Wednesday’s news items [law and order; power to the pig; rosé strawberries & more] – 6/17/2020

Obituary of local interestDorothy Louise WeaverLancaster Online

fess up, E-town | That’s what this LNP – Always Lancaster letter-to-the-editor writer wants someone to do.

Another letter writer | “Reaction may have been different: If you want a solid example of bias and white privilege, just imagine the reaction if the guys who were perched on top of the buildings in Elizabethtown were black.” – Jim Dougherty, Lancaster Township

“dun, dun” | Trump: “Americans want law and order, they demand law and order. They may not say it, they may not be talking about it, but that’s what they want.” Some of them don’t know that that’s what they want, but that’s what they want.” —dun, dunfrom “Letters from an American, June 16, 2020.”

“a tiny number” | “Trump Signs Police Reform Executive Order to Encourage More Training, Other Changes”Route Fifty [A chunk of change for a “tiny number.” What’s needed is better training; better leadership for police departments and those who oversee police departments.]

Minneapolis police disperse protesters after a rally for George Floyd on May 26, 2020. “Minneapolis police officers deploy to disperse protesters after a demonstration for George Floyd on May 26, 2020. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii / Star Tribune)”

Los Angeles Times Op-Ed | “Police union contracts shield bad cops from punishment. Here’s how to rein them.”The Los Angeles Times

a look inside one police labor contract | Pittsburgh’sPublic Source

it’s not always the police who are wrong | “‘A waste of time’: Lancaster man cited at Rehoboth Beach for refusing to wear mask shares his side” Lancaster Online

“‘Hey Siri, I’m getting pulled over’ | iPhone feature will record police interaction, send location”FOXTV-29

toilet paper and “hydroxy” | A Mad Scramble to Stock Millions of Malaria Pills, Likely for Nothing Before the F.D.A. withdrew its waiver to stockpile the drugs as coronavirus treatments, the Trump administration had embarked on a headlong effort to import tens of millions of doses.” – The New York Times

throwing money willy nilly | “Lancaster County private schools benefit from COVID-19 relief meant for struggling employers”Lancaster Online


piggy power | “How can a person who didn’t get paid a regular salary for four months afford a last-minute beach vacation? The average Chinese household put away 36% of disposable income in 2016, compared to just 7% in the U.S. So, in short, the answer is … savings.MarpetPlace


“Rosé Strawberries and Sweetest Batch Strawberries TASTE TEST | New berries to try! In season for mid to late June, pink Rosé Strawberries from Driscoll’s and their Sweetest Batch Strawberries. – Produce Geek


  1. Those Driscoll yellow label strawberries are not certified organic. Only their green label products are organically grown. The Produce Geek is apparently ignorant of the difference. Strawberries not organically grown, the ones he is advertising, are sprayed herbicides. Strawberries are one of the fruits that really ‘suck up’ herbicides and should not be eaten. Only organic strawberries should be eaten. Driscolls, based in California, may actually have rose’ green label organic strawberries. Giant stores carry both kinds, the yellow and green label. If you eat the yellow label strawberries that have been sprayed, you are eating poison. At Giant, you can find green label Driscoll strawberries in their Organic section. “But they are more expensive,” you may say. Well, yes, that is true. But consider what the Midas Mufler ads used to say, “You can pay me now, or pay me later.”

  2. From NYT, 6/17/20, Your Wednesday Briefing by David Leonardt:


    The coronavirus began to ravage Europe weeks before the United States. At the peak, in early April, more than 3,000 people in Italy, Spain, and the rest of Western Europe were dying each day– a substantially higher toll than in the U.S.

    Over the past two months, however, Europe has succeeded at crushing the virus, and the U.S. has not.

    European countries have used a combination of lockdowns, public health guidance, tests and contact tracing to beat back the virus. Large parts of Europe have been reopening, including schools, so far without sparking major new outbreaks.

    The U.S. response has been more scattered and less successful. “Government efforts to inform the public about the pandemic have been a colossal failure, which means that most people are hearing mixed and muffled messages about what to do,” Jonathan Bernstein, political scientist and Bloomberg Opinion columnist, wrote this week. “It’s not surprising that a lot of folks are believing misinformation as a result, and others are just throwing up their hands.”

    On Tuesday, Arizona, Florida, and Texas all reported their largest one-day increase in new case.

    The combined death count in those 16 European counties (about 121,000) remains higher than in the U.S. (about 117,000). But at the current pace, the United States toll will be higher by next week.

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