today’s news … Monday, December 10

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

Quote for today“Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.” – Voltaire

  • Congratulations in order for Jenai Plowden and Dave Farley. In today’s Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era‘s Fall Sports All-Stars special section, Jenai was selected to the Girls’ Volleyball All-Star Team and Dave Farley was named Girls’ Volleyball Coach of the Year. Jenai is the only junior selected to the team!
  • Budget on agenda – One of the agenda items at tonight’s Columbia Borough Council meeting will be the presentation and adoption vote on the budget. This notice was published on November 28: “LEGAL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Borough Council of the Borough of Columbia, at its scheduled regular meeting on December 10, 2012, at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers of the Borough Municipal Building located at 308 Locust Street, Columbia, will consider for adoption Resolution No. 2012-22 adopting the budget for the Borough of Columbia for the year 2013 and will consider for adoption Ordinance No. 833 fixing the real estate tax millage rate for 2013 at 8.0 mills, which is $.80 of tax for each $100 of assessed real estate valuation. This action will result in no increase from the 2012 real estate tax rate. Any persons with a disability wishing to attend the meeting may contact the Borough Office at 717-684-2467 for necessary accommodations. Notice is further given that the proposed budget for the year 2013 referenced above is available for public inspection at the Municipal Building, 308 Locust Street, Columbia, Pennsylvania. Business office hours are 8 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, except holidays. Norman B. Meiskey”
  • Opinion Note to Joe Brown: You ask,  “What can be done?” We’ve said it repeatedly … an informed citizenry must participate in representative democracy. One Internet site comment states: “The role of the people is thus to elect leaders that represent their opinions and values. Those elected individuals will then represent those people to the government; proportionately to those who voted for them.” Columbia news, views & reviews favors this viewpoint on “participatory democracy.” You may also find interesting comparisons on representative democracy and collaborative governance here. In summary, Joe Brown, citizens have to be informed; involved and invested to get good government.

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