0 vote, (councillor Stephanie Weisser was absent from the meeting) approving an agreement to contract AIM Advisors to conduct a feasibility study about ‘adaptive reuse of the current Columbia Borough Wastewater Treatment Facility into a natural gas production facility and user endpoint facility for vehicles.’ The Borough will pay $75,800 for the conduct of the study and the delivery of a report. The report may be ready as early as March 2017.”
  • Because of the excellent and timely reporting of transactions in Borough Council committee minutes (with the exception of the Community Development committee), Nikoloff’s report is summarized in the March Public Works Committee March 21 minutes.

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Later new today – Friday, March 24, 2017

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2017 at 6:26 pm
  • From big time university president to “up to five years jail time.”NOT LIKELY. Penn Live


  • 3,300 people killed in the US this year | A threat to homeland security? Nah, it’s the repoprted number of shooting deaths. – GunViolenceArchive.org
  • Let the sun shine; let in the sunshine | Lisa from Goodville, following this WITF article about government transparency says, “Request electronic copies.  This will prevent the entity you are requesting from charging you for copies.  Some of these charges can be quite excessive.  In the computer age, almost everything should be available electronically.  Have them email it to you.  This enabled me to point out to our local government that they should make ownership of electronic copies of things like zoning ordinances mandatory when having contractors write these documents for them.  My township did not have this requirement making it much more likely that they were obligated to use the same contractor when they wanted to make revisions to the ordinance or else retype the entire 200+ page document.”
  • What a comment following this “no justice” decision?That guy deserves to suffer also that piece of crap needs to be thrown into prison or how about get a metal bat and crush his legs we need to make a law if you hurt someone you should get the same degree of consequence that guy better hope no one sees him in public.” – comment following this Lancaster Online article.