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Today’s news – Monday, March 27, 2017 – the world is flat

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions on March 27, 2017 at 7:03 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

Quote for today … I was in Bangalore, India, the Silicon Valley of India, when I realized that the world was flat.” – Thomas Friedman


The Internet has become and will continue to be the “great equalizer.” It’s been just just over 20 short years since the Internet has been part of the lives of most people in the world. Most of us didn’t really connect until around 1995 or so.  The graphics below show the real revolution that’s happening around the globe.

Real Internet growth is phenomenal in those nations some Americans refer to as “third-world.” Clearly, the US will not be the Internet use leader in the coming years. There are more Internet users today in Asia, Europe and Africa than in the United States and Camada … yet, the percentage of users is lower.

Internet “speeds” around the world are much, much faster than those in the US. In this ranking, the US speeds rank 21st in the world. The leading nations’ speeds are three times faster than ours.

“Home broadband in the US costs far more than elsewhere. At high speeds, it costs nearly three times as much as in the UK and France, and more than five times as much as in South Korea.” – BBC

We pay more to get less – and that’s what our systems (“elected public servants” following the will of the selected and protected Internet providers) want it to be. It’s kind of like insurance and health care … protected and selected, too.

The Internet World Stats Website has these graphics and a trove of data about usage around the world.

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Today’s news – Saturday, March 25, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People on March 25, 2017 at 7:26 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

Quote for today … “We have three Wegmans here in the Lehigh Valley, and I’d much rather have a Stauffers.” – Tracy Campbell Roeder, of Bethlehem/ Facebook in an LNP – Always Lancaster “Other opinions: Wegman’s arrival.”


  • Institutional trust? “Over the past five years, Penn State has taken aggressive steps to strengthen accountability and focus on the fight against child maltreatment.”  – Penn Live. (NOTE: Could be, but would any of the steps been taken in the absence of national attention and the NCAA’s sanctions?)
  • Follow up | “At the November 28, 2016 Borough Council meeting, David Nikoloff made a presentation to the Borough Council representing AIM Advisors. “The pitch resulted in Columbia’s councillors, in a 6-0 vote, (councillor Stephanie Weisser was absent from the meeting) approving an agreement to contract AIM Advisors to conduct a feasibility study about ‘adaptive reuse of the current Columbia Borough Wastewater Treatment Facility into a natural gas production facility and user endpoint facility for vehicles.’ The Borough will pay $75,800 for the conduct of the study and the delivery of a report. The report may be ready as early as March 2017.”
  • Because of the excellent and timely reporting of transactions in Borough Council committee minutes (with the exception of the Community Development committee), Nikoloff’s report is summarized in the March Public Works Committee March 21 minutes.

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Faces of addiction and overdoses

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on March 22, 2017 at 6:47 am

“Publicly acknowledging that a family member suffered from an addiction to drugs, or died of an overdose, has long been a taboo subject — one best kept secret among family and a few knowing friends. That is changing.”

Taylor_Wilson_0064-1600x900Leigh Ann Wilson holds a photo of her daughter, Taylor, who dreamed of becoming a librarian.

Here are two STATNews articles worth taking time to read:

Streets being cleared of snow on Wednesday

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on March 14, 2017 at 6:43 pm

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before the storm, let’s thank those who really care about people

In Everyday Living, Opinions, Uncategorized on March 13, 2017 at 5:32 pm

thank you during storm

Those who don’t really care about the vulnerable populations (seniors and poor people) in this nation don’t want our thanks. Those horribly over-paid “elected public servants” in the US Congress don’t need our thanks. They don’t want it either.

They’re being thanked and $pon$ored by their wealthier constituents, those who benefit so much more than the 18 to 20 million people who’ll lose health insurance under the weasel’s American Health Care Act.


Snow Emergency announced for Columbia | Snow Emergency – Snow Storm Stella

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia on March 13, 2017 at 2:15 pm

Posted at the Columbia Borough Website

March 13, 2017


A Snow Emergency will be in effect in the Borough of Columbia beginning at 10:00 PM, Monday, March 13, 2017. The Snow Emergency will remain in effect until further notice. The Snow Emergency will be to facilitate clean-up efforts in the Borough.

Vehicle travel on Borough Streets marked as “Snow Emergency Routes” shall be in accordance with the Borough’s “Snow Emergency Ordinance” except for emergency situations. No person shall operate a vehicle on any Snow Emergency Route in such a manner or in such condition as to allow or permit such vehicle to become stalled on a “Snow Emergency Route” either by reason of the fact that the driving wheels are not equipped with chains or proper tires, by the exhaustion of the fuel supply to the vehicle, or by abandonment of the vehicle.

Click here to read the announcement in full.


