Today’s news – Sunday, January 15, 2017

coyote-dayDays ’til coyote day!

Today’s quote … “It is refreshing and it is very good for our democracy that we have a president that is trying to get us back to a free press.” – The one-hit wonder, former mayor of The Big Apple in this News Corpse article.

Today’s second quote … “The unethical behaviour I’ve seen happen since moving here is appalling.” – from an anonymous comment following this Columbia Spy article: “Money for school agreement is so far a no-show.”

And today’s weasel quote … “First, I am glad you are standing here. I mean really. Seriously. Hey. No really.” – from this Allentown Morning Call article: Cancer survivor who once opposed federal health law challenges Paul Ryan on its repeal.”





  1. There are those that want to tell about the appalling, unethical behavior, but for some reason they will not. Two people serving in different capacities, with no connection to each another, have told me that there is truth to the unethical actions that go on behind the scenes in Columbia’s government. Hopefully someday they will take that information to the proper people in order to straighten things out.

  2. Why are Columbia’s restaurant inspections not in the paper? It should be, as are the other inspections. People who eat in town have a right to know what the inspections say.

    • Amen to that! Just because Columbia does their own inspections doesn’t mean the results cannot be made public. Isn’t the borough’s code department already overwhelmed? Why not let this task to the state thereby freeing codes up to concentrate on other problem areas.

  3. Surely, it cannot be because the borough needs the inspection fee revenue, can it?

    Maybe it’s to provide protections for favorites! No matter what Columbia’s reason, the inspection format should adopt the one provided by the Department of Agriculture – the one used across the state. And Columbia should be compelled to list inspections at the State database.

  4. It’s widely understood and accepted that government’s primary role is to protect and defend citizens from threats “foreign and domestic.”

    Not sharing results of eating places’ inspections does not serve that interest of protection.

  5. Let’s take a look at the Columbia Family Restaurant when t moved out to Prospect Commons on August 29,2016.

    Aug. 29. Cooked eggs, taco meat, a refrigerated, ready-to-eat time temperature control for safety food in the walk-in cooler, was date-marked by the facility, but was beyond the 7-day use or sell-by date and requires discarding. The person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this noncompliant inspection. Food employee eating a plate of food in the dish washing area. The plate was sitting on the silverware holder. Two open employee’s beverage containers were on two food prep tables. A food employee was touching parsley and orange slices — a ready-to-eat food — with bare hands. Raw shell eggs stored above pepperoni, feta cheese, and lettuce in the walk-in cooler and the small reach-in cooler. Wet wiping cloths throughout the facility, not being stored in sanitizer solution. Spaghetti sauce, was not cooled from 135 F to 70 F in 2 hours and/or from 135 F to 41 F within six hours, after preparation. Sauce was prepared the prior day and was 58 degrees at the time of this inspection. Approximately five gallons discarded. Spaghetti sauce being cooled in large buckets in walk-in cooler, which is not a proper cooling method. Torn rubber door gaskets on the cooling unit for desserts. Sanitizer (bleach) bucket in the food preparation area had 0 ppm rather than 50-100 ppm. Tan slime on the deflector of the ice maker. Clean food equipment and/or utensils in the food prep area, stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting).

    Was this from poor education of food handling and inexperience in the food inspection field on behalf of the Columbia Codes Department.

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