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today’s news … Wednesday, April 18, 2012

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2012 at 6:00 am

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

Quote for today“I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.” –
Yves St. Laurent

  • ANTIQUE, ART, AND CRAFT SHOW  VENDORS WANTED Columbia, PA) – “June 30, 2012.  32nd Annual Antique, Art & Craft Show in Columbia, Lancaster County.  Along with antiques, the show features, artwork, photography, crafters of jewelry, pottery, primitives, furniture, textiles and much more!   Vendor spaces are available along Locust Street or in the shady Locust Street Park.  Event hours are 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.  The event is held rain or shine.  Free parking and shuttle service available to shoppers.  Hosted by the Susquehanna Valley Visitors Center, a non-profit organization representing the river towns of Columbia, Marietta and Wrightsville.  For a vendor application visit our website, www.PaRivertowns.com or call 717-684-5249.  Please note no commercial food vendors are accepted; food concessions handled by local non-profit organizations.” – Press Release, Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce

Pennsylvania is one of only five states …

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions, Opportunities on April 18, 2012 at 5:25 am

States with Felony DUI Laws

“Forty-five states have felony DUI laws for convictions. The District of Columbia and the following states do not: Colorado, Maryland, Maine, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.”

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D) campaigns against the irresponsible action of getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while drunk. Pennsylvania recently introduced legislation that makes it illegal to text while driving. One wonders why driving while under the influence is not treated similarly.

“DUI Felony laws refer to laws that make DUI/DWI a felony offense based on the number of prior convictions. This document explores DUI Felony laws pertaining to those who do not kill or injure a person in a drunk driving related conviction.”

April 21 is the National Day for Parents to talk with their kids about alcohol.

“PennDOT maintains a driving record for every licensed driver in Pennsylvania. Points are added to a driving record when a driver is found guilty of certain driving (moving) violations. The purpose of the point system is to help to improve driving habits and to ensure safe driving. PennDOT begins to take corrective action when a driving record reaches 6 or more points. This document explains what is supposed to happen when a driving record reaches 6 or more points.

And it is curious that Pennsylvania’s law often does not consider a DUI as serious an infraction as “Leaving Scene of Accident — Unattended Vehicle or Property (Section 3745).” For a closer look at the definitions and penalties for Pennsylvania’s Traffic Related Laws and Offenses, this attorney group’s Website is a good one.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: In today’s York Daily Record, this is exactly what happened when, “A Maryland man was charged with DUI and other traffic charges after he fled the scene of a crash and abandoned his vehicle, according to state police. Christopher J. Cherry, 22, of Belcamp, Md., was driving his 2011 Chevrolet Impala north on Interstate 83 in York Township on April 1 when he tried to pass a vehicle in front of him and struck the rear of the car, police said.”]

Remember to vote in Tuesday’s Primary Election … unless

In Government, Opinions on April 18, 2012 at 5:03 am

… you are one of those who is disenfranchised in Pennsylvania. You could be disenfranchised because you’re a felon; you haven’t registered to vote or (gulp) you are registered as an independent voter.

If you are not registered in one of the recognized political parties, you cannot vote in a primary election. You’ll be sitting out next Tuesday because Pennsylvania is one of those states with “closed primaries.”

According to Independent Voting, “Closed primaries, which exclude independents from the crucial first round of voting, is one major structural obstacle to a vigorous democracy. (See www.OpenPrimaries.org)  Another obstacle is partisan control of redistricting, whereby state legislators – Republicans and Democrats all – carve up their state’s districts to guarantee the election of party-sanctioned candidates, using the power of partisan legislatures to support the status quo. Discriminatory ballot access requirements that are heavily biased against independent and third-party candidates, and the exclusion of such candidates from the nationally televised presidential debates jointly sponsored by the two major parties, are other obstacles. State laws that ban fusion and citizens’ initiative and referendum distance independents and all voters from the policy-making process.”

“Although the U.S. Constitution makes no mention of political parties – and although George Washington warned us to beware of them in his Farewell Address to the nation – the major parties conflate their own institutional priorities and interests with those of our government. They operate a virtually closed system in which they make all the rules; independents have no representation on any of the bodies that regulate elections, from the Federal Elections Commission to state and local boards of elections. The rules are largely designed to keep out competition and to sustain the power of the parties themselves. Without traditional partisan allegiances and with a recognition that nonpartisan politics produces the best public policy, independents are singularly positioned to drive meaningful Read the rest of this entry »