Today’s news … Thursday, July 28, 2016

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

Quote for today … “Who is comfortable with the fact that our police department officers all lied shamelessly on the stand in this trial and were cought in their lies .” – comment following this Columbia Spy article about the Curry trial.

Hang down your head, Sue Martin, Lancaster County SPCA and an animal cruelty officer for the county. | Lancaster Online commenters shout in unison about the need for the this public servant to find another role in life. Maybe in a gulag or , maybe the SPCA director for Trump!

The price of “gentrification” | “A city agency’s plan to tear down three rowhouses to build a park beside a luxury condominium project is drawing criticism from some city planning officials.” – Lancaster Online [Gentrification is a trend in urban neighborhoods, which results in increased property values and the displacing of lower-income families and small businesses. This is a common and controversial topic in urban planning.] Anyone recall the principle of gentrification being tossed about a council meeting by a prospective applicant?

  • Higher hopes for CrimeWatch | “The CRIMEWATCH Network is a platform that creates transparency in local law enforcement and gives you instant access to information that impacts the safety of you and your family.”


  • There’s a glitch and suspicion, though, when the data posted by many departments is not updated. Citizens attending a Monday night meeting at a church in Lancaster asked for transparency and communication.
  • Many departments across the United States post the daily arrest log; here are two examples: Burbank, CA Police Department and the Springfield MA Police Department. Long present inwell-run departments, the daily log was an open file for citizens and media. In today’s computer-equipped police world, information posting is simpler and should be seamless.
  • There’s also a glitch and suspicion if information posted in the daily newspaper says only: MARIETTA: Steven T. Williams Jr., 19, of 822 Walnut St., Columbia, was charged with taking more than $8,000 in jewelry and cash from a home in the 100 block of Longenecker Avenue between March 25 and 28, police said.”  Which department filed the report. Where is it posted?
  • A “community policing” textbook asks police departments to embrace “Transparency.” Community policing involves decision-making processes that are more open than traditional policing. If the community is to be a full partner, the department needs mechanisms for readily sharing relevant information on
    crime and social disorder problems and police operations with the community.”
  • Sure, that’ll work | When media doesn’t say what you want them to say – shut them down (as Turkey’s dictator does) or condemn them for not saying “nice things about us.”

YCTYFCI postSOURCE: You know you’re from Columbia PA if… facebook post

star bellcurve“The Fault in Our (Three) Stars: Understanding The New Hospital Quality Star Rating” Emergency Physicians Monthly



One comment

  1. Nice to see two of Columbia’s outstanding business people Doolitte (donothing) and Madar have their properties up for sheriff sale/

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