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Columbia, PA is a town on the Susquehanna River, originally called “Wright’s Ferry”; the town was founded in 1726. You can learn more about Columbia’s storied history at Wikipedia; the Borough of Columbia Website; the Lancaster County Historical Society Website … or you can do an extended Internet search.
A locally operated alternative news and information source, Columbia news, views & reviews will try to remember that nothing contributes to the well-being of a community more than a balanced, objective and consistent local news and information source.
Columbia news, views & reviews will try to be a community bulletin board containing accurate, fair news reporting, thoughtful insights and useful information that every reader in the community will find valuable.
Our goal is to celebrate what’s good about Columbia and its shareholders — including the idiosyncrasies that make them uniquely attractive — while calling attention, thoughtfully and fearlessly, with humor and without pomposity, to what can and should be improved.
Columbia news, views & reviews will be open to contributions from the community (including quality writing and photography submissions) and seeks to provide a big picture view of important issues. One of our goals is to update this site regularly.
The contributors of articles, stories, columns, photographs and observations presented here are people who are passionate about government transparency, rule of law, equal treatment, human dignity, history and community development and opportunity. We encourage and welcome comments, suggestions and discussion.
Among our goals is the promise to deliver information that is relevant, compelling and useful for Columbia’s shareholders. We recognize and applaud this other local online information source that has the interests of Columbia’s citizens and shareholders at heart: Columbia17512.
This community news and information resource is edited by someone who thinks that Columbia is a jewel of a community. While Brian Long is not a Columbia native, he has lived in and around Columbia on several occasions. He sees Columbia as a community that has community pride, really nice people, incredible physical attractions, a superb location and enormous potential as a great place to live. And those are the reasons he is beginning this news and information resource … to reinforce “well-being of a community with a balanced, objective and consistent local news and information source.”
Brian’s personal history encompasses decades of enthusiasm as a knight-errant. His experiences include a long love affair with “newspapering;” two active-duty tours in Viet Nam followed by service in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard (he retired as a sergeant major); some adjunct teaching at Franklin & Marshall and Lebanon Valley Colleges; newspaper transparency training in post-Soviet nations; operating a mission-focused critical incident management training business and a brief stint as the market house manager. He tries to practice the “Be Safe – Be Nice – Do Good!” code.
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