“Gov. Wolf’s emergency proclamation, travel restrictions: Here’s what they entail”Penn Live

“Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 235,000 in February”

In Everyday Living, Government, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on March 10, 2017 at 9:30 am

It’s tough believing the news that comes out of Wonderland these days, but if you do, this is another burst of “good news.”

According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 235,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

“Employment gains occurred in construction, private educational services, manufacturing, health care, and mining.”

We’re hoping this is not “fake news.”

You can bet these new jobs are not the high paying jobs in state or federal government (legislators, etc.).

“A number of the nation’s lowest paying jobs are quite common. The number of people working as cashiers is well over 1 million, as is the number of people working as cooks. In fact, all but five of the 25 lowest paying full-time occupations employ more than 100,000 people nationwide.

“Minimum wage laws have a major impact on low-wage workers, especially in states with relatively high concentrations of low-wage occupations. Most of the highest paying states for these jobs are states with the highest minimum wages.

“Kohli observed that in some of these jobs, women make up an outsized share of employment. In 18 of the 25 lowest paying jobs, the share of employees who are women exceeds the national average percentage of 44.3%

“These are the lowest paying jobs in America.”24/7 Wall St.

At the bottom are counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop; dishwashers; combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food; cashiers and food preparation workers.


“Pitch in” – Lend a hand cleaning up the borough’s parks

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on March 9, 2017 at 6:33 pm

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Today’s news – Saturday, March 4, 2017

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on March 4, 2017 at 6:10 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.


Today’s quote … “Coward.” – Crowd chants as “the weasel” made a visit to Rhode Island on Thursday. – The Hill

  • Thursday night’s School District’s Board of Directors’ “committee of the whole” meeting included a contingent of Columbia Borough’s elected public servants, the borough manager and the borough’s consultant, Rebecca Denlinger. They came to encourage the school board directors on the newly enhanced L.E.R.T.A. proposal  approved by the borough earlier at the February borough council meeting.
  • Following the February meeting, Columbia news, views & reviews posted this: “During last night’s meeting borough consultant Rebecca Denlinger presented a renewed and more aggressive L.E.R.T.A. (tax abatement) scale.  The proposed scale would be for three years at 100% and two years of 50% abatement on property improvements. Adoption of the proposal requires the joint approval of the Columbia Borough School District and the Borough. This is critical because the school taxes represent the significantly higher tax burden. The borough is seeking a date for a joint borough / school district meeting.”
  • Denlinger, the mayor and Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) Executive Director, Janice Nikoloff, stressed that this beefed up by 33% LE.R.T.A. is needed to attract interested developers to invest in Columbia property. Though there’ve been on takers of the existent L.E.R.T.A., each felt that the “new L.E.R.T.A.” will generate enough interest to sway interest – particularly the interest of two properties now in discussion.
  • From the CEDC Website: “We encourage investors to review our FINANCING section for information on Columbia’s Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) Commercial and Residential Programs, Historic Tax Credits, and other state and local financial assistance programs.”
  • It was stated that there’s a very interested developer for the long-time vacant Hotel Columbia site in downtown’s main traffic area.
  • Citizen Frank Doutrich extolled the board of directors to get rid of the “per capita tax.” The Per Capita Tax rate for 2016-2017 is $15.00 for every resident age 18 or over. Per capita tax name and/or address corrections must be made through the Columbia Borough School District Tax Office, 200 North Fifth Street, Columbia, PA 17512.”

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  • One school district in the northeastern part of the state claimed in 2013, “One reason continuing this (the per capita tax) is the perception that the per-capita tax is at least one levy that every adult resident must pay.”

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More news | about the borough farm | about the Columbia Historic Market House

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on February 27, 2017 at 7:44 pm

Due to the damage to trees caused by the severe thunderstorm last Saturday the Borough Yard Waste Facility, located at 254 Blue Lane, will be open Monday, 2/27/17 through Friday, 3/3/17 from 8:00am-5:00pm for Residents to bring yard waste to the facility. � Please note that it is your responsibility to unload your own yard waste.

SOURCE: Columbia Borough email

The Columbia Historic Market House starts off the month (March) with a class on Basket Weaving on the 5th. This is a continuation from last month for those who previously attended. Terram Olei is offering a Make & Take Essential Oils Class for Mosquito Spray, and Pet Flea & Tick spray. Cost is between $3 and $10. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, The Columbia Historic Market House is welcoming “Fire in the Glen” on Saturday, March 12th at 11:30am. If you’re a fan or just want to listen to some good Irish/Celtic music stop in. The market house is closing out the month of March; by having their first Anime’ & Gaming Weekend. Enjoy Comi Cons or other Anime’ related characters? This event is sponsored by Moon Family Studios, who are regulars at area Comi Cons. Don’t forget the market house is open Friday, Saturday, & Sunday between 10am & 3pm. See you soon!

SOURCE: news release