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Today’s news – Sunday, May 28, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, People on May 28, 2017 at 7:10 am

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

shame on youColumbia Spy‘s “DESECRATION! Graffiti vandals strike again” rightly decries the cowardly, despicable acts. WHERE ARE THE CAMERAS AND THE WITNESSES?

Any notice at the Columbia Police Department’s facebook or CrimeWatch pages? NOPE!!!!

temple compositeFrom this September 15, 2013 Columbia news, views & reviews submission.

Quote for today … “Just walk around town on a nice Saturday morning, and you can see how people, young and old, flock to the downtown as the place to be.” – comment from a real estate representative about the revival of West Chester, a winner of a 2017 Great American Main Street Award.

Another quote for today … “If they continue on that path, they’re going to run out of money.” Quote from Keith Ramsey, interim business manager at Columbia Borough School District in a page one LNP – Always Lancaster article about school district reserve funds.

  • It’s difficult finding definitive, authoritative information about Columbia’s Memorial Day Parade which, evidently, will be held today at 2:30 pm according to the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Website. – No other details are listed.
  • Columbia Borough Websitenothing!

marietta mem parade

On the other hand, Marietta communicates with citizens and the world about tomorrow’s parade by showing a parade route map and other information.


A third quote … Congress has been no help to lovers of freedom. Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are allies of Trump; they have capitulated to Trump’s intimidation. That is why the courts and media are our last hope. – From a letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

starbarnCentral Penn Business Journal | pictures of the re-raising of the Star Barn.

today’s news – Thursday, May 25, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 25, 2017 at 6:38 am

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

Quote for today … What I’m also fearful of is that single-agenda people will be occupying board space and not truly understand the role of a school board member,” –  Comment from a candidate for a school board director position in Manheim Township from the editorial in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

Another quote … Everything goes up every year, except our Social Security because the government says there is no money for a raise. But the people in government seem to always find money to give themselves hefty raises. Amazing, isn’t it!” –  From a letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster apparently written by a senior citizen speaking to apartment rental increases (“Our apartment complex raised the rent $126 a month in 14 months.”)

and another …If the atheists’ organization (Freedom From Religion Foundation) has tax-exempt status, the Trump administration and the GOP Congress should revoke it.” – Another example of “ox goring” by a fundamentalist who benefits from freedom of speech but doesn’t want others to have that same right. From another letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

  • If you can’t enjoin ’em – beat ’em | At least that seems to be the “brownshirt” response of one “elected public servant” candidate who doesn’t like it when a media representative asked a question. – The Daily Chronicle, Bozeman, MT


  • new Census Bureau estimates | According to an article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster, Lancaster City and many boroughs, including Columbia and Lititz, have lost population.
  • And then there’s the Congressional Budget Office report on the proposed Health care act with more bad news for the elderly, those with a disability and others who are not rich.

Today’s news (a day of quotes) – Wednesday, May 24, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on May 24, 2017 at 7:19 am

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

Many of these comments speak to the mistrust and distrust of those elected to serve the public.


Quote for today … There will be a lot of money spent in any area we go into. –  Braggadocio comment about the “economic impact” of the coming Williams pipeline flurry coming to Lancaster County in a page one article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster: “Williams sees $75.5M boost for county economy.”

Another quote … “I understand that you don’t want to pay for the feasibility study, and you should not have to, but either way … we will pay. If a decision is made to go forward, it will certainly involve some kind of construction … so, again, we will pay.” – Citizen quoted in a LNP – Always Lancaster School Brief report on the recent Columbia Borough School District Board of Directors’ meeting about the topic of moving the borough’s offices into a shared space arrangement with the School District’s.

A third Quote …the American people need to do a better job of critically consuming their news and not crying victim when something is reported unfairly.” – From a syndicated column by Salena Zito in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster: “A journalistic crisis that benefits no one.” 

