Friday’s news items, part 2 [State of Emergency continued in borough; a parade; obituary; muzzled media & more] – 5/1/2020

come clean | “U.S. Supreme Court tells Gov. Wolf to defend business closure orders” WITF

that can’t be right | “President blows his top in Friday argument and reportedly tells Brad Parscale ‘I’m not f _ _ _ ing losing to Joe Biden’ in November.”The Guardian

columbia noticeThis notice is posted at the Borough Website.

State of Emergency extended | Columbia’s councillors approved a resolution last night that would extend the State of Emergency in the borough through May 13.

Yes! Every year! | That’s when elected public servants and others in government have to complete the SEC-1 form. Here’s a Columbia news, views & reviews article about that from 2011: “Pennsylvania’s Form SEC-1 … the STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL INTERESTS.”

no layoffs in sight | That’s the word from Columbia Borough’s manager, Mark Stivers, in an article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster. The article is about layoffs, furloughs and staff reductions in Lancaster County’s larger municipalities.

a May 7 parade | Columbia borough’s councillors discussed and authorized a COVID-19 Emergency Services parade on May 7 at 7:00 pm at last night’s meeting.

In Philadelphia | “A parade that killed thousands?”

Sheriff sale listings | May 27, 2020 sale date 

From the County Treasurer’s Office | “April 2020 Delinquent Tax Report – (Amounts are NOT certified. Total due is subject to change. Interest accrues monthly on the first day of a new month.”

lte failed logic

obituary notices of interestWillie Von Helton – Lancaster Online

Another blame the media letter | Seems like almost every day there’s a letter-to-the-editor claiming the media is biased. Seemingly, it’s those on the extremist ends of the political ideological spectrum that spout this drivel. The media is responsible for this, that and practically every thing. Here’s one basic resolution to that argument: If you don’t like what’s being published; broadcast or streamed in “the media”,  don’t consume it. Continue to be uninformed. Continue to be racist, xenophobic, homophobic haters. It’s that simple.

John Barry, the author of The Great Influenza, writes this in the afterward of the book:

“In 1918 the lies of officials and of the press (remember, the government manacled the press and told it what it could and could not publish) never allowed the terror (of the pandemic) to condense into the concrete.The public could trust nothing and so they they knew nothing. Society is, ultimately based on trust, as trust broke down people became alienated and only from those in authority, but from each other.

“Those in authority must retain the public’s trust. The way to do that is to distort nothing, to put the best face on nothing, to try to manipulate no one

“A leader must make whatever horror exists concrete. Only thenb will people be able to break it apart.”

“Online courses free for 10 more days! | Penn State Extension offered free enrollment in more than 50 online courses in the month of April. Interest has been overwhelming, so we have decided to extend the offer to May 10 to ensure you get access to the science-based knowledge you need.”

PennDOT news | PennDOT to Resume Work on Route 772 in East Donegal Township and Mount Joy Borough, Lancaster County”news release



  1. That borough notice told everybody to stay home. Apparently the city council members failed to do that last night. Hmmm…

    I hope they weren’t carrying AR-15s …

  2. Why did the brough council members not have masks on last night at the meeting it is the law that you must have a mask on when you are out do you think you are above the law someone should turn you in and why are you having a parade when you have the brough on a stay at home order does not make sense

    • The mask is a recommendation, not a law. Each member of Council was given the opportunity to either call into the meeting or wear a mask. There was some concern that the masks would inhibit the ability of people to hear the dialog. And if you watch any of the the other press conferences/media briefings, none of those officials wear masks either. There were a total of 9 people in the room that night. As far as the parade, Council is not having a parade – it was organized by the emergency services and will be very small. Just a few vehicles driving through town with there lights on to show support for the front line workers. The same has happened in many other communities.

  3. Also concerning that council meeting, how many people were in the room where none of the should have been?

    • Please do not expect prompt answers from a blog site. If you would like an answer from a member of Council, you should send your questions through official channels. That is the only way you can guarantee an answer. Please do not be upset you aren’t getting an answer when asking questions through unofficial channels.

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