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the sound of silence

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on May 4, 2017 at 8:31 pm

and nobody came

The silence was deafening! Tonight’s Columbia Borough School Board meeting of the whole was conducted in front of an audience of ABSOLUTELY NO CITIZENS.

The agenda had been posted at the School District’s Website: http://www.agendaman.com/cbsd/meeting/view/0/14175/196548

Following information sharing and discussion on the agenda topics, the meeting was concluded in just 49 minutes … there were no citizen comments.

Six years ago, a Columbia news, views and reviews post began, “A fundamental, and beautiful, aspect of representative democracy is that citizens can participate in the governmental process. Citizens elect representatives at all levels of government … local, county, state and federal … to enact the laws that protect them and provide other government services for them. Citizens have the right to petition the representatives and to attend the government hearings and meetings to engage in meaningful discourse about possible legislation.

“It is a fundamental right and responsibility. Citizens must participate in the process; if they do not receive input from the people they represent, elected ‘public servants’ will make decisions predicated on their personal, informed ideas about the legislation they are considering. Hopefully, their decisions will be directed  by a higher sense of benefiting the majority of the citizens they represent.”

True then, true now and tomorrow!

who is to blame

Beyond Distrust: How Americans view their government


“$20,509-a-month pension” | Just like yours, right?

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions, Uncategorized on May 4, 2017 at 2:15 pm

Convicted criminal and former Pennsylvania “elected public servant” wants pension restored? And what a hefty pension it is!


Write your representatives and tell them …

no way

Change or maintain?

In Education, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 4, 2017 at 6:07 am

political change

five things to knowClick on the graphic to enlarge.


“The Republican Plan to Nuke the Internet” – Time Goes By

In Government, Opinions, Uncategorized on May 2, 2017 at 8:34 am

net neutrality

The Republican Plan to Nuke the Internet” 

by Ronni Bennett – Time Goes By | What It’s Really Like to Get Old

[I copied that headline from vanityfair.com because I’m lousy at headlines and “net neutrality” – which is what this is about – sounds boring. But it’s important and depending on what happens, it could ruin your internet experience while also costing you more money for access.]

Today’s news – Sunday, April 30, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Uncategorized on April 30, 2017 at 10:06 am

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

Quote for today … “Get him out of here.” – POTUS comment in this Lancaster Online article about his rally in Harrisburg.

Another quote for today … “Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.” – From the POTUS’s inauguration speech. [As long as your voice doesn’t differ from his voice?]

one good deed - anthonyClick on the photo to learn more about Anthony Stevens and one good deed.

Community development | Paying attention to codes and ordinances.  butts weeds grates

 Signs seen

signs seen

A Day at the Dairy! th nation“What’s it like to see our iced tea being bottled or to taste ice cream fresh off the line? Since our Dairy isn’t open for public tours, not many people get a behind-the-scenes look at how we make our drinks and ice cream — until now. Later this summer, we’ll choose THREE members of the Turkey Hill Nation to win a VIP, behind-the-scenes tour of the Dairy for themselves and a guest. You have to be a member of the Turkey Hill Nation to win. All Nation members will automatically be entered to win, so if you’re not already a member, you should definitely sign up today.” – Turkey Hill Dairy new item



“Trump Tax Plan Would Shift Trillions From U.S. Coffers to the Richest”

In Government, Uncategorized on April 28, 2017 at 1:13 pm

“The only Americans who are very clear winners under the new system are the wealthiest!”


“Trump Tax Plan Would Shift Trillions From U.S. Coffers to the Richest”The New York Times

Today’s news … Friday, April 28, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People on April 28, 2017 at 5:39 am

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

Quote for today … “You can get anything you want …” – From Arlo Guthrie’s Alices’ Restaurant

arlo aliceArlo Guthrie’s on the schedule for the Long’s Park Sunday nights music schedule – Lancaster Online. Got 18 minutes for a visit back in time to Alice’s Restaurant?

  • Springhettsberry Township’s 2017 schedule has not been released yet.

Another Quote …Among the most significant legacies of his first 100 days is his degrading of the moral authority of the office of the president, and, thereby, of America.” – From this Robert Reich column.

A Third Quote … “But today, America is that young supermodel. If you saw her, you’d want to grab her by the … well, you know.” – Extract from this opinion column: “100 days of winning | A letter from Donald Trump to America.”

walking weekendBeautiful weather is slated for this weekend. The American Volkssport Association has designed 5K & 10K walks through the towns to highlight the best of the river towns. Pick up your map at Columbia Crossing – Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. We’ll be open 8 am to 4 pm for this special event.” – Columbia Crossing facebook page

prescription drug take-back The Columbia Police Department is a “Prescription ‘Take-Back’ location.”

  • How important are factory jobs? Most Americans don’t work in factories, but in our most recent Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, 80 percent of respondents said manufacturing jobs are important to their local economy. The sentiment cuts across all demographic groups and income brackets, but it doesn’t exactly align with economic reality. As a matter of employment and GDP, manufacturing’s importance has been on the decline for decades. It is true factory jobs “punch above their weight” in terms of qualifications, but they’re vulnerable to overseas competition.” – Marketplace

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May is Older Americans Month

doonesbury dumbdownA reader sent this along to us: “This Doonesbury is perfect! It really shows how much our American education system helping our people.”

  • See the recent LNP – Always Lancaster article about the declining fortunes of some emergency medical services (EMS) organizations across the county? Columbia Quick Response Service (technically not an EMS service) nor Susquehanna Valley EMS were mentioned in the article.

Short takes on life in the area

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions on April 27, 2017 at 6:32 am

Families, Individuals Invited To Enjoy Country Classic | 18th annual Turkey Hill Country Classic, which will be held on Saturday, May 6.” -The Merchandiser

Rodent infestation? According to a post and a string of comments at a facebook post, there is: “Ok, I have been living at my current house going to be 2 years in July! I have never had rodent problem until this year!! Idk what’s going on is it an epidemic in Columbia??!! Omg!! I swear decon isn’t working!! Is anyone else having this problem and what products have you used!! HELP PLZ!!!!”


“How tests fail to detect ‘hidden hearing loss’” The Conversation

biggest hog

The biggest hogs at the trough | the wealthy Americans and corporations join in.

“‘Goldman Sachs Populism’: Trump Tax Plan Benefits Ultra-Wealthy—Like Him” Common Dreams

“Trump’s tax-code plan is short on reform and long on tax cuts for the wealthy” – Editorial: The Los Angeles Times

Here’s a great quote!

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions, Uncategorized on April 24, 2017 at 6:42 am


All you have to do is attend one board meeting and you know board members are being disingenuous.

It’s from one of the letters-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

The Opinion pages make the price of the daily newspaper truly a worthwhile investment – digitally or the “hold-it-in-your-hands” version.

The quote refers once again to the Manheim Township School District’s Board of Directors, but easily can be applied to many other entities comprised of “elected public servants” or their hand-picked appointees.

There are other topical views expressed in today’s letters and today’s Editorial is spot-on. Arming teachers and other school staffers is not a great idea – it’s not even a good half-baked one, yet State Sen. Scott Martin, a Martic Township Republican, co-sponsored the bill. Sen. Ryan Aument, a Landisville Republican, was among the Senate Education Committee members who voted 9-3 in favor of the bill Wednesday.”

interesting article –

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions, People on April 21, 2017 at 9:43 am

“… it appears that Trump may not yet have done much to secure his own legacy, but he is making significant progress toward undoing Obama’s ….”

That’s a takeaway from this FiveThirtyEight piece:

Trump Isn’t A Do-Nothing President | He’s done a lot of undoing.”