And another … This time, the opening lines from this letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster: As it becomes increasingly obvious that the Trump administration is nothing but a festering nest of corruption, self-dealing and treason, the big question is whether congressional Republicans will continue to defend a president who is every day more and more indefensible.

And this from a former member of the Amish community in a letter-to-the-editor, too: I’d like to see Smucker reflect the values that are important to his constituents.

And this from another letter-to-the-editor from the other side: Dear Rep. Lloyd Smucker: Do not yield to these local radical left-wing lunatics screaming for you to hold a town hall. Their intention is not a civil dialogue, but to shout you down and turn it into a spectacle. … Do not alienate your base by kowtowing to the Lancaster city mob.

  • From the Police Log in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster:Alfonso E. Romero, 72, of Columbia, was charged after he was seen scratching someone’s car May 15 in the parking lot of Wal-Mart, 2030 Fruitville Pike, police said.”
  • OMG – this begins a string at You know you’re from Columbia, PA if … “Wow the stuff you see in the boro. Just seen a little girl about 6 or 7 yrs old duck behind a tree at mackel park and take a shit. Then her and the person with her just walk away.”

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Lancaster County Land Bank Authority meeting tomorrow

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 22, 2017 at 6:12 am

The Lancaster County Land Bank Authority will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at 28 Penn Square, Suite 200.

Among the agenda items:

New business: resolution authorizing the extinguishing of tax liens and current taxes on property at 551 Ave. H, Columbia Borough; resolution authorizing acquisition of 839 Blunston St. in Columbia Borough; general discussion.

The next meeting of the board will be held at 4 p.m. June 27 at 28 Penn Square, Suite 200.

SOURCE: LNP – Always Lancaster

Today’s news – Friday, May 19, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on May 19, 2017 at 8:55 am

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

Quote for today … “ … Final Chapter of His Life Totally Alone” Fitting end for a abuser, a terrorist and a friend of POTUS. – Mediaite.com

Another quote … “Integrity wins no popularity contests; at first blush it bears a resemblance to disloyalty. It is not easy to comment on the emperor’s wardrobe.” – From this New Yorker Magazine article.

  • Gotcha’ | forgery and theft and dumassednessColumbia Police Department CrimeWatch

2000px-Smiley.svgIt’s just a good news day as the ethically and morally challenged folks get their due. – Weiner to plead guiltyThe New York Times

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Today’s news – Wednesday, May 17, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, People on May 17, 2017 at 5:44 am

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

Quote for today … In Pennsylvania’s closed primary system, only voters who are registered Republican or Democrat are permitted to nominate candidates. – From this Lancaster Online  article on yesterday’s election.

Yesterday’s election results! Remember, these are the results from the “look-alike” parties’ registered voters who voted only!RESULTS


  • Seriously … would you buy pizza shares or anything from this guy?Lancaster Online

movies under the stars“Columbia Borough’s ‘Movies Under the Stars!’ Summer 2017 season starts this Friday, May 19th! Come to hear SVCC’s Music in the Park, starting at 6:30 PM at Locust Street Park and stay to watch ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ (PG), beginning at dusk. The music and movie are both free so bring your chairs and blankets and make an evening of it. There will be food trucks around the park during the music and free popcorn during the movie. Don’t forget to bring canned goods to fill the Columbia Food bank bin, located near the popcorn stand. Be sure to check out the ‘Movies Under the Stars!’ Facebook Page for details on the rest of this summer’s schedule.

peeing in the pool protocol

In Government, Opinions, Uncategorized on May 16, 2017 at 8:31 am

It may be OK to pee in the pool if it’s your pool. But if there are others in the pool, peeing in the pool is just plain wrong.

So, too, is sharing state secrets.

“Trump tweets that he shared ‘facts pertaining to terrorism’ with Russian officials” – The Boston Globe

People peeing in a public pool have to be asked to leave.


a surrogate says POTUS’s telling the Russians is “‘wholly appropriate.”The Boston Globe

Gotta’ love those surrogates! Taking one for the gipper!

