today’s news and information gleanings from here and there!
Quote for today … “‘But they know that we’re armed citizens.’ Oh happy day. Folks suggesting they’ll come to thier (sp) rally armed. Truly the best of the Patriot Movement. Well, I’ll be at Musser Park. And I won’t be armed, because I don’t live my life in fear.” – one of the many comments following this LNP – Always Lancaster article.
Another quote for today … “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” – from a poem by Emma Lazarus engraved in bronze at the Statue of Liberty.
- The Re-organizational Meeting of Columbia Borough Council will be held on Monday, January 4, 2016 at 6:00pm. See more about the Re-organizational meeting at the end of this “today’s news” post.
- New revenue stream for school districts or unfair business practice? This Merchandiser article, “Campus Catering Serves School, Community“ presents this dilemma. Is it fair for school systems to use taxpayer money to compete against for-profit, private-sector businesses? Or, is this a justifiable new revenue stream for school districts – wealthier ones or cash-strapped ones?
- As our nation prepares to ring in the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau today projected the United States population will be 322,762,018 on Jan. 1, 2016. This represents an increase of 2,472,745, or 0.77 percent, from New Year’s Day 2015. Since Census Day (April 1) 2010, the population has grown by 14,016,480, or 4.54 percent.
In 2016, the United States is expected to experience one birth every eight seconds and one death every ten seconds. Meanwhile, net international migration is expected to add one person to the U.S. population every 29 seconds. The combination of births, deaths and net international migration increases the U.S. population by one person every 17 seconds.
The projected world population on Jan. 1 is 7,295,889,256, an increase of 77,918,825, or 1.08 percent, from New Year’s Day 2015. During January 2016, 4.3 births and 1.8 deaths are expected worldwide every second.
The Census Bureau’s U.S. and World Population Clock simulates real-time growth of the U.S. and world populations.
- The public libraries in Pennsylvania play a major role in helping children to read. – Read this report: The Role of Public Libraries in Children’s Literacy Development
- “Opposing rallies Saturday will protest, welcome Syrian refugees in Pennsylvania” – Lancaster Online
- The coming together of two ideological factions with opposing viewpoints brings out one of the beauties of the democratic republic. The First Amendment to the Constitution assures a right to peaceably assemble. The Second Amendment – eloquently and simply – states “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
- One wonders, though, why one of the ideological group leaders says this in the article: “Do I expect drama, in the sense of screaming and shouting at each other? I hope not,” she (Bridget Fisher) said. “But they know that we’re armed citizens. I don’t know if they’ll try to make a spectacle of that.”
Saw an example of First Amendment interpretation yesterday. Along the Front Street portion of the Northwest River Trail, a vehicle displayed a window decal like this one. What if the Native Americans had stickers like this on their ponies when the Pilgrims stepped off that boat?
Or whether those early colonials displayed stickers like this when the Scottish, Scotch-Irish, English, German, Swiss, Swedish, Dutch and others flooded the new nation during the 17th and 18th Centuries.
- Armed citizens are not always “good guys” riding white horses! | “Caught on camera: Gun-toting road rage driver opens fire on Route 422 in Exeter” – WFMZ-TV69
- According to the PA Borough code: “The council shall organize on the first Monday of January of each even-numbered year by electing one member as president and one member as vice president, who shall hold the offices at the pleasure of the council. If the first Monday is a legal holiday, the meeting and organization shall take place the following day. Any action taken by any council at any time between 12:01 a.m. on January 1 of an even-numbered year and the organization of council in that year shall be subject to reconsideration by the new council at any time within ten days after organization. The council may, at the organizational meeting, appoint other officers as may be provided for by law or ordinance, or as may be deemed necessary for the conduct of affairs of the borough, and may transact any other business as may come before the meeting. The president, and, during the president’s absence or incapacity, the vice president, shall preside over the meetings of council and perform other duties as are prescribed by this part or by ordinance.”
- “The mayor shall preside over the organization of the council until it is organized as provided in section 1001 (relating to organization of council, quorum, participation by telecommunication device, voting, compensation and eligibility) and shall be deemed a member of council at the organizational meeting if the mayor’s membership becomes necessary to constitute a quorum.” – SOURCE: Pennsylvania Council of Boroughs Website | Click here to access the Borough Code in HTML.
- To see what happened at the 2014 Re-organizational Meeting, click here. As you read the post from that day, January 7, 2014, you can see brutal cold temperatures forced the closing of classes at the Library. This is the meeting at which new councillors are sworn in and the council is re-organized; that probably will include the determination of the council president, vice-president, etc. Who know, there may be surprises, too.
- Wonder what the snow removal plan for the new by-pass is?