Sunday’s news items [ruination of the church continues, a nation and other things & more] – 6/9/2019

atta’ boy, padre | Keep adding to the ruined reputation of the

We’re with you, April. | When you say, In fact, I happen to believe that the best candidate for school board would be a thoughtful, independent thinker who hasn’t pledged his or her undying loyalty to a national political party.” This is from LNP – Always Lancaster‘s lead column in today’s Perspective section. “Democracy’s Sake” is all about the impending and continuing decline of “regional newspapers (which) has led to a decline in our understanding of local politics and an increase in partisanship.”

FACEBOOK SLURSScreen print | Local social media page. And someone who works for the contractor adds this: “For all the people that want to complain Abt 8th Street getting dug up again it wasn’t our fault we did the road the right way the first time……but then we had to come back like you see in the picture and try to redirect the water that has been sitting on the road…..and I’m pretty sure that there was a water problem in area before we put the new road in so that’s why we had to come back with a new salutation that will hopefully get rid of your water problem there……and who ever said it’s the contractors fault that we didn’t put any drains in so the water doesn’t stay there….well just to let you know im pretty sure it wasn’t in the contract to put drains in…..and the dip in the road that is there it will help the water from staying on that corner…..and it’s NOT a final coat there is 1 more that goes on it that’s called the finish coat……we only do what we are being told to do…..thanks for reading this.”

What kind of people would want to sit on a boat with him? | “Only in an Orwellian universe would a congressman who proudly belongs to the Problem Solvers Caucus and has called for greater civility in Congress account for his colleague’s call for impeachment as the result of ‘somebody dropping him on his head.’” – From this letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster 


Lancaster County’s (except Columbia’s) inspections for June 7 at Lancaster Online. If you’re blocked from viewing this article due to the newspaper’s paywall, you can go to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s database to see all of the reports for the week ending or anytime. The Turkey Hill at Prospect Road’s list of violations is long as is IHOP’s.

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 ongoing display of a purposeful lack of transparency.


But there’s hope | because there’s a “transition plan” in the works. A transition plan to get Columbia’s Jeff Helm out of the inspection process. 

tillett drain thje swamp“We must save our republic while we still have a chance” | This is extracted from a column in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster written by “Tom Tillett, of Columbia, who was district chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts, who represented the 16th Congressional District until Pitts’ retirement in 2016.”


    • The inspections at schools happened during early May when schools were still in session. Very much makes sense to us.

      • My bad, I had always assumed the inspections occurred the previous week despite evidence to the contrary. Perhaps someday technology will allow the inspector to wear a body cam and conduct the inspections in real time. Perhaps it does.

  1. The funny part is, Kelly was not muted for comments he made on that particular post – it was a different post about cleaning needed. He gave the address of a private citizen that has been vocal about his displeasure with council. I think the current councilors need to realize their self perceived power over the people needs to end. They need to humble themselves to the fact they have run amok and try to turn this ship around.

  2. I’m going to quote from an article in LNP (April 2016): “A borough receptionist declined to provide a daytime phone number, address, or place of employment for council president Kelly Murphy or other council members, saying the elected officials don’t disclose their personal information.” So he gave out the address of a private citizen?

    • Ask to see his state ethics form that shows their employment and address. No requirement to fill out a right-to-know form!

      • Thank you for pointing that out. The State Ethics Commission states:

        “The Ethics Act provides that public officials, public employees, solicitors, candidates and nominees – as those terms are defined by the Ethics Act – must file the Statement of Financial Interests form. Public officials and public employees are specifically required to file the Statement of Financial Interests form each year the position is held and the year following termination of service.

        “Each year, the filing deadline for solicitors, public officials and public employees (who are not candidates or nominees) is May 1. This means that for solicitors, public officials and public employees (who are not candidates or nominees) the forms for calendar year 2017 are due to be filed by May 1, 2018. Candidates and nominees are subject to different filing deadlines and should contact the State Ethics Commission for further information.”

        Here’s the form:

      • Yes, I did that earlier this year and have current council members “Statements of Financial Interest forms.” However, at one time, council did not want the public to have ready access to their phone numbers, email, home address, and/or work location. It has improved, I believe the public can contact them via email now.

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