today’s news … Thursday, December 31, 2015 | the last day of 2015

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.

borough notice

  • 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.

    population 010116.

in january

  • 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.”

terrorist licenseSaw 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.

  • 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.

trail thoughts

  • Wonder what the snow removal plan for the new by-pass is?




  1. “‘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.”

    I hope one day every fool who make remarks like this finds themselves in a situation where their life, or the life of a loved one, is in danger due to an altercation with a hardened street thug who cares nothing about taking their lives. Then just before it happens, I’d like to be able to ask them their present outlook concerning the right to bear arms. Better yet, I’d like to ask them how much they would give to have one of those “radical patriots”, as they like to refer to them, there to save their lives.

    Those who remember Melvin Rhineer know of his passion for the 2nd Amendment. It was Melvin who, when a thug was in the process of forcefully taking a holstered pistol from a compromised Columbia Borough police officer, placed a gun behind the ear of the assailant which immediately ended the confrontation. What are the odds that the officer would share your thinking?

    The only difference between ourselves and that officer is that he knew that his life was in immediate danger, where you, sitting in the comfort of your living room and making comments like the one aforementioned, know nothing of what he experienced.

    It’s easy to make ridiculous comments concerning situations that you know nothing about, but when the wolf is at your door, it is a much different situation.

    Remember this, all of you naysayers who casually spew forth your sarcastic attacks on the 2nd Amendment, because it speaks to those who support your twisted thinking:

    “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because brave men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” – – Anonymous

    Having gotten that off my chest, I am asking now that you remove my name from your list of 162 people who are following this page on a daily basis.

    162 people out of a population of over 9,000? I think that tells us something.

    • What it tells us is that over 8,000 residents either don’t care or cannot read. Glad your name is being removed.
      Anyone with a clean record can obtain a gun, no one is changing that, stop the fear! Making it more difficult for a mentally unstable person to pull a trigger is the right thing to do. Get over pushing the second amendment, nothing there has changed and it’s not a valid basis for argument.

    • From Dante’s “Inferno,” we read: “The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in times of moral crisis preserve their neutrality.”

  2. As you requested, Mike. We’ve removed you as a follower.

    Many veterans who’ve actually had their fingers on triggers feel differently. Comments to the LNP – Always Lancaster article, as this one, for instance, ask questions as this: “here were these people after 911? I’d love to c them for 2 weeks with my Iraqi friends in al anbar–the ones who just overran ramadi and fallujah.”

    There is a time and a place to carry a weapon.

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