Thursday’s news items [wet weather day, vigilance; standing as citizens speak out in old Columbia Drive In property & more] – 7/11/2019

Nasty weather dayToday’s Weather! “Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could be severe.”

“We must all be more vigilant … “more vigilant

Truer words were never spoken | On Tuesday charges were dropped against the seven Lancaster Countians who exercised their First Amendment rights, including: “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” In 2017, they were arrested for protesting  the construction of the gas pipeline running through the land owned owned by the “Adorers of the Blood of Christ, an order of Roman Catholic nuns” in West Hempfield Township. This article  appeared in Tuesday’s LNP – Always Lancaster; the judge’s comments are a stinging rebuke of legislation proposed by a Pennsylvania Senator from Lancaster County who stands way right of center. The editorial in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster agrees and ends with “But in his (Senator Scott Martin’s) zeal to get things done in Harrisburg, he’s reminded us occasionally of the proverbial bull in the china shop — and with HB 323 (sic), what stands to be broken is the First Amendment.”

From Columbia PD’s CrimeWatch page | Simple assault, theft, disorderly conduct & more

West Hempfield’s issue begins | At the July 2 Supervisor’s meeting, some citizens were denied “standing” because their properties are not adjoining; the Township’s attorney said they were denied because “traffic or stormwater concerns do not constitute standing.” Not always is attorney guidance accurate. Sometimes attorney guidance violates state law.

fireworks “warzone” | In Easton, if it’s on your property, you get cited.The Morning Call

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Familiar ring | “‘Public corruption here is deeply rooted,’ said Bertram de Souza, whose 40-year Vindicator career spans revealing corruption as a reporter and his role now of columnist and editorial-page editor. The paper, he told me, gets consistent complaints for being ‘too negative’ — especially about Trump, who has many fervent local fans.” – from this arcticle, “‘Democracy . . . is about to die in Youngstown’ with closing of the local newspaper” in The Washington Post.

OPINION | “A declining newspaper is better than no newspaper. A rundown newspaper is better than no newspaper. A bad newspaper is better than no newspaper.”

Note to elected public servants | At this time, this nation has a First Amendment to The Constitution and, as an elected public servant and an instrument of government, you cannot block comments. Private entities, on the other hand, can.

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  1. talking about all Charges Dropped on the people protesting the pipeline. When you get community service for doing something Wrong and against the law. This Columbia news is always Bias about the truth.. Back to Breaking the law, they took a PLEA deal which is instead of being arrested and paying fines they all received community service. They won nothing but working for free for being ignorant of needs for our infrastructure to be better.

  2. Appreciate your perspective, Dan, but we have no bias other than adherence to the laws of the land and that includes the rights provided under the First Amendment.

    A “decision of the district attorney’s office to withdraw the charges” is not the same thing as a “PLEA deal.”

    • then tell me why they must perform community service?? This news is Bias against our President. That is for sure. But don’t worry we all will have Mr. Trump for 6 1/2 more years. That you can print because that is a FACT.

  3. Dunno’ – the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas Court Summary shows that the disposition of charges of defiant trespass is “Nolle Prosequi.”

    The definition for that term is “n. Latin for ‘we shall no longer prosecute,’ which is a declaration made to the judge by a prosecutor in a criminal case (or by a plaintiff in a civil lawsuit) either before or during trial, meaning the case against the defendant is being dropped. The statement is an admission that the charges cannot be proved, that evidence has demonstrated either innocence or a fatal flaw in the prosecution’s claim, or the district attorney has become convinced the accused is innocent.”

    As to the community service, we were not in the courtroom.

    Perhaps you’re right about the 2020 election. We can only hope that POTUS, like Pinocchio, eventually finds a brain or a Jiminy Cricket..

    Remember, “Pinocchio was a brash, outspoken boy who frequently forgot to engage his brain before running off at the mouth. Worse, he was a chronic liar and if it hadn’t been for Jiminy Cricket who ran around covering up his lies.”

    Only difference we can see is that Pinocchio had a good heart.

    • WGAL noted that they had to do community service. I have been in courtrooms and they don’t just give anyone community service for fun. Its a punishment for doing something wrong.

  4. And as Pinocchio goes. I don’t no 1 lie that you or anybody else can prove. Fairytales and Presidents are like comparing Republicans and Democrats. The one lives in the real world and the other lives in make Believe. America First everyone else LAST. Trump Rules and God Bless him.

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