Speaking about surrogates; AKA suck-ups.


wilder and wilder | perspectives on the ways of life in and out of Wonderland!

In Everyday Living, Government, Lists, Opinions, People on May 11, 2017 at 8:28 am

US Representative Smucker: “Congress needs a “fresh start” in its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.”

Not certain a fresh start. Let’s have a continuation of the investigation that’s begun. Let’s not lose the trail.

“Jeff Sessions’s Role in James Comey’s Firing”The New Yorker

Can’t have no southern possum guarding the henhouse!

“Too many lawmakers become law breakers” | That’s the title of a letter to the editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

True enough! There are too many instances of law makers and law enforcement people who are law breakers. They get DUIs and they engage in numerous criminal acts and walk away unscathed.

Coomey fired for getting too close to the truth about Russian connection? The Independent


Lebanon balances budget with staffing cutsThe Lebanon Daily News

Tough love hurts.

The long history, and short future, of the password The Conversation

Will we see this?

Money-laden power brokers lining up to insure Wonderland re-election. | “Pro-Trump super PACs have already spent $1 million on Election 2020.”The Center for Public Integrity

Money rules – everyone else loses. It’s BULL$hit!

Today’s news – Tuesday, May 9, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, People on May 9, 2017 at 7:38 am

Quote for today … “ … countries such as Australia are far ahead of the United States in delivering preventive care and trying to curb such harmful behaviors as smoking. We are falling behind our competitors in health.”Extracted from this Washington Post article about life expectancy in the U.S.

A second quote for today … The current reality is that ‘transparency’ remains prominent in mission statements and news conferences, but conspicuously absent in meeting rooms.” – From today’s LNP – Always Lancaster editorial entitled “In the dark.”


  • The room was crowded at the onset of the Borough Council meeting. As the evening wore on the those with specific interests left. Last night, the seated councillors interviewed two citizen applicants for the vacated councillor position necessitated by the resignation of Sherry Welsh. A third applicant was not in the gallery. Marilyn Kress Hartman was selected and assumes the position that expires in January 2018. Kress Hartman’s name is one on the Unofficial Candidates for Public Office for May 16, 2017 Municipal Primary In Ballot Order.

hartmanMarilyn Kress Hartman was appointed to fill a vacant council seat at last night’s meeting. Kress Hartman is a real estate agent. She and the other applicant, Robert B. Thompson, said they wanted to be councillors because they are pleased with the progress the borough is making and they want to contribute to that success.

  • The borough will be seeking input in response to a “Request for Expression of Interest” that will be issued sometime soon. The intent is to have an entity or an individual suggest uses for these existing properties: Borough Hall, the Market House and the vacant structure on Front Street that had housed the former Columbia No. 1 Fire Company. The mayor expounded on an idea to consolidate the Borough offices and the Columbia Borough School District offices and consolidate in the School District’s building. He said it’s important that Columbia Borough demonstrate its willingness to be proactive when applying for state grants and funds. Nothing is set in stone, the borough is simply looking for opportunities and options.

council meeting collectionLast night’s meeting agenda lists the depth of topics covered including (1) acknowledging the coordinated life-saving response of Columbia’s first-responders in a cardiac-arrest incident; (2) a follow up presentation about the re-use potential of the sewage treatment plant; (3) the installation of two citizens on the planning commission; (4) the announced rate schedule and naming of the Columbia Trolley Works; (5) the announcement that five applicants will be interviewed for the position of trolley driver and much more as listed on the Borough Council Meeting Agenda.

“Addenda” | when more is added

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions, People on May 8, 2017 at 8:33 am
  • At 10:32 am this email from Columbia Borough arrived: “NOTICE: There will be a drill conducted at Columbia High School Monday morning, 5/8/17, beginning at 8 am. There will be NO ADMITTANCE TO THE SCHOOL PROPERTY.”

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