Today’s news … Thursday, October 13, 2016

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

Today’s quote … “I don’t think people just have a fear of the police. I think it comes from the way they were treated at a traffic stop. They way they were treated when they walked into a store. When they waved to a cop and the cop doesn’t wave back to them.” Detective Ramon Caraballo of Muhlenberg Township Police, in this Reading Eagle article, “Talking about race relations and community policing.”

In the shadow of Tuesday night’s sit-down session with law enforcement officers and citizens in Columbia, other communities, too, are opening the discussions nobody wants to tackle. Race relations in our communities and alleged disparate treatment by police officers.


Let’s try to agree that policing is one of the most challenging professions in the United States today. Emergency responders – police, fire and emergency medical personnel rank among the most dangerous occupations in the nation.

Law enforcement officers face uncertainty each day with each call – with each response – with each traffic stop. They are trained to approach each with reasonable suspicion.

We know this: the majority of citizens are not criminals and the majority of police are not bad people. Just as the majority of teachers, priests and youth leaders are not sexual predators.

“What needs to be done to change the pervasive ‘us-versus-them’ mentality in urban communities, particularly those made up mainly of African-American residents? On the surface, the answer is simple: mutual respect.” –

Tuesday night’s convocation of law enforcement and citizens was a beginning step.


  • Medicare Open Enrollment is Underway – October 15, 2016 – December 7, 2016

    During the Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period, Medicare beneficiaries with Medicare Advantage Plans and Part D Prescription Drug Plans are encouraged to compare their current plans (in their 2017 format) with other plans available during 2017. Plans can change significantly from year to year and it’s important to be aware of those changes in order to select the coverage that best fits your needs. Changes made during the Annual Enrollment Period go into effect on January 1, 2017.

    APPRISE Counselors offer impartial assistance to Medicare beneficiaries during scheduled appointments. APPRISE counselors will be at this location at the dates and times listed below. If you are already in a Medicare Advantage Plan or a Part D Prescription Drug Plan, and want to make an appointment to meet with an APPRISE counselor, call Lancaster County Office of Aging, 299-7979 or 1-800-801-3070 or email the agency at

    Annual Enrollment Period Appointments – Locations and Dates Columbia Public Library, 24 S. Sixth Street, Columbia | Thursday, November 3rd, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Tuesday, November 22nd, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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