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“I inherited a mess.” | Sure!

In Government, Opinions, Uncategorized on February 16, 2017 at 5:19 pm


When Wonderland begins to melt down, blame everyone and everything!

“”The possibility of war increases”

In Government, History and Heritage, Uncategorized on January 30, 2017 at 6:31 pm

Think the actions by the POTUS are unnoticed? This is scary stuff.

“US-China war increasingly a ‘reality,’ Chinese army official says”CNN

Somebody once said, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

“In Tide of Red Ink, Some States Show Surpluses” – StateLine

In Government on January 30, 2017 at 6:18 pm


“It’s shaping up to be a tough financial year for many states(especially here in Pennsylvania). At least 30 of them have budget shortfalls, and President Donald Trump’s promises to scrap the Affordable Care Act and overhaul the federal tax code have created fiscal uncertainty.

“But whatever happens in Washington, some states will be well positioned to deal with it without raising taxes or making deep spending cuts.

“California, Georgia, Idaho and Utah are among the states that have put themselves on a solid fiscal footing by avoiding deep tax cuts, enacting targeted tax increases, and diverting some surplus money into ‘rainy day’ funds to be tapped in leaner times.

“By taking those steps, and by forgoing the temptation to rely on a single revenue source, those states are in good financial shape heading into this year’s legislative sessions. Their strategies may be instructive for other states.”

Click here to continue reading this article at StatLine.

Today is “National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day”

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities on January 9, 2017 at 11:26 am

borough-lead-eblastIf you’re on the borough’s email list you received this announcement this morning.



That’ll never happen here – You think?

This astounding post comes from “Time Goes By | What it’s really like to get old.”

This really is a “must read” with a “must watch” video.


“You know the Internet Archive, right? It is a massive and amazing online, digital, searchable library that includes text, audio, video, software and images totaling, at the moment, 279 billion web pages.

“One section of it is called the Wayback Machine where you can view images of websites from ‘wayback’ in the past. In fact, you can even see one of TimeGoesBy’s first iterations before the photo banner.

“Not long ago, Internet Archive founder, Bewster Kahle (who is a true hero of free speech) announced that in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, he is moving a copy of the vast archive to Canada.

“Recently, he explained the reasons to host Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!:


“You can read more about the move at Alternet and you can explore the Internet Archive for yourself here.”


Fake news or just muddled messaging? Is there a meeting tomorrow evening? Or Wednesday evening? Or Thursday evening?

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on January 2, 2017 at 9:23 am


If you’re a Columbia parent or a taxpayer wanting to know when the next school board meeting is, do you believe what’s posted at the Website? Or do you believe what’s been published as a LEGAL NOTICE?

AHA! Seems somebody at the School Board got to somebody to UPDATE and CORRECT the meeting schedule. Sometime between yesterday morning when we posted this and this afternoon, the Website has been altered. No explanation, no “howdy-do”, no apologies, nothing –  just a changed website with presumably accurate meeting dates and times.

And yes, the meeting of the committee of the whole is scheduled for Thursday evening at 6:00 pm.


Whether it’s fake news, muddled messaging, or a confused, inept communication attempt, don’t Columbia’s citizens deserve to know when the school board meetings are so they can plan their schedules?

Weaselnomics | “Social Security is in Grave Danger”

In Government, Opinions, Opportunities, People, Uncategorized on December 3, 2016 at 1:09 pm

The news release below warns of scary stuff – scary stuff from the head of weaselnomics.head-of-weaselnomics

(Washington, DC) — The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, founding co-director of Social Security Works:

“With Republicans soon to be in full control of Congress and the White House, Social Security and Medicare are at greater risk than they have been for a long time. Speaker Paul Ryan has spent decades working to cut, privatize, and dismantle these vital programs. We fully expect him to redouble these efforts during Donald Trump’s administration.

During the presidential campaign, Trump promised that he would not cut Social Security or Medicare. While we were skeptical of this pledge, it showed that he understands the politics of Social Security very well – Americans of all ages, races, genders, and political affiliations are overwhelmingly opposed to cuts.

We hope that the President-Elect’s pledge is one he will honor. In standing up to Ryan and other powerful Republicans, he would be standing up for the American people. Our job will be to hold Trump accountable to his “no cuts” pledge, and convince him to work with Democrats to expand Social Security. If he violates his pledge, we will make sure the American people know it.”

“Saving Medicare and Contacting Congress” –

In Government, Opinions, Uncategorized on November 28, 2016 at 3:15 pm


Time Goes By | What it’s really like to grow old, a really good Website has posted this today:

EDITORIAL NOTE: This is a nuts-and-bolts post pulling together some information we are going to need before long. I know some readers don’t want any more politics, but emboldened Republicans are hard bent on killing Medicare and they want to do it right after the New Year.
Discussion of Medicare privatization may come up sooner than we expect; Congress reconvenes today, none of the Republicans are shy about pressing their political advantage.

I spent some time over the long weekend, locking down details of one way we can make our voices heard. There will be others, but contacting your representatives is basic to the effort, and there is a right way to do it. Maybe you will want to bookmark some of these links for future use.

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As I wrote here last week, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) has been pushing a plan to privatize Medicare for at least half a dozen years and is willing to lie to the American public to accomplish it:

”What people don’t realize,” Ryan told [Fox News host Brent] Baier, “is because of Obamacare, Medicare is going broke, medicare is going to have price controls because of Obamacare, Medicaid is in fiscal straits.

“You have to deal with those issues if you are going to repeal and replace Obamacare. Medicare has serious problems [because of] Obamacare.”

This is exactly opposite of what is true which you can read about on my most recent Medicare post here.


Blighted properties identified

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on November 18, 2016 at 10:37 am

blighted-propertiesSOURCE: classified p[ages LNP – Always Lancaster

The promise | “I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, People, Uncategorized on November 9, 2016 at 9:28 am

trump-speechDonald Trump’s Victory SpeechThe New York Times

Click on the above link to watch the speech and to read the transcript.

“Dividing Lines: How Pennsylvania’s elections really are rigged” – Keystone Crossroads

In Everyday Living, Government on November 4, 2016 at 6:43 pm

“Reading Mayor Wally Scott, a Democrat, said he’s been in office for 10 months and he has yet to see or work with U.S. Congressman Joseph Pitts.”

dividing-communitiesA view of the city of Reading from Museum Road. Reading, Berk’s county seat, is carved out of the 6th congressional district and included with Lancaster and Chester counties. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

Here’s an article we just read earlier today – you’ll need to read it to understand just how underrepresented we are with our “dysunctional system.”

“Dividing Lines: How Pennsylvania’s elections really are rigged.”