Friday’s news items [bff killers; best of times; hotels & more] – 12/13/2019

Communication is key | Marietta child care organization steps up to communicate after fire Kinderhook Early Learning Center, LLC


The friends he keeps | Saudi Arabia’s company, Saudi Aramco, hit the stock market with a bang. When it’s all about the money, nobody should wonder why that despotic nation is a BFF with the wanna’ be despot. Most of the 9/11 murderers were from Saudi Arabia and the murderers of Jamal Khashoggi were from Saudi Arabia.

“Charles Dickens wrote The Tale of Two Cities in 1859. | It begins,

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way — in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

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Ain’t that the truth? | The above is extracted from a page one article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster; the article dwells on silly, out-of-date laws that were passed and have long since become obsolete. Seems all legislative bodies don’t spend enough time looking at how the laws and ordinances they enact will be regulated, if at all.

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85 room hotel coming | The area around Mount Joy continues to explode with development. On the old Route 230 (across from the Sheetz), according to an article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster, “The triangular, 4.6 acre site at 1550 E. Main St. (Route 230) is bounded by Esbenshade Road and Old Harrisburg Pike, and across the street from a Sheetz convenience store. With 85 rooms, including 17 suites, the Holiday Inn Express is set to open in summer 2020. It will employ 20 to 25 people during its peak times.”

From the County’s Treasurer’s Webpage

December 2019 Delinquent Tax Report: (Amounts are NOT certified. Total due is subject to change. Interest accrues monthly on the first day of a new month.)

November 2019 Continued Upset Tax Sale Conditions of Sale:  (Important MUST read Conditions of Sale prior to pre-registering to bid)
November 2019 Continued Upset Tax Sale List: (Starting bid price is approx. and subject to change)

November 2019 Judicial Tax Sale List and Conditions of Sale: (Important: MUST read Conditions of Sale prior to pre-registering to bid) (Starting bid price is approx. and subject to change)


  1. I know you will tell me that I am being picky, but the title of Charles Dickens’s novel is “A Tale of Two Cites,” not The Tale…

    Thanks for printing one of the best book openings ever written, and one of the longest sentences!

  2. Felt we had to.

    It’s relevance and applicability then, as now, fits.

    Seemingly, humankind can endure almost anything … any simpleton leadership, any despicable acts, almost any thing. Tragically, though, there are always casualties.

  3. Here is another opening paragraph from the Charles Dickens novel HARD TIMES, which was first published in 1854:

    “NOW, what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts: nothing else will ever be of any service to them. This is the principle on which I bring up my own children, and this is the principle on which I bring up these children. Stick to Facts, sir!”

    Found on the back of my Signet Classics paperback of this novel, is the following: “No other work of Dickens presents so relentless an indictment against the callous greed of the Victorian industrial society and its misapplied utilitarian philosophy as this fiercest of his novels. With savage bitterness Dickens unmasks the hellish industries that imprisoned the bodies of the helpless labor class and the equally satanic institutions that shackled the development of their minds.”

    Dickens wrote about this in England, but it occurred and continues to exist here in the Untied States, Pennsylvania and much more of Appalachia. If we just look at Pennsylvania, there are the old coal mine and steel factories that poisoned the air of Pittsburgh, Erie, Scranton and Hazleton, to name a few. I think people should read Dickens today and compare what is happening here, especially in the last three years.

    • A good reference; surely rings true today.

      Doesn’t it?

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