Sunday’s news items [robocalls; flag hugger; “age-friendly”; restaurant inspections & more] – March 4, 2019

Post & Times | “Data journalism at two elite news outlets lacked transparency: Research”  – Journalist’s Resource

Snow likely | “Snow, mainly after 2 pm. High near 37. Light and variable wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Tonight: Snow, mainly before 1 am. Low around 30. Northeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.” – National Weather Service


Opinion | “Let’s destroy robocalls”The New York Times

Starts todayNational Consumer Protection Week 2019Federal Trade Commission

 Medicare for all? | A look at 4 of the different possibilitiesFierceHealthCare

Columbia could do this too | “Lancaster Seeks Age-Friendly City Designation”The Merchandiser

Does it exist? | “The Principled Republican”An Opinion Column

Ah, the joy of dictatorship | Write ““positive articles and reports about the meeting and about Vietnam.”The Atlantic


Lancaster County’s (except Columbia’s) inspections for February 28 at Lancaster Online. And a commenter asks, “Why are we not puting (sic) a grade to these restaurants? It’s time!”

York County’s Inspections

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. It is another instance of a purposeful lack of transparency.

Lunacy | “US military to cancel large-scale exercises on Korean peninsula” – Task & Purpose

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active transportationMake comments | “Your input on the draft Lancaster Active Transportation Plan (ATP) is critical to our success. There’s still time to give feedback — tell us how we can improve the plan! Please take a few minutes to submit your comments! The draft plan public comment period closes on March 22nd.”

  • Attend the ATP Open House on March 4, from 5-7 pm, at Lancaster City Hall, 120 N Duke Street, Lancaster, Pa (Enter from Marion Street). More info here.
  • Visit and offer your comments via the online mapping tool – Lancaster County Planning Commission

It’s a different time | Indeed it is a different time when “good guys” do dastardly, despicable deeds and the public extols them — even reveres them. An NFL owner seeks cheap thrills and it’s OK with folks in New England. A jeweler in the Lehigh Valley seeks cheap thrills in New Orleans; gets killed and is mourned.


And this is not lunacy? | Off the rails at CPACThe Atlantic

Relive the lunacy | Among the RWNJs – check the comments.



One comment

  1. Re: Robocalls. Several years ago while listening to the radio, NPR to be exact, there was a discussion about being called by somebody who wanted to sell something or get you to contribute to an organization.

    One of the people told of how he handled such calls. He would answer the phone and say something to the effect, “This is the butler speaking, Mr. __________ does not wish to receive such calls, so please remove this number from your call list.

    I tried this several times, and it worked like a charm!

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