Today’s news … Sunday, November 13, 2016

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

Today’s quote … “You must endeavour to enjoy the pleasure of doing good. That is all that makes life valuable.” – Robert E. Lee.

Today’s second quote … “It is well that war is so terrible–we would grow too fond of it!” – Often-restated quote attributed to Robert E. Lee.

Today’s third quote … “I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.” – William Tecumseh Sherman

Today’s fourth quote … “In 1960, most Americans were related to or knew a veteran and had heard their compelling stories. Now, unfortunately, most Americans don’t even know a veteran.” – from the editorial in the Army Echoes newsletter to retired Army warriors.

PrintRemember the ExtraOrdinary GIVE begins on Friday at Midnight. Support Columbia’s organizations and entities – here’s the complete list. There are exciting fun events all week long leading up to Friday; there’s a special event planned for Columbia.

  • Be Extraordinary in the River TownsLive music, light fare, and computer stations will set the tone for giving to organizations located in and near the river towns of Columbia and Marietta. Host: Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, Columbia Public Library, Haldeman Mansion Preservation Society, Susquehanna Heritage Area, National Watch & Clock Museum, Columbia Life Network, and Columbia Education Foundation – When: November 18th, 6:00pm-9:00pm – Where: Perfect Settings, 200 Locust Street, Columbia, PA Find out more about this event on Facebook!
  • On Friday morning from 7:30 to 9:00 am, The Give Mobile is the Extraordinary Give’s portable giving station! will be at HINKLE’S PHARMACY261 Locust St., Columbia 17512.


meg-stuffingAnother “from the field” report by Mary Ellen Graybill Click the graphic or here to open.

  • This is in a letter from The New York Times to its subscribers | it’s nice to be thanked: “As we reflect on this week’s momentous result, and the months of reporting and polling that preceded it, we aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism. That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor, striving always to understand and reflect all political perspectives and life experiences in the stories that we bring to you. It is also to hold power to account, impartially and unflinchingly. We believe we reported on both candidates fairly during the presidential campaign. You can rely on The New York Times to bring the same fairness, the same level of scrutiny, the same independence to our coverage of the new president and his team.”We cannot deliver the independent, original journalism for which we are known without the loyalty of our subscribers. We want to take this opportunity, on behalf of all Times journalists, to thank you for that loyalty.”
  • For those who would restrict the speech and expression of others, read this: “Those who won our independence by revolution were not cowards. They did not fear political change. They did not exalt order at the cost of liberty. To courageous, self-reliant men, with confidence in the power of free and fearless reasoning applied through the processes of popular government, no danger flowing from speech can be deemed clear and present, unless the incidence of the evil apprehended is so imminent that it may befall before there is opportunity for full discussion. If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence. – Justice Louis D. Brandeis, 1927 – Whitney v. California
  • To Brandeis, the most important role in a democracy is that of ‘citizen,’ and in order to carry out the responsibilities of that role a person has to participate in public debate about significant issues. One cannot do that if he or she is afraid to speak out and say unpopular things; nor can one weigh all of the options unless other people, with differing views, are free to express their beliefs. Free speech, therefore, is at the heart of the democratic process.
  • Ever watch people in crowds or the players not kneeling | “… all … persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart … US Code
  • Transition Website | “The idea, apparently, is to provide regular updates on what the new administration is doing during this interim period or, at least, what they want us to know about what they are doing. And look at this: you too can aspire to work in the the new administration.”

Click here to go to the state’s Website of inspections … and the listing of the violations at each location. The statewide directory lists inspections for all municipalities in York County and Lancaster County.… except those in Columbia – Columbia persists in having its own inspection system with its own forms and inspection items – rather than the one used statewide.

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