Today’s news … Thursday, September 8, 2016

Freedom of expression and speech is a unique blessing earned and bestowed on America’s citizens. The founders of this nation believed this and ensconced that right into the American Constitution in the Bill of Rights.

“The right to free speech includes other mediums of expression that communicate a message.”

We do not have to like what everyone else says, we must, though, understand others’ expressions. Our country is not unique in the world; hundreds of millions of people less fortunate by birth cannot express their thoughts openly without bringing sanctions, including death, upon themselves.



  • Last night, at the first of several budget meetings, Columbia’s council entertained the expressions of representatives of the borough’s social services, public safety, community development and other providers of services. Copies of the DRAFT 2016-2017 budget listed the initial budget line items using the current year’s numbers and projected distributions for the ensuing year. Without exception, those asking for a share of the budget asked for more, in some cases, much more. Some had “justification” support packets that were shared with the Councillors. Each, though, was exercising their right to speak and express their ideas.


  • The opioid crisis and Columbia’s response initiatives were discussed at last night’s meeting. The above graphic is from an obituary notice in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster and is a family’s courageous statement about the tragedy of this drug abuse epidemic that is in every community across the nation … including Columbia. Jamie Quinn, executive director, Columbia Life Network (formerly Community Life Network), the mayor and the police chief spoke to a coordinated approach they, and others, are developing to provide procactive responses to addiction.
  • Good idea | “We are looking into updating the layout and design of Please note that we will not be posting news or adding new content for the next few days. We thank you in advance for your patience and we hope you like the new design!”
  • Communication is always a good idea … Columbia’s finally showing up in the daily POLICE LOG in the daily “hold-it-in-your-hands” newspaper and it’s digital counterpart, LNP – Always Lancaster.
  • Meanwhile, the comments keep coming following the Lancaster Online item about the “supposed suppression of expression” at the Manheim Township sporting event. The school district’s announcement reads, During our National Anthem we ask that everyone display dignity and respect for our flag, the symbol of the freedom that was won by the millions of men and women who have defended and continue to defend our great nation. Anyone not honoring this request to be respectful will be removed from the gymnasium/stadium.”
  • Comments as these:Fire up the HUAC (see below). It worked so well half a century ago.” and “ Yes it it sad there ‘has to be an announcement’. But legally, there CANNOT be an announcement. When people are forced to honor anything it has ended poorly every time, historically speaking.”
  • Black mark in American History – “House Un-American Activities Committee – The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) was created in 1938 to investigate alleged disloyalty and subversive activities on the part of private citizens, public employees, and those organizations suspected of having Communist ties.”
  • Lots of free speechifying happened at last night’s Iraq-Afghanistan Veterans Association (IAVA) hosted presidential event. Clinton and Trump had freedom of speech perogative, though much of that continues to be inaccurate. The IAVA is taking heat from many of its members for excluding Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson from the event. The IAVA denied him the opportunity to speak and express his views by not inviting him.
  • It’s a free country – Kane | “$19,000 a month … in child support and alimony” and wants more. Pennlive

moonflowersSnapped this cell phone photo of moonflowers in bloom after last night’s meeting.




  1. kudos to Manheim Twp for their “stand” regarding the National Anthem” All school districts should adopt this position. Our country continues to slide backward regarding values, respect for others, National Anthem, etc. Being politically correct doesn’t do it for me, time for a “united” stand against liberalism!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Paraphrasing Voltaire: “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”

    Having worn the uniform for over 22 years, we believe more, as did Abraham Lincoln, as he wrote:”The principles of Jefferson are the definitions and axioms of free society. Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.”

    General Dwight D. Eisenhower put it this way: “May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”

    Expression and speech are two rights written by the great men that founded this nation. Thankfully, they were there.

    • Here’s a line from the former Soviet Union’s constitution from 1918: “Being guided by the interests of the working class as a whole, the Russian Socialist Federated Soviet Republic deprives all individuals and groups of rights which could be utilized by them to the detriment of the socialist revolution.”

      Dr. Phil: ” How’s that working for you?”

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