Sunday’s news items [transparency? (not so much); food inspections & more] – 4/7/2019

When transparency is not | The lead article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster is about the non-transparency of many of Pennsylvania’s state-level agencies. The article says, “Fewer than 1 in 4 requests for open records were granted in full last year. It continues by stating, “While it remains unclear how many of the denials were justified under the law — many records-seekers do not appeal or take on the expense of going to court — the low rate of absolute success raises questions about government transparency and the effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s landmark open-records rewrite 10 years ago, which presumes most records are open to public inspection.”

Seeking firefighters | “Do you have questions about the application process and hiring process? What does it take to become a LCBF firefighter? Come to an information session to find out more about being a career firefighter with the Lancaster City Bureau of Fire.” – Lancaster City facebook page


Lancaster County’s (except Columbia’s) inspections for April 5 at Lancaster Online.

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.

343 poplar

FOR SALE | This property at 343 Poplar Street in Columbia is listed at $145,000 = $920 per month. Only $5,075 down! according to the owner, CR Property Group, LLC. The property listing , according to the Lancaster County Property Tax site, shows an address for CR Property Group, LLC that differs from the CR Property Group, LLC. The 234 Poplar Street property is listed as collateral in a $8 million open-end mortgage and security agreement for the property owner. 

Obituary notice | Harry J. “Tiny” SauderLancaster Online

no room

Evangelicals prayer | “‘Our country is full’: Trump says migrants straining system” WITF

Tough getting fairness in Lancaster County | “New lawyer files appeal in Lancaster chemical cases against AWI; Previous lawyer was DQ’d by judge”Penn Record

preschool mondays


  1. Trump didn’t complete his sentence: “Our country is full [of what makes the grass grow green.”]

  2. Fond memories of “Bridge on the River Kwai” A great motion picture and the first movie I watched in color on TV.

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